Daily Harvest -- 9/30/2016
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse Daybreak for Sept. 30, 2016
- (Audio) Little hope for TPP; McConnell: ‘committed’ to considering tax extenders; GOP senators: drop estate tax rules; Congress updates livestock auction regs; egg, poultry, soybean representatives head to Cuba; urban agriculture gets focus.
Agri-Pulse: Wheat growers worry quality ratings may hurt insurance coverage
- (Subscriber only) Wheat growers dealing with wet conditions in the Pacific Northwest say the quality discounts that local elevators are giving them for their grain will unfairly hurt their future crop insurance coverage.
Market Watch: Wheat prices end month at decade low but set sights on a bottom
- Wheat futures ended the month Wednesday at their lowest level since 2006, but analysts say a bottom for prices is finally in sight with global demand for the grain continuing to grow as plantings decline.
CBS Local: California Plans Ban On Farmers Spraying Some Pesticides Near Schools
- California is moving to ban farmers from spraying pesticides into the air near schools and day care centers under a newly proposed rule that will be among the nation’s toughest, regulators told The Associated Press on Thursday.
Devex.com: Will big agriculture mergers impact smallholder farmers?
- A wave of corporate megamergers sweeping the agrochemical industry has the potential to reshape the landscape of global farming and food production.
The Commercial: Cattle deaths reflect need to control toxic pasture weeds, experts say
- Berni Kurz said perilla mint poisoning is suspected in several cattle deaths and has been confirmed in at least seven, including five reported by one producer last week.
Agri-Pulse: Ethanol wins the 'phase separation' throwdown
- People who own boats, lawnmowers and other seasonal equipment have debated for years, sometimes heatedly, about the engine-impacts of ethanol-blended gasoline.
Agri-Pulse: Fuel efficiency goals can't be met without ethanol, ACE says
- A regulatory framework needs to be initiated immediately for lower-carbon, higher-octane fuel such as ethanol, if EPA and other agencies hope to fulfill the “ambitious goals” of the CAFE-GHG program.
Agri-Pulse: Energy bill conferees tackling tough issues
- If the House and Senate succeed in getting a comprehensive energy bill over the finish line this year, it will be thanks to some serious assists from the sidelines - and a “no surrender” letter from eight Republican senators.
Agri-Pulse: Chemoil to settle RFS violations by paying $27 M fine, retiring RINs
- A major biodiesel retailer has agreed to pay a $27 million fine and retire renewable fuel credits worth $71 million to resolve alleged violations of the Renewable Fuel Standard program. The penalty is the largest in the history of EPA's fuels programs.
Nature World News: Renewable Energy: This Food Additive Could Be the Answer to Eco-Friendly Plastic Solar Cells
- A team of researchers from North Carolina State University and the Chinese Academy of Sciences have successfully created an environmental friendly semi-printed plastic solar cell without toxic halogen solvents by using a food additive.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Beverage Daily: More consumers want ingredient & nutrition info on alcoholic beverages: Survey
- In Europe, 86% of today’s consumers want to see ingredients and nutrition information provided for alcoholic beverages: an increase from two years ago.
Xconomy: Cell Culture AgTech Offers Prospect of Meat and Milk Without the Moo
- The concept of lab-grown food is gaining traction as entrepreneurs and scientists look for ways to make more animal products while also diminishing the food industry’s impact on the environment.
Washington Post: Napa winemakers harvesting red grapes expect better flavor
- Andy Beckstoffer of Beckstoffer Vineyards, who is one of the largest wine growers the valley, said this season’s batch should have enhanced flavors and less alcohol content.
Philly.com: GMO Foods: Are they really bad for us?
- After almost 30 years of widespread use (such as corn and soy beans), GM foods have never, even once, been linked to disease or any harm in humans.
Barrons: Food Stocks Are Boring? ConAgra Begs to Differ
- (Subscriber only) With brands including Slim Jim and Hunt’s, ConAgra can stay hot, helped by rising margins and a 2.3% yield.
San Francisco Chronicle: Food scorecard: Donald Trump v. Hillary Clinton
- Barack and Michelle Obama put food — and food culture — in the spotlight during their administration, but looking ahead to the next president, how do the two major party candidates stack up when it comes to food?
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Agri-Pulse: McConnell: Next president key to TPP
- (Audio) Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says America needs to step up in the world trade market, but a lame duck vote on the Trans-Pacific Partnership might not accomplish that goal.
Kyiv Post: EIB gives 400 million EUR boost to credit-starved agricultural industry
- European Investment Bank agrees to 400 million EUR investment program designed specifically to boost Ukraine’s agricultural business.
FeedNavigator: New Cargill dairy feed plant in India
- Cargill has inaugurated a $10m dairy feed plant in the Punjab in India that aims to produce 10,000 metric tons of feed per month and feed 75,000 cows per day.
Washington Post: Italy’s Novamont invests $112 million in biochemical plant
- The Italian biochemical company Novamont on Thursday unveiled the first plant in the world to make a chemical compound used in the production of plastics with renewable sources.
Guardian: UK ‘consistently waters down’ reforms of EU farming subsidies
- European commission says government chooses not to apply CAP payment ceiling to large landowners in England.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Global News: Global wildlife meeting approves ban on trade of pangolins
- The pangolin, which is being hunted into extinction, may have gotten a reprieve.
Detroit News: Judge: Officials fail to protect endangered red wolf
- A judge said that federal wildlife officials have failed to protect the world’s only wild population of red wolves in a preliminary ruling that restricts the government’s ability to remove the animals from private property.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
CNN Money: The worker shortage facing America's farmers
- American farmers say they are facing a severe worker shortage.
Southeast Farm Press: Georgia farmers relay H-2A labor challenges
- Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture Gary W. Black joined Senators David Perdue and Johnny Isakson for a listening session with the Department of Labor to discuss farm labor issues that adversely affected Georgia farmers last spring.
Washington Post: Bees are bold when they’re on a sugar buzz
- The little bugs will fly faster toward uncertainty — as though predisposed to believe that unfamiliar things will turn out fine.
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