Daily Harvest -- 10/9/2014
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: STB orders data from all rail shipments in bid to end backlogs
- The federal Surface Transportation Board is ordering some of the nation's largest rail carriers to report a wide array of data on train movements, a step designed to ease the rail backlog problems in the upper Midwest.
Agri-Pulse: Railway transportation is big concern for ethanol producers
- (Audio) Railway transportation problems continue to plague the agricultural industry and ethanol products. The chairman of the Renewable Fuels Association said lack of attention from railroads are making it difficult to get products to market.
Reuters: Feed ingredient unlikely to spread killer pig virus: experts
- The World Organization for Animal Health said on Wednesday that an animal-feed supplement suspected of spreading a deadly pig virus is not likely to transmit the disease if manufacturers follow proper safety measures.
Reuters: The Big Data bounty: U.S. startups challenge agribusiness giants
- Big agriculture companies, such as Monsanto, Deere and DuPont Pioneer, have spent hundreds of millions of dollars on technologies that use detailed data on soil type, seed variety, and weather to help farmers grow more at a lower cost. But as the race for dominance on the farm heats up, a number of small tech startups are launching competing products.
New York Times: In the U.S., a Turning Point in the Flow of Oil
- Many energy experts viewed the launch of this ship as the curtain raiser for the United States’ inevitable emergence as a major world oil exporter, an improbable return to a status that helped make the country a great power in the first half of the 20th century.
Miami Herald: Energy: Report: Florida lags in clean-energy jobs
- More than 130,000 Floridians work at about 14,000 clean energy businesses across the state. But that’s just 1.5 percent of all jobs in Florida, a small per-capita number when compared to other states studied,
Forbes: Advanced Ethanol Makers Are Trying To Give Big Oil A Run For Its Money
- Big Oil can’t put the brakes on a new renewable fuels factory in Iowa — one that will seek to supplement petroleum with next-generation cellulosic ethanol.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Bloomberg: China to Battle GMO Crop Fear From Field to Dinner Table
- China, the world’s most-populous country and the biggest consumer of rice, soybeans and wheat, has begun a campaign to push genetically modified organisms as it seeks to expand food supplies.
Capital Press: Chobani’s non-GMO feed initiative surprises dairymen
- Chobani’s announcement Monday that it is partnering with Green America to explore potential non-GMO feed options for cattle took Idaho dairymen by surprise.
Minneapolis Business Journal: Land O' Lakes CEO: Food and agriculture will be the growth industry of our generation
- Move over, Silicon Valley. According to Land O' Lakes CEO Chris Policinski, the high-growth industry of the future is food production.
Advertising Age: Spread Some Bacon On That Bagel: Kraft's New Philly Flavor
- The bacon frenzy has finally made it to Philadelphia -- cream cheese that is, which is rolling out a new variety flavored with the pork product.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Washington Post: U.S.-Brazil cotton deal perpetuates an unhealthy status quo of subsidies
- Editorial Board: When is a victory for the United States not exactly a victory for the American taxpayer? When it’s an international agreement like the one the Obama administration has just reached to settle a long-running dispute with Brazil over cotton subsidies.
Market Watch: Minister Ritz Highlights Importance of Open Trade at Tri-National Accord Meeting
- Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz today addressed the 23rd Tri-National Agricultural Accord where he underscored the importance for all three NAFTA countries to recognize and promote free and unfettered trade to drive competitiveness, create jobs and generate economic opportunities.
Reuters: Syngenta confirms it applied to cultivate GMO corn in China
- Swiss-based seed firm Syngenta had applied for cultivation approval for its Viptera GMO corn in China, but later halted the process to focus on winning import permission for the grain, a company spokesman told Reuters.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Agri-Pulse: EDF targets fertilizer pollution in new initiative
- (Subscriber only) The Environmental Defense Fund is launching a new, collaborative initiative to eliminate fertilizer pollution as a major environmental concern in the U.S.
Capital Press: Ranchers vent frustrations over wolf management
- Northeastern Washington ranchers expressed their continued frustrations over state Department of Fish and Wildlife efforts to manage wolves, telling officials at an Oct. 7 meeting that the agency had lost credibility and is driving the livestock industry out of the region.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Ag Alert: Governor acts on variety of farm labor legislation
- In vetoing a union-backed bill that would have forced implementation of a contract imposed by the state Agricultural Labor Relations Board—even during appeal—Gov. Brown said the state should look at "the entire process" involving agricultural union election disputes and contract enforcement.
Washington Post: For Pat Roberts of Kansas, a pivot from agriculture concerns has repercussions
- Somehow, after all that history and more than three decades in Congress, Roberts is in trouble with Kansas voters, some of the most Republican in the country.
Fox News: Senate battleground races trending GOP, Roberts up in Kansas
- New Fox News battleground polls show a Republican trend in the fight for the U.S. Senate.The GOP candidates -- helped by anti-Barack Obama sentiment and strong support from male voters -- lead in all five states: Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas and Kentucky.
Wall Street Journal: Monsanto Forecasts Disappointing Full-Year Earnings
- The world’s biggest seed company by sales on Wednesday said it anticipates fewer acres dedicated to corn—Monsanto’s biggest source of seed sales--in South America, and a potential 10% decline in overall pesticide earnings to weigh on its 2015 profits.
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