Daily Harvest -- 10/16/2014
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: EPA approves Enlist Duo herbicide
- (Subscriber only) The Environmental Protection Agency today announced its approval of the dual herbicide produced by Dow AgroSciences known as Enlist Duo.
Agri-Pulse: Farmers and environmentalists spar over Enlist Duo approval
- (Subscriber only) While the agricultural industry is grateful for the Environmental Protection Agency's approval of Dow AgroSciences' dual herbicide known as Enlist Duo, consumer and environmental groups are promising to file legal challenges against the decision, citing health and environmental concerns.
Agri-Pulse: Local groups sue over Missouri ‘Right to Farm’ vote
- Missouri's Amendment 1 passed by a slim 2,375-vote margin in August, but the measure isn't out of the woods yet.
Agri-Pulse: New GAP report shows agriculture productivity falling behind
- A new report by the Global Harvest Initiative (GHI) indicates that global agricultural productivity is not accelerating fast enough to meet the expected agricultural demand for sustainable production by 2050.
Agri-Pulse: Farmers can choose ARC or PLC starting next month
- (Audio) Farmers considering one of the new farm bill programs can start making their choice next month. The timeline for producers to sign up for either Agricultural Risk Coverage or Price Loss Coverage runs from November 17, 2014, to March 31, 2015.
Agri-Pulse: John Deere and PCIA Demonstration of Broadband Connectivity
- (Video) John Deere and PCIA - The Wireless Infrastructure Association recently hosted a demonstration on the need for better connectivity in rural America. Many producers use precision agriculture in their operations, but in some cases, those tools are only as good as the speed of their wireless connection.
Reuters: U.S. pork group counters antibiotics report with online campaign
- A leading U.S. pork association will use an online marketing campaign to counter a critical television documentary on antibiotics use in livestock, pointing consumers to industry-funded websites that defend the practice, according to an association email.
Bloomberg: Citigroup Sees $1.1 Trillion Stimulus From Oil Plunge
- The lowest oil price in four years will provide stimulus of as much as $1.1 trillion to global economies by lowering the cost of fuels and other commodities, according to Citigroup Inc.
Reuters: U.S. gas station constraints complicate 2014 biofuel mandate: officials
- The Obama administration is trying to balance its support for renewable fuels with awareness of infrastructure constraints at gas stations as it finalizes targets for 2014 biofuel use, agency officials said on Tuesday.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Agri-Pulse: Whole Foods launches Responsibly Grown produce rating system
- Whole Foods Market today launched a new rating system for its fruits, vegetables and flowers that assesses growing practices on how they affect human health and the environment.
Reuters: Can the world produce enough food for 2 bln more people?
- With the world population rising, demographers are grappling with one of the most pressing issues of the century - will there be enough food for an extra two to four billion people?
Associated Press: Peanut farmers deal with fallout from salmonella
- There will be significantly fewer peanuts pulled from the ground in eastern New Mexico this harvest season because of lingering fallout from the bankruptcy and sale of a peanut-processing plant that was at the heart of a 2012 salmonella outbreak and nationwide recall.
Reuters: Kroger Co. settles chicken labeling lawsuit, changes packaging
- The Kroger Co, the biggest U.S. supermarket operator, said on Monday it will remove the "humanely raised" claims from a store brand of chicken to settle a federal lawsuit claiming the retailer deceived consumers because the animals were raised under standard commercial farming conditions.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Reuters: U.S. encouraged by progress with Japan on Pacific trade pact, but 'tough' issues remain
- Progress in U.S. talks with Japan towards a Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact is encouraging, but difficult issues remain, the acting deputy U.S. trade representative said on Wednesday.
Washington Post: African leaders: Ebola could lead to food crisis
- Financial aid and global coordination are needed to prevent the Ebola health care crisis from becoming a food emergency, agriculture ministers from western African nations at the center of the Ebola epidemic said Thursday.
Reuters: Australian agriculture needs to adapt, not simply shift, to meet climate change
- Peanuts have moved north, tuna has moved east, wine has moved south. But sooner or later, Australia is going to run out of places to shift agricultural production to avoid the harsh effects of climate change.
Reuters: Canada worker, hog shortages leave industry squealing
- Shortages of hogs and packing plant workers in Canada, exacerbated by recent government restrictions, may severely cut hog processing and pork exports, helping to keep North American retail pork prices near record highs.
Seattle Globalist: Gates Foundation’s African agriculture agenda gets some blowback
- This past weekend, the global battleground of agrarian reform came to Seattle, as food and farming leaders from across the country gathered to hear a panel of African food and farming leaders at the US-Africa Food Sovereignty Strategy Summit.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Washington Post: Grow lights and drones: How California’s drought is driving farmers into high-tech
- Growers have responded by — what else? — pumping more water out of the ground. But that's just a temporary fix, not much better than borrowing against the future. So some in the agricultural industry are beginning to explore technology that may help them adapt to the new, arid reality.
The Hill: Small businesses urge EPA to drop water rule
- Small businesses are accusing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of a "massive power grab" to extend its authority over small bodies of water like streams, ponds and even puddles.
Grist: Serious about saving the bees? Time to rethink agriculture
- There is much more to “saving the bees” than spring flowers and a golden mascot. Don’t get me wrong, honeybees have very few faults and definitely need some TLC. But we shouldn’t label one pollinator as the one to rule them all.
Wall Street Journal: Wisconsin Governor’s Race Seen as 2016 Bellwether
- If Wisconsin’s Republican Gov. Scott Walker can prevail over Democrat Mary Burke in November, the results will affect not just the governor’s own political future as a potential presidential candidate, but how the GOP looks at 2016.
Baltimore Sun: County bill sparks debate over tourism on farms
- The county bill, known as Zoning Regulations — Agriculture Tourism, has the support of many farmers seeking new ways to squeeze a profit from their land. The legislation, scheduled for a vote next week, spells out a number of agriculture-related activities that farmers would be able to host "by right."
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