Daily Harvest -- 10/17/2014
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: EPA analysis sees no soybean yield increase with neonicotinoid seed treatments
- (Subscriber only) An EPA analysis has concluded that there is little or no increase in soybean yields using most neonicotinoid seed treatments when compared to using no pest control at all.
Agri-Pulse: USDA announces loan guarantees for rural electric grids
- Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced $1.4 billion in loan guarantees to improve the delivery of electric power to rural communities in 21 states.
Agri-Pulse: Natural Resources Defense Council sues EPA to block Enlist Duo
- The Natural Resources Defense Council filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the Environmental Protection Agency to block the use of a dual herbicide produced by Dow AgroSciences known as Enlist Duo.
Agri-Pulse: CHS tops list of top 100 ag cooperatives
- Minnesota-based CHS Inc. was the top agricultural cooperative in 2013, according to USDA data, bringing in more revenue than the rest of the top five cooperatives combined.
New Jersey On-Line: Danny DeVito to Chris Christie: Free the pigs!
- First Martha Stewart lobbied legislators to override Gov. Chris Chrisite’s veto of a bill banning keeping pregnant pigs in crates. That didn’t work. So now animal rights activists are bringing in another Jersey-bred celebrity: Danny DeVito.
Wall Street Journal: Yamaha Waits for FAA Approval on Agricultural Drone
- An unmanned helicopter took flight, Wednesday, hovering about 20 feet over a vineyard in California’s Napa Valley, spraying water as it steadily moved up and down the rows of grapes. The helicopter, made by Yamaha Motor Co., has been used in Japan for about two decades to spray crops.
Reuters: Exclusive: U.S. farmers seen cutting fertilizer use as crop prices slide
- U.S. farmers are cutting back on spreading fertilizer this autumn in response to a drop in crop prices to multi-year lows and a delayed harvest, dealers say, warning of a pullback that will be felt from grain markets to Canadian potash mines.
Agri-Pulse: New mobile app for ethanol advocacy
- (Audio) The Renewable Fuels Association has just introduced a new mobile app for ethanol advocates called RFA Advocacy. It can be downloaded for free on Androids or iPhones and includes RFA talking points and infographics and includes a feature that allows users to send letters directly to Congress.
The Times-Picayune: Campaign ads blaming restrictive energy policies for economic problems are hogwash says environmental group
- On Thursday, the the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), issued a report suggesting that smarter use of energy is the single most important contributor to recent positive trends -- such as lower gas prices.
Trib Live: Southwestern Energy snaps up assets in Marcellus, Utica from Chesapeake
- Chesapeake Energy continued its sell-off of gas drilling operations in the Marcellus and Utica shales Thursday with its biggest withdrawal from Appalachia.
The Hill: Solar power leaders back EPA climate rule
- Business leaders in the solar power industry have endorsed the Environmental Protection Agency’s carbon rule proposal for power plants.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Agri-Pulse: Food Policy Action grades Congress on ‘food movement’ issues
- Food Policy Action, a group that formed in 2012 “to hold legislators accountable on votes that have an effect on food and farming,” has released its latest scorecard for members of the 113th Congress.
Agri-Pulse: World Food Day puts focus on family farming
- It's World Food Day and this year the spotlight is on the family farm, which the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO) says is central to solving global hunger.
Agri-Pulse: Report shows need for STEM talent to address global food security
- A report released today at the World Food Prize 2014 Borlaug Dialogue identifies a growing gap between the supply of new graduates trained in agriculture-related science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields and the demand for young professionals in related roles by global food and agriculture employers.
Oregon Live: GMO labeling in Oregon: Measure 92 turns state into 'battleground for food culture'
- Forces for and against mandatory labeling of genetically engineered foods sold in Oregon agree on almost nothing.
Wall Street Journal: Cocoa Industry Comes Together to Boost Yields
- Major players in the global cocoa and chocolate industry are working together in an effort to drive up cocoa production to meet growing demand.
Wall Street Journal: Forward Push on Soda Ban
- Mayor Bill de Blasio ’s administration is exploring new ways to regulate the size of large sugary drinks in New York City, holding high-level meetings behind closed doors with health advocates and beverage industry executives.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Wall Street Journal: In New Zealand, Higher Beef Prices Loom
- U.S. consumers’ love of hamburgers is having an unpalatable side effect halfway across the globe in New Zealand: higher beef prices.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
San Francisco Chronicle: Winter rains not likely to ease California drought
- Drought conditions will likely ease in much of the West this winter, but not in most of California, according to a new climate report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Scientific American: Dust Bowl Conditions Not Rivaled in 1000 Years
- They found that the 1934 drought covered more than 70% of western North America and was 30% more intense than the second most severe drought in the region, which happened in 1580.
Wall Street Journal: Think the Kansas City Royals Are Named for Kings? That’s a Bunch of Bull
- You probably think the name of the Kansas City Royals, who on Wednesday won the American League pennant, is meant to associate the baseball team with castles and courts, purple and ermine. Oh, no, it is something with a much grander local lineage: a livestock show.
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