Daily Harvest -- 10/29/2014
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Cattle on feed and outlook for pork production
- (Audio) The latest cattle on feed report shows a slight decline from last year. Placements in feedlot were up 1 percent last month, but were the second lowest since 1996. Prices continue to trend higher.
Oregonian Online: GMO labeling trails by six points in Oregon Measure 92 poll
- Oregon's Measure 92 to require labeling of GMO foods is behind by six points, according to a new poll released Tuesday, just a week before Election Day.
Bloomberg: DuPont Sales Trail Estimates Amid Lower Farm Spending
- DuPont Co. (DD), the biggest U.S. chemical maker by market value, posted a surprise drop in third-quarter sales amid reduced buying by farmers and rising competition in solar-panel materials.
Des Moines Register: Report: Increased ethanol drops energy content of gas
- The growing use of ethanol in the country's gasoline supply has reduced the average energy content of a gallon of gasoline by about 3 percent during the last two decades, the government said Monday.
New York Times: Beijing Zeroes In on Energy Potential of South China Sea
- For the past several years, China has been throwing its weight around the South China Sea, a body of water studded with coral reefs that laps at the shores of not only China but also Vietnam, Malaysia, the Philippines, Brunei and Taiwan.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Agri-Pulse: Americans say their sausage king is Italian
- October is National Sausage Month, and Americans surveyed have crowned a king. An online survey found Italian sausage edging out breakfast sausage as America's favorite, with kielbasa and bratwurst in the number three and four slots.
Agri-Pulse: Environmental Working Group debuts nutritional database
- The Environmental Working Group has released an online database with entries on more than 80,000 foods that it hopes will help consumers make healthier choices at the grocery store, but critics maintain will only add to the confusion about "good" versus "bad" foods, setting up price-conscious consumers for even more difficult choices.
Washington Post: Chefs and scientists team up to make Japanese food even more delicious
- In a university laboratory in Kyoto, a city known for producing the most exquisite food in a country known for its exquisite food, a group of renowned chefs in white coats has been conducting experiments with one question in mind: Can science make their perfect dishes even more perfect?
Capital Press: Down dairy markets took ‘silvering lining’ with them
- The bears won last week. Cash cheese and butter prices plunged. Block Cheddar ended two weeks of “recovery,” closing Friday at $2.14 per pound, down 14 3/4-cents on the week but 26 1/2-cents above a year ago.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Agri-Pulse: US and Mexico reach deal averting duties on Mexican sugar
- The U.S. and Mexico have reached a deal that would avert potentially steep duties on Mexico sugar imports that U.S. producers said were being unfairly subsidized and dumped into the U.S. market at below production costs.
Agri-Pulse: Syngenta sees silver lining in China?s rejection of corn trait
- (Subscriber only) In the wake of controversy surrounding China's rejection of Syngenta's genetically modified corn trait, Syngenta can strengthen grain supply management in North America in a way it's never been done before, Chuck Lee, the head of corn for Syngenta, said at the company's media summit in Washington on Tuesday.
Reuters: Exclusive: Smoother grain flow points to Ottawa lifting rail regulations
- Barring a sudden pile-up of grain across Western Canada in the next five weeks, Ottawa will lift requirements that railways move minimum volumes of crops, Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz said in an interview.
Wall Street Journal: Congo Seeks Investors for Farmland Bigger Than France
- The Democratic Republic of Congo plans to lease farmland covering an area larger than France in an attempt to attract capital and technology capable of boosting jobs and food productivity in one of the world’s poorest countries.
The Hill: House Dem calls for end of US embargo on Cuba
- Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.) on Tuesday said the U.S. embargo against Cuba is outdated. The United Nations General Assembly voted Tuesday — for the 23rd time — to condemn the U.S. economic embargo against Cuba. Out of 193 nations, 188 voted for the resolution slamming the U.S. restrictions.
Bloomberg: De Gucht Warns EU That U.S. May Cut Off Free-Trade Talks
- Europe’s outgoing trade chief said the U.S. may break off talks on a commercial accord in early 2015 unless Europeans show a firmer willingness to include investment-protection provisions in any deal.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Agri-Pulse: USDA, NFWF partner on southern solutions
- Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says a new partnership between USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) will provide additional support for restoration of the Gulf of Mexico ecosystem in response to impacts from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill.
Breitbart: Talking Chickens Ad Puts Bruce Braley on the Defensive in Pivotal Iowa Senate Race
- A new ad featuring talking chickens threatens to further place embattled Iowa Senate Democratic candidate Rep. Bruce Braley on the defensive for attempting to sue his next-door neighbor over chickens she uses as therapy animals for autistic children.
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