Daily Harvest -- 10/30/2014
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Enrollment, comment dates extended on USDA dairy programs
- Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today an extension of deadlines related to Department of Agriculture dairy programs approved in the 2014 Farm Bill.
Agri-Pulse: Ag coalition issues reports documenting the benefits of neonics
- A series of reports released today by a coalition of agricultural companies shows, in part, that without the use of widely used and controversial insecticide, North American farmers would need to resort to using more and older chemicals.
Wall Street Journal: Bayer to Buy Crop-Protection, Land-Management Assets From DuPont
- German pharmaceutical and chemicals company Bayer AG said Wednesday that its crop-science unit has signed an agreement to buy certain crop-protection and land-management assets from DuPont .
Reuters: Factbox: GMO crops have history of controversy
- Since commercialization of the world's first genetically engineered crops in 1995-1996, there has been an ongoing debate globally about the safety and effectiveness of the crops.
Bloomberg: Hungry Chickens Spark Biggest Feed-Price Rally Since ’74
- Freight trains aren’t getting food to chickens fast enough, sending prices for livestock feed made from soybeans toward the biggest monthly gain in 40 years.
Reuters: As debate rages, GMO labeling votes loom in Oregon, Colorado
- With less than a week before voters in two U.S. states weigh measures to require labeling of foods made with genetically modified ingredients, labeling supporters were hoping for victory but planning for defeat.
The Hill: House to vote on bill requiring EPA to share scientific basis for regulations
- The House will vote on legislation preventing the Environmental Protection Agency from issuing regulations, unless all scientific data to support implementation is publicly available.
Wall Street Journal: The Last Anti-Fat Crusaders
- The top scientist guiding the U.S. government’s nutrition recommendations made an admission last month that would surprise most Americans. Low-fat diets, Alice Lichtenstein said, are “probably not a good idea.” It was a rare public acknowledgment conceding the failure of the basic principle behind 35 years of official American nutrition advice.
Wall Street Journal: Energy Boom Can Withstand Steeper Oil-Price Drop
- Oil prices would need to fall at least another $20 a barrel to choke off the U.S. energy boom, industry experts say, though some smaller American producers would face serious problems from a more modest decline.
Wall Street Journal: TransCanada to File ‘Energy East’ Oil Pipeline Application
- TransCanada Corp. will file an application Thursday with Canada’s main energy regulator for a proposed pipeline that would ship landlocked western Canadian crude to eastern Canadian refineries, and get the crude to Gulf Coast refineries.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Agri-Pulse: Dairy group announces partnerships to pump up fluid milk consumption
- Over the past four decades, consumption of fluid dairy products has dropped with each generation. Today, Dairy Management Inc. (DMI) announced seven partnerships investing more than a half billion dollars in an effort to put fluid milk back in the center of the rapidly growing health and wellness beverage market.
Agri-Pulse: Dairy checkoff aims to ignite fluid milk innovation
- (Audio) Dairy Management Inc. announced seven new partnerships to ignite fluid milk innovation. The joint venture is between select cooperatives and Coca-Cola Company, to help reverse years of fluid milk consumption declines.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Bloomberg: Pork Feast in Vietnam Spurs Monsanto GM Corn Push
- Vietnam plans to sow genetically modified crops for the first time as demand for corn to fatten hogs expands in the country where pork consumption climbed 80 percent in the past decade.
Bloomberg: Russian Cheese, Anyone? Imports Hard to Replace in Moscow
- Nikolai Borisov, the proprietor of three Italian restaurants in Moscow, has been forced to take Gorgonzola cheese and Parma ham off his menus after President Vladimir Putin banned some food imports in August.
Reuters: U.S. businesses urge action on fast-track trade authority
- U.S. businesses urged President Barack Obama on Wednesday to make a case for fast-track authority on trade agreements before his upcoming trip to Asia, which is seen as an opportunity to push a Pacific trade deal.
The Guardian: Agriculture insurance: freeing farmers from extreme weather risk
- In India and Ghana insurance has changed smallholders’ planting behaviour, encouraging more investment in their farms.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Agri-Pulse: USDA to provide $4 million for honey bee habitat
- Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that more than $4 million in technical and financial assistance will be provided to help farmers and ranchers in the Midwest improve the health of honey bees.
Los Angeles Times: Prop. 1 aims to relieve drought — but not this one
- California's stubborn drought helped push a $7.5-billion water bond through the Legislature and onto the November ballot. But even if voters approve Proposition 1, it won't provide relief any time soon.
Nature World News: Salt Poisoning Costs Agriculture $27 Billion Every Year
- A team of international experts has now found that salt poisoning costs the world an additional 2,000 hectares of agricultural soil every day, and while some of this is natural, a large part can be blamed on irrigation.
Associated Press: California Drought Takes Bite out of Rice Harvest
- California's deepening drought is shrinking its rice harvest, and that's bad news for farmers, migratory birds and sushi lovers.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Los Angeles Times: Few Latinos 'angry' over Obama immigration policy, but support slips
- Only a small minority of Latino voters report that they are “angry” over President Obama’s decision this year to delay executive action on immigration reform, but disappointment over his deportation policies is widespread, and Democrats have suffered a decline in support from a crucial voting bloc, according to a new poll from the Pew Research Center.
Southeast Farm Press: Tobacco growers say “no” on child labor
- Child labor on tobacco farms became quite a controversial issue in 2014, and two organizations of tobacco farmers took a stand objecting to any use of hired child labor in leaf production.
BBC: Switzerland's shame: The children used as cheap farm labour
- Thousands of people in Switzerland who were forced into child labour are demanding compensation for their stolen childhoods. Since the 1850s hundreds of thousands of Swiss children were taken from their parents and sent to farms to work - a practice that continued well into the 20th Century.
The Business Journal: Chowchilla co. signs farm labor agreement
- The voluntary agreement, overseen by the Labor Department's Wage and Hour division, is the first by a farm management company in the San Joaquin Valley.
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