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Daily Harvest -- 8/13/2013
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Agri-Pulse: Liberal group launches GMO labeling campaign
Link - The biotechnology wars continue: Liberal policy advocacy group MoveOn has launched its own GMO labeling campaign. The group says more than 130,000 people in 35 cities participated Friday in a National Day of Action.

Agri-Pulse: Corn, soybean prices projected to increase, USDA says
Link - The projected season-average farm prices for wheat and rice are reduced, but soybean and corn prices are increased, in this months World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report released by USDA today.

Agri-Pulse: More food-insecure children have unemployed parents post-recession
Link - Between 2007 and 2011, the percentage of U.S. households with food-insecure children increased from 8.3 to 10 percent, according to a report from USDAs Economic Research Service (ERS).

Agri-Pulse: Best estimate of crops could still change
Link - (Audio) The 2013 corn crop is still looking to break new ground this year, according to USDAs latest production estimate. However, a lot can change with harvest, particularly because this years crop was planted late and is therefore more susceptible to frost, said USDA Chief Economist Joe Glauber

Agri-Pulse: Sysco sees 8.5 percent drop in fourth quarter profits
Link - Sysco Corporation today announced an 8.5 percent decrease in its FY 2013 fourth quarter net profits compared to the same period a year ago.

Wall Street Journal: National Beef Packing, JBS Won't Ban Feed Additive Shunned by Tyson Foods
Link - National Beef Packing Co. and JBS SA (JBSAY, JBSS3.BR) said Monday they would not change their cattle-buying practices after rival Tyson Foods Inc. (TSN) announced last week it would stop processing animals fed with a widely used animal supplement.

Wall Street Journal: USDA Raises Its Outlook for 2013 Beef Output by 0.8%
Link - The government, in its latest monthly supply and demand outlook report released Monday, raised its expectation for U.S. beef production this year to 25.544 billion pounds, up from 25.337 billion a month ago.

Reuters: U.S. hog farmers back in black for first time in a year
Link - For the first time in nearly 12 months hog farmers in June turned a profit as high pork prices, the result of consumers needing meat for backyard grills as the summer cookout season gained traction, had meat companies paying more for hogs.

Reuters: USDA's cut to corn, soybean crops catches market off guard
Link - U.S. farmers will reap the biggest corn crop and the third-largest soybean crop ever this fall, government forecasters said on Monday, but the harvests will be smaller than traders expected because of lower yields and ending stocks are projected to be below traders' estimates.

Wall Street Journal: Corn Prices Rise as USDA Trims Crop Forecast
Link - Corn prices rose Monday after the U.S. Department of Agriculture cut its forecast for the size of this fall's crop, though the harvest would still be the nation's largest ever.


Forbes: Limited Water Resources Might Mean Eating Less Meat
Link - A new study has found that agriculture uses far more fresh water than any other human activity. It looked at four municipalities  Phoenix, Arizona; San Antonio, Texas; San Diego, California; and Adelaide, Australia  and was authored by 14 researchers from the Nature Conservancy and several depart


Wall Street Journal: America's Farm-Labor Pool Is Graying
Link - Government data confirm that the workers who got legal status nearly three decades ago are now 49 years old, on average. The average age of farm workers overall is around 37, according to the data, up from 31 in 2000.


Des Moines Register: State Fair butter cow doused in red paint; animal rights group takes credit
Link - Vandals from the group Iowans for Animal Liberation attempted to churn controversy over factory farms by scrawling "Freedom For All" on a glass window in the display.

NPR: Colorado Seed Vault Is Fort Knox For The World's Seeds
Link - From the outside it may not look like a bastion of the American agriculture industry. Inside, it holds one of the world's largest collections of seeds, genetic material for livestock, microbes, and endangered plants under highly-sophisticated lock and key.

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