Agriculture News Links – December 16, 2013


Paul Signac: The Pine, Saint Tropez, 1892-1893 ~ Oil on Wood ~ Hermitage, St. Petersburg

USDA, Navy Expand Farm-to-Fleet Biofuels Program (Farm Futures) Note that Vilsack sees the Navy as a consumer of biofuels “regardless of what the EPA may or may not do.”

Oil Seen as Main Driver of Ethanol and Grain Prices in UN Study. By Rudy Ruitenberg. (Bloomberg) AND Ethanol blends carry hidden risk. By Mike Williams. (Phys.org) AND Bill Would Axe Corn Ethanol Mandate. (Reuters)

New FDA ‘Rules’ Not Likely to Reduce Antibiotic Use On Farm. By Beth Hoffman. (Forbes)

Farmers Hoard Corn as Prices Drop. By Tony C. Dreibus. (WSJ) AND China rejects fifth US corn cargo in a month, citing GMO strain. (RT)

● FARMLAND: Canada’s CPPIB to buy farmland portfolio in Saskatchewan. By Euan Rocha and Rod Nickel. (Reuters) AND Iowa Farmland Values Hit a Record High. By Andrew Martin. (Bloomberg)

Two crop scientists from China are accused of trying to steal rice seed samples from a biopharmaceutical research facility in Kansas. By Bryan Thompson. (KMUW-Wichita) AND Three Chinese men charged with stealing U.S. seed technology. By Carey Gillam. (Reuters)

● ENERGY: New oil boom lurks in Denver-Julesburg Basin. By Mark Jaffe. (Denver Post) (Don’t miss the sentence, “Those old wells are perfect pathways for pollutants.”)

● ECONOMIC: Stagflation is not our fate — unless we let it be. By Lawrence Summers. (Wash-Post)

Progress Report: I’m very pleased to say that the new sister-site of Big Picture Agriculture is coming along and should be up and running in a couple short weeks. In the meantime, I shall keep you in suspense …stay tuned.—Kay

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