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No More Coal-Fired Generators?

Thu, 2012-03-29 12:39
In general, a bullet to the coal industry provides a shot in the arm for natural gas. That the latest proposals from the Environmental Protection Agency haven't done so is telling. The EPA wants to limit carbon emissions from new power plants to a level that, in practical terms, could only be met by efficient gas-fired turbines. This is supportive of gas taking market share from its lumpy rival.

Insight: Seeds of trouble sown at Diamond Foods years ago

Mon, 2012-03-19 08:55
The accounting scandal at snack maker Diamond Foods in recent months may have shocked shareholders and some California walnut farmers. But a number of accounting and industry experts spotted red flags some time before. A close examination of business practices at Diamond Foods, the nation's largest walnut processor and maker of Emerald nuts, points up a number of warning signs, including unusual timing of payments to growers, a leap in profit margins, and volatile inventories and cash flows.

Chinese banquet is nearing the end - Outside the Box - MarketWatch

Thu, 2012-03-15 09:29
Like the rest of the world, China’s recovery from the global financial crisis was the result of “Botox economics.” Taking advantage of a centrally controlled, command economy, Beijing boosted output through government spending and directed bank lending to maintain growth.

Animal import bans put UK drug research at risk | Reuters

Wed, 2012-03-14 08:29
Vital medical research is under threat in Britain because ferry companies and airlines are bowing to pressure from animal rights activists and refusing to carry animals destined for laboratory testing, scientists and drugmakers said on Wednesday. Researchers said all ferry companies operating routes into Britain had now banned the import of mice, rats and other animals, which are used in research labs to explore the potential of experimental new drugs.

China to add to squeeze on world corn supply

Fri, 2012-03-09 11:04
Beijing and the influential U.S. agriculture department may have overstated China's corn crop by as much as 14 percent, pointing to higher imports from the world's second-largest consumer of the grain that could squeeze already tightening global supplies. If China plugs the gap between projected and actual domestic supply with additional corn imports, it would drive up international prices already near four-month highs. Wheat markets could feel the impact too if Beijing snaps up the grain as a substitute to corn for animal feed.

Corn Used More for Ethanol than Feed in US

Mon, 2012-03-05 07:29
US - For the first time in US history, ethanol refiners are consuming more of the US corn crop than livestock producers and this trend is set to continue to at least 2014 as government mandates and exports boost fuel demand, writes Gerard Brickley, Director of Meat at Bord Bia, the Irish Food Board. Corn use for ethanol has risen almost fourfold from 1.32 billion bushels in 2005 to 5.02 billion in 2011, exceeding 40 per cent of the total harvest last year. Feed, which previously accounted for the biggest share of the crop, fell by almost 22 per cent during the period to 4.79 billion bushels as livestock and poultry farmers in the US turned to alternative feeds, including dried distillers grain, an ethanol byproduct.

USB Study: Regulations to Push Up Food Prices

Sat, 2012-03-03 20:20
If you apply Newton's third law, the equal and opposite reaction to potential increased regulations on the U.S. poultry and livestock sectors may be anything but pleasant for consumers who are already facing increased food costs associated with higher input costs.

Corn Imports by China Seen Increasing Sevenfold on Demand - Businessweek

Fri, 2012-02-24 13:49
Corn imports by China, the world’s second-largest consumer, may surge sevenfold to a record 28 million metric tons by 2015-2016 as local production fails to keep pace with increased demand, according to INTL FCStone Inc. Imports may gain from 4 million tons in 2011-2012 and reach 13 million tons by 2012-2013, Mike O’Dea, senior risk manager, told a conference in Singapore. The local harvest may reach 187 million tons next year, 6.5 percent less than projected demand, according to a presentation from O’Dea.

LightSquared Roundup: Looking to Lawyers

Thu, 2012-02-23 14:04
The FCC announced earlier this week that permission to build the network would be denied. Other investors have also sought legal advice on possible litigation. The primary objective of any lawsuit would likely be to force a technical fix to the GPS interference, either by allowing LightSquared to swap its wireless airwave license for a different bandwidth or by forcing GPS operators to use filters to block LightSquared's signals.

Panel established to review animal activists’ videos News

Wed, 2012-02-22 17:15
The pork production sector has seen a rash of pressure from animal activists in recent weeks, the latest being an undercover video at an Iowa hog farm. Those working daily with farm animals have different experiences and expertise in animal care and can sort through the credibility of what the videos show. To the public, however, the hidden camera investigations can raise many questions and the perspectives they hear are too often one-sided.

"Agent Orange" Corn: Biotech Only Winner in Chemical Arms Race as Herbicide Resistant Crops Fail

Wed, 2012-02-22 17:08
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is currently deciding whether or not to approve an application by Dow Chemical for its controversial genetically engineered (GE) corn variety that is resistant to the highly toxic herbicide 2,4-D, one of the main ingredients in Agent Orange.

Exploding hog barns beckon U researchers

Wed, 2012-02-22 17:06
A few years ago, hog farmers throughout the Midwest noticed foam building on top of their manure pits. Soon after, barns began exploding, killing thousands of hogs while farmers lost millions of dollars. A team of University of Minnesota researchers is looking to find a fix for the foam that is plaguing hog farms. The foam traps gases like methane and when a spark ignites it causes an explosion. About a half dozen barns in the Midwest have exploded since the foam was discovered in 2009.

Allendale: US Pork Supply vs Global Demand

Wed, 2012-02-22 17:05
From an overall meat demand perspective, the world market is a major driver and a key reason why the US has been trading at extended price levels the past few years. In 2011, the IMF lowered the GDP numbers a little bit, but the US is expected to see average growth - in the 1 to 2 per cent range for 2012, said Rich Nelson, Allendale director of research, in late January at the Allendale Ag Leaders Outlook Conference.

Vegetarian Doctors Go Whole Hog to Burn Bacon in Iowa -

Wed, 2012-02-22 17:03
On Saturday, pork aficionados will meet up in Des Moines, Iowa, for the fifth annual Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival, billed as America's "premier" bacon celebration. The event, which sold out all 4,000 tickets in 25 minutes, offers something to make every swine lover swoon: unlimited bacon samples, a bacon-eating contest, educational lectures, a bacon-themed songwriting contest and crowning of a new bacon queen. Organizers plan to serve up about three tons of the fatty strips.

Regulatory Pressures and Product Variations to Drive Growth in the Global Feed Acidifiers Market, According to New Report by Global Industry Analysts, Inc.

Wed, 2012-02-22 17:01
Much in contrast to popular opinion, the use of organic/inorganic acids and salts as feed acidifiers in animal diet has been a long-standing concept. The livestock industry has been using both organic and inorganic acids for promoting animal health for over three decades. However, the complete ban on use of Antibiotic Growth Promoters (AGPs) by EU in 2006, sparked an aggressive search for new alternatives, thus bringing life to latent interest and demand for non-antibiotic substitutes such as probiotics and feed acidifiers. During the recent years, the concept of feed acidification witnessed growth in several European and Asian countries and end-users are seen increasingly seeking complete technical information relating to mould inhibitors, acids, and antioxidants.

USDA signs MOU with FDA

Wed, 2012-02-22 16:57
USDA signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Food & Drug Administration, effective Jan. 19, which will serve as an umbrella agreement to aid in the exchange of information related to food safety and public health activities beyond existing agreements.

MF Global Failure Creating Tax Nightmare for Farmers - US Business News - CNBC

Tue, 2012-02-21 16:20
Thousands of former clients of the failed brokerage, including farmers, cattle ranchers and investors, have not yet received tax forms that detail their profits and losses, preventing them from preparing accurate returns for the Internal Revenue Service ahead of a rapidly approaching deadline.

Renewable fuel scales up, hits bumps - MarketWatch

Fri, 2012-02-17 11:34
While a fresh crop of renewable-fuel ventures has attracted billions in financial backing from eager investors, the daunting task of moving from the laboratory to profitable commercial production still poses a major hurdle for many of them.

The impact of feeding of Mg supplements on the quality of pork

Wed, 2012-02-15 15:13
A number of studies have reported that feeding above the nutritional requirement of Mg to pigs in the last few days prior to slaughter improves pork colour and water-holding capacity, and it may affect lipid oxidation of stored pork. To date, no studies have been devoted to the effect of dietary Mg supplementation on pork in modified atmosphere packaging (MAP); therefore, the aim of this study was to compare the effect of dietary supplementation with different sources of Mg on pork quality during 13 days of storage at 4 ± 1 °C under modified atmosphere.

The time has come to end the beef with Washington - The China Post

Wed, 2012-02-15 15:10
The new beef war between Taiwan and the United States touched off Uncle Sam's insistence on making Taipei's lifting of the ban on American beef with ractopamine residues a sine qua non for resumption of negotiations on the Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA), and is threatening to become fiercer as hog farmers are getting ready to march on the Office of the President to protest against the bullying from across the Pacific.