Ethanol Maker Closes Plant – August 21, 2019

Largest ethanol maker closes Indiana plant, blames EPA waivers

At the same time that POET, the largest U.S. ethanol maker, said it was forced to shut down an Indiana plant due to EPA “mismanagement” of the ethanol mandate, the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee said that “farmers feel the government isn’t keeping its word” on biofuels.

Higher risk of cross-contamination when chicken is washed

Consumers are more likely to spread bacteria from raw chicken to salad ingredients when they wash the chicken, according to a USDA-funded study released on Tuesday.

The Future of Food Summit – EatingWell & IFIC

September 18, 2019 – New York City

For the first time ever, EatingWell and the International Food Information Council Foundation are bringing together thought leaders across academia, agriculture, manufacturing, technology, retail and the media to discuss the Future of Food and how our food system needs to change for the better. Taking place on September 18 in NYC, the summit will feature thought-provoking panel discussions, including a keynote address by Ali Bouzari, Co-Founder of Pilot R&D and Render. For a full line-up of panel topics and speakers and to buy tickets, visit #futureoffood


Consent order rebounds against CFTC (Financial Times): Kraft Heinz and Mondelez accused the Commodity Futures Trading Commission of violating the terms of a consent order in which the companies agreed to pay a $16 million fine to resolve an alleged wheat-trading scheme.

Pesticides suspected in Brazil bee deaths (BBC): Researchers are blaming pesticides, including many banned in the EU, for the death of a half-billion bees in the past three months in Brazil, where the government has reduced restrictions on use of the chemicals.

Water-testing funds are unused (Cedar Rapids Gazette): More than half of Iowa’s 99 counties are spending less than half of the money available to them to test private wells for bacteria, nitrate, and arsenic, says a University of Iowa study.

Castro unveils animal welfare plan (Los Angeles Times): Presidential aspirant Julian Castro announced an animal welfare plan that would strengthen federal protection of endangered species, make animal cruelty a federal crime, and permanently ban horse slaughter for human consumption.

EPA, states talk less about dicamba damage (DTN/Progressive Farmer):  Unlike in 2018, farm state officials have had little to no direct contact with EPA headquarters this summer about reports of “off-target” damage from the herbicide dicamba.

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