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Agri-Pulse: Washington Week Ahead: Keystone, Cuba and GMOs
Link - The 114th Congress convenes at noon on Tuesday, putting both houses in Republican hands for the first time in eight years.

Agri-Pulse: Andrew LaVigne, President and CEO ASTA
Link - (Audio) Andy LaVigne, President and CEO of the ASTA says they're introducing an educational campaign to help farmers, consumers and government agencies understand what seed companies are doing to bring new varieties to the market place. LaVigne ASTA's goal is to have a regulatory structure that is clear and transparent for the seed industry.

Agri-Pulse: Parting words from retiring USDA chief economist
Link - (Audio) The new year begins with retirement for USDA’s Chief Economist Joe Glauber. He expects lower prices than in 2007-2013, but still higher than the 2005 levels. He expects record levels of demand this year.

Agri-Pulse: Elanco completes acquisition of Novartis Animal Health
Link - Elanco has finalized its $5.4 billion acquisition of Novartis Animal Health, after the deal cleared federal anti-trust reviews.

NPR: A Young Generation Sees Greener Pastures In Agriculture
Link - It's a generation that has grown up in the digital age, but embraced some very old-school things: the farmers market, craft beer, artisan cheese. The point, they say, is to find a way to live high-quality, sustainable lives, and help others do the same.

San Francisco Examiner: Tax break sowing the seeds of urban agriculture growth
Link - In an effort to grow its agricultural output, San Francisco has become the first in the state to implement the tax-break program made possible under a state law adopted last year. In exchange for the tax break, property owners agree to have agriculture on the property for five years.

PBS: From agriculture to energy, GOP intent on pushing back in 2015
Link - Republican senators poised to lead major committees when the GOP takes charge are intent on pushing back many of President Barack Obama’s policies, setting up potential showdowns over environmental rules, financial regulations and national security.

Yahoo: New GOP Senate chairmen aim to undo Obama policies
Link - Republican senators poised to lead major committees when the GOP takes charge are intent on pushing back many of President Barack Obama's policies, setting up potential showdowns over environmental rules, financial regulations and national security.

Agri-Pulse: Farm bill, GMOs, RFS, among top issues for agriculture in 2014
Link - It's been an important year for U.S. agriculture with issues affecting farming and ranching making big news day in and day out. Here's a brief look at some of the most important agricultural stories of 2014.


Agri-Pulse: Opinion: Oil prices, cartels, and world economic realignment
Link - Mark Edelman and Barry Flinchbaugh: People are wondering if the drop in oil prices will cause a realignment of world economic order.

Politico: Expect nonstop energy drama in 2015
Link - President Barack Obama’s administration will spend 2015 taking on energy controversies from fracking to smog, from interstate air pollution to coal-burning power plants — and in December, his negotiators will head to Paris to try to reach a global agreement on climate change. In between all that, he just might make a decision on the Keystone XL pipeline.

Wall Street Journal: Falling Crude Prices Force Ethanol Makers to Take It on the Chin
Link - Ethanol makers are bracing for a drop in earnings as cheap crude pushes down the prices they fetch from refiners to blend the corn-based fuel additive into gasoline. Ethanol producers also face a recent jump in the price of corn, their main raw material.

KRQE: States work to meet new renewable energy standards
Link - From New Mexico and Texas to Montana and New York, PNM and other investor-owned utilities are facing higher renewable energy standards starting this year as numerous states and the federal government push for a reduction in the use of fossil fuels for generating electricity.


Fox Business: Beef, agriculture industries upset with dietary guidelines that consider environmental impact
Link - A new focus on the environment would mean asking people to choose more fruits, vegetables, nuts, whole grains and other plant-based foods — possibly at the expense of meat.

Politico: FTC not surveying junk food marketing to kids
Link - The Federal Trade Commission has given up on tracking how much the food industry spends to promote sugary cereal, snacks and other less than healthy foods to children, a major setback for advocates who wanted a crackdown on junk food marketing to kids.

Associated Press: New diet guidelines might reflect environment cost
Link - For years, the government has been issuing guidelines about healthy eating choices. Now, a panel that advises the Agriculture Department is ready to recommend that you be told not only what foods are better for your own health, but for the environment as well.


DW: 'We can't protect every sausage,' says German agriculture minister over TTIP deal
Link - Germany's Minister of Agriculture, Christian Schmidt, says some German specialties may be stripped of their regional protection due to a free-trade deal with the US. Schmidt claims the EU rules are "very bureaucratic."

Reuters: Obama's Cuba opening hits early obstacles, faces struggle with Congress
Link - Only two-and-a-half weeks after U.S. President Barack Obama announced a historic prisoner exchange and re-establishment of long-broken ties with Cuba, his new policy is encountering obstacles that threaten to flare up when Congress returns next week.

Politico: Trade's big breakout
Link - Republicans and President Barack Obama are both eager to act on a massive Asia-Pacific deal, an even bigger agreement with the European Union and legislation that would fast-track their approval by Congress — all of which have a shot of moving next year.


USA Today: What Mexican immigration problem? Column
Link - Underlying this debate is at least one shared assumption: There are — and always will be — millions of Mexicans ready to move permanently to the United States. What if that assumption is now completely wrong?

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