Daily Harvest -- 1/8/2015
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Port dispute headed toward federal mediation
- (Subscriber only) A labor dispute that has led to congestion at dozens of West Coast ports will receive federal mediation assistance after a joint request from both workers and employers.
Agri-Pulse: Ex-House aide named EPA ag liaison
- A Colorado state agriculture official and former congressional aide has been selected as the EPA's next agriculture liaison.
Agri-Pulse: Agriculture lands first drone approval
- (Subscriber only) The Federal Aviation Administration on Tuesday granted its first exemption allowing commercial use of an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) in agriculture to Advanced Aviation Solutions of Boise, Idaho.
Wall Street Journal: Monsanto Posts Profit Above Expectations, Warns of Corn Weakness
- Monsanto Co.’s fiscal first-quarter earnings fell less than analysts had expected, helped by strength in its soybean-seed segment, but the company warned that declines in global corn acreage would pinch profits in its current quarter.
Agri-Pulse: Congress hoping to harvest a crop
- (Audio) After overcoming the challenge to his bid for reelection as Speaker of the House, Rep. John Boehner of Ohio used a very agricultural metaphor to urge Democrats and Republicans to work together.
The Hill: Senate GOP defiant after veto threats
- Senate Republicans were defiant Wednesday in the face of multiple veto threats from President Obama for the bills at the top of their legislative agenda.
Watertown Daily Times: Milk glut reverses fortunes of NNY dairy farmers
- Dairy farmers say a massive milk glut across the Northeast has compelled Dairy Farmers of America to charge them extra to find a home for it. Some farms were even asked by the national cooperative to dump their milk during the holiday season, when milk processors were shut down.
New York Times: From a Pile of Dirt, Hope for a Powerful New Antibiotic
- An unusual method for producing antibiotics may help solve an urgent global problem: the rise in infections that resist treatment with commonly used drugs, and the lack of new antibiotics to replace ones that no longer work.
Agri-Pulse: Senate GOP seeks Dem votes for veto-proof Keystone margin
- Senate Republicans scrambled to secure a veto-proof margin for legislation approving the Keystone XL pipeline but said they may have to attach the measure to a must-pass bill later.
Bloomberg: Gasoline Price Plunge in U.S. Slowed by Higher Ethanol Costs
- The biggest plunge in U.S. gasoline prices since 2008 is slowing as higher ethanol boosts the cost to make the motor fuel.
Wall Street Journal: Oil-Product Prices Fall as Supplies Climb
- Prices at the gas pump are heading even lower. Gasoline futures fell to nearly a six-year low on Wednesday after U.S. government data showed oil and fuel supplies rising to a record high last week, the latest evidence of a petroleum glut that has rattled financial markets and raised questions about the strength of global economic growth.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Associated Press: Federal judge blocks California's ban on foie gras
- Foie gras can go back on the menu in California after a federal judge on Wednesday overturned the state's ban on the sale of the fatty duck and goose liver.
Indianapolis Star: GMOs in your food? Indiana lawmaker pushes for labeling
- Advocates hoping to see labels on genetically modified foods have a Republican state senator as an unlikely ally in Indiana.
Burlington Free Press: Judge scrutinizes arguments over Vermont GMO law
- The state of Vermont and the Grocery Manufacturers Association are in federal court today, making oral arguments before Judge Christina Reiss concerning the lawsuit the GMA brought against the state to throw out the nation's first law requiring labeling for GMO ingredients.
Bloomberg: Eating Avocados Daily May Be Good for the Heart, Study Shows
- Guacamole lovers take note: Eating avocados daily along with a healthy diet may be good for your heart, new research found.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Agri-Pulse: Senate plots 'early' action on trade powers
- Senate Republicans are promising to move quickly on a bill to give President Obama fast-track trade negotiating authority without protections leading Democrats want.
Wall Street Journal: House Republican Push to Roll Back Wall Street Regulations Fails
- A push by House Republicans to roll back a series of Wall Street regulations failed to advance Wednesday amid resistance from Democrats, an unexpected setback for the GOP’s efforts to use its increased majority to ease financial rules.
Reuters: EU referendum biggest threat to UK farming - Scottish minister
- A referendum on European Union membership is the biggest threat facing British farming, the Cabinet Secretary responsible for agriculture in Scotland's parliament said on Wednesday.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch: McCaskill to travel to Cuba to assess markets for Missouri agriculture
- McCaskill told reporters Wednesday she had planned a trip before President Barack Obama’s announcement last month that he would take steps to normalize relations with the country.
The Hill: McConnell says Obama 'born again' on trade agenda
- The Senate's top Republican reiterated on Wednesday that he is ready to work with the Obama administration on its ambitious trade agenda.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Agri-Pulse: Senate panel to challenge water rule, endangered species enforcement
- The new chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee is pledging to take on the Obama administration over the proposed Clean Water Act rule and its enforcement of the Endangered Species Act.
Bloomberg: EU Banned Pesticides to Help Bees, But Now Other Bugs Are Invading
- The European Union has a bug problem. After regulators in late 2013 banned pesticides called neonicotinoids, linked in some studies to the unintended deaths of bees, farmers across the continent applied older chemicals to which many pests had developed a resistance, allowing them to survive.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
The Hill: Grassley: House should go first on immigration
- The new Republican chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee says the House should act first on comprehensive immigration reform.
Capital Press: Prospects for immigration reform uncertain
- The next few months could be key on the immigration issue in Washington, D.C., farm labor leaders say. They have mixed opinions on whether Congress and the president will reach a deal.
Agri-Pulse: Mike Johanns elected to Deere board
- Former U.S. Sen. Mike Johanns has been elected to serve on the board of directors of agricultural equipment giant Deere & Co.
Reuters: Start-up U.S. crop company snags pharmaceutical executive as CEO
- Symbiota, a start-up agricultural plant health company planning to tweak the capabilities of wheat, corn, soy and other crops in ways that improve yields, has named a former pharmaceutical executive as its president and chief executive officer.
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