Daily Harvest -- 1/12/2015
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Senate biotech critic gets key committee post
- A senator who has clashed with the agricultural biotech industry has been named the top Democrat on the Senate Appropriations panel that writes budgets for the Agriculture Department and Food and Drug Administration.
Agri-Pulse: AFBF’s Stallman wants Congress to work so farmers can do the same
- American Farm Bureau Federation President Bob Stallman said it's time for members of the 114th Congress to show it's not another “do nothing” body of lawmakers and give farmers and ranchers much-needed certainty.
Wall Street Journal: Hog prices fall as herds rebound from virus
- U.S. hogs are trading at the lowest prices in nearly two years as herds recover from a deadly virus.
Billings Gazette: Cattle plunge through ice, die in mass drowning
- A group of cattle lie dead on White Clay Reservoir on Thursday afternoon after wandering onto the ice.
Agri-Pulse: New Ag committee chief Conaway, Vilsack talk issues at USDA
- Rep. Mike Conaway met with Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack for the first time as chairman of the House Agriculture Committee late last week, a meeting that Conaway spokesman Ted Monoson described as a “get to know each other” session.
The Hill: House to vote on bill to change Dodd-Frank again next week
- The House plans to reconsider a bill to amend the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial system overhaul, as well as a regulatory process reform measure.
Hoosier Ag Today: Executives predict future of agriculture
- The American Farm Bureau Federation kicked off its 96th Annual Convention and IDEAg Trade Show with a panel discussion for VIP attendees, “The Future of Agriculture,” featuring executives from Wal-Mart, DuPont Pioneer and CNH Industrial Precision Solutions & Telematics.
Agri-Pulse: Nebraska Supreme Court lifts obstacle to Keystone pipeline
- A major roadblock to the Keystone XL pipeline was removed today when the Nebraska Supreme Court overturned a lower court decision and upheld a state law that allowed the governor to approve the route of the project within the state.
Agri-Pulse: Democrats deny Republicans veto-proof margin on Keystone
- House Democrats deny Republicans a veto-proof margin on the Keystone XL pipeline, ensuring that the standoff with the White House with the project is likely to continue.
New York Times: Obama facing rising pressure on Keystone oil pipeline
- President Obama came under new pressure on Friday to make a decision on the Keystone XL oil pipeline as the Nebraska Supreme Court cleared the way for its construction through the state and the House passed a bill to approve the project.
Financial Times: Oil price fall adds to biofuel’s woes
- Low oil prices may be good news for the world’s oil consumers but they are bad news for the world’s biofuel producers.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Washington Post: Listeria outbreak that killed three is traced to California apple supplier
- Health officials have traced an outbreak of listeria in pre-packaged caramel apples that killed three people and sickened 29 more to a California apple distributor, the Food and Drug Administration announced Saturday.
Agri-Pulse: Lobbyist pocked to lead Senate Ag committee as it rewrites nutrition programs
- A top lobbyist for food and beverage giant PepsiCo Inc. who was formerly a top aide to Senate Agriculture Chairman Pat Roberts is taking over as the panel's chief of staff as it prepares to rewrite federal child nutrition policy.
Agri-Pulse: USDA proposes new nutrition standards for children in day care
- Meals provided to children and adults in day care would contain more fruits, whole grains and less sugar and fat under new “science-based” nutrition standards in a rule proposed by USDA.
Newsweek: Food and cancer: The missing link
- A recent study by researchers at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine contends that most occurrences of cancers are simply a result of bad luck.
USA Today: Food trends cater to youth in 2015
- Some surprising culinary trends will take shape in the new year as America's foodies and young foodies-in-training drive the evolution of the nation's appetite.
NY Daily News: The children of immigrants are just as likely to go into food service as they are medicine
- The American Dream is just as valid when you're running your own food cart, creating a new yogurt, or keeping a seltzer business alive
Idaho Statesman: Farmers divided over GMO labeling
- Some Idaho farmers would like the Legislature to pass a bill to forestall a statewide initiative that would require labeling of all genetically modified foods.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Washington Post: Despite changes, U.S. businesses still face a minefield of sanctions in Cuba
- To the Cuban government, it is “The Blockade,” and sometimes, “The Genocidal Blockade,” as if U.S. Navy gunboats had circled the island and cut off its inhabitants.
Agri-Pulse: Vilsack fields trade, regulatory questions from Farm Bureau members
- Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today addressed farmers' concerns about trade, environmental regulations, infrastructure and tax reform, among other topics during the first-ever town hall style meeting at the American Farm Bureau Federation's 96th Annual Convention in San Diego.
Agri-Pulse: USTR Darci Vetter talks ag trade issues at AFBF
- (Audio) U.S. trade representative Darci Vetter made an informal appearance at the AFBF Annual Meeting in San Deigo Sunday.
Agri-Pulse: Agriculture unites for normal trade with Cuba
- (Audio) Friday Update: Agricultural groups and organizations joined this week to launch the U.S. Agriculture Coalition for Cuba to liberalize trade and reestablish Cuba as a market for U.S. food and agriculture exports.
Bloomberg: Abe loses regional poll in potential blow to agriculture reform
- Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s candidate lost a race for the governorship of rural Saga prefecture to a rival backed by the agriculture sector in a blow to his plans to shake up the industry.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
St. Louis Post: Genetically-modified wheat is in the works again, but are we ready for it?
- Monsanto is once again pursuing development of genetically modified wheat - something it abandoned in the 1990s after meeting stiff resistance from farmers worried about consumer reaction.
Casper Star-Tribune: Leopold Conservation Award given
- The King Ranch Company outside of Cheyenne received the 2015 Wyoming Leopold Conservation Award, given by the Wisconsin-based Sand County Foundation and the Wyoming Stock Growers Association.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
The Hill: GOP prepares legislative assault to stop Obama on immigration
- The House plans to vote next week on legislation that would defund President Obama's executive action on immigration.
Wall Street Journal: House GOP prepares expansive rollback of Obama’s immigration policy
- House Republicans said Friday they would vote in the coming week on an expansive rollback of President Barack Obama’s immigration policy, subjecting more illegal immigrants to deportation and unraveling policies that prioritize removing criminals and recent border crossers.
New York Times: In weather fit for hibernation, Central Park grizzly bears debut
- As the city shivered around her, a 20-something blonde, new to this part of town, stood in the middle of Central Park, the wind ruffling her fur coat, and took in her surroundings.
Washington Times: More than 5,000 expected at Maine agriculture trade show
- More than 5,000 people are expected to attend the 74th annual Maine Agriculture Trade Show this week.
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