Daily Harvest -- 1/13/2016
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Wall Street Journal: Corn, Soybeans Up After Government Forecasters Cut Estimate
- Corn and soybean prices jumped Tuesday after government forecasters cut their estimate of last year’s U.S. harvests and pared their outlook for soybean supplies.
Associated Press: Report: US Farmers Plant Fewer Acres Into Winter Wheat
- U.S. farmers planted fewer acres into winter wheat last fall as growers in top-producing states, including Kansas, cut back on the crop, a government report released Tuesday shows.
Des Moines Register: Elevate food and agriculture as national priority
- (Opinion) Presidential leadership is critical as farmers and ranchers face tremendous challenges associated with market volatility, natural disasters and pathogens.
Sacramento Bee: Clashes on California water resume in DC with introduction of drainage bill
- U.S. lawmakers from California have more political turbulence ahead of them with the introduction Tuesday of a bill to settle a long-running San Joaquin Valley irrigation drainage dispute.
The News Tribune: State officials deciding on participants for hemp program
- A variety of North Dakota farmers have expressed interest in becoming part of a program this year to test whether industrial hemp could be a viable crop in the state.
Agri-Pulse: Energy bill faces tough hurdles as prices fall during election year
- (Subscriber only) The Senate GOP leadership calls the energy bill that the Energy Committee passed with a bipartisan 18-4 vote last July “a leading contender” for floor debate early this year.
Washington Post: Obama touts progress on climate, calls for economic help for coal states
- President Obama took credit Tuesday for surging growth in solar and wind power during his seven years in office, while hinting of new efforts to limit pollution from oil and gas operations.
CNN Money: Solar energy jobs double in 5 years
- The number of solar jobs in the U.S. has more than doubled in five years. In fact, there are more people working in solar now than at oil rigs and in gas fields.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Phys.org: Experts to study food safety of oilfield wastewater
- More farmers in drought-stricken California are using oilfield wastewater to irrigate, and a new panel on Tuesday began taking one of the state's deepest looks yet at the safety of using the chemical-laced water on food crops.
Food Business News: ConAgra adds Hunt's organic tomato offerings
- ConAgra Foods, Inc. has introduced three organic tomato offerings: Hunt’s Organic Diced Tomatoes, Hunt’s Organic Tomato Sauce and Hunt’s Organic Tomato Paste.
Wall Street Journal: A Solution to Promote Healthy Food Purchases
- (Opinion) Deloitte has conceived and designed a software-as-a-service platform dubbed “Healthy States” that would provide SNAP recipients with information to help them make healthier choices, find healthful food suppliers, and reap financial benefits for purchasing more nutritious food.
Salt Lake Tribune: 'Fast Food' Becoming a Dirty Term in Restaurant Industry
- Even traditional fast-food chains acknowledge they have an image problem. McDonald's Corp. has said it wants to transform into a "modern, progressive burger company."
Washington Post: E. coli? The Chipotle cult scoffs: ‘We’re totally willing to throw up a little.’
- Undeterred by food-poisoning scares, the chain’s mega-fans are standing by the brand.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Chicago Tribune: McDonald's faces antitrust attack as unions complain to EU
- A group of McDonald's critics urged the European Union to rein in alleged antitrust abuses by the world's largest restaurant chain in a complaint just weeks after regulators added the company to a growing list of U.S. firms facing a clampdown on tax loopholes.
Nasdaq: Starbucks to add Thousands of Coffee Shops in China
- In China, a nation of tea drinkers, the coffee culture has exploded in recent years, especially in cities—where customers will pay about $5 for a cup.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Washington Times: Tiny menhaden fish to stir big debate in General Assembly
- A little fish that’s used to make pet food and health supplements is expected to cause a big stir in Virginia’s General Assembly this year.
Associated Press: Report: NPS river trips hostile to women in Grand Canyon
- Deep inside the Grand Canyon, on river trips that stretch for weeks, National Park Service workers have preyed on their female colleagues, demanding sex and retaliating against women who refused, a federal investigation found.
Washington Post: How climate change could be contributing to animal die-offs
- “I’ve worked in wildlife disease all my life, and I thought I’d seen some pretty grim things. But this takes the biscuit," a researcher said of an antelope mass die-off last year.
International Business Times: US: Scientists launch investigation after 8,000 dead seabirds found washed up in Alaska
- The remains of the common murres were discovered on a mile-long stretch of beach at Whittier, on Prince William Sound, around 60 miles south of the state capital Anchorage.
Minneapolis Star Tribune: Yellowstone chief: Bison slaughters to continue for now
- Large numbers of migrating Yellowstone National Park bison are likely to face slaughter for at least the next couple of winters as officials weigh changes to a 15-year-old agreement that drives the practice.
Centre Daily Times: NY village agrees to hire federal sharpshooters to cull deer
- The Onondaga County village of Fayetteville voted Monday night to hire professional sharpshooters from the U.S. Department of Agriculture – not volunteer archers as originally planned.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Christian Science Monitor: Why Democrats heap scorn on Obama’s latest immigration raids
- The Obama administration has responded to an uptick in people entering the United States illegally with a series of raids that apprehended 121 illegal immigrants in early January, a move many fellow Democrats have been quick to denounce.
New York Times: New Attack Ads Call Marco Rubio a Flip-Flopper on Immigration
- Senator Marco Rubio is getting savaged on the topic of immigration reform, with ads from groups backing two of his rivals painting him as a flip-flopper and as overly close to President Obama and Senator Chuck Schumer.
Agri-Pulse: AFBF delegates elect Duvall
- American Farm Bureau Federation voting delegates elected Vincent “Zippy” Duvall to serve as their new president, succeeding Bob Stallman who decided not to run for re-election after 16 years at the helm of the nation's largest farm organization.
Agri-Pulse: Duvall picked to lead AFBF
- (Audio) Zippy Duvall was picked by the AFBF delegate body to be the organization's leader for the next two years.
Wall Street Journal: Dow and DuPont Strive to Find the Right Chemistry
- A feat of corporate and fiscal engineering, Dow Chemical Co. and DuPont Co.’s planned megamerger hinges on finding the right chemistry with about 100,000 employees.
Wall Street Journal: Tractor Supply Says Sales Hurt by Warm Weather
- Tractor Supply Co. said results for the recently-ended fourth quarter will come in below Wall Street expectations and forecast a tough current quarter, after unusually warm winter weather dented sales of cold-weather goods.
Lexington Herald Leader: Bill to allow some distilleries to serve cocktails advances
- Bourbon tourists taking in the sights and smells of Kentucky distilleries could start sipping cocktails as part of the experience if a bill that cleared a legislative panel on Tuesday becomes state law.
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