Daily Harvest -- 9/8/2014
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Open Mic with Rep. Steve King
- Iowa's 4th District Representative Steve King says a budget agreement for the new fiscal year is a top legislative priority for the House of Representatives this month. On regulations, King says the EPA's Waters of the U. S. Rule is an administrative over reach and another example of an overzealous administration.
Agri-Pulse: NFU pulling out of Beef Check-off reform talks
- The board of the National Farmers Union has voted to pull out of a working group seeking changes in the beef checkoff, calling the process a “waste of time and money,” and urging USDA to step in and reform the system.
Agri-Pulse: Washington Week Ahead: Focus on Waters of the U.S.
- Congress returns from its August recess this week with House Republicans taking direct aim at several environmental proposals, including the EPA's controversial plan to clarify just what waters it has jurisdiction over under the Clean Water Act.
Agri-Pulse: Biologics is growing segment of crop protection
- (Audio) The market for biopesticides and other biologics in crop protection is growing fast and the industry is making significant investments in more research and development for these types of products.
Wall Street Journal: Corn Price Falls as Crop Flourishes
- U.S. corn prices have fallen to the lowest level in four years as expectations of a record harvest mount. The nation's corn crop is in prime health thanks to near-perfect weather this year, and farmers could see the highest yields in history, according to forecasts by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and a handful of private firms.
Washington Post: USDA to buy up to $13M in canned pink salmon
- The U.S. Department of Agriculture has agreed to buy up to $13 million in canned pink salmon to ease a glut that has weighed down prices for Alaska fishermen.
Ag Web: Dolcini Prepares to Install Farm Bill’s New ‘Safety Net’
- The veteran Farm Service Agency employee knows he is taking over the top job at a time of big changes, as the USDA rolls out new and revised programs for agricultural producers.
San Francisco Chronicle: GMO experiments receive questionable oversight
- At a secret location among the vineyards of California's Central Coast, a plot of genetically engineered corn is producing proteins for industrial and pharmaceutical uses, including an experimental vaccine for hepatitis B.
Bloomberg: Ethanol’s Era Ending as Bacon Now Brings Profits Home
- Two lines cross, and an era ends. For the first time since 2005, U.S. farmers this year will make more money from livestock than crops, more evidence that a government-fueled corn boom is over and bacon now rules.
FOOD & NUTRITION
News 4 Jax: UF research could improve how companies ship fresh produce
- A University of Florida-led research team’s development of a tracking system could change the way companies ship fresh fruits and vegetables, letting them know which produce is closest to expiration and providing consumers the freshest products available.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Japan Times: Japan-U.S. summit eyed if TPP deal reached
- Japan and the United States might arrange for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to visit Washington in January for talks with President Barack Obama on trade and security issues, a U.S. government source said Saturday.
Wall Street Journal: CFTC to Scrutinize Swaps Loophole
- The Commodity Futures Trading Commission plans to scrutinize U.S. banks that are shifting some trading operations overseas to avoid tough CFTC rules. The agency also will work with other regulators to determine if the practice poses a risk to Wall Street.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Des Moines Register: Pheasant numbers rebound after long decline
- State officials, hunters and environmentalists hope this begins a trend that will at least partially restore a sport that once generated a $200 million economic impact in the Hawkeye State.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Washington Post: Obama delays executive immigration action until after midterm elections in November
- President Obama will postpone action on his promise to remake federal immigration policies through executive authority until after the midterm elections in November, the White House announced Saturday, acquiescing to Democrats’ fears that such a move would damage their prospects for maintaining control of the U.S. Senate.
Wall Street Journal: Kansas Incumbents Confront Challenges
- The competitiveness of the races drew an overflow crowd to candidate debates this past weekend at the Kansas State Fair. It was an early test for Mr. Orman, whose only other political experience was a brief run as a Democrat for Senate against Mr. Roberts six years ago.
San Francisco Chronicle: Senate candidates stress support for ethanol
- Ethanol production has become a key issue in Iowa's closely matched U.S. Senate race, with both candidates pledging support for an industry that is important to the state's corn-powered agricultural economy.
The Hill: Poll: Pryor's lead evaporates in Ark.
- Sen. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) has lost his lead among registered voters against Rep. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) in the Arkansas Senate battle, according to a poll released Sunday.
West Central Tribune: Peterson: as the ranking democrat on the House Agriculture committee, ‘I’ve got a lot of say’
- U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson said he believes his tenure in Congress is a benefit to the district, and he thinks farmers in western Minnesota would probably agree.
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