Daily Harvest -- 9/15/2014
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Washington Week Ahead: Government funding tops ‘to do’ list
- With time running out, Congress will attempt this week to pass a CR that would keep the government, including the Department of Agriculture, running beyond the end of the fiscal year.
Agri-Pulse: Open Mic with Rep. Robert Aderholt
- Congress is running short of time to deal with a continuing resolution. Alderholt, who chairs the Subcommittee on Agriculture, shares his outlook on the funding bill and controversial topics like the Export-Import Bank and school lunch guidelines.
Agri-Pulse: Railway concerns for crops and ethanol
- More railway cars and infrastructure needed according to Senators Hoeven and Heitkamp and ethanol industry officials
Agri-Pulse: Senators Heidi Heitkamp and John Thune seek solutions to rail issues
- In this video, Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., and Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., talk about recent legislative action and how they plan to address problems of rail availability and prices.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Missouri farming rights measure survives recount
- A recount of a Missouri farming rights amendment appears to have confirmed its passage.
New York Times: Sun and Wind Alter Global Landscape, Leaving Utilities Behind
- Germans will soon be getting 30 percent of their power from renewable energy sources, by far the largest industrial nation to do so and driving costs down in a way that many thought would not be possible just a few years ago.
Agri-Pulse: Oil industry vs renewable fuels battle takes to the air and gets political
- Last week, the American Petroleum Institute announced a TV, radio, print and online advertising campaign to deliver its charge that the federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) has “raised prices on food and fuel.”
Des Moines Register: Renewable fuels standard spurred ethanol breakthroughs
- Breakthrough technology will create more value out of the more than 12 million bushels of corn delivered to the Quad County Corn Processors this year and help the cooperative main a leader in America's burgeoning ethanol industry.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Agri-Pulse: Lawsuit filed to stop new poultry inspection system
- The advocacy group Food & Water Watch (FWW) has filed a lawsuit in federal court to stop the implementation of new poultry inspection rules that would allow poultry companies to take over some inspection functions currently assigned to USDA.
Fortune: What Big Food does with 'organic' and 'natural'
- Critics are incensed when large food companies, like General Mills, invest in the organic and natural food categories, like the firm’s recent acquisition of Annie’s Inc.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
PBS: How will China feed its growing Middle Class?
- China consumes half of the world's pork. And the country's growing middle class — bigger than the population of the United States — wants more meat. Nathan Halverson of The Center for Investigative Reporting looks at how China plans to meet that demand.
Agri-Pulse: Cargill sues Syngenta over corn trait
- Cargill filed a lawsuit Friday against Syngenta Seeds seeking damages from Syngenta for commercializing its Agrisure Viptera (MIR 162) corn seed before the product obtained import approval from China.
Australia Business Review: What the Free Trade Agreement with China Would Mean for Agricultural Exports
- Australia’s dairy farmers have a lot to gain when Australia signs a Free Trade Agreement with China, which experts believe could be reached as soon as November.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Agri-Pulse: NASDA says "withdraw" EPA's “waters of the US” rule
- Members of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture unanimously called on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to withdraw the proposed “waters of the U.S.” rule during their annual meeting last week.
Boise Weekly: Environmental Groups Launch Lawsuit against U.S. Dept. of Agriculture Over Idaho 'Killing Programs'
- The lawsuit focuses primarily on Idaho, where the Western Watersheds Project claims no analysis of federal "killing programs" has been performed for more than a decade.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
The State: Who’ll pick S.C. peaches? Immigration policy gridlock stymies farm labor
- The heated tempers of the nation’s border states are driving the debate over immigration policy. States such as South Carolina, though, are reckoning with a different set of challenges.
Fox News Latino: Rubio Taking Tougher Stance On Immigration As He Eyes 2016 Presidential Run
- After the first-term senator saw his political standing fall among conservatives who balked at his immigration advocacy, Rubio is now focusing on border security — more in line with the GOP activists who wield great influence in how a White House nominee is picked.
Agri-Pulse: (video) Meet the Lawmaker: Jeff Denham, California
- California is the number one state in agricultural receipts in America, but that comes along with some interesting agricultural issues, notes Rep. Jeff Denham.
Ag to 'pedal' GMO info along bike route
- For this year’s Pedal the Plains in Colorado, riders will meet members of the industry that have the most at stake in a GMO labeling initiative set for a statewide vote in November.
LA Times: Drones may provide big lift to agriculture when FAA allows their use
- In recent years, consumer-quality drones that are cheaper and easier to fly have become commonplace, but Federal Aviation Administration rules have restricted their civilian use to recreation and research in all but a few cases.
NPR: Reality Check for Young Farmers: It’s an Expensive ‘Habit’
- More young people are trying their hand at farming, and consumers are buying more local produce. But take a step behind that cheerful scene at the farmers market, and you'll discover that life isn't always easy.
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette: Farm Bureau snubs farmer Stutzman
- Indiana Farm Bureau has unfriended Rep. Marlin Stutzman, R-3rd, the only farmer among Indiana's 11-member congressional delegation.
Des Moines Register: 7 things Clinton achieved at the Harkin Steak Fry
- Democratic super-star Hillary Clinton laid down a placeholder for a 2016 presidential bid today during the feel-good nostalgia festival that was the Harkin Steak Fry.
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