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Daily Harvest -- 9/16/2015
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Agri-Pulse: Implementation schedule for safety system could halt rail service
Link - If the current deadline for implementing one of the biggest changes ever in railroad safety systems is not adjusted, some rail companies have told Capitol Hill to expect service interruptions.

Business Insider: Seed by seed, acre by acre, big data is taking over the farm
Link - Agriculture has been slower and more cautious to adopt big data than other industries, but Silicon Valley is taking notice.

Fox News: Ex-USDA official Sherrod in settlement over supposedly racist video
Link - The former USDA official whose supposed racist remarks on video ignited a firestorm in 2010, has reached a tentative settlement with the widow of a conservative blogger. John Nichols: Democrats should be fighting for post offices and rural America
Link - The 2014 election was a catastrophic one for Democrats. Yet the party generally maintained its traditional numbers in urban areas. Where things fell apart for Democrats was in rural America.


Agri-Pulse: (Subscriber only) Bipartisan support grows for lifting oil export ban
Link - Lawmakers from both parties plan to move ahead and lift the oil export ban, but President Obama voiced his pposition.

Agri-Pulse: McCarthy wants a return to statutory RFS levels
Link - (Audio) EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy told participants at a Growth Energy conference near Capitol Hill that her RFS goal is still the congressional targets.

Bloomberg Politics: Bernie Sanders Embraces Corn Power
Link - Bernie Sanders' admiration for corn-based fuel is winning him some praise in unusual places.

News&Observer: Solar farms a way to ease economic struggles in rural NC
Link - In this opinion piece, the author says that one answer to the rural economic conundrum is the proliferation of solar farms in North Carolina.


CNN: Restaurant report card grades on antibiotics in meat supply
Link - A new report is sounding the alarm about the use of antibiotics in the meat and poultry supply chains of the 25 largest U.S. fast food and "fast casual" restaurants. Wasting food is more than a waste of money
Link - Officials from the Department of Agriculture and the Environmental Protection Agency will announce the nation's first-ever food waste reduction goals at an event Wednesday in New York.

USA Today: Kids consume 12% of their calories from fast food, study shows
Link - A third of kids eat fast food on any given day, according to this report made public today.

Wired: This Company Is Using DNA to Sniff Out Contaminated Food
Link - The company claims it has the world’s largest database of food genetic markers. And it wants to use that data to change how manufacturers manage the food supply.


Fortune: What elections in Japan and Canada say about the future of trade deals
Link - Leaders see the Trans Pacific Partnership as key to reboot their economies. Federated Farmers: Cold spring likely as El Nino takes hold
Link - So far this winter, we have already seen solid signs of El Nino in the New Zealand region.


Agri-Pulse: USDA awards $20.5 million in conservation projects
Link - USDA is awarding $20.5 million for projects that will advance the conservation of natural resources, including increasing habitat for pollinators and making farms and ranches more resilient to climate change.

Concord Monitor: Josephine County, Oregon, suspends enforcement of GMO ban
Link - Oregon’s Josephine County won’t enforce a ban on genetically modified crops until a related lawsuit is resolved.

PoliticoEU: EU panel rejects bid to stop Monsanto weedkiller
Link - A key committee in the European Parliament rejected a proposal Tuesday to halt an extension in the use of the world’s most popular weedkiller.

Greenwire: Scientists hunt citrus killer as industry hangs in balance
Link - The search is on for the Asian citrus psyllid, a carrier of a devastating bacterial disease called huanglongbing (HLB) that threatens the citrus industry.


CNN: GOP 2016ers collide with Ronald Reagan on immigration
Link - During a presidential debate in 1984, the former president said he believed in the idea of amnesty for those who have put down roots and lived here, even though sometime back they may have entered illegally.

Newsweek: Fifty years later, the immigration bill that changed America
Link - A major immigration reform half a century ago is a reminder that policy changes don’t always go as planned.


Des Moines Register: 6 things to watch for in the second Republican debate
Link - Fifteen Republicans enter Wednesday’s second Republican debate with at least one similar goal.

Arkansas Online: Agriculture chief marks 6 months
Link - Gov. Asa Hutchinson named Ward to lead the Agriculture Department in March, passing over the state Agriculture Board's nominee.

Baltimore Insider: Taylor Swift approves Frederick farm's corn maze ... because it looks like her
Link - Taylor Swift posts photo of Frederick farm's corn maze designed in her likeness on Instagram.

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