Daily Harvest -- 10/2/2014
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: SBA says EPA should withdraw Waters of U.S. rule
- (Subscriber only) The Small Business Administration is calling for EPA to withdraw its proposed Waters of the U.S. rule, drawing praise for its frankness from the biggest American farmers group.
Agri-Pulse: Thune, Klobuchar request study on economic impact of Midwest rail backlog
- Two U.S. senators are requesting a USDA study on the rail backlog in the Upper Midwest and its economic impact on their states' agriculture, food processing and ethanol industries.
Wall Street Journal: New Vaccines Target Deadly Virus in Pigs
- Drug companies are racing to create vaccines to stifle a deadly swine virus that has roiled the U.S. meat industry and pushed pork prices to record highs.
Associated Press: Group Aims to Put Food Policy on the Kitchen Table
- Americans like to talk about food, and they certainly like to eat. But they don't normally think about food policy when they vote. A group of food advocates is trying to figure out how to change that.
Bloomberg: Pork Wounds Heal as Hog Farmers Gain From U.S. Corn Bust
- Two years ago, Iowa farmer Bill Tentinger considered quitting the hog business he began in 1969 as surging grain costs led to losses. Now, profits are the highest ever, and he is about to boost output to a record.
Kansas City Star: Manufacturing growth moderates in nation and Midwest
- Manufacturing activity continued to grow in September but at slower pace than August, according to national and regional surveys of companies’ purchasing managers.
Times Record: Boozman: End Of Trade Dispute ‘A Victory For Arkansas Cotton Producers’
- The agreement has been anticipated since Congress enacted a 2014 farm bill that replaced direct cotton subsidies with a “shallow-loss” insurance program.
Sunshine State News: Amendment 2 on Medical Marijuana Divides Agriculture Commissioner Runners
- Amendment 2, a proposal to expand medical marijuana use in the Sunshine State, is increasingly becoming an issue in the Florida agricultural commissioner race.
The Guardian: India will be renewables superpower, says energy minister
- India will be a “renewables superpower” according to its new energy minister, but its coal-fired electricity generation will also undergo “very rapid” expansion.
Houston Chronicle: Energy security is subject to debate
- While the shale boom has helped the United States reduce its dependence on foreign oil and protected Americans from dramatic price fluctuations during the recent upheavals in the Middle East and Ukraine, the country still relies on imports for almost half of its energy needs.
News Observer: In NC, solar power becoming more about corporate finances than energy
- Whether because of rising sea levels, foreign policy or manufacturing efficiency, we have ample reasons we need to change how we generate and use energy. This week, leaders in renewable energy are gathering in Charlotte to discuss the issues in North Carolina.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Agri-Pulse: CSPI urges USDA crackdown on Salmonella strains
- (Subscriber only) The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) is repeating its plea to get four antibiotic-resistant strains of Salmonella listed as adulterants under federal law - allowing the government to get infected meat and poultry off supermarket shelves before they are linked to illnesses.
Agri-Pulse: School Nutrition Association says new regs will triple lunch costs
- (Subscriber only) Updated school lunch standards were meant to curb childhood obesity, but the School Nutrition Association (SNA) says it's really the costs that will be bloating under the new guidelines.
Agri-Pulse: NASDA Reviewing FDA Food Safety Rules
- (Audio) The National Association for State Departments of Agriculture is reviewing new food safety rules just released by the Food and Drug Administration.
Statesman Journal: Will Oregon's GMO labeling measure raise food costs?
- Oregonians' food costs would increase about $2.30 per person per year if voters pass a measure requiring labeling of foods with genetically engineered ingredients, a new study commissioned by the measure's supporters shows.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Agri-Pulse: Ag interests urge science-based standards for EU trade negotiations
- Several agriculture groups reiterated their priorities for removing trade barriers to U.S. goods in the European Union during the seventh round of Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP) negotiations at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland.
Agri-Pulse: U.S., Brazil reach agreement ending decade-old cotton dispute
- Brazil has agreed to drop its decade-old complaint before the World Trade Organization that the U.S. is unfairly subsidizing its cotton industry in exchange for a one-time payment of $300 million and other concessions.
Agri-Pulse: Opinion: African smart agriculture
- In just the last two months the White House has hosted an African Summit, the African Green Revolution Forum was held in Ethiopia bringing together 1000 public and private sector experts, and the focus at the United Nations is “Climate Smart Agriculture.”
Wall Street Journal: Mexico Aims for Agreement on Sugar Exports to U.S.
- Mexican Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo said Wednesday that Mexico is seeking a negotiated settlement to a dispute over Mexican sugar exports to the U.S., but that failure to reach an accord could lead Mexico to take the case to the World Trade Organization.
Wall Street Journal: Brazil-U.S. Cotton Pact Will Reduce Export Subsidy Program
- Brazil and the U.S. ended a dispute over subsidies to U.S. cotton growers with an agreement that includes a one-time, $300 million payment to help Brazilian cotton farmers as well as changes to the subsidy program.
Wall Street Journal: India Clings to Disputed Food Subsidies
- India insists that it needs the unfettered ability to subsidize its farmers and stockpile food for its needy and malnourished citizens, but that stance is threatening to roll back decades of progress on global trade agreements.
New York Times: Badger Hunts Divide Britons
- The government of Prime Minister David Cameron has chosen this area of rolling farmland and Cotswold stone houses to test whether killing hundreds of badgers — 70 percent or more of the estimated local population — will help eradicate bovine tuberculosis, a wasting disease that has become a major problem for Britain’s cattle industry.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
NPR: When Can A Big Storm Or Drought Be Blamed On Climate Change?
- Now there's a new field of research that's providing some answers. It's called "attribution science" — a set of principles that allow scientists to determine when it's a change in climate that's altering weather events ... and when it isn't.
Wall Street Journal: 5 Reasons to Ignore Negative Polling on Sen. Pat Roberts
- A new USA Today/Suffolk University poll has his challenger, Greg Orman, beating him by five points, 46% to 41%. Here are five reasons that won’t happen:
Reuters: Court says Kansas Democrats don't have to run Senate candidate
- A court ruled on Wednesday that Kansas Democrats do not have to put a candidate on the ballot for the U.S Senate, a decision that is expected to boost chances of an independent beating the Republican incumbent in an election that may swing control of the chamber.
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