Daily Harvest -- 10/7/2014
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Opinion: Getting agriculture off the ground
- Bruce Knight: Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), or Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) commonly called drones, have been a topic of national conversation for some time due to their use in the military and for surveillance purpose. Recently, however, the attention has been shifting back to the utilization of UAVs for commercial functions.
Agri-Pulse: Vilsack says world needs to ‘get serious’ about climate change
- USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack on Monday laid out the Obama administration's commitment to the newly formed Global Alliance for Climate Smart Agriculture, saying it's time for the country and the world to get serious about the phenomenon.
Agri-Pulse: Vilsack at Chicago Council of Global Affairs
- (Audio) Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack spoke for nearly an hour about agricultural innovations at the Chicago Council of Global Affairs on Monday stressing the importance of global cooperation in biotechnology innovations.
Agri-Pulse: National Cotton Council will hold STAX workshops across several states
- The National Cotton Council (NCC) will hold 25 educational meetings across several cotton-producing states to provide information regarding insurance options for cotton under the 2014 Farm Bill.
The Hill: EPA welcomes more comment on water regs
- The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is again extending comment on a controversial rule that would give the agency more authority to regulate water as pressure mounts from the right to scrap the rule altogether.
Sun Herald: Agriculture officials urge drone rule changes
- Louisiana agricultural officials have asked the federal government to loosen restrictions on the use of pilotless aerial vehicles.
The Atlantic: The Amish Farmers Reinventing Organic Agriculture
- Kempf is the unlikely founder of Advancing Eco Agriculture, a consulting firm established in 2006 to promote science-intensive organic agriculture.
Grist: Farm tech isn’t a war between good and evil — it’s a quest for whatever works
- We’re used to thinking of two separate and oppositional forms of farming: One that uses technology to suppress nature, and another that works in low-tech harmony with nature. But in reality, it’s not two separate paths — it’s a spectrum.
DTN: Insurance in Shambles
- The ghost of the Southwest's mega-drought continues to haunt growers even after a few rain showers this last growing season. Producers there have been used to paying dearly for each dollar of crop insurance coverage, but the cost-benefit ratio could reach a breaking point in 2015.
Agri-Pulse: USDA guarantees $91 million loan for Louisiana biofuel plant
- USDA says it will guarantee a $91 million loan to help finance an advanced biofuel plant in Rapides Parish, Louisiana.
Washington Post: Colorado Senate candidates clash on energy
- Democratic Sen. Mark Udall on Monday defended his support for a carbon tax, lashing back at criticism from his opponent who says plans to slash carbon emissions at coal-fired power plants raises energy costs for homeowners.
The Hill: Court lets EPA ozone rule stand
- The Supreme Court on Monday denied an industry group’s appeal of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) 2008 ground-level ozone standard.
The News Journal: DuPont, P&G bring cellulosic ethanol to Tide detergent
- DuPont and Procter & Gamble announced on Monday that cellulosic ethanol, rather than corn-based ethanol, will be used in a commercial-scale laundry detergent for the first time.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Agri-Pulse: Corn farmers sue Syngenta over MIR 162
- (Subscriber only) Corn farmers have filed federal class-action lawsuits against Syngenta Corp. in five Midwest states alleging that they were harmed by Syngenta's premature release of genetically-engineered MIR 162 corn seed into the U.S. market before the seed received import approval from China, a key export market.
Wall Street Journal: Thailand Plans Moves to Support Rice Prices
- Thailand’s national rice policy committee said it plans to introduce measures to delay the sale of some rice from the coming harvest to try to support prices.
Reuters: Developing countries blast rich-world farm subsidies at Rome talks
- Wealthy countries are still subsidizing their farmers at the expense of developing nations, undermining market access for some of the world's poorest producers, two farm ministers told a Food and Agriculture Organization meeting on Monday.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Wall Street Journal: Study: Chesapeake cleanup would bring $22B boon
- The Chesapeake Bay region would reap an additional $22.5 billion a year from improved hurricane protection, crab and fish production and climate stability if the Obama administration's contested plan to clean up the watershed proceeds, an environmental group says.
The Hill: EPA names new No. 2
- The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is bringing back a retired leader from its Atlanta office to be the No. 2 official for the agency.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
The Hill: Klobuchar to House: Pass immigration reform
- Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) called on the House to pass comprehensive immigration reform in order to boost the economy.
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