Daily Harvest -- 10/8/2014
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: IRS chief warns of delays if Congress fails to act on tax extenders
- Congressional inaction and continued uncertainty about a package of more than 50 tax extenders could complicate the 2015 tax filing season and force the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to postpone the opening on the 2015 filing season, warned IRS Commissioner John Koskinen in a recent letter to Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden, D-Ore.
Agri-Pulse: USDA expands beginning farmer loan program eligibility, loan limits
- USDA will expand the parameters for eligibility and increase farm lending limits to help more beginning and family farmers, the agency announced today.
Agri-Pulse: Farm Bureau calls on Senate to ditch proposed water rule
- The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) is urging the Senate to tell the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to withdraw its proposed Waters of the U.S. Rule (WOTUS) and restore the integrity of the rulemaking process.
Washington Post: Farmers giving livestock more antibiotics despite superbug threat
- The sale of antibiotics for livestock increased 16 percent from 2009 to 2012 in a trend that has troubling implications for resistance in humans, according to the Food and Drug Administration.
Washington Post: Chickens come before eggs in California case
- An interstate feud over chicken coops ended with a federal judge last week siding with a California law that seeks to force producers to provide humane living spaces for egg-laying hens.
Bloomberg: Cargill Confronts Virus Blamed for Killing 8 Million Pigs
- Cargill Inc. is working to prevent the return of a disease that has killed about 8 million U.S. pigs in a little over a year, or to minimize its effect as winter approaches.
Agri-Pulse: USDA report outlines opportunities in the emerging bioeconomy
- USDA today released a comprehensive report synthesizing current literature that explores the opportunities in the emerging bioeconomy.
Christian Science Monitor: Good news: Your energy bill should shrink this winter
- Last week's freezing winter was so cold it may make this coming heating season appear mild by comparison. That's why the US Department of Energy is forecasting Americans won't have to crank up the heat as much this year, so they'll pay less for energy.
New York Times: Energy for a Rainy Day, or a Windless One
- With new energy supplies and demand growing rapidly worldwide, companies in the United States, Europe and across the developing world are spending billions of dollars each year on new power plants, wind turbines and solar panels.
Slate: Knocked Out: How do you sell customers on solar energy?
- Dispatching clean-cut kids to peddle expensive solar panel systems door to door—it may sound like a concept for a Simpsons episode, or for a 21st century update of The Music Man.
FOOD & NUTRITION
New York Times: How School Lunch Became the Latest Political Battleground
- The lunch ladies loved Marshall Matz. For more than 30 years, he worked the halls and back rooms of Washington for the 55,000 dues-paying members of the School Nutrition Association, the men and still mostly women who run America’s school-lunch programs.
The Arizona Republic: Food prices shock experts
- All year, food prices have gone up in Arizona, but a report shows prices are holding steady this fall. According to the Arizona Farm Bureau's quarterly report, Arizona residents will be seeing increases on products like lettuce and orange juice because of California's drought. However, protein prices are slightly on the decline.
Washington Post: How a soda tax fight in San Francisco explains California politics
- As befits California, the city and county of San Francisco (the same political entity) has 24 candidates, six state measures, and 12 local initiatives on the ballot this November. One of the most heavily funded -- also as befits California -- is Proposition E, a proposed "Tax on Sugar-Sweetened Beverages."
New York Times: Berkeley Officials Outspent but Optimistic in Battle Over Soda Tax
- Never mind the battle for governor or the struggle by Democrats to regain their veto-proof majority in the State Legislature. The most contested fight in California this fall may well be here on San Francisco Bay, pitting every elected official from Berkeley against the soft drink industry.
NPR: Voters Will Get Their Say On GMO Labeling In Colorado And Oregon
- Voters in Colorado and Oregon will decide this fall whether or not they want labels on foods containing genetically modified ingredients. The ballot measures this fall highlight a much larger national conversation about requiring labels on genetically modified foods.
Wall Street Journal: Calorie Counts Come Down at Restaurants
- Amid growing pressure for healthier food choices, big restaurant chains have been introducing new lower-calorie menu items that could make a dent in the country’s obesity epidemic, according to a new study.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Agri-Pulse: USDA talking to USTR on response to COOL ruling
- (Subscriber only) Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says he's collaborating with the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative on the next steps in a dispute with Canada and Mexico over USDA's mandatory country-of-origin labeling rule (COOL).
Agri-Pulse: Next steps to Brazil-U.S. cotton dispute resolution
- (Audio) Now that the U.S. and Brazil have signed an agreement resolving a decade-long trade dispute over cotton subsidies, National Cotton Council CEO Mark Lange explains what happens next.
Wall Street Journal: Higher Prices, Low Feed Costs Reviving Canadian Pork Industry
- Recent strong prices paired with low feed costs for Canadian farmers are increasing profitability for hog farmers and helping revive the pork industry.
Bloomberg: Aeon to Start Growing Rice as Companies Replace Farmers
- Aeon Co., Japan’s largest supermarket chain that sells everything from fresh food to bicycles across 424 stores, plans to become the nation’s largest rice grower.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
New York Times: Walmart Aims to Go Greener on Food
- Walmart announced on Monday an initiative to reduce the environmental impact of the food it sells and to help customers improve the nutrition in their diets.
Wall Street Journal: California Drought Produces Tastier Wine Grapes
- Someday, when California’s persistent drought is finally over, wine lovers may lift a glass to its memory, toasting the extraordinary 2014 vintage it made possible.
Omaha World-Herald: 13 laid off at UNL's Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources
- Thirteen people were laid off at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources this week.
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