Daily Harvest -- 10/10/2014
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: John Deere makes an economic case for rural broadband expansion
- (Subscriber only) John Deere's presentations suggested that innovations through technology and wireless communication will continue to expand and become available to farmers, but they can only be useful if producers have access to the broadband highway.
Agri-Pulse: Senators urge Appropriations panel to chill on COOL
- A bipartisan group of 32 senators is urging the leaders of the Senate Appropriations Committee to reject any efforts to weaken or suspend country-of-origin labeling (COOL) rules as Congress works on end-of-the-year funding legislation. The rules require that meat labels include where the animal was born, raised and slaughtered.
Agri-Pulse: Cargill, DuPont offering premium to Plenish high oleic soybean growers
- DuPont Pioneer and Cargill say they will work with farmers near a Cargill soy processing plant in Sidney, Ohio, to grow soybeans with the DuPont Pioneer's Plenish high oleic trait to meet growing demand for healthier soybean oil.
Wall Street Journal: Texas’s Olive Oil Boom
- With similarities to southern Spain’s terrain, Texas’s Hill Country is becoming one of the nation’s largest producers of the fruit and pressing out award-winning olive oil blends.
The Oklahoman: Oklahoma wheat farmers call on federal agriculture officials to enact drought relief policy
- Oklahoma wheat farmers are calling on the U.S. Department of Agriculture to roll out a policy they say would help ease the pain of several years of drought. A part of the 2014 Farm Bill, the new policy would keep farmers from losing crop insurance coverage when their crops are lost to drought.
Reuters: U.S. biofuel mandate cuts would raise carbon pollution: lawmakers
- The Obama administration's proposed cuts to U.S. biofuel use targets could undermine the White House's plan to tackle climate change, according to two Democrats on the Senate committee that oversees the renewable fuel mandate.
Ethanol Producer Magazine: EPA unveils improved RFS pathway petition process
- The U.S. EPA has posted a notice to its website announcing it has taken action to improve and streamline the pathway petition process under the renewable fuels standard (RFS).
Michigan Radio: Environmentalists blast bill to repeal Michigan’s renewable energy standard
- New legislation that would repeal Michigan’s renewable energy standard has been met with heavy opposition from environmentalists, and even some utilities.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Wall Street Journal: Rising Food Prices Make Africa Fight Ebola on Empty Stomach
- After the price of corn in Uganda leapt 15% recently, Hakim Waiswa could afford to cook the local corn-flour staple, posho, only once a day—making up his seven children’s only meal.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Agri-Pulse: US corn exports rebound after drought impact
- (Audio) With the record corn crop being harvested, exports are more important than ever. The U.S. exported more than 11 percent of the U.S. corn supply to over 100 countries in the 2013-2014 marketing year, which just ended. U.S. Grains Council CEO Tom Sleight says that’s a nice recovery from lost market share after the drought of 2012.
Bloomberg: Barge Fees Limit U.S. Exports as Crops Compete for Space
- As U.S. farmers begin the biggest corn and soybean harvests ever, the bins at Elburn Cooperative Co. in Illinois remain almost empty. It simply costs too much to send Midwest crops by barge to New Orleans export terminals.
Wall Street Journal: Xi’s Remarks on GMO Signal Caution
- Recently published remarks by President Xi Jinping on genetically modified food have renewed debate on whether China should be more accepting of GMO crops. But scientists and analysts say Mr. Xi’s comments are more a reiteration of Beijing’s cautious embrace of biotechnology than a signal for looser GMO restrictions.
Reuters: EU makes public its wish list for under-fire U.S. trade deal
- The European Union decided on Thursday to make public its negotiating mandate for a free trade deal with the United States in a bid to quell growing opposition to the proposed accord.
Bloomberg: Brazil Set for Record Soybean Crop as Farmers Switch Out of Corn
- Soybean output in top exporter Brazil is poised to reach a record high as farmers expand planting over other crops, the government forecaster said.
Financial Times: UK rural-urban broadband speed divide narrows
- The gap between broadband speeds in rural and urban areas of the UK is narrowing, says the industry regulator.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Reuters: U.S. weather forecaster says El Niño expected to begin in 1-2 months
- The El Niño weather phenomenon is expected to occur in the next 1-2 months and last into next spring in the Northern Hemisphere, though it will likely be weak, the Climate Prediction Center (CPC) agency of the National Weather Service said on Thursday.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
The Hill: Boehner, Goodlatte: ‘Raw politics’ behind Obama immigration delay
- Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) accused President Obama of "raw politics" for delaying executive action on immigration until after the elections.
The Washington Times: Illegal immigration jumps for third straight year under Obama
- Illegal immigration on the southwestern border spiked 14 percent over the past year, marking the third straight increase, though Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said it was almost all because of the surge of illegal immigrant children and families from Central America — a crisis he said is subsiding.
The Hill: Obama: 'It is suicide' for GOP to not do immigration reform
- Republicans will commit political suicide if they fail to pass immigration reform, President Obama said Thursday during a town hall meeting in Los Angeles.
OA Online: ‘Rainmaker’ Conaway talks Agriculture chair
- U.S. Rep. Mike Conaway said he would pitch a review of the country’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or food stamps, before Republican leaders in his effort to win appointment to chairmanship of the House Committee on Agriculture in January.
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