Daily Harvest -- 10/14/2015
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Democrats focus fire on Wall Street, GOP as candidates clash
- The five Democratic presidential candidates focused their attacks on Republicans as well as Wall Street and other wealthy special interests, leaving frontrunner Hillary Clinton largely unscathed after the first Democratic debate.
Des Moines Register: Iowa's soybean harvest climbs to 65 percent
- Thanks to warm, dry weather, Iowa farmers harvested one-third of the state soybean harvest last week, pushing the state total to 65 percent, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Tuesday.
Des Moines Register: Female farmers lead way on combating hunger, climate change
- (Opinion) Women leaders are not atypical in Iowa; according to a study by Iowa State University and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the majority of women farmers in Iowa support conservation practices and care about sustaining future generations through farming.
Agriculture.com: Seed Security a Top Issue at World Food Prize Forum
- Seed is just the start of ensuring enough food for Africans, according to a panel of agriculture experts at the World Food Prize in Des Moines, Iowa, that kicked off on Tuesday, Oct. 13.
Agri-Pulse: House votes to unleash oil exports, as White House backs renewables
- (Subscriber only) The House voted 261-159 Friday to end the 1975 ban on U.S. crude oil exports, leaving the measure 29 votes short of the two-thirds majority needed to overturn a threatened presidential veto.
Agri-Pulse: EPA indecision directly affecting farm income
- (Audio) NCGA President Chip Bowling says the EPA's proposal to lower volume requirements under RFS is responsible for lowering farm income.
Wall Street Journal: New England Looks North for Power Boost
- New England’s most populous states are looking to tap Canadian dams and rivers for more of their electricity, a change that officials say would help cut greenhouse-gas emissions and help keep some of the nation’s highest power prices in check.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Food Tank: At the Nexus of Climate Change and Global Hunger, Equity Is Key
- A new report, “Cultivating Equality: Delivering Just and Sustainable Food Systems in a Changing Climate,” shows how inequality determines diets around the world and shapes the ability of farmers to adapt to climate change.
New York Times: Yes, Soda Taxes Seem to Cut Soda Drinking
- For about a decade now, policy makers and the soda industry have been fighting about the idea of a big soda tax. Proponents say it would fight obesity by reducing consumption of sugary drinks. A leading objection by the industry is that the tax simply would not work.
USA Today: Starbucks launches delivery service pilot at Empire State Building
- Starbucks announced on Tuesday that it has launched the company's much-anticipated delivery service pilot program at the Empire State Building in New York.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Agri-Pulse: TPP not perfect but worthy of consideration
- (Audio) The TPP agreement is not perfect, but worth fighting for.
Wall Street Journal: Dry Weather Delays Soy Planting in Two Brazilian States
- Farmers in the Brazilian states of Mato Grosso and Goiás have barely started to plant soybeans for the 2015-2016 growing season because of unseasonably dry weather, according to the head of farmers’ group Aprosoja Brasil.
Reuters: Rising salinity threatens Bangladesh's coastal communities – experts
- Climate change-induced alterations to sea level, temperature and rainfall are affecting freshwater supplies in low-lying coastal areas around the world, scientists and environmentalists say. And with more than a quarter of its population living in or near the Bay of Bengal, Bangladesh is especially vulnerable, they say.
Washington Post: Wild aurochs-like cattle reintroduced in Czech Republic
- A Dutch breeding program has recreated massive bovines closely related to aurochs, once the heaviest European land mammal and the wild ancestor of today’s cattle that became extinct in the 17th century.
Des Moines Register: Another view: Africa's farmers need tools to succeed
- (Opinion) As we gather to celebrate World Food Day and look out on a bountiful harvest in the breadbasket of Iowa, my continent of Africa is suffering its worst drought in a generation.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Associated Press: Dry Autumn Delivers Fire and Destruction to Prairie States
- Wildfires burning on prairie land in five states have destroyed more than a dozen homes and killed livestock in the past few days as a region normally accustomed to crisp temperatures and even snow this time of year gets a taste of California-style drought.
Wall Street Journal: California Builds Near Real-Time Analytics System to Tackle Drought’s Effects
- California is building a large-scale analytics system to provide data about the state’s drought to scientists analyzing the problem and legislators looking for new ways to mitigate its effects.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Minneapolis Star Tribune: Counterpoint: On farm safety, no single or simple answers
- (Opinion) It is important to know that the issue of occupational safety and health on farms is complex.
Wall Street Journal: Sheepherders Are Set to Get a Raise
- The U.S. Labor Department on Tuesday said foreign-born sheepherders must earn the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour, roughly doubling their pay.
Washington Post: U.S. Peace Corps sees 40-year high in applications for overseas program
- Applications to serve in foreign countries reaches 23,000, more than doubling since struggles in 2013.
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