Daily Harvest -- 10/15/2014
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Telecom companies, government create wireless workforce training project
- (Subscriber only) Telecommunications companies and industry associations today joined with the U.S. Department of Labor (DoL) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to unveil a public-private partnership to develop apprenticeship programs for the training of the telecommunications industry workforce.
Agri-Pulse: Big harvest already causing rail delays
- (Audio) USDA bumped up its forecast for this year’s corn and soybean crops again last week and the harvest is progressing, but concerns about moving those crops to market persist.
Politico: The incredible shrinking Keystone
- The pipeline that launched so many street protests, ad campaigns and political headaches for the White House is increasingly irrelevant in the midterm elections and the energy markets — even for the groups that have fought so hard to either build it or block it.
The Hill: Renewables to spur power generation in Africa, IEA says
- Renewable energy will make up the majority of Africa's growing power needs by 2040, according to the International Energy Agency.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Associated Press: Chipotle Backs Colorado, Oregon Labeling Proposals
- Burrito giant Chipotle on Tuesday endorsed ballot measures in Colorado and Oregon that would require labeling of genetically modified food, providing a morale boost for campaigns being heavily outspent by agriculture interests.
Kansas City Star: Heirloom popcorn helps a snack reinvent itself
- The Mealhows are part of a popcorn revival, the latest reinvention of an enduring American snack that has been retooled every few generations to fit shifts in technology and culinary fashion.
New York Times: Farm to Table to Sky
- Farm-to-table eating is a popular restaurant trend, but now Delta Air Lines is bringing the approach to the skies with its new business-class menus on outbound flights from Atlanta to Paris, London, Frankfurt and Amsterdam.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Agri-Pulse: WTO rules in favor of U.S. in poultry dispute with India
- The World Trade Organization has ruled in favor of the United States in a dispute with India, a decision that U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman called a major step towards export of poultry, eggs, and other agricultural products to the world's second most populated country.
Wall Street Journal: Garment Workers Push for Higher Wages
- Workers in Asia’s cheapest garment-production hubs are increasingly agitating for better pay, and some big foreign clothing brands are saying they’re willing to help finance wage increases.
Reuters: Mexico sees U.S.-Japan deal key to Pacific trade pact progress
- Pacific Rim countries negotiating a free trade deal will find it hard to make much progress while the United States and Japan remain at loggerheads over farm exports, Mexico's economy minister said on Tuesday.
Wall Street Journal: U.S. Scores Win in Poultry-Trade Case With India
- The U.S. claimed a victory for its poultry producers Tuesday in a trade case involving India’s restrictions on U.S. meat over bird-flu concerns.
Reuters: Mexico sees win-win solution for U.S. sugar dispute
- Mexican Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo said on Tuesday a win-win solution to a dispute with the United States over sugar is within reach and could avoid a damaging trade war.
Bloomberg: Rice Crop Seen Shrinking by FAO on Weather, End of Thai Subsidy
- Global rice production will shrink after weak rains in India and the end of a subsidy program in Thailand hurt supplies from the biggest exporters, according to the Food & Agriculture Organization.
Des Moines Register: Feeding China: Safety of milk poses challenge
- Better feed makes happier cows equals more and safer milk. That simple equation explains Iowa efforts to help China solve one of its biggest food safety and security issues. Nothing is easy, however, when it comes to the country's food challenges.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
New York Times: Whole Foods to Rate Its Produce and Flowers for Environmental Impact
- Whole Foods Market on Wednesday began a ratings program for fruits, vegetables and flowers aimed at giving consumers more information about pesticide and water use, the treatment of farm workers and waste management, and other issues surrounding the food they eat.
The Hill: Greens sue to protect wolverines
- A coalition of environmental and wildlife groups sued the federal government to force it to protect the wolverine under the Endangered Species Act.
New York Times: The Risks of Cheap Water
- This summer, California’s water authority declared that wasting water — hosing a sidewalk, for example — was a crime. Next door, in Nevada, Las Vegas has paid out $200 million over the last decade for homes and businesses to pull out their lawns.
Politico: Tom Cotton, Mark Pryor get rough in last debate
- Tom Cotton and Mark Pryor took aggressive, sometimes-personal swipes at one another Tuesday during the final debate of the Arkansas Senate race, lobbing words such as “Obama” and “Harvard” as insults as each made his pitch.
Des Moines Register: Kuciniches: Redefine agriculture in Iowa
- Iowans are in the perfect place to start a new conversation about moving U.S. agriculture away from the influence of large businesses, Dennis and Elizabeth Kucinich said Tuesday.
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