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Daily Harvest -- 10/21/2014
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Daily Herald/Bloomberg: Farmers may reap subsidy boom on record crops thanks to law
Link - A record U.S. harvest has pushed crop prices so low that taxpayers may pay billions of dollars more to subsidize farmers than anticipated just months ago, thanks in part to changes Congress approved this year.

New York Times: With Farms Fading and Urban Might Rising, Power Shifts in Iowa
Link - Iowa, the quintessence of heartland America, is undergoing an economic transformation that is challenging its rural character — and, inevitably, its political order.

Los Angeles Times: Ban on GMO plants advances at L.A. City Hall
Link - In a largely symbolic vote, a panel of Los Angeles lawmakers Monday threw their support behind a citywide ban on growing genetically modified crops.

Denver Business Journal: Colorado voters asked to decide about GMOs
Link - With Proposition 105 on the statewide ballot, Colorado voters are being asked to decide how much information they want about their foods.

Statesman Journal: Oregon's GMO labeling fight shatters campaign fundraising record
Link - The battle over labeling of genetically modified food is officially Oregon's most expensive ballot fight ever. Opponents and supporters of Measure 92 have raised a total of $17.6 million, according to the newest filings with the Oregon Secretary of State's office.

Reuters: Syngenta lawsuit against Bunge over GMO corn revived on appeal
Link - A federal appeals court has opened the door for Syngenta Seeds to revive a lawsuit it brought against Bunge North America in 2011 over the agribusiness company's refusal of a type of genetically modified corn.


MinnPost: How Minnesota’s highways are poised to become renewable energy generators
Link - Minnesota’s highways are poised to become green energy generators with up to five 1-megawatt solar panel arrays built on public right-of-way around the state

Michigan Capitol Confidential: Bill Proposes Adding Wind Industry to 'Right to Farm' Act
Link - Wind turbines could be erected without regard for some local laws under recently introduced legislation.

Agri-Pulse: Fuels America Backs Franken, Peterson, Peters, Terry with ad campaign
Link - A group formed to protect the Renewable Fuel Standard is launching a six-figure ad buy on TV and radio to support the reelection bids of three Democrats and one Republican.

MIT Technology Review: Does Lockheed Martin Really Have a Breakthrough Fusion Machine?
Link - Lockheed Martin’s announcement last week that it had secretly developed a promising design for a compact nuclear fusion reactor has met with excitement but also skepticism over the basic feasibility of its approach.


Washington Post: With its first TV commercials, Whole Foods wants to show you where your food comes from.
Link - Whole Foods Market unveiled its first national marketing campaign Monday, a series of primetime television commercials and glossy print ads that the organic grocer hopes will help revive its disappointing sales.

Fox59: Indiana adopts stricter food stamp policy, could impact thousands
Link - For years, Indiana has waived the federal requirement that if you use SNAP, or food stamps, that you either have a job, are in job training for one, or you’re actively searching for employment, but now, the waiver is history and next year, food stamps could be cut for 65,000 Hoosiers.

Washington Post: New report: USDA must act to drive down dangerously high poultry pathogen rates
Link - The U.S. Department of Agriculture must set strict pathogen limits for poultry products with the highest contamination rates and find ways to measure a poultry plant’s success with these new standards, according to a government report.

SFGate: Oakland plowing a path for urban farming on vacant lots
Link - After four years of planning, the city is poised to eliminate bureaucratic roadblocks for urban gardeners, making it easier for residents to turn the city’s 3,000 vacant lots into fields of arugula and marigolds.


Agri-Pulse: WTO rules against COOL
Link - (Subscriber only) A World Trade Organization compliance panel has ruled against the United States and its amended country-of-origin labeling (COOL) rules, raising the specter of retaliatory tariffs from Canada and Mexico. A wide variety of farm groups respond.

Agri-Pulse: Canada poised for retaliatory action after WTO COOL decision
Link - Canadian officials appear ready to follow through on threats to issue economic retaliations if the U.S. doesn't fix a country-of-origin labeling law found to be in violation of World Trade Organization standards. Durum premium to quadruple, say Canada officials
Link - Canadian officials hiked their estimate for the premium that growers will receive for durum, over prices of conventional wheat, citing the squeeze on world stocks - which will fall to their tightest in 15 years.

Radio Free Asia: Farmers in North Korea Lose Faith in Crop-Distribution Policy
Link - North Korean farmers are outraged that the government of Kim Jong Un has failed to fulfill a pledge that allows them to keep nearly one-third of their grain harvest under a crop-distribution policy adopted two years ago

Reuters: No export bonanza this year from record U.S. harvest
Link - The largest U.S. grain harvest in history has pushed prices to four-year lows, which usually means a sales bonanza for the world's largest food exporter. Not this year.

Agri-Pulse: Canada poised for retaliatory action after WTO COOL decision
Link - (Audio) Groups voice their concerns about WTO ruling on COOL


Agri-Pulse: EPA funds projects to help farmers cut phosphorous runoff into Lake Erie
Link - The EPA is awarding $8.6 million to state agencies in Ohio, Michigan and Indiana for projects to help farmers reduce phosphorus runoff

CNBC: California's drought: Getting grimmer, say experts
Link - Every week, a government weather agency releases a report on the conditions of California's drought. And every week seems to bring grim news. The latest report is no exception.

Tampa Bay Times: Agriculture commissioner accepts donated ranchland that DEP didn't want
Link - A 4,100-acre ranch that phosphate giant Mosaic tried to donate to the state park system last year has at last been accepted by the state — but by a different arm of the state government.

Daily Signal: Farmer’s Harassment Claim Against Green Group to Get Airing
Link - Martha Boneta says a regional conservation group has trespassed repeatedly on her small farm in Paris, Va., about an hour outside Washington, D.C. and tried to drive her off the farm.


Washington Post: Why the GOP might not need immigration reform any time soon
Link - Upcoming elections will see larger numbers of older voters, and there was a correlation between seeing more older Americans and voting more heavily against Obama.

Bloomberg: Burned on Immigration Reform, Latinos Start to Pull Away from Democrats
Link - President Obama's decision to delay issuing executive orders on immigration reform until after the midterm elections may cost Democrats Latino support in November, a new poll shows.


Agri-Pulse: (Video) Meet the Lawmaker: Connecticut’s Joe Courtney
Link - Here's your chance to learn more about Connecticut's 2nd District Congressman

Kansas A Republican Senate would give more clout to Kansas, shift it in Missouri
Link - A Republican takeover of the U.S. Senate would both strengthen and weaken Missouri’s clout on Capitol Hill. For Kansas, taking away the chamber from Democratic control would seem only to deliver more power to its senators, with a catch.

Dallas News: Candidates for Texas agriculture chief have deep roots on the farm
Link - Both candidates, born and raised on Texas farms, would say their entire lives have prepared them for the state’s top job in agriculture.

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