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Daily Harvest -- 10/22/2014
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Agri-Pulse: USDA confirms APH exclusion for insuring spring crops
Link - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Tuesday that the Actual Production History (APH) Yield Exclusion, will be available nationwide for farmers of select crops starting in the spring of 2015.

Agri-Pulse: 2013 World Food Prize Laureate reflects on past year
Link - (Audio) Monsanto’s Robb Fraley tells why he’s speaking out more on the importance of innovation in agriculture, including biotechnology.

Wall Street The Race Is On To Find Organic Pesticides
Link - Seed and pesticide makers like BASF SE, DuPont Co., Bayer AG and Monsanto Co. are investing heavily to develop new products incorporating organisms like bacteria and tiny fungi, which executives say can help corn, soybean and other plants fend off pests and grow faster.

Institutional Investor: Index Insurance Takes Root as Climate Change Stings Agriculture
Link - Big players such as Swiss Re plan to offer farmers in Africa, Asia and other emerging markets insurance products linked to weather indexes.


The Desert Sun: Opposition to renewable energy brews in Imperial Valley
Link - Renewable energy development could disrupt productive farmland and kill agriculture jobs in the Imperial Valley, farmers and conservationists argued at a public meeting on the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan Dose of reality for region's energy hub proponents
Link - Boosters of an emerging movement to develop Philadelphia as an energy hub were cautioned Tuesday that they need to do more to sell a skeptical public.

Chillicothe Gazette: Biomass proving a cost-effective energy solution
Link - Though this natural, renewable and locally produced resource will never supply all of our nation’s energy needs, when operated in concert with sustainable forest management, it can be an effective energy option in both rural and urban areas.

Times of San Diego: Potential for Offshore Energy Studied at Scripps
Link - The continental shelf off of America’s coasts represents a vast area for future development of energy resources, from oil and gas to renewable wind and wave energy, a federal official said Tuesday.

Financial Times: Growth in Chinese oil demand buoys Brent
Link - (Subscriber only) Chinese data showing robust growth in implied oil demand supported the price of Brent crude on Tuesday, despite the spectre of slowing global growth and excess supplies hanging over the market.


Reuters: McDonald's CEO acknowledges image problems after tough results
Link - McDonald's Corp. Chief Executive Officer Don Thompson owned up to some corporate image problems on Tuesday after it posted a nearly one-third drop in quarterly profit and warned that its global restaurant sales would fall again this month.

Food Safety News: Settlement Reached in GRAS Lawsuit Against FDA
Link - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has agreed to finalize its rule for the process of determining food substances as “generally recognized as safe” (GRAS).

The Hill: USDA pushes new rules for food donations
Link - The USDA's Food and Nutrition Service distributes food to states and local food banks that serve disaster victims as well as low-income and unemployed people. Now the agency proposes new rules to make sure the food is distributed and stored in a safe manner.

Washington Post: Good nutrition during the first 1,000 days of life is critically important
Link - What if healthy eating started, say, at conception, and lasted throughout the first 1,000 days of a child’s life? Vermont Attorney general holds public meetings on GMO labeling law rules
Link - Hoping to avoid potential gaps in the law, the Attorney General's Office is holding a series of public meetings to jump start a conversation about possible scenarios that could be accounted for in the law and corresponding rules and guidelines.


Reuters: Exclusive: Mexico seeks 1 million sugar export floor in trade dispute with U.S.
Link - Mexico is seeking a floor on sugar exports of at least 1 million tons per year and insists the United States drop anti-dumping claims against its southern neighbor to resolve a sugar trade dispute, a Mexican source close to the talks said on Tuesday.

MIT Technology Review: China’s growing bets on GMOs
Link - New technology and large government research initiatives in ¬genetically modified crops are giving China a storehouse for a more populous future.

RIA Novosti: Russia to Limit Agriculture Imports from Ukraine Starting Wednesday
Link - Russia will temporarily ban agriculture imports from Ukraine starting from Wednesday, Russian agriculture watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor said, citing concerns about the inability to track country of origin.


Agri-Pulse: EPA announces voluntary program aimed at curbing pesticide drift
Link - The Environmental Protection Agency announced a voluntary program aimed at showing applicators which products should be used to promote drift reduction during pesticide application.

New York Times: Environmental Issues Become a Force in Political Advertising
Link - Ads mentioning energy, climate change and the environment — over 125,000 spots and climbing on the Senate side — have surged to record levels during the 2014 midterm election cycle.

The Oregonian: Oregon agencies blew off complaints, red flags before helicopter sprayed weed killers on residents.
Link - The Oregonian found that the state dismissed concerns or botched investigations – all involving the same timber company.


NBC News: Feds Getting Ready for Executive Action on Immigration
Link - Leon Rodríguez is heading Citizenship and Immigration Services, a part of the Department of Homeland Security, and says his agency will be front and center once President Barack Obama announces the executive action he’ll take on immigration after the election.

Houston Chronicle: New efforts to ban tobacco farm child labor
Link - Two years after the Obama administration backed off a rule that would have banned children from dangerous agriculture jobs, public health advocates and lawmakers are trying anew to get kids off tobacco farms.

HPPR: Immigrant children working toward careers in agriculture
Link - For years, Latino immigrants have filled some of the least-glamorous, most physically taxing jobs in farming. The children of those immigrants, including an FFA member featured, may be uniquely qualified to lead the future of the Midwest’s agricultural economy, if they decide to embark on an ag career.


Minneapolis Star Tribune: Democrats allege Torrey Westrom took government perks too
Link - National Republicans have spent more than $4 million on ads portraying Democratic Rep. Collin Peterson as a man of Washington. On Tuesday, DFL leaders pointed out his GOP opponent Torrey Westrom also cashed in on publicly supported perks and reimbursements.

U.S. News & World Report: The 6 Senate Races That Are Too Close to Call
Link - With two weeks until Election Day, a half-dozen U.S. Senate races are still up in the air.

WKMS: Kentucky's Bourbon Industry Booming
Link - Kentucky’s Bourbon industry has nearly doubled its workforce in the last two years, employing more than 15,000 people.

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