Daily Harvest -- 10/24/2014
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: GOP senators on ag panel ask for withdrawal of WOTUS interpretive rule
- Senate Agriculture Committee Republicans are asking EPA to withdraw the so-called interpretive rule released with its “Waters of the U.S.” (WOTUS) proposal, saying it could “fundamentally alter interaction between farmers and the federal government."
Agri-Pulse: Farmers Union, others urge appeal of WTO COOL ruling
- The National Farmers Union and the U.S. Cattlemen's Association were joined by an environmental group and a trade watchdog in calling for the U.S. to appeal a World Trade Organization ruling that said provisions of the U.S. country-of-origin labeling (COOL) rule violated international trade regulations.
Reuters: Most U.S. farmers worried about data privacy -farm bureau survey
- Three out of four U.S. farmers fear data they share with companies offering big data services may fall into the wrong hands or be used without their consent, including for commodity market speculation, according to a survey published this week.
Wall Street Journal: Potash Corp. Expects Steady Fertilizer Demand for 2015
- Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan Inc. expects global demand for potash fertilizer to hold steady with this year’s level, despite sliding crop prices that are expected to crimp farmers’ incomes, executives said Thursday.
Reuters: Union Pacific CEO: Major rail mergers 'don't make sense'
- The chief executive of No. 1 U.S. railroad Union Pacific Corp said on Thursday that he does not think mergers of major railroads "make sense" because of the regulatory hurdles they face and the service issues they create.
Capital Press: Oregon GMO task force drafts report
- An Oregon task force on genetically engineered crops agrees that more regulatory clarity is needed for biotechnology but diverges on the specifics of any governance scheme.
San Francisco Chronicle: Lawyer urges judge to invalidate Big Isle GMO law
- A lawyer representing a group seeking to invalidate Hawaii County's law restricting the use of genetically engineered crops is asking a judge to make the same decision he recently made for Kauai's law.
New York Times: Can Genetics and Breeding Do for Cassava What They’ve Done For Corn?
- Bill Gates spends a lot of his time probing the minds and work of researchers and analysts trying to solve the world’s biggest problems. His new post focuses on the plant genetics research of Edward S. Buckler, a U.S. Department of Agriculture researcher at Cornell.
Agri-Pulse: CBO report sees tougher times ahead for ethanol & advanced biofuels
- Responding to the fact that “some policymakers have proposed repealing or revising the Renewable Fuel Standard” which requires blending biofuels with gasoline, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) reported Tuesday that it could be difficult to comply with the steadily increasing ethanol volumes which the law mandates.
National Geographic: Harnessing the Potential of a Nation’s Leftover Food
- If we were able to save some of this food and reduce losses by just 15 percent, we could feed more than 25 million Americans every year, according to Natural Resources Defense Council. That’s significant when one in six Americans lack a secure supply of food.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Agri-Pulse: CSPI marks Food Day with 10 Worst foods list
- And to help consumers mark the occasion, CSPI is passing along its list of the “10 worst” packaged and restaurant foods that Americans should be eating less of to avoid obesity, diabetes and heart disease problems.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Agri-Pulse: Sweeteners Association says producers' complaints on Mexican imports costing consumers
- (Subscriber only) The Sweeteners Users Association (SUA) says the unfair trade complaints filed by U.S. sugar producers against Mexico sugar imports could end up costing U.S. consumers more than $3 billion in an 18 month period.
Agri-Pulse: Relation between WTO rulings on India and COOL
- (Audio) The WTO ruling this week on country-of-origin labeling kind of overshadowed another ruling last week against India that will get U.S. poultry growers back into a $300 million market.
Reuters: Monsanto, soy exporter royalties dispute rages on in Brazil
- The majority of soy exporting firms in Brazil have still not agreed to collect royalties for seed giant Monsanto Co, threatening sales of up to a quarter of the country's soy crop, industry association Abiove said on Thursday.
Financial Times: Mexico warns US of retaliation in sugar war
- “All hell will break loose” if the US triggers anti-dumping duties on Mexican sugar in the coming days, Mexico’s economy minister has warned.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Los Angeles Times: Amid California's drought, a bruising battle for cheap water
- The signs appear about 200 miles north of Los Angeles, tacked onto old farm wagons parked along quiet two-lane roads and bustling Interstate 5. "Congress Created Dust Bowl." "Stop the Politicians' Water Crisis." "No Water No Jobs."
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
The Hill: Angst grows over Obama’s plans for action on immigration
- Angst over President Obama's post-election plans on immigration is growing amid revelations that the Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) has issued a procurement request for as many as 34 million work permits and green cards.
USA Today: U.S. misinformed Congress, public on immigrant release
- New records contradict the Obama administration's assurances to Congress and the public that the 2,200 people it freed from immigration jails last year to save money had only minor criminal records.
Wall Street Journal: Billionaire Businessmen Buying Up Mega-Ranches
- In a modern-day stampede, billionaire execs are buying ranches for the cattle operations, game-hunting—and to entertain clients and guests.
Roll Call: GOP Gavel Fights: 11 House Committee Chairmanships In Play
- Every two years, after the Election Day dust settles, members return to Capitol Hill for a lame-duck session that includes the selection of colleagues to serve as senior lawmakers on the chamber’s standing committees during the new Congress.
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