Daily Harvest -- 10/27/2014
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Open Mic with Jim Blome, Pres. and CEO Bayer CropScience
- (Audio) Challenged to enhance sustainability and increase productivity, the crop industry continues to search for new scientific benchmarks to meet the growing demand for food, fiber and fuel. Jim Blome, President and CEO of Bayer CropScience says the company is heavily invested in discovering new benchmarks in genetics, conventional plant breeding, biologics, and crop protection.
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."
Bloomberg: DuPont Drops $4.46 Million to Defeat Oregon's GMO-Labeling Initiative
- The new cash infusion means that $16.3 million has now been raised by opponents of Measure 92, a new record in the state for the amount a given side has been able to bank in an initiative fight, the Oregonian reported.
Minneapolis Star Tribune: Our forgotten election issues: food and farming
- Largely absent from this year’s election debate has been a rigorous discussion of critical issues that impact Minnesota’s largest industry — and the hundreds of thousands of Minnesota jobs that depend on whether state policies encourage or discourage the continued growth of this hugely important sector.
Montgomery Advertiser: Despite low prices, cotton farmers optimistic about crop
- The cotton harvest is in full sewing in central Alabama, with the season expected to run through mid-November. And getting the crop out of the field is just half the work. The few gins left in the area will be running full bore through December.
Associated Press: USDA Brings Indoor Plumbing to Alaska Village
- A remote Alaska Native village where only half the homes have indoor plumbing is among rural communities nationwide that will receive upgrades to rural water and wastewater systems with $352 million in grants and loans from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
U-T San Diego: Maui voters to decide whether to ban GMO crops
- Dozens of Maui mothers are going door-to-door to urge voters to back a ban on the cultivation of genetically engineered crops because they think they are unsafe.
Agri-Pulse: Energy secretary at opening of cellulosic ethanol plant
- (Audio) Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz helped to celebrate the grand opening of a new cellulosic ethanol plant in Kansas, which was supported in part by a Department of Energy loan guarantee.
BBC: Australia green energy firms hit by target cuts
- The Australian government has never hidden its scepticism about climate change or renewable energy but its decision last week to cut support for cleaner energy sources still left the renewable energy industry reeling.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Wall Street Journal: The Organic Food Protectionists
- If you can’t beat them, ask the government to stigmatize them. That’s the adage in Oregon and Colorado, where organic-farming interests posing as champions of consumer transparency are hoping to persuade voters to approve ballot initiatives on Nov. 4 requiring costly and useless food labels.
Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel: Dairy organizations weigh in on raw milk sales
- Two large dairy industry trade groups have voiced opposition to rule changes which, they claim, could encourage consumers to pursue buying raw, unpasteurized milk direct from the farm.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Wall Street Journal: Japan Market Access Still Hurdle at Trans-Pacific Partnership Talks
- Japan will come under renewed pressure to further open up its automotive and agriculture industries to global trade during Trans-Pacific Partnership talks in Sydney over coming days.
Reuters: Thai govt offers loans to farmers to delay rice sales
- Thailand will offer interest-free loans to farmers as an incentive to delay sales of rice, its prime minister said, as the interim government seeks to support farmers hurt by falling global commodities prices.
Yle: Tetracycline was the drug found in Finnish dairy imports, Russian authorities claim
- Dairy giant Valio insist that type of antibiotic is not used in Finland to treat cattle, and call for an independent re-analysis of their lactose-free imports.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Agri-Pulse: EPA’s McCarthy says U.S. at pivotal moment in fighting climate change
- Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy says the U.S. has arrived at a pivotal moment in its pursuit of clean energy, a time on par with the very creation of the EPA almost 44 years ago.
Washington Post: In Florida, a water-pollution warning that glows at night
- Karen McLaughlin normally carries a flashlight for her nighttime kayak trips along Florida’s Banana River to spot any alligators resting on the banks. But these days, it’s the river itself that glows in the dark.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
New York Times: Ahead of 2016, Immigration Activists Want Answers From Clinton
- Hillary Rodham Clinton had just finished telling the crowd that North Carolina families could count on Senator Kay Hagan when the chants of Oliver Merino — a 25-year-old whose mother, an undocumented Mexican immigrant, faces deportation — grew louder.
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Agri-Pulse: Cast your vote for USFRA 'Faces of Farming and Ranching'
- Visit the Faces of Farmers and Ranchers online voting page to learn about this year's finalists and the work they do, including short videos highlighting their farms and ranches. Then, cast your vote between now and Nov. 2 for the finalist you feel best exemplifies agriculture.
Kansas City Star: With a week to go, U.S. Senate candidates in Kansas still haven’t closed the sale
- The contest between Republican incumbent Pat Roberts and independent challenger Greg Orman is essentially tied, both sides believe. It’s perhaps the closest Senate race in America.
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