Daily Harvest -- 10/28/2014
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: USDA seeks to add new products to BioPreferred program
- USDA is proposing to widen its BioPreferred program to include new forest products, as it continues to implement provisions of the 2014 Farm bill.
Agri-Pulse: Florida unified in opposition to WOTUS
- (Audio) Members of the Florida agriculture industry and their representatives are unified in their opposition to the EPA’s “waters of the United States” rule. Florida Farm Bureau’s president says maps show nearly the entire state would come over federal jurisdiction.
Wall Street Journal: DuPont’s R&D Is at Center of Fight With Activist
- The activist investor is pressing DuPont to split in two: a growth company focused on agriculture and nutrition, and a more-predictable materials company set up to pay dividends to shareholders. Trian says such a structure would be more competitive and eliminate needless overhead.
DTN: COOL Appeal Likely in 2015
- Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told DTN on Monday that the Obama administration likely won't appeal the World Trade Organization ruling against U.S. meat labeling until sometime in January.
Bloomberg: Wheat-for-Corn Switch Sweeps U.S. in Bid for Break Even
- With most grain crops mired in bear markets, Oklahoma farmer Sherwin Ratzlaff figures his only chance to break even is to expand supplies of wheat that already are in surplus.
WUNC: Big Tech May Determine Fate Of Renewable Energy In NC
- Data centers use massive amounts of power, 24 hours a day. Currently, about 40 percent of the electricity Duke Energy produces in the Carolinas comes from coal. That’s becoming an increasing problem for the tech companies.
Fresno Bee: UC Merced sets goal of 100 percent renewable energy by late 2016
- UC Merced leaders say the campus could be completely powered through renewable energy by the end of 2016, sooner than originally planned.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Wall Street Journal: Permira’s John Coyle: Food and Water Scarcity Is an ‘Undeniable Trend’
- European firm Permira , fresh from its exit of crop protection company Arysta Life Sciences Ltd., said it is intent on making more investments that address the scarcity of food and water in the world.
Agri-Pulse: Environmental Working Group debuts nutritional database
- The Environmental Working Group has released an online database with entries on more than 80,000 foods that it hopes will help consumers make healthier choices at the grocery store, but critics maintain will only add to the confusion about "good" versus "bad" foods, setting up price-conscious consumers for even more difficult choices.
The Economist: Gluten-free food: Against the grain
- A growing desire to avoid gluten is changing the food industry. Vegetarians outnumber those who avoid gluten. But the food industry is finding that there is no longer much money to be made in making meat-free products.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Wall Street Journal: U.S. Imposes New Sugar Tariffs, but Pact May Negate Them
- The government said Monday it would impose additional tariffs on Mexican sugar imports as high as 47.26% after the Commerce Department preliminarily determined that Mexican sugar producers had dumped the sweetener in the U.S.
Reuters: Pacific trade talks progress but gap remains between US, Japan
- Negotiations for an ambitious trade pact among Pacific countries made significant progress over the weekend but there is still a gap between Japan and the United States over market access and other hurdles, trade representatives said on Monday.
Wall Street Journal: Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Deal Looks as Far Off as Ever
- U.S. farmers and pharmaceutical firms eyeing gains from a Trans-Pacific Partnership shouldn’t hold their breath.
Chicago Tribune: U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade coming to Chicago
- Chicago will be the site of a business summit between high-level U.S. and China officials in December, a first for the city.
Reuters: China to step up control on grain imports as stockpiles rise
- China will strengthen control over grains imports and crack down on illegal activities like smuggling in a bid to cut oversupply, with record stockpiles creating storage problems for the new harvest, China's vice premier said on Friday.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Futurity: Can no-till farming produce enough food?
- A farming method that avoids conventional plowing and otherwise disturbing the soil may not result in more crop yields in much of the world, according to a new review.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Politico: Janet Napolitano backs immigration executive action
- Ex-Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano — who oversaw a sweeping directive that gave hundreds of thousands of young immigrants a reprieve from deportations — says she is backing President Barack Obama’s planned executive action on immigration.
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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