Daily Harvest -- 10/30/2015
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Senate leaders commit to crop insurance fix
- (Subscriber only) Senate Republican leaders have endorsed a House agreement to restore a $3 billion cut contained in a two-year budget deal.
Agri-Pulse: USDA funding plan, web tool aimed at helping beginning farmers
- The Department of Agriculture on Thursday announced plans to prioritize $5.6 billion in funding over the next two years to help beginning farmers and ranchers get started.
Agri-Pulse: USDA awards $3.6 million to set up SNAP job training hub
- USDA has awarded a $3.6 million grant to the Seattle Jobs Initiative (SGI) to set up a so-called Center of Excellence designed to develop and disseminate best practices to help state job training centers find work for participants in the Supplemental Nutrition and Assistance Program (SNAP).
Agri-Pulse: Ryan pledges win over farm-district conservatives
- Paul Ryan took over as House speaker with the support of all but one Republican on the House Agriculture Committee and most of the hard-line House Freedom Caucus.
USA Today: Ex-McDonald's suppliers plead guilty to cruelty
- Two chicken farmers who produced poultry used by fast food giant McDonald’s have plead guilty to misdemeanor animal cruelty, authorities said Thursday.
Des Moines Register: Ethanol from corn stalks: Can it slow climate change?
- The next generation of ethanol plants, including one that opens Friday in Nevada, Ia., could play a large role in reducing the greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change, industry and environmental leaders said.
The New Yorker: Will Conservatives Finally Embrace Clean Energy?
- It’s too early to know what measures a comprehensive, Republican-backed energy-reform bill might contain—and whether they would satisfy Democrats. Partisan conflict on this issue continues to smolder.
Forbes: Clean Energy Investment Up 25% In Q3
- (Opinion) Clean energy investment rose 25% in the U.S. in the Third Quarter; total investment surged to $13.4-Billion. That puts the U.S. at #2, second only to China where investment in clean energy projects came in at $26.7-Billion.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Agri-Pulse: Vilsack talks trade and safety net with dairy producers
- (Audio) USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack spoke with dairy producers meeting in Orlando this week, highlighting the positives of lower milk prices and discussing the opportunities for the industry to move forward in the future.
Agri-Pulse: John Block on Pork under attack
- (Audio) I was on the farm last week, harvest is all wrapped up, the yields were not a record, but good. Our hogs are happy and healthy, and that brings me to an issue that shocked me: the other meat is getting a bad rap.
Reuters: GMO backlash threatens beet farmers as foodmakers swap sugars
- America's sugar beet growers are under siege as U.S. food companies increasingly shun genetically modified (GMO) crops.
Wall Street Journal: Tensions Over Potential Bacon Warning Heat Up in California
- A regulatory showdown between California officials and the meat industry is heating up over the state’s authority to stamp health warnings on bacon and other meat products.
Food Business News: General Mills planning more job cuts
- General Mills, Inc. has announced another round of job cuts as part of Project Century, launched this year to streamline the company’s operations and identify potential capacity reductions.
Washington Post: Scientists have found another reason we should be drinking more whole milk
- New research finds that people who consume full-fat dairy products such as whole milk are less likely to be afflicted with so-called "metabolic syndrome," a set of related risk factors predicting heart disease and diabetes.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Wall Street Journal: Tasting the Drop in Coffee Prices
- A glut in supplies of Brazilian beans and hoarding by Vietnamese farmers might affect the flavor in your cup.
Wall Street Journal: World Cotton Contract Launches Sunday
- U.S. cotton stands to lose its place as the sole pricing bellwether for cotton around the world with the launch of a new global cotton futures contract next week.
Bloomberg: Short of Workers and Consumers, China Abandons One-Child Policy
- China ended one of the most ambitious demographic experiments in human history, abandoning the limit of one child for most families to foster the population growth required by the world’s second-biggest economy.
Insider Australia: Everyone piling into baby-formula stocks because China ended its one-child policy needs to calm down
- Folks likely want a piece of China, following news from state-owned Xinhua news agency earlier Thursday that the country is abandoning its one-child policy. Apart from the huge demographic implications, more babies would mean more need for diapers, baby formula, and so on.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Agri-Pulse: Senators forcing vote on WOTUS rule
- The Senate could vote as early as next week on a resolution killing the Obama administration's new rule re-defining what ditches, wetlands and other areas are regulated by the Clean Water Act.
Wall Street Journal: The EPA Deserves a Stay
- (Opinion) President Obama’s palace revolution on climate won’t come off peaceably after all, as 26 states and dozens of business groups this week filed suits against his takeover of the carbon economy. For all Mr. Obama’s eco-abuses, the legal reckoning now at hand is the most important.
Des Moines Register: O'Malley still has 'scars' from Chesapeake Bay cleanup
- It took years to bring together rural and urban residents on efforts to help clean up the Chesapeake Bay, and Martin O'Malley sees echoes of that fight in Iowa, the former Maryland governor said Thursday.
Hometown Lima: Experts urge cautious approach on Great Lakes fish farming
- Experts have submitted five reports to Michigan agencies that are considering whether commercial fish farming should be allowed in the state's Great Lakes waters.
LA Times: Chinook salmon spawning season looks like a disaster for second year in a row
- This year's spawning season for endangered winter-run Chinook salmon is looking like another disaster, placing one of California's most prized native fish in an even more precarious position.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
SFGate: El Niño threatens Pescadero farmworkers’ access to health services
- With El Niño threatening to pound the California coast and disrupt life for residents, community advocates in Pescadero are dispatching Spanish-speaking health workers to prepare people for a storm that could cut them off from hospitals and even potable water.
Australia Forum: Australia desperately seeking experienced dairy workers
- Moving to Australia to be a dairy farmer may not seem that obvious, but the country’s dairy industry is suffering from a shortage of experienced workers.
TIME: Your Halloween Candy Could Be Scarily Expensive This Year
- Candy prices this October are expected to rise 4.2 % compared to last October, the biggest increase in four years. Rising prices for global raw sugar are to blame for skyrocketing prices on Halloween candy.
New York Times: Bread Is Broken
- Industrial production destroyed both the taste and the nutritional value of wheat. One scientist believes he can undo the damage.
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