Daily Harvest -- 11/2/2015
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Open Mic with Senator Joni Ernst, R-Iowa
- (Audio) In this week’s Open Mic Interview, U.S. Senator Joni Ernst shares her thoughts on proposed legislative action to block the EPA’s new clean water rules, the economic significance of the agency’s RFS volume obligation announcement, long term funding for the Highway Trust Fund and why Washington should address GMO food labeling.
Agri-Pulse: Washington Week Ahead: GOP forces debate on WOTUS rule
- Senate Republicans are forcing a debate over the Obama administration's Clean Water Act rule this week, while the House could debate raising truck weight limits, another priority for agriculture, as part of a long-term highway funding bill.
Agri-Pulse: Washington Week in Review: Crop insurance, PTC, and a new speaker
- (Video) At the close of a busy October, lawmakers worked through a budget deal and highway funding extension, all the while electing a new leader of the House of Representatives. Agri-Pulse's Phil Brasher and Spencer Chase have more on that in this edition of Washington Week in Review.
Agri-Pulse: GOP candidates focus on Iowa caucus-goers
- Almost exactly three months before the Iowa caucuses on Feb. 1 and just three days after the GOP debate on Oct. 28, 10 Republican candidates for president of the United States took to the stage Saturday in Des Moines to present their case to Iowa caucus-goers.
Agri-Pulse: EPA proposes ban on chlorpyrifos
- The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today proposed a total ban on the insecticide chlorpyrifos for agricultural uses, saying it has been unable to make a safety finding as required under the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA) by a court-imposed Oct. 31 deadline.
Agri-Pulse: Confused about farm program payment variability?
- The days of direct payments are over and that's likely to cause some consternation, especially when growers of one crop in one county receive payments while growers in a neighboring county do not.
Agri-Pulse: USDA renews emphasis on new and beginning farmers
- (Audio) Krysta Hardin visited the FFA convention last week to announce a new website for beginning farmers.
LA Times: How the widening urban-rural divide threatens America
- (Opinion) Rural living historically has encouraged independence, and it still does, even in the globalized and wired 21st century. The urban ideal tends to be just the opposite.
Des Moines Register: World's largest cellulosic ethanol plant opens
- Dozens of state, local and national leaders gathered in Nevada on Friday to celebrate what DuPont says is the world's largest cellulosic ethanol plant, using corncobs, husks and stalks to eventually produce 30 million gallons of ethanol annually.
Des Moines Register: Ethanol from corncobs: A cure for 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.
Washington Post: Company seeks permit to build wind farm in Botetourt County
- A Charlottesville company is seeking a permit to build a 25-turbine wind farm in Botetourt County.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Take Part: Bernie and Hillary Support GMOs—but They Don’t Want Labeling Laws to Go ‘DARK’
- Hillary Clinton said she supported GMOs in general but is “against what’s a movement right now in the Congress, which is to preempt state decision-making regarding GMOs,” referencing what anti-GMO activists have dubbed the DARK Act—Denying Americans the Right to Know.
Washington Post: The controversial thing kids are being taught about McDonald’s at school
- Is it appropriate for McDonald’s to use schools as a way to teach kids about healthy eating habits? Nutrition experts — as well as some teachers and parents — also question whether schools, which are letting the fast food company through their doors to market to kids, are allowing themselves to be co-opted.
Washington Post: Five myths about bacon
- (Opinion) Threat of premature death might put us off hot dogs or ham. But bacon? You can pry it from our cold, greasy fingers.
USA Today: Chipotles close in Ore., Wash., after 22 sick from E. coli
- Twenty-two cases of E. coli infection have been traced to Chipotle restaurants in Oregon and Washington, which closed abruptly Friday, health authorities said Saturday.
Press and Sun Bulletin: 530 jobs: Kraft might close plants in Walton, Campbell
- Two Southern Tier Kraft Foods plants in Delaware and Steuben Counties within New York State employing a combined 530 people could be targeted for closure.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
New York Times: Mexico: Sugary-Drinks Tax Is Left Intact
- Mexico’s congress blocked an attempt to roll back part of a tax on soft drinks Thursday, responding to an uproar from public health advocates.
Reuters: TPP to play key role in helping Japan meet GDP target – Nikkei
- The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) will play a key role in helping the Japanese government to boost economic growth, the Nikkei business daily reported on Saturday.
Reuters: Competition watchdog blocks Danish Crown meat merger plan
- A planned merger between European meat product group Danish Crown and smaller Danish rival Tican was blocked by competition authorities on Monday after a seven-month review, Danish Crown said in a statement.
Des Moines Register: Let's level the playing field between corn, sugar
- (Opinion) It’s time our government recognizes the contributions of corn farmers in Iowa and across our great nation. For too long, corn has played second fiddle to sugar.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Agri-Pulse: Senate sets debate on WOTUS rule
- The Senate is set to debate a pair of measures to strike down the Obama administration's new Clean Water Act rule re-defining the "waters of the United States" that the law regulates.
Associated Press: New plant tests US appetite for seawater desalination
- There's far more riding on the Americas' largest seawater desalination plant than the 50 million gallons of drinking water it will produce for the San Diego area each day. The billion-dollar plant, which opens this year, will help determine the future of seawater desalination in the U.S.
New York Times: California Seeks Federal Aid as Bark Beetles Destroy Trees
- Gov. Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency to help California address a widespread tree die-off exacerbated by four years of drought that has made millions of trees vulnerable to native bark beetles.
Christian Science Monitor: Planned emissions cuts not enough to save climate, says UN
- Plans by about 150 countries to curb greenhouse gas emissions will slow climate change this century but they need to do more to limit rising global temperatures to two degrees Celsius (3.6 Fahrenheit), the United Nations said on Friday.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
The Press Democrat: Sonoma County farmworkers’ struggles include housing, health
- Jose and Rosa Apolinar are among 4,000 to 6,000 farmworkers who live in the county year-round and form the backbone of the local agriculture sector. Nearly all work in the wine industry, where they tend and harvest the county’s $600 million grape crop.
Mid-Missouri Public Radio: Looking to Settle Down, Immigrant Farmworkers Face Housing Crisis
- The immigrant workers that pick crops like cotton and melons in the U.S. can have a tough time finding a place to live. The rural areas where they can find work often lack the social services and affordable housing. That means many farm worker families end up in dilapidated buildings, which can come with health risks.
Agri-Pulse: Agri-Pulse Communications teams ups with Tom Davis
- Agri-Pulse Communications, Inc. and Tom Davis have entered into an agreement to enhance the strategic planning, marketing and sales efforts of the fast growing company.
Reuters: For 'Pumpkin Capital USA,' Halloween brings rest for farmers
- In Floydada, Texas, which calls itself "Pumpkin Capital, USA," Halloween is the time for farmers who produce more than a million of the orange globes to kick back and savor the mostly empty fields.
Wall Street Journal: Pizza Box Composting Gets College Try
- At North Carolina State University, the answer is the Pizza Box Composting Project—dumpsters placed at eight locations around campus that since early last year have helped turn approximately 16,000 grease-stained boxes into fertilizer.
ABC News: Serving Second Chances: NYC Food Truck Hires Ex-Inmates
- Even amid New York City's eclectic food trucks, Snowday's concept is unusual: a farm-to-table menu with a staff of young men and women who have spent time behind bars, most of them in the city's notoriously violent Rikers Island jail.
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