Daily Harvest -- 11/3/2014
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Open Mic with Dr. Jill Long Thompson Board Chair and CEO of the Farm Credit Administration
- (Audio) Dr. Jill Long Thompson Board Chair and CEO of the Farm Credit Administration believes the 2014 farm bill provides the risk management tools tools producers need to weather the cyclical shift in commodity prices and pending higher interest rates.
Wall Street Journal: Pain in Trains Falls Mainly on Grain
- The worst rail delays in more than a decade are impeding crop shipments in the Midwest, causing grain-storage facilities to fill up and sending pries for corn, soybean and soybean meal up sharply.
Wall Street Journal: Democrats Lose Their Grip on Voters With Keys to the House
- The plumbers, drillers and truck drivers who arrive at the Birchwood Cafe before sunrise pour their own coffee, tuck away eggs and air gripes that help explain why some longtime Democrats now lean Republican.
Bloomberg: Clinton Delivers Closing Argument in Obama's Iowa
- With the Des Moines skyline in the background and four blocks from the president's 2008 campaign office, the scene was filled with political irony, as Clinton made a final pitch for the election of Bruce Braley, the Democratic nominee in a state that could decide whether Republicans take control of the Senate.
Wall Street Journal: U.S. Sugar Policy: Sweet for a Few, Sour for Most
- The United States and Mexico signed agreements last week that would restrict the amount of sugar Mexico can export to the U.S. The deal has been praised for avoiding a trade war, but it is symptomatic of a policy that imposes a heavy toll on the economy. It also undermines the U.S. government’s position in current international trade negotiations.
Agri-Pulse: Tier 4 standards offer new opportunity for propane on the farm
- (Audio) Strict emissions standards for diesel engines are opening new opportunities for propane use on the farm, particularly for irrigation systems.
InMaricopa: Shuttered a year ago, AZ's only ethanol plant producing fuel again in Maricopa
- Pinal Energy opened for production in 2007. In February 2013 it temporarily shut down due to an oversupply of ethanol in the market.
News-Journal: Willie’s biodiesel dream has hard awakening
- But as the biodiesel dream stalls out, despite the best efforts of everybody’s favorite Texas singer/songwriter/stoner/actor/steakhouse proprietor/spiritual guide, the fate of BioWillie offers hard lessons for any effort to shift the energy diet of Americans.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Wall Street Journal: Meat on the Side: Modern Menus Shift the Focus to Vegetables
- Anchoring a plate with a massive hunk of animal protein is so last century. But let’s face it: Vegetarianism isn’t for everyone. Increasingly, chefs like Jody Adams in Boston, Michael Solomonov in Philadelphia and Alain Ducasse in Paris are finding delicious ways to strike a balance between health and hedonism.
Los Angeles Times: Bye-bye, burgers: New fast-food chains bet on healthy eating
- Some of the fastest-growing fast-food chains aren't slinging artery-clogging cheeseburgers or cooking up calorie-packed fried chicken.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Reuters: U.S. jockeys with China over GMO crop issues
- With U.S. approval for Dow AgroSciences' package of chemicals and new genetically engineered crops now in hand, the Dow Chemical Co unit faces a major obstacle to a $1 billion market opportunity: Chinese import barriers.
Reuters: China lifts suspension on Washington State delicious apples
- China is lifting its suspension on the import of red and golden delicious apples from Washington State, reopening a market once valued at about $6.5 million a year, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said on Friday.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Agri-Pulse: UN report says climate change threatens ‘irreversible’ impacts
- Humans are having a “clear and growing” influence on climate change, which, if left unchecked, could lead to “pervasive and irreversible impacts” for people and ecosystems, according to a United Nations report.
Agri-Pulse: Opinion: Climate smart, sustainable agriculture
- Marshall Matz and Peter Matz: All too often, words such as “sustainable,” “agroecology,” and “biodiversity” (among others) are interpreted by the public as a rejection of high technology in agriculture.
Washington Post: 38 federal agencies reveal their vulnerabilities to climate change — and what they’re doing about it
- The Obama administration published a small library's worth of climate change documents on Friday, outlining 38 federal agencies' vulnerabilities to global warming and how they will address them -- as well as a separate and even larger set of new government-wide plans to cut down on greenhouse gas emissions and achieve new targets for sustainability.
Los Angeles Times: Rain brings joy, if not a fix, to the drought-ridden Central Valley
- The last time there was measurable rain in the region was a brief summer storm in July. Going into the fourth year of drought, farmers have pumped so much water that the ground in the Central Valley is sinking and the mountains rising.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
CNN: Romney: GOP Senate would pass immigration reform
- Former GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney said Sunday comprehensive immigration reform will be the top priority if Republicans take control of the Senate.
Agri-Pulse: Farm Journal and Agri-Pulse partner to analyze rural political influence
- The Farm Journal Foundation and Agri-Pulse plan to introduce a “Packing Political Punch” session at the 2014 Farm Journal Forum. Hosted by Sara Wyant, President of Agri-Pulse Communications, Inc., this new addition to the Forum's program will explore findings from Agri-Pulse's six-part series by the same name, addressing important political changes impacting American agriculture and rural America.
Politico: K Street descends on Kentucky
- Washington lobbyists, many of them former McConnell aides, were packed in among members of his current Hill staff and local volunteers at a Best Western meeting room Saturday morning to hear “the boss,” as many still call him, whether they still work for him or not.
Politico: Greg Orman ‘stuck in the middle’ in Kansas
- To raucous applause of about 200 supporters, Orman called his independent campaign for Senate “the number one threat to the status quo,” the solution to partisan gridlock crippling Washington.
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