Daily Harvest -- 11/4/2014
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: National Pork Board releases ‘consumer-centered’ strategic plan
- The National Pork Board (NPB) has released a new strategic plan for the next five years with the goals of building consumer trust, driving sustainable production and growing consumer demand.
Government Executive: Colorado, Oregon Voters Set to Decide GMO Labeling Rules
- The complex issue of GMO labeling for food products is being considered by voters in Colorado and Oregon, and both supporters and opponents seem to agree that the topic of genetically modified organisms is so complicated that a better approach would be comprehensive federal legislation.
Portland Business Journal: Regardless of election results, Oregon's GMO debate not going away
- No matter what happens in Oregon's election, one thing is sure — the call to tell consumers about engineered ingredients won't to turn on the outcome of a single election.
DTN: Proposed Clean Water Act Rule Could Affect Entire Farm
- A quarter-section of the 1,200-acre farm owned by Kristin Vandersnick and her husband Matt is likely out of crop production for the foreseeable future... but the fishing there is good.
Indy Star: Agriculture jobs are jobs of the future
- According to FFA (formerly Future Farmers of America), we need to produce as much food in the next 40 years as we produced in the previous 8,000 years due to the projected growth in population.
Bloomberg: Corn, Soybeans Drop as U.S. Weather Seen Boosting Harvest
- Corn and soybeans fell in Chicago on speculation that dry weather will accelerate harvests that are forecast to be the biggest ever in the U.S., the world’s top producer of the crops.
KOMO News: Farming the Oregon coast: Not so wild an idea
- Farmers, ranchers and those interested in making a living in agriculture made it clear they reject the idea that the coast is the wrong place to put down roots.
Wall Street Journal: Big Issues for New Senate: Border, Health-Care Repeal, Energy
- Republican candidates and a few Democrats toughened their stands on illegal immigration. The GOP hardened its vows to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Minimum-wage increases championed by Democrats drew some GOP support.
Des Moines Register: Iowa farmers harvest about a quarter of corn crop
- Iowa farmers harvested a quarter of the state's corn acres last week, a U.S. Department of Agriculture report shows. And the state's soybean harvest was nearly completed.
Reuters: Factbox: Energy, environment issues dominate some Senate races
- Energy and climate are central issues on some of the tightest U.S. Senate races of 2014 and have created a surge in spending by outside groups.
The Hill: Energy wins
- With zero precincts reporting, we can confidently project American energy is a landslide winner in the 2014 midterm elections.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Wall Street Journal: Meat Companies Go Antibiotics-Free as More Consumers Demand It
- Perdue is among a growing array of food producers moving to limit the routine use of antibiotics in livestock production—less in response to regulatory action than to consumer pressure.
Washington Post: Chipotle, Cheesecake Factory and others feel pinch of record dairy prices
- From the sour cream at Chipotle to the dinner rolls at Panera Bread, many favorite restaurant menu items have become more costly to produce as dairy prices have soared to record highs.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Agri-Pulse: What no tariffs under TPP would mean for ag exports
- (Audio) A new USDA study shows that agricultural trade in the region of the Trans Pacific Partnership could increase by $8.5 billion per year and U.S. exports would increase the most.
Reuters: Cargill sees food scares boosting China's grains appetite
- A slew of food safety scandals has stoked China's hunger for higher quality products that would sustain consumption of protein-rich farm commodities even as its economy slows, a top executive of leading commodities trader Cargill Inc said.
Reuters: U.S. swaps watchdog seeks rule tweaks to ease burden for small users
- The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission on Monday proposed minor rule changes to ease the regulatory burden for smaller derivative market users, who have broad support in Congress.
The Guardian: Gates foundation spends bulk of agriculture grants in rich countries
- Most of the $3bn (£1.8bn) that the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has given to benefit hungry people in the world’s poorest countries has been spent in the US, Britain and other rich countries, with only around 10% spent in Africa, new research suggests.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Argus Leader: S.D. conservation fund no match for N.D. potential
- Voters Tuesday will decide the fate of Initiated Constitutional Measure 5. If it passes, for the next 25 years, it would devote 5 percent of the state’s share of oil extraction taxes to a Clean Water, Wildlife and Parks Trust and Fund.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Washington Times: Sarah Palin smacks Mitt Romney on immigration: He’s in ‘never never land’
- Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin issued a sharp rebuke to former presidential contender Mitt Romney for his comments suggesting the Republican Party would take amnesty-like action on immigration if they took over the Senate.
Politico: Obama, interrupted
- President Barack Obama can’t seem to get through a big public speech without being heckled by immigration reform advocates.
Agri-Pulse: Strategic vision needed for top challenges
- Mark Edelman and Barry Flinchbaugh: The threats we face today are diverse and different. There is no singular external national security challenge. We lack strategic vision for our new role in global affairs.
KSBY: Cal Poly alumni gift $20 million to College of Agriculture, Food & Environmental Sciences
- Peter and Mary Beth Oppenheimer gave the College of Agriculture, Food, and Environmental Sciences $20 million dollars. The Oppenheimer's are both Cal Poly alumni. Their younger son is following in their footsteps.
Washington Post: New emails show White House role in Sherrod ouster
- A 2010 email from Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says his department was “waiting for the go-ahead” from the White House before accepting the resignation of employee Shirley Sherrod, according to newly released documents, despite Obama administration assertions that her ouster was Vilsack’s decision alone.
Washington Post: State ballot measures: 5 things to watch
- A total of 147 ballot measures will go before voters on Election Day, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. The topics range from marijuana legalization and abortion to food labels and gun sales.
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