Daily Harvest -- 11/5/2014
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Republicans take the Senate, Roberts headed to Senate Ag Committee
- In a series of hard-fought battles, Republicans won control of the Senate Tuesday night by securing major re-election victories for Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell and Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts, while winning at least seven U.S. Senate seats that had previously been held by Democrats.
Agri-Pulse: Farmers facing the future
- (Audio) The long-term sustainability of farming was the major topic of discussion at a Corn and Soybean Future Forum held last week in Frankfurt, Germany, by Bayer CropScience.
Des Moines Register: Joni Ernst wins Iowa U.S. Senate seat
- Republican Joni Ernst will become Iowa's first female U.S. senator — and the first female veteran in the history of the U.S. Senate — after claiming victory Tuesday night in a bruising, big-money race that remained stubbornly close for months.
The Clarion-Ledger: Cochran sails to 7th Senate term
- Thad Cochran easily won a seventh term to the U.S. Senate on Tuesday, after the most arduous battle of his 42-year political career, in this year's GOP primary.
CBS Minnesota: US Rep. Collin Peterson Survives Re-Election Fight
- Voters in western Minnesota’s 7th District are sending Democrat Collin Peterson back to Washington after he withstood a vigorous challenge from GOP state Sen. Torrey Westrom.
Washington Post: Taco burgers, high-fives and stump speeches: the final full day of the Kansas Senate campaign
- Standing beside his wife and surrounded by humming machines, Republican Sen. Pat Roberts reminded the business groups, volunteers and voters sipping coffee at a manufacturing plant on Monday morning what a GOP-led Senate could do for them: regulatory reform.
Wall Street Journal: Businesses See Hope for Stalled Agenda After Midterm Elections
- American businesses are hoping the dust will settle from Tuesday’s GOP takeover of Congress with new attention on corporate taxes, immigration, trade and energy, top priorities that have eluded breakthroughs in recent years.
Los Angeles Times: GMO food measure fails in Colorado; Oregon initiative uncertain
- Voters in Colorado on Tuesday were rejecting a grass-roots measure that called for new labeling laws for genetically modified organisms, while a similar initiative in Oregon was too close to call.
Wall Street Journal: Farms Embrace Probiotics, Oregano in Move to Antibiotic-Free Meat
- Yeasts, clay and extracts from chili pepper and oregano are finding their way into animal feed to boost disease defenses and help chickens and pigs put on more weight. These are functions that antibiotics, mixed into feed or water, have fulfilled for decades on U.S. farms.
Farm Futures: Agriculture Workforce Demands Young Job Candidates, STEM Education
- A report from the STEM Food & Ag Council has found that there's a growing gap between the number of graduates in agriculture-related science, technology, engineering and math fields and the number of available employment opportunities.
NPR: Why Farmers Aren't Cheering This Year's Monster Harvest
- U.S. farmers are bringing in what's expected to be a record-breaking harvest for both corn and soybeans. But for many farmers, that may be too much of a good thing.
Wall Street Journal: Oil’s Plunge Sour News for Brazilian Biofuel Makers
- The plunge in oil prices to multi-year lows could have a sour aftertaste for Brazilian sugar processors. Mills in the country–the world’s largest grower of sugar cane–have already been hit by low prices for the sweetener due to consecutive years of a global sugar glut.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Los Angeles Times: Tax on sugary sodas approved in Berkeley; S.F. measure falls short
- Berkeley voters became the first electorate in the nation to approve a tax on sodas and other sugary beverages, while a similar measure in San Francisco fell short.
NPR: On The Trail To Preserve Appalachia's Bounty Of Heirloom Crops
- James Veteto is an anthropologist at Western Carolina University and an apple farmer who directs the Southern Seed Legacy Project. He's has spent the past 16 years traveling throughout Central and Southern Appalachia, talking with farmers about the heritage fruits and vegetables they grow.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Reuters: More than 40 percent of China's arable land degraded: Xinhua
- More than 40 percent of China's arable land is suffering from degradation, official news agency Xinhua said, reducing its capacity to produce food for the world's biggest population.
The Hill: Obama heads to Asia after election
- President Obama will embark on a weeklong trip to Asia days after a midterm election that could cost his party the Senate.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
The Hill: Inhofe blasts ‘extreme’ climate report
- Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) said an international climate change report was “extreme” and would “cripple” the global economy.
The Hill: Top Dem: Ignoring UN climate report could lead to 'irreversible problems'
- Rep. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.), the top Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said the U.S. should strengthen research for renewable energies in light of a United Nations report on climate change.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Huffington Post: Election Leaves Immigration Advocates Frustrated With Obama
- When CNN announced on Tuesday evening that Colorado Democratic Sen. Mark Udall lost, about 25 young undocumented immigrants and pro-immigration reform advocates in a row house in Washington, D.C., groaned in unison.
Northwest Public Radio: How Cell Phones Are Shaking Up The Farm Labor Market
- When Eduardo Cruz awoke to the sounds of rain outside his home in Yakima on a recent morning, he didn’t have to wait long for a cell phone call from the orchard manager where he works picking apples, an hour away in Mattawa.
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