Daily Harvest -- 11/7/2014
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Ag wish list for lame duck session
- (Audio) Dale Moore of the American Farm Bureau Federation expects limited action in this lame duck session beyond extending funding for the government.
Agri-Pulse: USDA announces availability of new Whole-Farm Revenue Insurance Protection
- USDA's Risk Management Agency (RMA) today announced that the new Whole-Farm Revenue Protection insurance policy is now available for the 2015 crop year.
Agri-Pulse: Closer together or farther apart?
- Bruce Knight: While some questions remain, Tuesday's election made it clear that both the Senate and the House will be firmly in the hands of Republicans when the next Congress is seated in January 2015. Will this mean improved cooperation or increased polarization between a Democratic President and a united Republican legislature? And what changes can agriculture expect?
The Hill: House to vote on EPA ‘secret science’ bills
- The House is planning to vote later this month on a pair of bills aimed at increasing transparency in the scientific process behind President Obama’s environmental rules.
Arkansas Business: Agriculture Agencies Distributing Draft Grain Buyer Legislation
- State agriculture agencies are floating draft legislation that would require grain buyers to be licensed in the state before conducting business.
Associated Press: Peterson: Reopening farm bill a bad idea
- U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson anticipates being able to work out compromises on agricultural issues in the next Congress, but he said Wednesday he has concerns about the makeup of the next Senate Agriculture Committee.
New York Times: U.S.D.A. to Allow Chicken From Chinese Companies
- The Department of Agriculture will allow Chinese poultry processing companies to ship fully cooked, frozen and refrigerated chicken to the United States.
Grist: GMO labeling laws keep failing. Here’s why we can expect more
- In battling this out, in state after state, the nonpartisan question of how to weigh the risks and benefits of new inventions is turning into a badge of group membership, a marker of political identity.
Reuters: ADM's next CEO faces ethanol, global trade hurdles
- When Juan Luciano becomes chief executive officer of Archer Daniels Midland Co in the new year he will face easing demand for ethanol and increasing competition from global competitors.
Wall Street Journal: Texas Fracking Ban Faces Industry Challenge
- Hours after voters here adopted the first hydraulic-fracturing ban in Texas, an energy-industry group filed a court challenge contending that the measure violates the state constitution.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Agri-Pulse: OTA petitions USDA with goal to reduce synthetics in organic food
- The Organic Trade Association (OTA) on Thursday filed two petitions with the National Organic Program to amend the National List of substances that can be used in organic production and processing - in one case strengthening the requirement for organic ingredients and in the other, removing a non-organic substance from the list.
Bloomberg Businessweek: Wal-Mart Promises Organic Food for Everyone
- Now the organics industry is bracing for its next big shakeup. Wal-Mart Stores (WMT), the nation’s largest grocer, is expanding its selection of organic foods. And it’s promising to sell the stuff at the same prices it sells nonorganic food.
Reuters: World food price decline slows in October: FAO
- World food prices edged lower in October, after a series of sharp declines, as prices of oils and sugar rose while dairy and meat prices fell, the UN's food agency said on Thursday.
Bloomberg: Orange Juice Extends Bear-Market Slump on Florida Outlook
- Orange-juice futures extended a slump into a bear market as U.S. demand ebbed and prospects improved for a bigger citrus crop in Florida, the world’s second-largest producer.
Washington Post: How the soda industry met its match in one of America’s most liberal cities
- On Tuesday, despite a furious and well-financed opposition campaign by the beverage industry, Berkeley became the first city in the country to pass a tax on sugary drinks.
CNN: 'Foodini' machine lets you print edible burgers, pizza, chocolate
- As further proof that you can now 3D-print anything, a company called Natural Machines has introduced a 3D printer for food.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Agri-Pulse: U.S. beef, pork exports post strong September
- U.S. beef and pork exports each topped $5 billion in value for the first nine months of 2014, after a strong showing in September, according to the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF).
Reuters: Asian feed millers caught short by surprise grain rally
- Asian feed millers have missed the boat on multi-year-low corn and soymeal prices after a surprise rally in the futures market over the past few weeks, leaving them with hefty costs even as global supplies hit record highs.
Asia One News: Japan will contribute to early TPP trade deal: PM Abe
- Japan will make efforts to break a deadlock in a proposed Asia-Pacific regional trade deal ahead of a key weekend meeting of trade ministers, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Thursday.
Wall Street Journal: Bunge Denies Links to Hungary Fraud, U.S. Travel Bans
- U.S. agricultural and food giant Bunge Ltd.BG -0.85% on Thursday has become embroiled in the deteriorating relations between Hungary and the U.S., with tit-for-tat allegations of corruption and tax fraud.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Western Farm Press: Conservation Stewardship Program changes proposed
- As the U.S. Department of Agriculture's rapid implementation of the 2014 Farm Bill continues, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced proposed changes to the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP), one of USDA’s largest conservation programs for working agricultural lands.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Agri-Pulse: Boehner says executive action could ‘poison the well’ on immigration
- Days after Republicans claimed the majority in the Senate and strengthened their majority in the House, President Barack Obama and Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, weighed in on prospects for immigration reform.
Washington Post: Philip Morris International: New US tobacco deal
- Philip Morris International Inc. announced Wednesday that it is partnering with two U.S. tobacco leaf suppliers to buy its tobacco rather than working directly with farmers.
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