Daily Harvest -- 11/9/2015
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse Open Mic with Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts
- In this in-depth interview, Roberts talks about the future of issues like WOTUS, COOL, child nutrition, crop insurance and more.
Agri-Pulse: Washington Week Ahead: Produce standards, import regs set for FDA release
- The Food and Drug Administration is expected to roll out a set of landmark food safety rules this week while congressional appropriators work on a government-wide fiscal 2016 spending bill.
Agri-Pulse Meet the Lawmaker: Alma Adams, North Carolina's 12th District
- The North Carolina Democrat shares why her role on the House Committee on Agriculture is important to her district in terms of addressing nutrition, food insecurity and other issues. And as the 100th woman elected to Congress, she shares how a woman’s place is really….. everyplace.
Washington Post Opinion: Don’t squeeze farmers to balance the budget
- The author challenges an Oct. 30 editorial, noting that agriculture has sacrificed its budget time and again when other sectors refused to answer the call.
Agri-Pulse: Obama rejects Keystone pipeline
- With less than one month before the Paris climate negotiations are slated to start, President Barack Obama rejected the Keystone XL pipeline, ending his administration's seven-year internal debate over the project by concluding that it “would not serve the national interests.”
Agri-Pulse: GOP candidates rip Obama for Keystone rejection
- Many were not surprised by the president’s decision, but GOP candidates used the opportunity to weigh in.
U.S. News: United Arab Emirates energy minister says oil prices, now low, will have 'correction' in 2016
- Low global oil prices will have a "correction" in 2016, but it won't be solely OPEC that helps to raise prices that have dropped over 50 percent, the United Arab Emirates' energy minister said Monday.
Agri-Pulse: Will the Renewable Fuel Standard impact the 2016 elections?
- A national farm leader warned President Obama that lowering the RFS volume requirements could result in Democrats losing otherwise winnable congressional races in the 2016 elections.
Forbes: Solar plus Storage May Be Energy's Holy Grail, But Will Regulators Aid The Quest?
- Renewables and batteries have been showing up together in the strangest places since Tesla Motors set a new low price for batteries this Spring and the EPA published the Clean Power Plan.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Washington Post: If GMOs aren’t the problem with our food system, then what is?
- The author asks Sec. Vilsack and leading farm and food spokespeople: Leaving aside GMOs for the moment, what’s the problem with our food? How should we go about fixing our food system, from the ground up?
Portland Press Herald: Green Plate Special: Cold fact is that transporting food can become less harmful
- With changes in technology, the cold chain – that continuous series of temperature-controlled units required to deliver perishable food from faraway farms to forks everywhere - holds the promise of reducing energy use, food waste and hunger.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Agri-Pulse: TPP text details tariff cuts, curbs on trade barriers
- The release of the Trans-Pacific Partnership text reveals the tariff cuts and restrictions on foreign import barriers that could benefit U.S. food and agricultural exports. We explore the details and which ag groups are lining up to support or oppose.
New York Times: China’s Winemakers Seek Their Own Napa Valley
- China’s fast-growing middle class is increasingly demanding Western delights and that includes fine wine. Ningxia has ambitions to become the Napa Valley of China.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Agri-Pulse: Farm groups appeal Chesapeake Bay pollution controls to Supreme Court
- Farm organizations and home builders have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to consider blocking the Environmental Protection Agency's pollution limits for the Chesapeake Bay.
Bloomberg Targets Attorneys General With Ads on Carbon Emissions
- Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg plans to run millions of dollars in political television ads against attorneys general in Missouri, Florida, Michigan and Wisconsin who are suing the White House over the new Clean Power Plan regulations.
Minneapolis Star Tribune: Talking GMOs and future of farming with Monsanto's Robert Fraley
- The distinguished scientist stopped by the Star Tribune to discuss the changing technology of agriculture, and the challenge of doubling food production by 2050 to feed the world’s growing population.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Washington Post: A decade into a project to digitize U.S. immigration forms, just 1 is online
- This project, run by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, was originally supposed to cost a half-billion dollars and be finished in 2013. Now it’s delayed and costing billions more.
Magic Valley News: Jerome Jobs: Immigration Laws Big Deal for Jerome's Dairies
- In a series looking at the changing economy around Jerome, Idaho, the author looks at the role of immigrant labor and the struggle some local dairies have finding workers.
Agri-Pulse: Grassley recognized for outstanding voting record
- The Iowa Senator gets kudos from McConnell, Leahy and others for his historic voting record.
Sante Fe New Mexican: Millennials hit the farm
- There is broad anecdotal evidence that young farmers with an interest in growing healthy, local food are helping keep farmland in production.
Idaho Statesman: Rancher’s wife: ‘I saw them murder my husband’
- Several details are still unknown, but this story about two sheriffs, an injured bull and an Idaho ranch family is chilling. The investigation is currently in the hands of the Idaho State Police.
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