Daily Harvest -- 11/10/2014
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Washington Week Ahead: Focus on trade and the lame duck
- Congress reconvenes in a lame-duck session this week after a month-long break to campaign for the mid-term elections. With Democrats licking their wounds and Republicans reviewing their strategy after taking over the Senate and improving their hold on the House, the big question seems to be: Will anything get done before Congress heads home for the Christmas holidays in mid-December?
Agri-Pulse: AGree releases new farm and food policy strategies
- Stakeholders must move beyond debates about big vs. small, organic vs. conventional or low vs. high tech, according to a new set of consensus recommendations offered by AGree today.
Agri-Pulse: Barges delayed as Corps closes Mississippi River for river bank repairs
- The U.S. Corps of Engineers closed a three-mile stretch of the Mississippi River between Memphis, Tennessee and Greenville, Mississippi to reinforce a flood-damaged river bank with concrete mats called revetments.
Agri-Pulse: USDA deregulates GE alfalfa and potato varieties
- USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) moved forward with petitions for genetically engineered (GE) alfalfa and potato varieties today.
Omaha World Herald: Interstate egg fight intensifies over cages
- In a case that could affect farmers and consumers nationwide, six states are back in federal court to challenge a California ban on the sale of eggs from hens kept in cramped cages.
The Hill: Senate GOP steeling for battle against EPA
- Senate Republicans are gearing up for a war against the Obama administration’s environmental rules, identifying them as a top target when they take control in January.
Los Angeles Times: Will renewable energy ruin an 'irreplaceable' Mojave desert oasis?
- Now, a Spanish energy firm is proposing a wind and solar project that would cover 24 square miles of the Mojave Desert oasis.
BBC: Australia 'losing out' on renewable energy investment
- Investment into renewable energy projects in Australia has dropped by 70% in the last year, according to a new report by a climate change body.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Reuters: U.S. OKs genetically modified potato with lower cancer risk
- The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Friday approved the first genetically modified potato for commercial planting in the United States, a move likely to draw the ire of groups opposed to artificial manipulation of foods.
Wall Street Journal: Mild Florida Weather Brings Out OJ Bears
- Orange-juice futures are at the lowest level in a year as investors bet that supplies are continuing to outpace juice demand.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Wall Street Journal: A Fresh Start for Pacific Trade
- President Obama has long paid lip service to free trade, but he has refused to challenge opposition by Democratic Congressional leaders beholden to protectionist labor unions. The Republican takeover of the Senate is a chance for Mr. Obama to revive his trade agenda, and this week’s Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Beijing is a good place to start.
Agri-Pulse: Asia Pacific Economic meeting and TPP
- (Audio) Leaders of 21 nations, including President Obama, are meeting in Beijing this week for the 25th Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit.
Wall Street Journal: China, U.S. Parry Over Preferred Trade Pacts at APEC
- Pacific Rim trade ministers made scant progress putting in place separate trade deals covering high-tech goods and regional trade during a two-day meeting here, though talks will continue through a leaders’ summit that begins Monday.
Atlanta Journal-Constitution: SKorea, China agree to sign free trade deal
- South Korea says it has agreed to sign a free trade deal with China that will remove tariffs on more than 90 percent of goods over two decades but won't include rice or autos.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Washington Post: Tallying up a terrible election cycle for environmentalists
- 2015 will arrive with environmentalists in a much worse position than they were even a year ago. Here's why.
Sacramento Bee: Showdown looms as California eyes pesticides
- With organic food growers reporting double-digit growth in U.S. sales each year, producers are challenging a proposed California pest-management program they say enshrines a pesticide-heavy approach for decades to come, including compulsory spraying of organic crops at the state's discretion.
Reuters: Ground water depletion driving global conflicts - NASA scientist
- Global ground water supplies, crucial for sustaining agriculture, are being depleted at an alarming rate with dangerous security implications, a leading scientist said.
Los Angeles Times: Republicans in Congress poised to clash with Obama over environment
- Despite postelection nods toward cooperation, Republicans, who will hold the majority in Congress next year, appear poised to clash with President Obama over a range of energy and environmental issues, including the controversial Keystone XL pipeline and important rules addressing climate change, smog and water pollution.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Bloomberg: What Obama Could Do Through Executive Orders on Immigration
- The first big battle between President Obama and the Republican-controlled Congress in the wake of the midterm elections will, in all likelihood, take place over immigration.
Agri-Pulse: Alexis Taylor named FFAS Deputy under Secretary
- Alexis Taylor has been named Deputy Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services (FFAS). Previously, she served as the Chief of Staff for FFAS, where she has been heavily involved with implementing provisions of the 2014 Farm Bill.
Politico: Young guns vs. gavels
- As the party takes control of the Senate, establishment Republicans like Thad Cochran, Orrin Hatch, Chuck Grassley and John McCain are about to pick up the chairman’s gavel, setting up a classic conflict between governing and campaigning with the party’s White House-aspiring young guns like Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and Marco Rubio.
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