Daily Harvest -- 11/10/2015
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: USDA allots $8 million to help preserve Ogallala Aquifer
- USDA plans to invest $8 million in fiscal year 2016 in projects that will help farmers and ranchers served by the drought-depleted Ogallala Aquifer.
Agri-Pulse: Agriculture offers careers for returning veterans
- (Audio) USDA, the Farmer Veteran Coalition, the Rodale Institute and Delaware Valley University are among those helping veterans find new opportunities on the farm.
Missoulian: Bullock says investments in Montana agriculture paying off
- Montana’s governor told members of the Montana Farm Bureau Federation that about the only thing missing from the success of Montana’s agriculture industry is a pipeline with new farmers and ranchers.
Agri-Pulse: Biofuel advocates say anti-RFS lawmakers turning backs on farmers
- Ethanol supporters are expressing their disappointment at a recent letter targeting the Renewable Fuel Standard, saying the 184 members of Congress who signed it are turning their backs on farmers and rural communities – perhaps with help from the oil industry.
USA Today: Peabody Energy reaches climate-change settlement
- Just a few days after New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman opened an investigation of Exxon Mobil, Peabody Energy agreed to make fuller public disclosures about climate change risks.
Forbes: Where to Invest in Energy Now
- The author suggests that oil will be with us for decades, like it or not, and now is probably a good point to buy in, but it’s also a good time to consider renewables.
Boston Globe: European firm pitches huge wind farm off Vineyard
- The world’s largest developer of wind farms is proposing to build up to 100 wind turbines just 15 miles south of Martha’s Vineyard.
Independent Record: Area east of Missoula eyed for solar energy farm
- A utility-scale solar plant capable of supplying power to about 540 homes is being proposed by a California company.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Chicago Tribune: While other fast food companies fix their food, one big name resists
- The author looks at why Taco Bell, Pizza Hut and KFC have avoided the animal welfare lobbying campaigns thus far and are not trying to make promises that some other companies have struggled to deliver – in part because their hungry customers care about lower prices.
USA Today: Fast-food workers set for biggest strike yet in $15-an-hour crusade
- The group representing the workers, Fight for $15, plans to stage protests at restaurants in 270 cities, the most since it began organizing the demonstrations three years ago.
CNN: Moms manipulated into buying their kids unhealthy food, study says
- Researchers looked through a database of all the TV advertisements and suggest that food manufacturers are targeting kids on new food products and then marketing to parents.
Time: Energy Drinks Raise Blood Pressure, Study Suggests
- It’s a very small sample size, but the research, published in JAMA, suggests a connection between consuming energy drinks and higher blood pressure and a stress hormone in young adults.
NJ.com: Tasting history: Rutgers celebrates 250 years with journey through New Jersey food
- The class examines the evolution of food by taking students on a culinary journey from the university's beginnings in 1766 to today. The professor says that his entire goal is “to make them really annoying (with their food knowledge) at Thanksgiving dinner.”
Agri-News: Farm produces aeronautics, beef
- The Flying S farm combines grass-fed beef cattle production with a growing business that has done work for NASA and other aeronautical companies.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Agri-Pulse: Vilsack leading lawmakers on Cuba visit
- Vilsack said the trip will be an opportunity to support the administration's commitment to normalizing relations and empowering the Cuban people through bilateral agricultural engagement.
TheStar.com: Global economic slowdown likely if trade stalls, OECD warns
- A slowdown in international trade could be a harbinger of a new recession for the world’s leading economies, a leading global policy organization warned Monday.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
San Diego Union-Tribune: SeaWorld to phase out killer whale show
- SeaWorld intends to phase out its longstanding killer whale show at its San Diego park next year as part of a comprehensive strategy unveiled Monday to re-position the embattled company.
Scientific American: CO2 Levels Hit Record High for 30th Year in a Row
- The World Meteorological Organization said on Monday that greenhouse gas levels in the atmosphere reached a record high in 2014 and the relentless fueling of climate change is endangering the planet for future generations.
The Yucatan Times: Maya beekeepers win another round vs. Monsanto soybeans
- Greenpeace and other foes of genetically modified organisms (GMO) are celebrating a Mexican Supreme Court ruling last week in favor of an injunction filed by Maya beekeepers in the Yucatán peninsula.
KGW.com: Gray wolf removed from Oregon endangered species list
- After the state’s wolf plan goals were met in February, officials voted Monday to start removing some protections.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Agri-Pulse: Obama immigration plan blocked by appeals court
- A federal appeals court refused to allow the Obama administration to move forward with its plan to let millions of illegal immigrants to stay in the country.
CBS News: Bernie Sanders promises extensive relief in immigration plan
- Senator Sanders promised he would expand relief for immigrants in the U.S. illegally if he is elected president, even more than President Obama did.
Associated Press: Georgia produce farm agrees to pay $485,000 to settle suit
- The lawsuit was filed last year and included American farmworkers and Mexican farmworkers brought to the U.S. on temporary agricultural visas. They argued that the business failed to pay workers adequately.
USA Today: DuPont names Edward Breen as permanent CEO
- DuPont’s board named Edward Breen — whose executive experience included leading two breakups of his previous company — to the permanent CEO and chair position on Monday.
Grand Forks Herald: Interim UND president will be Schafer or DiLorenzo
- Schafer, a former North Dakota Governor and former Secretary of Agriculture is a finalist to guide a university dealing with decisions on a new nickname following the retirement of the Fighting Sioux moniker in 2012.
New York Times: Canadian Pacific Said to Weigh Deal for Norfolk Southern
- In what would be the latest reshaping of the North American rail industry, Canadian Pacific has held preliminary discussions with Norfolk Southern, the Times reports.
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