Daily Harvest -- 11/11/2014
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Sowing the seeds to place veterans on America’s farms
- Since the American Revolution, U.S. farmers have taken up arms to fight and serve for their country. For 95 years, the nation has honored its veterans on Nov. 11. Today, about 45 percent of members of the armed services are from rural America.
Agri-Pulse: Roberts: Do not worry about reopening the farm bill
- (Subscriber only) Shortly after riding a Republican wave into a re-election victory, Kansas Senator Pat Roberts wants to reassure everyone - and especially Rep. Collin Peterson - that he's not planning to rewrite the farm bill.
Agri-Pulse: Tom Dempsey, CEO of the Snack Food Association
- (Audio) Tom Dempsey, CEO of the SFA says their members aren't concerned about the safety of foods with ingredients from genetically enhanced crops but they do support a single federal law regarding food labeling and GMOs.
Agri-Pulse: Getting more women involved in agricultural leadership
- (Audio) Getting more women involved in all aspects of agriculture was the focus of a recent White House Rural Council leadership meeting headed by USDA Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden.
Agri-Pulse: Corn crop estimate reduced but still biggest ever
- USDA is lowering its forecast for the corn harvest slightly and raising its estimate for the soybean crop - but production of both commodities is still projected to be the biggest in history.
Wall Street Journal: Sowing a New Crop of Farmers
- Andy Bose wanted to expand his nascent Nebraska farm operation a few years ago but couldn’t find land he could afford. The problem: more-established farmers could offer bigger rent checks to landowners.
Wall Street Journal: Corn Prices Rise on Smaller-Than-Expected Crop
- Corn prices rose Monday as federal forecasters predicted the U.S. crop would be slightly smaller than expected, though still the biggest in history.
New York Times: Obama Asks F.C.C. to Adopt Tough Net Neutrality Rules
- In his most direct effort yet to influence the debate about the Internet’s future, President Obama said on Monday that a free and open Internet was as critical to Americans’ lives as electricity and telephone service and should be regulated like those utilities to protect consumers.
New York Times: Denmark Aims for 100 Percent Renewable Energy
- Denmark, a tiny country on the northern fringe of Europe, is pursuing the world’s most ambitious policy against climate change.
Wall Street Journal: New Russia-China Deal Could Further Hit Natural-Gas Prices
- A preliminary natural-gas deal between Russia and China signed over the weekend paves the way for opening up a second major supply conduit between the two countries and lowering natural-gas prices in Asia.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Reuters: Food costs eating into consumers' saving at the pump as holidays near
- Martha Franco says she hadn't really noticed the sharp drop in gasoline prices, even though the mother of three is always shuttling the kids around in her SUV. She has been paying closer attention to the soaring cost of meat instead.
Wall Street Journal: Online Grocer Door to Door Organics Reaps $25.5 Million to Grow
- Thirteen years after the demise of Webvan, which raised $441 million in funding before it went public, ran out of money and collapsed, the online grocery business is heating up again, with companies taking a variety of new approaches to the market.
Wall Street Journal: Dean Foods’ Loss Smaller Than Expected
- Dean Foods Co. shares surged after the dairy company reported a smaller-than-expected quarterly loss and said price increases and cost cutting would help it churn out a profit in the current period.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Agri-Pulse: Obama urges push to break TPP logjams
- President Obama is urging the leaders of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) nations to “break some of the remaining logjams” that are holding up agreement on the ambitious free trade deal that he calls a “high priority” for the U.S.
Toronto Star: Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal close at hand, leaders say
- Twelve world leaders, including Prime Minister Stephen Harper and U.S. president Barack Obama, said Monday they are committed to hammering out a final agreement on the proposed Asia-Pacific trade deal.
Washington Times: Obama in Beijing airs grievances with China
- In Beijing, President Obama on Monday challenged China on human rights, intellectual property, freedom of the press, cyberhacking and a host of other hindrances to closer cooperation between the two economic superpowers.
Reuters: U.S. hopes for GMO crop cultivation in China still alive, barely
- DuPont Pioneer, one of the world's largest seed companies, is refusing to give up on efforts to cultivate genetically modified crops in Chinese fields in the face of regulatory hurdles, even as rivals pull back.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Reuters: Winter storm hits U.S. Plains, upper Midwest; cold to follow
- The first big winter storm of the season dropped up to 8 inches of snow in South Dakota by Monday afternoon and was heading for the upper Great Lakes region but is not seen as a significant threat to crops or livestock, forecasters said.
Los Angeles Times: Rain only slightly improves drought conditions
- Recent rain throughout California made only a slight dent on a drought that has chugged along relentlessly for more than three years, according to federal scientists.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Los Angeles Time: Editorial: GOP must act on immigration
- Taking action on immigration reform would give Republicans a chance to show they can lead.
Sacramento Bee: Doug Ose’s lead over Ami Bera falls – again
- Democratic Rep. Ami Bera has pulled to within 530 votes of Republican challenger Doug Ose in the race for suburban Sacramento’s 7th Congressional District.
Bloomberg: Marijuana Becomes Savior, Stigma for Revived Hemp Crop
- As attitudes toward marijuana ease -- voters in Washington, D.C., Alaska and Oregon on Nov. 4 became the latest to legalize it for recreational use -- hemp has gained support for legal cultivation on an experimental basis.
Wall Street Journal: Who Builds the World’s Most Popular Drones?
- Big U.S. defense companies brought drones to the battlefield. Now a Chinese company is bringing them to the masses.
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