Daily Harvest -- 11/12/2013
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: In honor of veterans, Homegrown by Heroes plans national rollout
- Military veterans who raise crops and livestock will now have an important new marketing tool, thanks to the national rollout of the “Homegrown By Heroes” label. The red, white and blue image provides an easy way for consumers to identify farmer veteran products and support the nation's military veterans by purchasing their products.
Politico: Will Obama slash ethanol mandate?
- The Obama administration may be about to hand the oil industry a major victory by reducing the federal requirement for blending ethanol into fuel — a decision with big implications for farm-state politics, food prices and the nation’s energy markets.
Wall Street Journal: Biofuel Backers and Foes Battle Over Mandated Gasoline Blends
- An 11th-hour fight is under way over the Renewable Fuel Standard, a federal mandate created at the height of fears over high oil prices that dictates ever-increasing volumes of biofuels be blended into U.S. fuel supplies.
Omaha World-Herald: Ethanol rises above partisanship
- Two Iowa congressmen are setting aside ideological differences to wage a united fight in defense of the corn-based ethanol industry, an economic engine in the Hawkeye State.
Associated Press: Campaign by ethanol lobby against AP includes press calls, form letters, personal attacks
- In an unusual campaign, ethanol producers, corn growers and its lobbying and public relations firms have criticized and sought to alter the story, which was released to some outlets earlier and is being published online and in newspapers Tuesday.
Agri-Pulse: Ethanol industry defends against harsh AP report
- (Audio) Some people who were interviewed for an Associated Press article on ethanol being released today are pretty unhappy with negative angle in a promotional advance copy circulated on the internet last week. RFA President Bob Dineen said the overriding problem with the AP report is context—he asks, “If it’s not ethanol, what is it going to be?”
FOOD & NUTRITION
Bloomberg: Gene-Altered Food Fight Rages On as Oregon Takes Lead
- The battle over genetically modified food labeling that’s drawn almost $85 million in campaign donations in little more than a year is moving to Oregon after industry opponents defeated drives in California and all but certainly in Washington state.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
New York Times: An Accidental Cattle Ranch Points the Way in Sustainable Farming
- Mr. Steyer may have made billions of dollars for his investors before retiring this year, but he would have lost money betting against Ms. Taylor and Leftcoast Grassfed, the brand name of the Steyer-Taylor beef.
Kansas City Star: Biofuel industry renews push to make ethanol from plant waste
- After false starts and outright failures, some major companies are betting there’s still a future in making ethanol out of such things as switchgrass, wheat straw, garbage and the stalks of corn.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Associated Press: McCarthy: No House Votes on Immigration This Year
- The third-ranking House Republican told immigration advocates that lawmakers won't vote this year on the issue, confirming what many had long assumed.
Kansas City Star: DuPont, Deere launch precision farming to challenge Monsanto
- DuPont Pioneer, the agricultural seed unit of DuPont, said Friday that it has aligned with farm machinery company Deere & Co in a race against rival Monsanto Co. to provide farmers with enhanced “precision agriculture” analyses aimed at maximizing crop production.
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