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Daily Harvest -- 11/12/2014
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Agri-Pulse: Cotton forecast, harvest and policy outlook
Link - (Audio) There was a slight increase in the cotton forecast from last month in the USDA Crop Production estimates released on Monday.

The Plain Dealer: Ohio links with national Homegrown by Heroes program to promote veterans' agricultural products
Link - In conjunction with Veterans Day, the Ohio Department of Agriculture announced its Ohio Proud program will partner with a national program that certifies agricultural products produced by veterans and those still serving in the military.

Des Moines Register: Biz Buzz: Veto of pig bill? Say it isn't sow, Christie
Link - Critics are charging that Christie is in the pocket of big pork producers from Iowa, because he hasn't signed a bill that would outlaw the use of the crates for Garden State sows.


Agri-Pulse: Farm, fuel and enviro groups call on EPA to do more - not less - on biofuels
Link - (Subscriber only) Just when Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., is promising the new GOP-controlled Senate will rein in the EPA and its regulatory powers, 54 agricultural, conservation, environmental, public health and bioenergy organizations are urging the agency to do more - not less

Wall Street Journal: Global Energy Demand May Outpace Supply in Future, IEA Says
Link - Global energy demand will dramatically increase over the next 20 years, but turmoil in many key producing regions and the difficulties in formulating the right energy policies mean the world may not be able to respond with adequate supply and meet its climate change goals, the International Energy Agency said Wednesday.

Scientific American: Ethanol Scheme to Clean Air in Billions of Kitchens Goes Up in Smoke
Link - An effort to build a scheme involving crop rotation, ethanol and clean cookstoves in Mozambique was defeated by bad roads, old trucks, slow carbon credits, civil unrest and tradition.

BBC: Talks on renewable energy break down in Australia
Link - The opposition Labor Party has walked away from talks with the government about generating 20% of the country's power from renewable energy.


Washington Post: Pesticide levels on food unknown due to poor government testing
Link - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration does not perform enough pesticide residue tests — on either imported or domestic foods – to say whether the American food supply is safe, according to federal auditors.

Kansas City Star: Chipotle introduces sofritas featuring GMO-free tofu
Link - This week all 33 Chipotle Mexican Grills in Kansas City are busy rolling out sofritas, a new menu item that features a mixture of shredded and chipotle-braised tofu mixed with roasted poblano peppers that can be wrapped in a burrito or used as a filling in tacos or a bowl.

Des Moines Register: Turkey could cost you more this Thanksgiving
Link - You will have no trouble getting a turkey for your Thanksgiving celebration next week, but expect to pay more for the tasty bird, an agricultural economist said Tuesday.

Washington Post: Beef or Chicken? Beef prices hit fast-food chains
Link - Rising beef prices might not mean the cost of a Whopper is going to skyrocket, but it could mean you’ll be encouraged to order a chicken sandwich instead.


Agri-Pulse: U.S., China reach 'milestone' climate-change agreement
Link - President Obama and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, surprised the world Wednesday by announcing a sweeping agreement to drastically cut greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, a deal that Obama called a “major milestone” in the campaign to limit the effects of climate change.

Reuters: EU moves step closer to law on national GMO crop bans
Link - EU politicians on Tuesday backed a plan to allow nations to ban genetically modified crops on their soil even if they are given approval to be grown in the European Union, raising the chance their use will remain limited on the continent.

Wall Street Journal: CFTC’s Giancarlo: New Rules Divide Swaps Market
Link - A top U.S. regulator said new rules governing the multitrillion-dollar derivatives markets are sending swaps trading overseas, threatening Wall Street jobs and potentially destabilizing financial markets.

Wall Street Journal: Sugar-Price Surge Follows Brazil Output Drop
Link - The sugar market gave investors a buzz on Tuesday, when news of a surprisingly sharp decline in Brazilian production sent prices to their biggest percentage gain in more than six weeks.

The Globe and Mail: New Zealand dairy puts Canada’s protectionist system under scrutiny
Link - Stephen Harper begins a second Pacific Rim trip this month in New Zealand, a natural ally on nearly every topic except for Canada’s heavily sheltered dairy industry, where the small country that’s been dubbed the “Saudi Arabia of milk” is hoping regional free-trade talks will pry open Canadian markets.

Reuters: Xi urges faster APEC talks on China-backed free trade area
Link - The global economic recovery is unstable and nations in the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) bloc should speed up free trade talks to spur growth, Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Tuesday.


Agri-Pulse: Boxer urges Congress to act on climate change after China deal
Link - Senator Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., is calling for congressional action on climate change, following the announcement that the U.S. and China have jointly made a commitment to reduce dangerous carbon pollution.

The Hill: McConnell: US-China deal ‘unrealistic’
Link - Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) wasted little time Tuesday night in blasting President Obama’s climate agreement with China as another costly, unpopular environmental move.

Bloomberg: Climate Proofing of Farms Seen Too Slow as Industry Faces Havoc
Link - Climate change will play havoc with farming, and policy makers and researchers aren’t fully aware of the significance on food supply, according to the World Bank.


Wall Street Journal: Obama’s Immigration Temptation
Link - President Obama will set the tone for his final years in office with his looming decision on an immigration executive order. These columns supported reform long before Mr. Obama, and we still do, but if he does act on his own he’s likely to harm the immigration cause and his own legacy.


Fox News: GOP adds another Senate seat as Sullivan wins Alaska
Link - Republican candidate Dan Sullivan defeated Democratic incumbent Sen. Mark Begich in Alaska’s U.S. Senate race Wednesday.

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