Daily Harvest -- 11/13/2014
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Farm groups and ag tech companies outline data privacy protocols
- A group of 12 major farm organizations and agriculture technology providers (ATPs) today announced an agreement on data privacy and security principles designed to protect farmers as farm innovations advance.
Agri-Pulse: NCBA opposes second beef checkoff
- (Audio) NCBA CEO Forrest Roberts says they would rather expand the current beef checkoff program than start another one.
Agri-Pulse: U.S. Chamber, allies urge EPA to ditch 'Waters of U.S.' rule
- The U.S. Chamber of Commerce along with 375 trade associations and chambers from all 50 states are calling on the EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers to withdraw the proposed “Waters of the U.S.” (WOTUS) rule, saying the plan would “dramatically expand the scope of federal authority over water and land uses across the U.S.”
Agri-Pulse: Dow AgroSciences plans 2015 launch for Enlist Duo herbicide in the U.S.
- Dow AgroSciences announced today it will launch its Enlist Duo herbicide, a blend of glyphosate and new 2,4-D choline, for the 2015 crop season.
Agri-Pulse: Rabobank sees opportunities in U.S. flour milling industry
- A new report from Rabobank Food Agribusiness Research and Advisory group sees opportunities for investment in the U.S. flour milling industry, despite growth in flour consumption "that can only be described as modest."
Wall Street Journal: Monsanto Agrees to Pay $2.4 Million to Resolve Some GMO Wheat Complaints
- Monsanto Co. has agreed to pay $2.4 million to resolve a series of complaints over genetically modified soft white wheat, the company said Wednesday.
Huffington Post: The Urban-Rural Divide: Lessons From the Midterm Elections
- Dan Glickman: Another election has brought another big swing in electoral fortune for one of the parties. By now we all have read the autopsy of Democratic defeat and Washington is preparing for at least two years of Republican control in the House and Senate.
The Economist: The biggest study so far finds that GM crops have large, widespread benefits
- The review in question is a meta-analysis. This is a statistically rigorous study of studies, rather than a mere summary of the literature.
Washington Post: House, Senate to vote on Keystone XL pipeline
- For the first time in the six-year fight over the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, both houses of Congress will hold a vote on the proposed project, giving each side in a Louisiana Senate election a chance to boost its candidate.
Reuters: Republican Louisiana U.S. Senate candidate promised energy panel seat
- The Louisiana Republican seeking to unseat Democratic U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu in a runoff has been promised a seat on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee if he wins, the Senate Republican leader said on Wednesday.
Forbes: Jimmy Fallon Makes the World's Best Argument Against Solar and Wind Energy
- Here’s a key principle for understanding what makes energy, or anything else, cheap and plentiful. For something to be cheap and plentiful, every part of the process to produce it, including every input that goes into it, must be cheap and plentiful.
Bloomberg: China Hunger for Clean Energy to Leave No Rooftop Behind
- China, the world’s biggest solar market for two years running, is pushing to install more panels at factories, schools and even greenhouses as it seeks to meet its goals under a historic climate agreement with the U.S.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
The Japan Times: Japan’s tech firms rush into agriculture business
- A growing number of Japanese information and communications technology firms and manufacturers have entered the agribusiness sector, looking to use their technologies to gain new commercial opportunities at a time when Japan is aiming to make its farming industry more efficient, competitive and profitable.
Reuters: U.S. business, industry groups urge congressional action on trade
- U.S. businesses and industry groups urged Congress on Wednesday to give the White House authority to fast-track trade deals before the end of the year, saying it was a critical tool to complete major trade deals.
Wall Street Journal: India, U.S. Reach Agreement on Food Stockpiling, Clearing Way for WTO Deal
- India and the U.S. have come to an agreement on India’s massive food stockpiling program, clearing the way for India to ratify an important World Trade Organization agreement aimed at facilitating trade.
Reuters: Iraq needs wheat planting boost to salvage next harvest: U.N.
- To address Iraq's deepening food insecurity international donors need to not only feed displaced people but also help farmers salvage next year's wheat harvest, a senior United Nations official told Reuters.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
The Salt Lake Tribune: Feds list Gunnison sage grouse as 'threatened' under Endangered Species Act
- The Gunnison sage grouse will be listed as threatened under the federal Endangered Species Act, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Wednesday.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Fox News: Source: Obama to announce 10-point immigration plan via exec action as early as next week
- President Obama is planning to unveil a 10-part plan for overhauling U.S. immigration policy via executive action -- including suspending deportations for millions -- as early as next Friday, a source close to the White House told Fox News.
Agri-Pulse: The Russell Group names new director of government affairs, chief of staff
- The Russell Group announced two new staff additions enhancing its government affairs service capabilities - director of government affairs and chief of staff/office manager.
Business Lexington: Booming Bourbon Industry Giving Agriculture Sector a Boost
- It’s a great time to be in the bourbon business, according to a new economic impact study that shows the industry booming over the last two years, nearly doubling in workforce size.
New York Times: After Victory Laps, Settling In as Rookies
- There is no instruction manual for serving in Congress, but Representative Kevin McCarthy, Republican of California and House majority leader, did send his newly elected Republican colleagues a 125-page spiral-bound document called “Hit the Ground Running” that offers advice on hiring a chief of staff and opening district offices, and a helpful list of orientation “dos and don’ts.”
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