Daily Harvest -- 11/16/2015
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Open Mic with Senator Debbie Stabenow, D-MI
- (Audio) The ranking member on the Senate Agriculture Committee says time’s running out on the congressional calendar to find compromise on GMO labeling and COOL trade laws. Stabenow also discusses a potential compromise child nutrition reform and lists legislation that could be included in an omnibus appropriations bill next month.
Agri-Pulse: Washington Week Ahead: Highway bill, child nutrition, GMOs on long to-do list
- With the sobering backdrop of the Paris terrorist attacks, lawmakers return to Capitol Hill facing a long list of unfinished business this week, including a highway bill and child nutrition programs, ahead of the Thanksgiving break.
Washington Post: Consumers behind accelerated shift to cage-free eggs in US
- The $10 billion egg industry in care of 270 million hens that lay eggs for food is in the process of figuring out how to overhaul a deeply entrenched, profitable model of raising chickens in cages smaller than an 8 ½-by-11-inch sheet of paper, despite decades of successful growth.
Washington Post: How organic farming and YouTube are taming the wilds of Detroit
- For years, Brightmoor was a vacant, crime-ridden dumping ground. Now residents are reclaiming their home.
Wall Street Journal: What Will the U.S. Energy Industry Look Like Over the Next Five Years?
- Low fuel prices and new climate policies are rapidly transforming the American energy sector, while escalating wars in the Middle East and a nuclear deal with Iran are clouding the global oil picture.
Wall Street Journal: Does Burning Garbage for Electricity Make Sense?
- Nickolas J. Themelis of Columbia University says it has clear advantages; economist Jeffrey Morris says we should stick with landfills.
Washington Post: Manure from millions of hogs fuels natural gas project
- One recipe for renewable natural gas goes: Place manure from about 2 million hogs in lagoons, cover them with an impermeable material and let it bake until gas from the manure rises. Then, use special equipment to clean the gas of its impurities and ship the finished product out.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Agri-Pulse: FDA hits the start button on major new food safety rules
- FDA on Friday rolled out the first federal food-safety standards for fresh produce and also finalized regulations for verifying that imported foods are free of pathogens -- in rules mandated by the landmark Food Safety Modernization Act signed into law nearly five years ago.
ABC News: Pork Company Announces More Corrective Actions Over Video
- A Minnesota pork processor that's a major supplier to Hormel Foods said Friday that it has taken additional corrective measures in response to Hormel's concerns over actions depicted on an undercover video shot by an animal welfare group at an Austin slaughterhouse.
International Business Times: Shake Shack's New Japan Branch: As Burger Chain Opens Doors In Tokyo, Eager Eaters Camp Out Overnight
- Gourmet burger chain Shake Shack expanded to its 10th country Friday, opening its doors in Tokyo in an area called Meiji-Jingu Gaien at 11 a.m. to devotees and connoisseurs so eager, some had been camping out since the previous night.
Wall Street Journal: Loeb Bets With Buffett; Takes Kraft Heinz Stake in Third Quarter
- Hedge-fund manager Daniel Loeb once criticized Warren Buffet for betting on Kraft Heinz, but has since jumped on the bandwagon. Friday, Loeb’s LLC disclosed it had taken a big new stake in Kraft Heinz Co. during the third quarter.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Agri-Pulse: John Block on the European Trade Deal
- (Audio) The Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Agreement is sitting in Congress now.
Des Moines Register: Vilsack: Cuba is great opportunity for U.S. agriculture
- The United States stands to gain a significant portion of Cuba’s import market, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Friday.
Reuters: South Africa drought could hit growth, employment: finance minister
- South Africa's drought could have a "serious impact" on food prices and ultimately knock growth, employment and revenues in the continent's most advanced economy, Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene said on Saturday.
Associated Press: US, Mexico sign deal on sharing satellite data directly
- The United States and Mexico signed a deal Friday for Mexico to capture and process land-surface imagery and data directly from a U.S.-operated satellite.
BBC: US haggis import ban 'could be lifted' under new rules
- Scottish haggis contains sheep's lung, which is banned in food products in the United States, but it could be back on the menu in the U.S. by 2017, according to the Scottish government.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Agri-Pulse: After court ruling, EPA issues order prohibiting sulfoxaflor sales
- EPA has issued a cancellation order for registered products using sulfoxaflor, in response to a Sept. 10 decision by the federal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals that found the agency violated federal law when it approved the pesticide's registration without additional studies regarding potential impact on honeybees.
Agri-Pulse: EPA Launches Nutrient Recycling Challenge
- (Audio) EPA has launched a competition to find new technologies that can recycle nutrients from livestock waste.
Wall Street Journal: California May Extend Water Cuts in Urban Areas
- California Gov. Jerry Brown is taking steps to extend mandatory water cuts in urban areas as a statewide drought stretches into its fifth year.
Yahoo News: Future uncertain for rare white deer at former weapons site
- Hundreds of ghostly white deer roaming among overgrown munitions bunkers at a sprawling former Army weapons depot face an uncertain future after living and breeding largely undisturbed since the middle of last century.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Agri-Pulse: Democrats clash on banking and minimum wage, agree on immigration reform
- Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton clashed sharply with her challengers over banking regulation, the minimum wage and health care as they debated in the state where presidential voting will start next year.
New York Times: The G.O.P. at an Immigration Crossroads
- (Opinion) It’s no exaggeration to say that the next six months will determine the viability of the Republican Party. The demographics of this country are changing.
Reuters: Commodity trader Cargill restructures, cuts jobs - sources
- Cargill Inc., one of the world's largest privately held corporations, has launched a restructuring that includes job cuts, one company source and four industry sources said on Friday, the latest casualty of a downturn in the farm economy.
Wall Street Journal: Syngenta Shares Rise on Report of Chinese Takeover Interest
- Swiss pesticides and seeds maker could be target of China National Chemical Corp, says report.
The State Journal-Register: Rep. Raymond Poe named state agriculture director
- Republican state Rep. Raymond Poe was named Friday to be the new director of the Illinois Department of Agriculture.
Washington Post: Fact checking the second Democratic debate
- Not every candidate uttered facts that are easily fact checked, but the following is a list of 13 suspicious or interesting claims.
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