Daily Harvest -- 11/17/2014
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Washington Week Ahead: Focus on Keystone XL Pipeline
- Much of rural America will be paying close attention to the U.S. Senate this week as lawmakers prepare for a vote on the Keystone XL pipeline, a project that would carry heavy crude oil from Canada's Alberta tar sands, North Dakota and Montana through the U.S. midsection to refineries on the Gulf Coast of Texas.
Agri-Pulse: Tom Gallagher, CEO of Dairy Management Inc.
- (Audio) While the dairy industry has seen improved financial stability this year, Tom Gallagher CEO of Dairy Management Incorporated says the combination of larger global supplies and unstable economies makes the 2015 dairy outlook more challenging.
Washington Post: How Obama’s net neutrality comments undid weeks of FCC work
- When President Obama told his top telecom regulator Monday to apply "the strongest possible rules" on Internet service providers so that they couldn't speed up or slow down certain Web sites over others, he galvanized Democrats around a populist technology issue and set up a showdown with congressional Republicans.
Dallas News: With GOP victories, Texans on the rise again in Washington
- In the Senate, John Cornyn will soon hold the second most powerful post. In the House, where Republicans padded their majority, Texans will run six important committees — nearly a third of the total.
Times-News: What’s Ahead for Agriculture after Midterm Election?
- What will the power shift in Washington, D.C., mean for Idaho’s agricultural producers? That’s a question that many will try to answer in the next few weeks as agricultural organizations hold their annual conventions.
Wall Street Journal: Farmland Values Rise in Parts of Midwest
- Farmland values rose in the third quarter in parts of the Midwest and southern U.S. despite declining farm incomes, according to a report Friday by the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.
Minneapolis Star Tribune: Rail congestion sends more grain to market on river barges
- With the recent rail disruptions, Minnesota farmers are turning back to the river for transportation.
Associated Press: 2 Developers Sue Hawaii County to Halt GMO Law
- Two leading developers of genetically engineered corn have sued Maui County to stop a new law banning the cultivation of genetically modified organisms.
Des Moines Register: Deputy ag secretary names new farmer-veteran liaison
- U.S. Ag Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden told veterans and the groups that help them that she understands "how the land heals."
Reuters: Limited GMO crop launch is 'unique' reaction to China: Dow official
- Dow AgroSciences' decision to severely restrict U.S. introduction of its Enlist genetically modified crops and herbicide - billed as the company's most important product launch ever - came after extensive talks with U.S. grain leaders who fear roiling trade with China, a company executive said on Thursday.
Agri-Pulse: House passes bill approving Keystone XL pipeline
- The House of Representatives today passed a bill approving the Keystone XL pipeline, but the fate of the legislation in the Senate - and in the White House, should it get that far - remains uncertain.
New York Times: Sliding Oil and Gas Prices Give Americans More Money to Spend
- The steepening drop in gasoline prices in recent weeks — spurred by soaring domestic energy production and Saudi discounts for crude oil at a time of faltering global demand — is set to provide the United States economy with a multibillion-dollar boost through the holiday season and beyond.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Wall Street Journal: More Fish Make the Leap From Farm to Table
- Not long ago, full farming of tuna was considered impossible. Now the business is beginning to take off, as part of a broader revolution in aquaculture that is radically changing the world’s food supply.
NPR: A Journey Through The History Of American Food In 100 Bites
- A new book traces the roots of American tastes from pemmican to Coca-Cola to what are now called "molecularly modified" foods. Libby O'Connell, the chief historian and a senior vice president for the History Channel and A&E networks, wrote The American Plate: A Culinary History in 100 Bites.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Agri-Pulse: Vilsack says president talked biotech and beef in China
- (Audio) Secretary Tom Vilsack discussed President Obama’s visit to China last week, where he said he spoke very forcefully to Chinese President Xi about both biotechnology and beef.
Bloomberg: China to Cut Agriculture Tariffs in ‘Game Changer’ for Australia
- China will reduce import tariffs across a range of Australian agriculture products including beef and dairy as part of a free trade agreement that may boost shipments to the world’s second-largest economy.
The Guardian: Bird flu detected on duck breeding farm in Yorkshire
- There has been an outbreak of bird flu on a British duck breeding farm. The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) confirmed at least one case of the virus at the farm in the Driffield area of east Yorkshire.
Reuters: Dutch authorities identify highly contagious bird flu strain
- Dutch authorities said on Sunday they had found a highly contagious strain of bird flu at a poultry farm in the central Netherlands and set about destroying 150,00 chickens.
Reuters: Germany to press EU for national right to ban GMOs before 2015 harvest
- Germany is pressing the European Commission to allow individual EU countries to ban cultivation of crops with genetically modified organisms (GMOs) before the 2015 harvest.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
The Hill: Will Republicans put climate science back on trial?
- Senate Republicans appear likely to use their majority status in the next Congress to attack the argument behind climate change in an attempt to undercut environmental policies.
Post Bulletin: US-Canadian agency looks at Lake Erie algae again
- The costs and health risks posed by the string of algae blooms on Lake Erie are getting a closer look from a U.S.-Canadian advisory agency that focuses on Great Lakes and water issues involving both countries.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Washington Post: Executive order on immigration would ignite a political firestorm
- Signing such an order would have explosive political consequences — it would not only reshape the near-term fights in Congress but also have a potentially profound effect on the two parties’ national coalitions heading into the 2016 election and beyond.
Kansas City Star: Blake Hurst: Farmers grow in rock star status during the fall harvest
- Farmers are never cool. We aren’t avant-garde or cutting edge and we can’t discuss “Breaking Bad.” We’re too tight to pay for that cable channel.
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