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Daily Harvest -- 11/18/2014
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Agri-Pulse: Ag groups send final comments on WOTUS
Link - (Audio) The comment period on the proposed “waters of the United States” rule ended on Friday and farm groups made their voices heard. American Farm Bureau Federation’s Dale Moore says they stand firm in request that EPA “ditch the rule” but they’re doubtful that will happen.

Bloomberg: Soybeans Rebound as U.S. Export Inspections Advance to Record
Link - Soybeans rebounded from the lowest price in more than a week after a government report showed increasing demand for supplies from the U.S., the world’s top grower.

Des Moines Register: Syngenta faces dozens of lawsuits over GMO seed
Link - Agrochemicals giant Syngenta is facing a growing number of lawsuits challenging its release of a genetically modified corn seed that China had not approved for import, with losses to farmers estimated to be at least $1 billion.

The Roanoke Times: State agriculture chief says Virginia farmers need wider market
Link - With Virginia aggressively expanding its agricultural overseas trade outreach, officials are eying new territories like the Middle East, North Africa and Mediterranean for investment.

CBS: Md. Residents, Farmers Squabble Over Chicken Farm
Link - A proposal to build a large-scale chicken farm has ruffled the feathers of residents in an Eastern Shore community.


Agri-Pulse: USDA, Chevrolet and Ducks Unlimited help ranchers sell carbon credits
Link - USDA, General Motors and Ducks Unlimited are part of a project unveiled today that creates a market for carbon credits generated on working grasslands.

Washington Post: Falling oil prices put Venezuela’s Nicolás Maduro in a vice
Link - Venezuelan oil, the lifeblood of the leftist revolution entrusted to Maduro by the late Hugo Chávez, was worth $97 a barrel then. Now it’s middling around $70, and with every dollar it dips, Venezuela’s export-dependent, popularity-challenged government loses $700 million a year.

Wall Street Journal: Falling Crude Upsets India’s Rubber Farmers
Link - A fall in global oil prices may have brought cheer to the Indian government as well as economists in Asia’s third-largest economy, but rubber farmers here say they are suffering as crude has weighed on other commodity prices.


Wall Street Journal: Tyson Expects U.S. Chicken Demand to Outpace Beef, Pork
Link - Tyson Foods expects strong consumer demand for chicken to help overall U.S. meat consumption keep up with rising production next year, supporting prices for the largest U.S. meatpacker.

NPR: To End Food Waste, Change Needs To Begin At Home
Link - According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 20 percent of what goes into municipal landfills is food. Food waste tipped the scale at 35 million tons in 2012, the most recent year for which estimates are available.

Food Safety News: DNA Spray-On Technology Could Revolutionize Food Traceability
Link - It sounds like something straight out of agricultural science fiction: a liquid solution containing unique bits of DNA that gets sprayed on foods in order to easily identify information about where it came from and how it was produced in the event of an outbreak or recall.

World.Mic: The World Is Running Out of Chocolate — But Scientists Have a Plan to Fix That
Link - It's official. We're consuming way more chocolate than we're making, adding to the longest streak of production shortfalls in more than 50 years.


Agri-Pulse: Opinion: Feed the Future: A bipartisan opportunity
Link - Marshall Matz: To use an old phrase, the initiative teaches people how to fish rather than just distributing fish. It deserves our attention.

Reuters: Australian exports to China still face hurdles after hyped trade deal
Link - A trade deal signed with great fanfare between China and Australia has been touted as a major step towards Australia shifting its economy from a "mining boom" to a "dining boom," but the reality is likely to be more sobering.


Wall Street Journal: Vermont declines to impose farm rules for lake
Link - State Agriculture Secretary Chuck Ross is refusing to impose best management practices on farmers in northwestern Vermont as a way to improve water quality in Lake Champlain.

Washington Post: EPA chief Gina McCarthy vows to push major initiatives despite GOP threats
Link - The Obama administration has no intention of backing down on major environmental initiatives to fight climate change and improve air and water quality, EPA chief Gina McCarthy said Monday, dismissing Republican threats to thwart proposed regulations by starving the agency of money.

Bloomberg: Brazil Sees China, U.S. Climate Deal as ‘Signal,’ Secretary Says
Link - Brazil, Latin America’s largest source of carbon emissions, is maintaining its position that developed nations should be held responsible for their historic contributions to climate change, according to Carlos Klink, Brazil’s climate change secretary.

Reuters: As another El Nino looms, Africa aims to cut hunger threat
Link - With an El Niño event predicted to hit the Horn of Africa and the Sahel starting in December, potentially bringing worsening droughts and floods, researchers are recommending action now to avoid a food crisis.


Washington Post: Obama’s potential immigration plan could enter uncharted territory
Link - President Obama’s expected action lifting the threat of deportation from millions of undocumented immigrants, which could come as early as this week, will expand the authority of the executive branch into murky, uncharted territory.


New York Times: Buying the Farm, Building a Subdivision
Link - Scott Strazzante thought he had a quick newspaper assignment photographing a farm in suburban Chicago. Instead, he spent the next 20 years documenting life there and on the suburban subdivision that replaced it.

CBS: Why a star football player traded NFL career for a tractor
Link - Jason Brown quit football to be a plain, old farmer -- even though he'd never farmed a day a in his life.

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