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Daily Harvest -- 11/19/2014
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Agri-Pulse: Ag groups push for Section 179 action in lame duck
Link - Agricultural organizations and business groups are pushing Congress to act on tax extender legislation before the end of the lame duck session, saying retroactive action in 2015 will be too late for many farmers, ranchers and businesses.

The Hill: House passes bill to reform EPA science panel
Link - Passed 229-191, the measure, H.R. 1422, would change the process of selecting members of the Scientific Advisory Board and the terms of office.

Reuters: FAA’s Power to Police Civilian Drones Bolstered by Decision
Link - The Federal Aviation Administration’s authority to regulate civilian drones was upheld today in a ruling that gives the U.S. government more power to police the fast-growing use of unmanned aircraft.

Washington Post: A handful of bills could bridge the partisan divide. But will they start a trend?
Link - Here, in the very early stages, is what divided government looks like: a measure providing agricultural aid to developing countries; legislation allowing parents of disabled children to save tax-free for long-term expenses; changes that will speed federal approval of new sunscreen products.


Agri-Pulse: Keystone pipeline vote fails in Senate, for now
Link - A bill authorizing the go-ahead on the Keystone XL pipeline failed in the Senate Tuesday night by a single vote, saving President Obama from having to decide whether to veto the legislation, despite polls that show the project is broadly popular, or to allow it to go forward and anger environmentalists and many Democrats.

Agri-Pulse: New report shows negligible land use change from corn ethanol
Link - (Audio) A new analysis of real world land use data by Iowa State raises serious concerns about the accuracy of models used by regulatory agencies regarding indirect land use changes attributed to biofuels production.

Wall Street Journal: Senate Narrowly Defeats Keystone XL Bill
Link - The Senate on Tuesday narrowly defeated legislation that would have approved the Keystone XL pipeline, delivering a political setback to Sen. Mary Landrieu, (D., La.), who had pushed for the vote as a way to show political clout in her Senate runoff race against Republican challenger Rep. Bill Cassidy.


Kansas City Star: Nationwide, there’s a decline in supply of turkeys, but consumers shouldn’t feel the pinch at Thanksgiving
Link - The national supply of turkey for this year’s Thanksgiving dinner is down slightly from last year, and wholesale prices are higher.

Associated Press: Blighted harvest drives olive oil price pressures
Link - High spring temperatures, a cool summer and abundant rain are taking a big bite out of the olive harvest in some key regions of Italy, Spain, France and Portugal. Those conditions have also helped the proliferation of the olive fly and olive moth, which are calamitous blights.


Bloomberg: Abe Sells Unfinished Policy Plan as He Rejects Failure: Economy
Link - With Japan’s most ambitious plan to pull out of two decades of economic stagnation still a work-in-progress and the nation seeking to recover from a recession, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is seeking a fresh mandate for change.

Washington Post: The U.S. can do more to support Japan’s economic recovery
Link - Nothing the United States can do or say would help Abenomics more than the swift conclusion of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement, whose market-opening provisions could spur Japanese farms and businesses to change their uncompetitive ways.

The Hill: Reid signals slight openness to fast-track authority
Link - The Senate’s top Democrat signaled some openness to considering legislation that would give President Obama expanded trade powers.

Bloomberg: EU to Press Froman on TTIP as Hogan Voices Skepticism
Link - When U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman arrives in Brussels this week, he will meet his new European Union counterparts and also face a big dose of skepticism.

Kansas City Star: Dairy co-op teams with Chinese company on $100 million powdered milk plant in Kansas
Link - A Chinese company and the Dairy Farmers of America, a dairy cooperative based in Kansas City, have announced an agreement to build a $100 million plant in the state that will squeeze out 88,000 tons of milk powder a year.

Reuters: Iraq says Islamic State stole 1 mln tonnes of grain, took it to Syria
Link - Iraq believes Islamic State militants have stolen more than one million tonnes of grain from the country's north and taken it to two cities they control in neighbouring Syria, the agriculture minister has said.

The Sydney Morning Herald: Farmers hoping for a golden age for agriculture with China free trade deal
Link - Farmers have applauded the historic free trade deal with China, saying it will make Australian farms more profitable, more productive and generate a surge in confidence as tariffs are abolished on key dairy, beef and horticulture exports to China.

Jerusalem Post: Country’s farmers: We cannot sustain agriculture with these high water prices
Link - The pricing and tax regiment for the agricultural sector’s water supply is making crop growth unsustainable, representatives of agriculture, kibbutz and moshav movements argued on Monday.


Wall Street Journal: New Invasive Pest Has Pennsylvania Towns on Alert
Link - An invasive insect from Asia that can munch its way through vineyards and hardwood forests, inflicting significant economic damage, has appeared in the U.S. for what is thought to be the first time.


Wall Street Journal: Push to Protect Immigrant Farm Workers
Link - Farm workers and some agriculture industry officials are making a last-minute push for President Barack Obama to include protections for undocumented agricultural workers in his new immigration policy, worried that the pending executive action may be the last opportunity to change immigration rules for a while.

New York Times: In Immigration Fight, Republicans Explore Alternatives to a Shutdown
Link - Americans for Prosperity, a group founded by the billionaire Koch brothers, has held informal conversations with Republican lawmakers on Capitol Hill in recent weeks, cautioning them against fighting President Obama’s promised executive order on immigration with a strategy that could lead to a government shutdown.

CNN: Reid calls on Obama: 'Go big' on immigration
Link - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is encouraging President Barack Obama to act in a sweeping and swift manner to issue an executive order changing immigration laws.

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