Daily Harvest -- 11/20/2014
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: House panel considers bill to strengthen Feed the Future program
- The House Foreign Affairs Committee on Thursday will consider a bill that supporters say would strengthen President Obama's Feed the Future Initiative as it works to alleviate hunger around the globe.
Agri-Pulse: What the general farm organizations think of second beef checkoff
- (Audio) The two general farm organizations in the country have differing views about the proposal for a second beef checkoff. The National Farmers Union would like to create a new checkoff, while the American Farm Bureau Federation says getting rid of the current checkoff and establishing a new one is complicated and that the group would establish a policy stance in January.
Politico: Conaway: Ready to work on next farm bill, immigration
- It’s too early to judge the major new subsidy programs in the 2014 farm bill — the five-year, $500 billion blueprint for U.S. agriculture policy that was only signed into law in February — but the next House Agriculture Committee chairman said he expects to begin drafting the next bill by 2017 or 2018 at the latest.
Wall Street Journal: ADM Sues Syngenta Over Genetically Engineered Corn
- Archer Daniels Midland Co. sued Syngenta AG over losses the grain trader and processor said it suffered after Syngenta sold genetically engineered corn in the U.S. that had yet to win approval in China.
New York Times: Asia Pushes Hard for Clean Energy
- Even as China’s economy begins to cool, its hunger for energy is still climbing. So also is its capacity to generate power from multiple sources, ranging from coal and nuclear to wind, solar and hydroelectric.
Washington Post: ND mulls rules to make crude safer for shipment
- North Dakota’s top energy industry regulator unveiled new rules Thursday that would require companies to reduce the volatility of crude before it’s shipped by rail.
National Journal: In Blow to Pelosi, Pallone Beats Eshoo for Top Energy Committee Slot
- Rep. Frank Pallone beat out Rep. Anna Eshoo on Wednesday for the top Democratic seat on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, a public defeat for returning Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and a victory for seniority as a primary factor driving committee races.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Agri-Pulse: AFBF Survey: Cost of Thanksgiving dinner rises, still under $50
- The American Farm Bureau Federation's 29th annual informal price survey of classic items found on the Thanksgiving Day dinner table indicates the average cost of this year's feast for 10 is $49.41, a 37-cent increase from last year's average of $49.04.
Slate: Has the Food Movement’s Moment Finally Arrived?
- What happens when you put Mark Bittman and Michael Pollan in a room with a couple of hundred well-heeled foodies—and a few dozen conventional farmers.
NPR: Consumers Contribute To Retail Food Waste
- Grocery stores and restaurants serve more than 400 million pounds of food each year, but nearly a third of it is never eaten. Demand for pre-cooked meals and pristine produce creates much waste.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Agri-Pulse: USDA funding to help open, expand export markets for U.S. agriculture
- Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Foreign Agricultural Service has awarded funding to more than 60 U.S. agricultural organizations to help expand commercial export markets for American products.
Washington Post: US, India end impasse that threatened WTO pact
- The United States and India said Thursday they had resolved a dispute over stockpiling of food by the Indian government, clearing a major stumbling block to a deal to boost world trade.
Bloomberg Buisnessweek: What Obama Didn't Get Done in Asia
- The breakthroughs won in Asia will be impossible for Obama to implement. And the administration’s attempts to turn U.S. policy toward Asia, a strategy known as “the pivot,” or the “rebalance to Asia,” has actually made the economic and political situation in East Asia worse.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
New York Times: The Floating Gardens of Bangladesh
- Climate change threatens to worsen the severity and duration of floods in low-lying Bangladesh. Floating farms — and produce that can flourish in flood conditions — are a way to help Bangladeshis live with rising waters.
Los Angeles Times: Editorial: Why are U.S. lawmakers making California water deals in secret?
- Some participants in the secret negotiations have said they intend to get an agreement by the end of the week. Only then, after deals are cut and votes are lined up, would the rest of us be let in on the terms.
USA Today: Climate change to increase flood, crop insurance losses
- Climate change could substantially increase losses in taxpayer-backed flood and crop insurance programs in coming decades, according to a new government report.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Herald-Tribune: 'Food Chains' takes gritty look at Florida tomato pickers
- With a publicity assist from actress and executive producer Eva Longoria, an upcoming documentary detailing the unlikely labor-reform successes of Florida's migrant tomato pickers is beginning to draw considerable attention.
The Hill: Farm workers want in on Obama’s immigration action
- Union groups and immigrant advocates are urging President Obama to include farm workers in his planned executive action on immigration.
Politico: Obama to shield 5 million from deportation
- President Barack Obama will announce Thursday that he is shielding about 5 million undocumented immigrants from deportation, circumventing Congress to provide the most sweeping changes to immigration policy in decades.
The Hill: GOP outraged by immigration plan
- Republicans on Capitol Hill began to lash out at President Obama Wednesday after he announced plans to unveil executive actions on immigration in a primetime address Thursday evening.
Los Angeles Times: Obama's immigration overhaul could benefit many in California
- Whatever the details of President Obama's planned immigration overhaul, the stakes are particularly high for California.
Agri-Pulse: Conaway announces senior House Agriculture Committee staff
- Rep. Michael Conaway, R-Texas, the chairman-elect of the House Agriculture Committee, announced the appointment of senior staff to lead the committee in the 114th Congress.
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