Daily Harvest -- 11/24/2014
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Open Mic with Senator Mike Johanns
- (Audio) Nebraska Senator Mike Johanns believes the lame duck agenda will be brief and the 114th congress challenged with an blizzard of regulatory authority exerted from the Obama administration.
Wisconsin State Journal: Record milk prices lead to huge profits for state dairy farmers
- Wisconsin’s dairy farmers may understand history better than weather conditions or how to get the most milk out of their cows so it’s doubtful any of them are planning a frivolous spending spree with their extraordinary profits from this record-setting year in the industry.
The Hill: Tax break negotiations stall on Capitol Hill
- Neither Republicans nor Democrats are quite ready to budge in negotiations over a slew of expired tax breaks, lawmakers and aides said last week.
The Oklahoman: Oklahoma legislators' influence should grow in Congress
- The western Oklahoma rancher will lose his chairmanship in the next Congress, which begins in January, because of the term limits House Republicans impose on those positions. But he isn’t bemoaning the loss of power and prestige. He said his blood pressure has improved considerably.
Agri-Pulse: EPA says it will not act on 2014 RFS until 2015, industry offers mixed reactions
- The Environmental Protection Agency announced today that it wouldn't finalize a 2014 rule for the Renewable Fuels Standard, saying a glut of comments will push action back into 2015.
Agri-Pulse: RFS decision surprises biofuel groups
- (Audio) Most biofuels industry representatives were surprised by the EPA’s decision Friday to delay finalizing 2014 volume requirements under the RFS until next year.
New York Times: The Downside of the Boom
- North Dakota took on the oversight of a multibillion-dollar oil industry with a regulatory system built on trust, warnings and second chances.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Agri-Pulse: Empowering women key to ending hunger, Bread for the World says
- Ending discrimination against women - including in the United States - is key in the global battle against hunger, according to a new report from Bread for the World Institute.
Agri-Pulse: Opinion: The ghost of Thanksgiving future
- An abundant Thanksgiving 2014 is almost upon us. But like Scrooge, we'll need a dramatic change in our beliefs if we're to have a plenitude of healthful food not just for us, but for all of the 9 or so billion expected at the global dinner table on Thanksgiving 2050.
Inquistr: Indiana To Enforce Stricter Food Stamp Policy, Recipients Will Soon Be Required To Work
- Food stamp recipients in the state of Indiana will reportedly be forced to fulfill yet another requirement in order to continue receiving benefits.
Sacramento Bee: Plant geneticist breaks 200 mph while keeping up with fast-moving genetics field
- Howard-Yana Shapiro may just be the fastest-moving plant geneticist on the planet. Three years ago, Shapiro, now 68, coaxed his 1999 Suzuki Hayabusa motorcycle across a Utah salt flat at more than 201 mph.
Washington Post: Maine risks losing funding over food stamp policy
- Gov. Paul LePage’s administration is facing a potential loss of federal funding to administer its food stamp program over concerns about the state’s decision to put photos on cards used to access the benefits.
Associated Press: Kids give first lady sarcastic "thanks" on Twitter
- School kids are giving thanks to first lady Michelle Obama just in time for the holiday — with a sarcastic Twitter hashtag about unappealing school lunches.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
New York Times: For Trade Deal with U.S., E.U. Official Reinforces Plans to Press Ahead
- The European Union’s new trade commissioner said on Friday that she and her American counterpart were committed to injecting new energy into stalled trans-Atlantic trade negotiations.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Bloomberg: U.S.-China Climate Agreement Won’t Slow Warming Enough, World Bank Says
- An agreement between the U.S. and China to curb greenhouse-gas emissions won’t slow global warming enough to prevent extreme weather that damages crops, World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim said.
Los Angeles Times: Drought revives 'forgotten art' at wineries: Farming without irrigation
- Everyone used to dry farm wine grapes until the late 1970s, when irrigation was introduced. Dry farmed wines put California on the global map by winning a seminal blind tasting test in 1976 called the "Judgment of Paris."
New York Times: Climate Change Threatens to Strip the Identity of Glacier National Park
- A warming climate is melting Glacier’s glaciers, an icy retreat that promises to change not just tourists’ vistas, but also the mountains and everything around them.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Washington Post: Conservative expert on immigration law to pursue suit against executive action
- President Obama is minutes from announcing his executive action on immigration, and among those most desperate for the details is Kobach, a 48-year-old lawyer and the person many conservatives have anointed to defeat it.
New York Times: Turmoil Over Immigration Status? California Has Lived It for Decades
- There may be no better place than California to measure the contradictions, crosswinds and confusion that come with trying to change immigration law.
Wall Street Journal: Farmers Urge Congress to Legalize Agriculture Workers
- For four years, Fred Leitz has seen vegetables and fruits on his 600-acre family farm go unpicked. For even longer, he has been urging Congress to pass an immigration overhaul that solves the labor shortage.
Des Moines Register: Ag industry voices concern over immigration proposal
- Farm and livestock producers said President Barack Obama's executive action on immigration announced Thursday will do little to help farm operators struggling to get the workers they need and could drive more agricultural production outside the United States.
Agri-Pulse: Agri-Pulse names Philip Brasher as senior editor
- Agri-Pulse is pleased to announce the appointment of Philip Brasher as a senior editor, based in Washington, D.C., effective Dec. 1.
RT: Who needs $37mn? NFL star gives up sport to farm, feed hungry
- Making tens of millions of dollars simply playing a game may seem like a dream for most Americans, but former National Football League player Jason Brown gave up fame, the limelight and the cash for a chance to do something humbler: farming.
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