Daily Harvest -- 11/24/2015
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Reuters: U.S. Taxpayers Set to Shell Out for Growing Peanut Pile
- A mountain of peanuts is piling up in the U.S. south, threatening to hand American taxpayers a near $2-billion bailout bill over the next three years, and leaving the government with a big chunk of the crop on its books.
Agriculture.com: Increasing Debt Burden on Farmers
- Farm bankers are putting more and more operating loans on their books, as operators cope with two years of lower income and little prospect of higher commodity prices with winter approaching.
NPR: 5 Things To Know: FAA Task Force Recommends A Drone Registry
- The Consumer Technology Association forecasts that 400,000 drones will be sold in the United States this holiday season. That's not to mention the commercial drones being developed by Google (now known as Alphabet), Amazon, Wal-Mart and others.
Scientific American: How Renewable Energy Could Make Climate Treaties Moot
- (Opinion) No country has performed a study on the benefits and costs of going to 100 percent clean, renewable energy. Fortunately, scientists have, and they show that switching to an entirely renewable energy system would save money and lives while making international climate agreements unnecessary.
Syracuse.com: Cuomo's renewable energy plan includes boost for Upstate nuclear plants
- Gov. Andrew Cuomo will count nuclear power as renewable energy, at least temporarily, when the state issues new rules next year requiring utilities to procure half their power from renewable sources by 2030.
Wall Street Journal: Energy Downturn Spreads Beyond the Oil Patch
- The prolonged slump in crude prices is rippling beyond the oil industry into areas of the North American economy that, until recently, had managed to avoid the worst of the downturn.
Reuters: SunEdison shakes up top management at yieldcos; shares soar
- SunEdison Inc said chief executives of its two “yieldcos” had stepped down and that its finance chief would take charge of the units, suggesting that the U.S. solar company could potentially unify all its units under one company.
EcoWatch: Morocco’s Giant Solar Plant to Bring Energy to 1 Million People
- Morocco’s enormous concentrated solar power plant—which will be the world’s largest once fully built—will complete phase one next month and bring energy to 1 million people, BBC News reports.
WANE: Amazon to build a wind farm in Paulding County
- Plans are underway to build a new wind farm in Paulding County and Internet retailer Amazon is behind the big project. Amazon has contracted with EDP Renewables, which is based in Spain, to construct and operate a 100 megawatt wind farm. It will be the second largest of its kind in Ohio.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Agri-Pulse: Quality, not quantity, key to fighting hunger, Cornell experts say
- Having a dialogue about global food security is nothing new, but two food policy and economics experts say academics and the media are simply having the wrong conversation.
New York Times: Getting ‘Ugly’ Produce Onto Tables So They Stay Out of Trash
- In the field where they were grown or in the supermarkets for which they were once destined, they would presumably have been discarded. Not because they are inedible — simply because they do not make the aesthetic cut.
The Ellsworth American: Maine DHHS seeks to ban soda, candy purchases with food stamps
- The Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) on Monday announced that it has submitted a request to federal administrators of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to allow the state to waive federal rules allowing for the purchase of candy and soft drinks with SNAP benefits.
Wall Street Journal: Tyson Forecasts Another Year of Record Profit
- Tyson Foods Inc. forecast another year of record profit thanks to strength in its chicken and pork operations, sending its shares soaring to an all-time high.
Washington Post: A government panel said drinking coffee is harmless. Why that might be wrong.
- It’s far from clear that coffee is harmless. In fact, emerging findings from genetics suggest a very different take on America’s favorite drink: while coffee might possibly be beneficial for some people, it very well may be harmful for others.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Agri-Pulse: China pledges to speed biotech reviews
- China has committed to accelerating its review of U.S. GMOs, a move that would smooth trade in biotech crops, Obama administration officials said after an annual bilateral meeting on trade issues.
Agri-Pulse: Senators urge flexibility for milk truckers in transportation bill
- A bipartisan group of nine U.S. senators is urging the conference committee handling the surface transportation bill to make sure the final bill allows bulk milk trucks to carry their cargo without being forced to offload portions of their load at state borders.
Washington Times: McAuliffe: deal to bring more Virginia apples to India
- The governor said Monday the export deal is between Crown Orchard Co. and an Indian importer. The announcement comes amid an overseas marketing mission by McAuliffe.
Reuters: Poor Nations Need Support to Cut Emissions From Farming-Experts
- Developing countries can boost food production while reducing planet-warming emissions from agriculture, given the right technologies and financial support to put them into practice, researchers said on Monday.
Reuters: Argentina in for a radical post-election grains output increase
- By the end of President-elect Mauricio Macri's first four-year term, Argentina will have doubled wheat shipments and surpassed Russia and Brazil as a corn exporter, by some estimates, as the abandonment of years-long trade restraints unleashes the full potential of the country's vast Pampas farm belt.
Wall Street Journal: China, U.S. Make Some Progress on Trade Issues, But Concerns Remain
- China and the U.S. reached minor agreements over several trade irritants at talks that ended Monday, but concerns over implementation and long-standing disputes over competition policy added to an already strained relationship.
Associated Press: Nestle confirms labor abuse among its Thai seafood suppliers
- Impoverished migrant workers in Thailand are sold or lured by false promises and forced to catch and process fish that ends up in global food giant Nestle SA's supply chains.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
U.S. News & World Report: Amid concern that dying bees could hurt farming, pesticide-makers point to other risks
- Bee die-offs could disrupt the human food chain, with a third of the foods consumed by Americans and Europeans dependent on pollinators like them. Researchers suspect neonic pesticides play some role in reported die-offs and the mysterious Colony Collapse Disorder. But they don't know how much.
TC Palm: Scott’s Everglades budget spot on; falls short on land conservation, environmentalists say
- Gov. Rick Scott wants to boost dollars for Everglades restoration next year but falls short on money environmentalists say is needed to buy land for conservation under the Florida Forever program.
National Geographic: Playing technology catchup: What conservation might learn from human development
- How we collect and collate information on the natural environment is rapidly changing. Yet, when compared with other disciplines, conservation has been rather slow to incorporate digital technology in its methodological toolkit.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Dairy Herd Management: U.S. average farm wages jump
- The number of hired workers on U.S. farms in October rose, they worked a little longer, and average hourly wages increased, according to a semiannual Farm Labor report from USDA’s National Ag Statistics Service.
CNN: Texas seeks delay in Obama immigration case at Supreme Court
- Texas’ attorney general on Monday asked the Supreme Court for a 30-day extension to file a reply brief In a move that could derail the Obama administration's attempt to get the court to hear an appeal on a major immigration case this term.
LA Times: Rubio faces pressure from all sides over his views on immigration
- Immigration politics has long offered great promise but also threatened great peril for Republican presidential hopeful Marco Rubio.
Agri-Pulse: AFBF president looking to retirement
- (Audio) Bob Stallman has been President of the American Farm Bureau Federation for 16 years.
New York Times: Agriculture Linked to DNA Changes in Ancient Europe
- An international team of scientists has found that after agriculture arrived in Europe 8,500 years ago, people’s DNA underwent widespread changes, altering their height, digestion, immune system and skin color.
Crop Protection News: DuPont announces 2020 Sustainability Goals
- DuPont's keystone commitment is to integrate sustainability into its innovation process as well as research and development. The 2020 Sustainability Goals also include DuPont’s Food Security Goals, updated footprint goals that tackle greenhouse gases, energy, and water and waste problems.
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