Daily Harvest -- 11/25/2014
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Beekeepers in line for biggest share of ELAP disaster aid
- Almost 2,500 applicants will receive disaster assistance aid through the USDA's Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees, and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP), according to the USDA.
Agri-Pulse: Online portal encourages action on EPA neonic analysis
- In an effort to increase agricultural response to an Environmental Protection Agency analysis that found neonicotinoids have no yield benefit for soybeans, Bayer created an online portal -www.AgVoice4Choice.com - that allows people to send letters to their U.S. Congress representatives.
Wall Street Journal: Commercial Farming, Other Industries React to Forthcoming FAA Drone Rules
- Some drone operators worry that forthcoming rules from the Federal Aviation Administration for the operation of commercial drones may be too restrictive but others welcome the news.
Oregon Live: With all votes in, GMO labeling Measure 92 defeated by just 800 votes
- In final tallies posted by Monday's 5 p.m. deadline, GMO labeling Measure 92 lost by just 809 votes out of more than 1.5 million cast in this fall's Nov. 4 general election.
Reuters: In wake of China rejections, GMO seed makers limit U.S. launches
- China’s barriers to imports of some U.S. genetically modified crops are disrupting seed companies' plans for new product launches and keeping at least one variety out of the U.S. market altogether.
The Hill: White House skeptical of possible deal on tax breaks
- The White House on Monday appeared to throw cold water on an emerging deal in Congress on extending tax breaks, saying reports were “not promising.”
Bloomberg: Oil Boom Triggering Cowboy Shortage Across Canada
- There’s been a lot of attention paid to how Canada’s oil boom has helped make gasoline cheaper. What many people may not realize is that the boom is also driving up the prices they pay for burgers and steaks.
Los Angeles Times: White House threatens to put brakes on alternative fuels
- As biotech masterminds and venture capitalists scramble to hatch a new generation of environmentally friendly fuels that can help power the average gasoline-burning car, they are confronting an unexpected obstacle: the White House.
Wall Street Journal: Utilities Press Railroad to Speed Coal Deliveries
- Saying they are running short on coal, electric utilities from Minnesota to Texas are trying to pressure Warren Buffett’s BNSF Railway Co. to speed up deliveries on its congested tracks before the worst of the winter weather hits.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Agri-Pulse: FDA wants to help consumers count calories in food, beverages away from home
- In an effort to further address obesity in America, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will unveil new regulations today, requiring nutrition labels on menus in restaurants, super markets and even that buttery bucket of popcorn in movie theaters.
Bloomberg: Brown Bag or Cafeteria Tray, Kids Don’t Eat Healthy School Lunch
- Students purchasing school lunch only select a fruit or vegetable about half the time, and even then, the majority of them don’t eat even a single bite, according to research from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
BBC: Global importance of urban agriculture 'underestimated'
- Urban agriculture is playing an increasingly important role in global food security, a study has suggested.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Agri-Pulse: Great year for red meat exports
- (Audio) Fiscal Year 2014 was a record for US agricultural exports, at $152.5 billion overall, with the value of red meat exports up 11 percent as volume increased 2 percent.
Reuters: Bird flu is major threat to poultry along migration routes: FAO/OIE
- A bird flu strain found in Europe represents a major threat to the poultry industry in countries crossed by migrating wild birds, two intergovernmental organizations said on Monday.
Reuters: Indonesia's palm revolution runs off track for smallholders
- A prolonged fall in the price of palm oil is hitting Indonesia's legions of smallholder farmers, forcing cutbacks that will reduce output in coming years and raising the prospect of a bout of sell-outs to major producers.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Los Angeles Times: Long list of species still awaiting federal rulings
- Advocates on both sides of the endangered species debate are anxiously awaiting the Fish and Wildlife Service’s decision, due next year, on whether to declare the greater sage grouse as endangered, or at least threatened.
The Hill: World Bank: Planet headed toward 'unavoidable' climate impacts
- A number of future climate change impacts like extreme heat and sea level rise will be “unavoidable” even if global leaders start slashing greenhouse gases right away, according to a report from the World Bank.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
CNN: Abbott: Texas readying challenge to Obama's immigration action
- Incoming Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said Monday he expects to legally challenge President Barack Obama's new immigration action "in the next two weeks."
NPR: After Obama's Action, Immigration Agency Awaits 'A Real Challenge'
- U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is the first stop for people applying for a green card, citizenship or refugee status. The agency, part of the Department of Homeland Security, will be on the front line of President Obama's executive action last week, which could give legal status to an estimated 4 million undocumented people.
Wall Street Journal: Made in America, From Sheep to Shelf: Zady’s Feel-Good Sweater
- Zady’s young entrepreneurs seized upon the idea of creating a garment entirely in America—wool, spinning, knitting and all. For their socially conscious customers, marketing every aspect of their all-American supply chain would be crucial.
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