Daily Harvest -- 11/25/2015
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Corn farmers thankful for abundant harvest, growing markets
- (Audio) Corn farmers are thankful for another abundant crop this year.
New York Times: Putting the Chicken Before the Egg
- While still a minuscule portion of the roughly 75 billion eggs produced in the United States each year, pastured eggs like theirs are one of the fastest-growing category of eggs in America today.
Agri-Pulse: GOP warns the world: Congress will decide climate policy, not Obama
- (Subscriber only) House and Senate Republicans are escalating their assault on the Obama administration's climate agenda, in advance of the president's departure for the international Climate Change Conference in Paris.
Agri-Pulse: Rubio calls for leaving RFS alone
- Republican presidential hopeful Marco Rubio says the Renewable Fuel Standard should be left in place through 2022 to “respect the investment that people have made” in the industry.
New York Times: A Car Dealers Won’t Sell: It’s Electric
- So why are only about 330,000 electric vehicles on the road? One answer lies in an unexpected and powerful camp of skeptics: car dealers. They are showing little enthusiasm for putting consumers into electric cars.
New York Times: Cuomo Reaches Deal to Keep Open Alcoa Plant in Upstate New York
- Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced on Tuesday that he had come to an agreement to keep open an Alcoa plant on the St. Lawrence River, after promising nearly $70 million in subsidies.
Salt Lake Tribune: Utility plans to mask awful odor from uncontrolled gas leak
- A utility company trying to stop a massive month-long natural gas leak says it intends to use a solution to mask the stench that is making residents ill in an area of Los Angeles.
State Impact Oklahoma: Oil Company Makes New Quake Plans After Shaking Near U.S. Storage Hub in Oklahoma
- Oklahoma’s earthquake surge has been linked to wastewater injection, the oil industry practice of pumping waste fluid byproducts of oil and gas production into underground disposal wells.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Washington Post: Whole Foods Thanksgiving turkeys endure ‘horrific conditions’ at Calif. farm, activists say
- Just in time for Thanksgiving, an animal-rights activist group has alleged “horrific conditions” at a farm that supplies Whole Foods turkeys — and that the farm is just part of the grocery chain’s misleading claims about the welfare of the animals whose meat it sells.
Times New-Herald: Mayor: Nearly 1.5 million New Yorkers don't have enough food
- As Thanksgiving nears, more than 1.4 million New Yorkers don't have enough to eat on a daily basis, placing a strain on charities and highlighting the need for more government intervention, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Tuesday.
Reuters: Costco says has halted chicken salad sales after E.coli cases
- Costco Wholesale Corp stopped selling chicken salad at its stores on Friday, the day it was notified by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other authorities that it was linked to cases of E. coli, an executive at the retailer said on Tuesday.
Chicago Tribune: General Mills sets goal to buy all cage-free eggs by 2025
- Minnesota-based company, whose brands include Betty Crocker, Pillsbury, Progresso soups and Yoplait yogurt, initially announced its plans to go cage-free in July, but updated its animal welfare policy Tuesday to establish a 10-year time frame.
Associated Press: Emails reveal Coke's role in anti-obesity group
- A nonprofit founded to combat obesity says the $1.5 million it received from Coke has no influence on its work. But emails show Coke was instrumental in shaping the Global Energy Balance Network, picking the group's leaders, editing its mission statement and suggesting articles and videos for its website.
Denver Post: Pinnacle Foods to acquire Boulder Brands for $975 million
- Boulder Brands and its line of Udi's gluten-free breads, Evol natural frozen foods and Earth Balance oil-based spreads has landed in the hands of the multibillion-dollar maker of Birds Eye frozen vegetables, Duncan Hines cake mixes and Vlasic pickles.
Wall Street Journal: Campbell Soup Raises Earnings Guidance
- The largest U.S. soup company by sales, which also makes V8 juices and Prego pasta sauces, has combated lackluster revenue in recent years by slashing expenses and acquiring companies offering fresher, less-processed foods.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Washington Post: Yet another way that poor countries will suffer the most from climate change
- For those particularly hard-hit companies, economic theory suggests a lifeline: If they can’t grow food anymore, perhaps they could trade for it instead, using their land for something else productive. A newly published study in the Journal of Political Economy suggests that won’t be much help.
CNBC: El Nino's impact beyond agriculture to cost billions
- The El Nino weather phenomenon is known to create havoc in global food chain, but its impact is likely to go far beyond, with fish catch, energy prices and poultry supply hit as well.
USA Today: Toxic Kenya dump embodies Pope Francis' environmental concerns
- The scavengers at Nairobi’s notorious Dandora dump are some of the poorest of Kenya’s poor — and they are likely to be on Pope Francis’ mind when he makes his first trip to Africa on Wednesday to bring his message of environmental stewardship and care for society’s most marginalized.
Reuters: Hong Kong reports bird flu in wild bird, no spread evident: OIE
- Hong Kong reported that the highly pathogenic H5N6 bird flu virus had been detected in a wild bird last week but said no spread of the disease was evident, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said on Tuesday.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Nature: Agricultural policy: Govern our soils
- (Opinion) Luca Montanarella, of the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre, calls for a voluntary international agreement to protect the ground beneath our feet from erosion and degradation.
ABC News: Obama to Meet With Leaders of China, India at Climate Summit
- President Barack Obama is hoping to generate early momentum for international climate talks in Paris next week by holding one-on-one meetings there with the leaders of China and India.
Washington Post: Scientists create a mutant mosquito that could help eradicate malaria
- Researchers from the University of California’s Irvine and San Diego campuses reported they’ve bred a strain of mutant bugs that could all but eliminate malaria from the world’s mosquito population.
Associated Press: Washington project ensures forest stores carbon for decades
- Washington state and Microsoft teamed up to successfully save 520 acres of decades-old trees standing near Mount Rainier from clear-cutting.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
The Desert Sun: Chief: Cal/OSHA seeking to better farmworkers' safety
- Following questions about heat-related deaths and illnesses among farmworkers, the chief of California Division of Occupational Safety and Health said Tuesday that her agency never wants to become complacent when it comes to improving worker safety.
NPR: Behind Your Holiday Sweet Potato Dish, Hard Work In The Fields
- Sweet potato production has doubled over the past 15 years. In North Carolina, it's tripled. North Carolina now produces just over half of all the sweet potatoes in the country.
Wall Street Journal: Deere’s Results Likely Are Still Stalling
- The agricultural-equipment industry is poised for its worst sales year since 2009. Net farm incomes are down 38% from a year ago to $56 billion, the lowest since 2002. That is also less than half of the record high hit in 2013, according to USDA forecasts released Tuesday.
Business Insider: Bill Nye had a super-weird experience in New York City that helped him go pro-GMO
- Earlier this year, Bill Nye made a surprising move from anti-GMO to pro-GMO. Around the same time, a political rally he attended only helped to convince him of his decision to switch stances. The rally was in New York City with an anti-GMO theme.
CBS Baltimore: C&O Canal offers agricultural leases for land in the park
- The National Park Service is seeking applicants for the agricultural use of land in the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park.
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