Daily Harvest -- 11/26/2014
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Coming soon: National GMO label law fight
- (Subscriber only) The Coalition for Safe Affordable Food, which consists of 37 trade groups including the Grocery Manufacturers Association and the Biotechnology Industry Organization, is gearing up to push for a federal labeling bill introduced earlier this year by Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Kan.
Agri-Pulse: Pork producers want Congress to fix COOL
- (Audio) The COOL Reform Coalition sent a letter last week asking Congress to act immediately on developing a contingency plan for the country of origin labeling law, which was recently ruled to be non-compliant by the WTO.
New York Times: Obama Threatens to Veto $440 Billion Tax Deal
- With negotiators nearing an accord on permanent tax breaks for businesses worth $440 billion over 10 years, President Obama rallied Democratic opposition on Tuesday and promised a veto.
Wall Street Journal: Crops’ Course Puts Deere in Headlights
- That state of affairs has helped Caterpillar Inc., which is more exposed to construction and got slammed by China’s slowdown last year, outperform Deere recently.
Bloomberg: Ontario to Cut Use of Insecticide Linked to Honeybee Deaths
- Ontario plans to reduce the use of an insecticide that has been linked to bee deaths, making it the first jurisdiction in North America to do so.
Wall Street Journal: Those Amazon Delivery Drones? Not So Fast
- Planned federal rules would likely preclude delivery drones being developed by Amazon.com Inc. and Google Inc., and make some other potential drone uses too expensive for small businesses, industry proponents said.
Columbus Dispatch: Kasich will veto sweeping agriculture bill if landline requirement isn't kept
- If the legislature doesn’t keep a requirement that phone companies must provide landlines, Gov John Kasich will veto House Bill 490, one of his cabinet directors testified today.
Bloomberg: Railroads Sound Alarm Ahead of Chicago Gridlock Redux: Freight
- With last week’s 7 feet of snow in upstate New York heralding an early winter, railroads crisscrossing Chicago are rushing to open 24-hour command centers, install heaters to keep switches from freezing, and plotting ways to reroute traffic.
The Hill: China to launch national carbon market by 2016
- China is planning to launch a nationwide carbon market in the next two years to meet a pledge to put a cap on emissions by 2030.
Wall Street Journal: Where Is U.S. Energy Policy Heading Over the Next Two Years?
- Next year’s Republican-controlled Senate is expected to come out strongly against President Barack Obama ’s most consequential policies aimed at reducing the effects of climate change.
Fox News: Google engineers say renewable energy won’t solve climate change
- The two engineers worked on an ambitious renewable energy project at Google called “RE<C” – but the project failed, and they now say that existing technologies like wind and solar are too costly to stave off climate change.
CNBC: US energy is growing, and so is US 'power'
- America's unexpected transformation into the world's biggest natural gas producer and one of the globe's largest oil producers will give the U.S. more geopolitical clout on the world stage—including in key relationships with China, Russia and the Middle East.
The Hill: Cardin: Congress should fix renewable fuel standard
- Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) called on Congress to reform the way the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) calculates the renewable fuel standard (RFS).
FOOD & NUTRITION
Wall Street Journal: Bud Crowded Out by Craft Beer Craze
- The self-proclaimed King of Beers is more of an afterthought among young consumers at Jake’s and bars across the U.S.: Some 44% of 21- to 27-year-old drinkers today have never tried Budweiser, according to the brand’s parent company, Anheuser-Busch InBev NV.
Bloomberg: Turkeys Can’t Outrun This Food Revolutionary in Vienna
- Wiesner, 52, has traveled to Berlin, London, Houston and Seattle to teach people how to slaughter and butcher the pigs and fowl they eat. He has hosted hundreds of clients at his home on the edge of Vienna, where ham hocks dangle from the ceiling.
Wall Street Journal: Haters Call Pumpkin-Spice Craze an ‘Epidemic’
- Pumpkin pie spice—a blend of sugar, ground cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice—evokes the taste and smell of pumpkin pie. And it is being used in everything from English muffins to dog food, beer and cornbread.
The Olympian: Iowa posts record egg production as demand soars
- The egg is on a roll. It has never been more popular as a fast-food restaurant breakfast staple, and its appeal has broadened far beyond the day's first meal.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Economic Times: Agricultural ties with Israel helping Indian farmers
- Israel is quietly intensifying its cooperation with Indian agriculture, helping farmers multiply their income with better practices, yields and choosing the right crops or vegetables in a success story that is boosting bilateral ties that have strengthened under the Narendra Modi government.
Bloomberg: Washington Apples Languishing Amid Slowdown at West Coast Ports
- U.S. exporters of apples, hay, potatoes and other agricultural products are losing hundreds of millions of dollars because of the slowdown, said Peter Friedmann, executive director of the Agriculture Transportation Coalition, a nationwide industry group.
Reuters: CFTC tells CME Group to work more on 'spoofing' detection
- CME Group Inc, the world's largest futures market operator, should continue to develop strategies to detect an illegal manipulative trading practice known as "spoofing," the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission said on Monday.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Sierra Star: The Endangered Species Act: Endangering Species and People?
- Opinion: A large factor in the demise of the California farmer is the Endangered Species Act. This act needs reform to include the economic and human factor, as it disregards the effects of environmental mitigation as an impact to people, as well as critters, making the farmer the most endangered species.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Fox News: Obama touts immigration action in speech frequently interrupted by hecklers
- President Obama traveled to Chicago on Tuesday to sell his executive action on immigration in a speech at a community center in a predominantly Polish-American neighborhood, although his remarks were frequently interrupted by hecklers.
New York Times: After Obama’s Immigration Action, a Blast of Energy for the Tea Party
- In all its fury and unanimity, the response from the right to President Obama’s decision to change immigration policy without the consent of Congress was the manifestation of a major transformation within the Tea Party.
Politico: Immigration by the numbers
- Like most everything in Washington, President Barack Obama’s new executive order on immigration is not just about the law but the dollars to make it stick.
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