Daily Harvest -- 11/28/2014
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: From food stamps to farm loans, USDA's OIG cracking down on fraud
- (Subscriber only) Lawmakers looking to stop waste, fraud and abuse at USDA will find plenty of cases - from food stamps to farm loans - highlighted by the agency's Office of Inspector General (OIG) in its most recent six-month review.
Agri-Pulse: USSEC continues to help increase soybean exports
- (Audio) US soybean exports are a record for fiscal year 2014, up 17 percent in value and over 30 percent in volume. US Soybean Export Council Chair Laura Foell says as growers harvest another record crop, it’s important to keep that momentum going.
Agri-Pulse: Opinion: Progress on 'Too big to fail'?
- Hoenig's analysis suggested that the financial structure of the largest financial institutions are still highly leveraged and precarious in that reserves are not sufficient enough to carry the institutions through another similar global downturn.
Reuters: Deere says equipment sales to fall further as farm incomes drop
- Deere & Co said it expected equipment sales to fall further as lower grain prices discourage farmers from buying tractors, harvesters and other machinery.
Honolulu Civil Beat: Judge Invalidates Partial Ban on GMOs in Hawaii County
- A federal judge has invalidated Hawaii County’s partial ban on growing genetically engineered crops, dealing another blow to Hawaii’s growing movement against genetically modified organisms.
NBC: Should Foods Be Labeled as GMO?
- (Video) Colin O'Neil of the Center for Food Safety and Val Giddings of the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation debate whether genetically modified food should be labeled.
Insurance News Net: USDA Announces New Peanut Revenue Policy to Help Producers Manage Risks
- The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Risk Management Agency (RMA) announced a new federal crop insurance product available for peanut producers for the 2015 crop year.
Bloomberg Businessweek: Putin Eyes India Energy Deals as Modi Seeks China Treatment
- Russian President Vladimir Putin will seek to bolster energy ties with India on a visit next month, his latest move to expand trade links with Asian nations to counter sanctions from the U.S. and its allies.
Reuters: Asian shares wither as OPEC's restraint hits oil
- Oil prices, oil-related shares and oil-linked currencies all tumbled in Asia on Friday, in the wake of OPEC's decision to refrain from cutting output despite a huge oversupply.
The Guardian: Renewable energy overtakes nuclear as Scotland's top power source
- Clean energy produced more power in Scotland than nuclear, coal or gas for the first time, in first half of 2014 industry figures show.
FOOD & NUTRITION
New York Times: Cranberry Growers Search for Ways to Share Their Bounty
- As you pack away the leftover Thanksgiving cranberry sauce (and there is always leftover cranberry sauce), consider the plight of Wisconsin’s cranberry growers.
KVUE: Food-related bills give Texas lawmakers plenty to chew on
- Lawmakers will consider a cornucopia of food-related bills, including how to deal with food deserts, when the Eighty-fourth Texas Legislature convenes in January.
Politico: Celebrity chefs cook up lobbying agenda
- Colicchio is part of a growing army of chefs across the country looking to channel their growing celebrity to influence food and agriculture policy in Washington, from school nutrition to the farm bill to animal welfare and even fisheries management.
Baltimore Sun: Food production campus aims to help entrepreneurs get started
- A Baltimore-based nonprofit is preparing to build a commercial kitchen in a blighted area, the first step in the creation of a $16 million food production campus that will help build the regional food economy.
Wall Street Journal: How the turkey became the Thanksgiving bird
- Only in the 20th century did the turkey fly from the roasting pan into the fire of America’s imagination.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Reuters: WTO clinches first global trade deal in its history
- The World Trade Organization adopted the first worldwide trade reform in its history on Thursday, after years of stalemate, months of deadlock and a final day's delay following an eleventh-hour objection.
Reuters: China launches 2014/15 corn stockpiling scheme, prices unchanged
- China will begin to buy corn from farmers this week under an annual intervention program, a government body said, offering the same prices as last year as it seeks to shore up the domestic market and boost rural incomes.
Wall Street Journal: Peruvian Potatoes Pack a Peck of Problems
- U.S. Customs and Border Protection make more seizures of potatoes from airline passengers arriving from Peru than from any other country, according to the agency’s data.
Reuters: African states should double agriculture research spending, report says
- Sub-Saharan Africa needs to double its investment in agricultural research to meet the challenges of high population growth, climate change and deteriorating soils, a new report said on Wednesday.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Agri-Pulse: EPA proposes tighter smog limits, citing health concerns
- The Environmental Protection Agency has proposed strengthening air quality standards, saying the health benefits of fighting ground-level ozone, or smog, “will significantly outweigh the costs.”
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
The Hill: House hearings to focus on Obama's immigration action
- Two House committees will hold hearings next Tuesday on President Obama's executive action to delay deportations for up to five million undocumented immigrants.
Politico: House GOP could respond on immigration next week
- The House Republican leadership is tentatively reserving time on the floor next week to respond to President Barack Obama’s executive order on immigration, according to sources involved with planning.
Wall Street Journal: Highway to the Danger Ozone
- The afterparty of President Obama’s immigration rewrite is a year-end blowout of anticarbon regulation that is also contemptuous of the rule of law and democratic consent. The better development is that the two other branches of government aren’t amused by the festivities and may impose some accountability for the damage.
Washington Post: Immigration advocacy groups fear more efforts to scam those seeking legal status
NBC: GMO Cattle Produce Serum to Fight Hantavirus -- Is Ebola Next?
- Researchers say they've used genetically engineered cattle to produce serum that has been used to treat hantavirus and might be used against Ebola, MERS and other rare but deadly viruses.
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