Daily Harvest -- 11/30/2015
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Washington week ahead: Climate and controversy; Congress returns
- The eyes of the world will be on Paris again this week, but for other reasons beyond terrorism. President Obama, and 150 or so other world leaders, are gathering in the French capital to try to forge a binding agreement to slow global warming.
Agri-Pulse: Meet the Lawmaker with David Perdue
- (Video) A lifelong businessman, Georgia Republican David Perdue brings a unique perspective to the Senate and its agriculture panel. In this video, he talks with Agri-Pulse about what he wants to accomplish during his time in the Senate and how his background will help him do it.
Agri-Pulse: Open Mic with Senator Joe Donnelly
- (Audio) The Hoosier Democrat suggests legislative action may still be possible to thwart the EPA’s WOTUS rule and talks the Export Import Bank, child nutrition reform and a resolution for COOL laws. Like others in Washington and across the country, Donnelly is evaluating the text of the TPP trade deal and shares ideas on what is needed to gain his vote on the measure.
Agri-Pulse: Congress returns from Thanksgiving to plateful of issues
- (Audio) Congress returns from Thanksgiving break this week to a plateful of issues.
Agri-Pulse: Christie gets backing of key newspaper in New Hampshire
- The New Hampshire Union Leader endorsed Chris Christie for president this weekend, giving the New Jersey governor's long-shot campaign for the Republican nomination a much-needed boost.
Agri-Pulse: EPA revokes approval of Enlist Duo herbicide to study 'synergistic effects'
- EPA plans to cancel its registration of Enlist Duo, a Dow herbicide containing 2,4-D and glyphosate, after becoming aware of new data on (potential synergistic effects) of the two active ingredients on threatened and endangered species, the agency said in a court filing.
Agri-Pulse: USDA releases final rule on catfish inspections
- USDA released a final rule today establishing an inspection service for imported and domestically-raised catfish, implementing provisions required by the 2014 farm bill.
Agri-Pulse: Avian flu has some impact on Thanksgiving dinner
- (Audio) The impact of avian influenza is being felt on Thanksgiving tables around the country.
Agri-Pulse: Experts present environmental case for ethanol over gasoline
- (Audio) Experts say ethanol is no worse for the climate than petroleum.
New York Times: Bill Gates Expected to Create Billion-Dollar Fund for Clean Energy
- Bill Gates will announce the creation of a multibillion-dollar clean energy fund on Monday at the opening of a Paris summit meeting intended to forge a global accord to cut planet-warming emissions, according to people with knowledge of the plans.
Des Moines Register: Push to make ethanol a player in presidential race
- Iowa's billion-dollar ethanol industry is turning up the heat on presidential candidates — trying to leverage support as the EPA prepares to release a new renewable fuel policy that could be critical to the alternative fuel's viability.
Twin Falls Times-News: Nevada Researchers Trying to Turn Roadside Weed Into Biofuel
- Three decades ago, a University of Nevada researcher who obtained one of the first U.S. Energy Department grants to study the potential to turn plants into biofuels became convinced that a roadside weed — curly top gumweed — was growing along the road to the future.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Jacksonville News: UF experts predict food trends for 2016
- As 2015 starts to wind down, world-renowned food scientists at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences are already predicting trends for 2016.
Wall Street Journal: The Food Cops and Their Ever-Changing Menu of Taboos
- (Opinion) With the release of the eighth edition of the U.S. government’s Dietary Guidelines expected by year’s end, it seems reasonable to consider—with the “obesity plague” upon us and Americans arguably less healthy than ever before—whether the guidelines are to be trusted and even whether they have done more harm than good.
U.S. News & World Report: NYC's novel salt warning rule set to take effect Tuesday; affects some chain eatery items
- New York City begins a new era in nutritional warnings this week, when chain restaurants will have to start putting a special symbol on highly salty dishes.
New York Times: Could Your Healthy Diet Make Me Fat?
- (Opinion) A new study suggests dieters may be mistakenly eating a lot of some foods, like tomatoes, that are good for most people, but bad for them. And it raised the possibility that an individualized approach to nutrition could eventually supplant national guidelines meant for the entire public.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Agri-Pulse: John Block on TPP
- (Audio) Last week, six former USDA secretaries released a letter, urging the Congress to pass TPP. Our support for passage is bipartisan and enthusiastic.
Tech Times: World's Biggest Animal Cloning Factory To Be Built In China
- The largest animal cloning factory in the world is now likely underway in China — a path “no one has ever travelled” in cattle cloning and meeting the country’s skyrocketing demand for beef.
Wall Street Journal: Chinese Drone Maker Plows Into Agriculture
- China’s SZ DJI Technology Co., the world’s top consumer-drone maker, is setting its sights on the agriculture industry with the launch of a crop sprayer that will test whether farming is fertile ground for drone technology.
USA Today: Japan struggles to save shrinking, aging agriculture industry
- Japan’s agricultural sector has long been a model of inefficiency: tiny farms burdened by heavy regulation, propped up by government subsidies and protected by a vast array of tariffs and import controls.
Wall Street Journal: Fighter-Jet Dispute Between Russia and Turkey Disrupts Wheat Trade
- Agricultural dealers said shipments of wheat to Turkey from key Russian ports were put on hold amid continued tensions between the two countries.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Sacramento Bee: More California farmland could vanish as water shortages loom beyond drought
- Land retirement is coming to California agriculture. The drought will end someday, maybe even this winter, but farmers will still face long-term shortages of water. The driving force: a new state law regulating the extraction of groundwater.
Des Moines Register: What to prescribe for Iowa's eroding topsoil?
- While average soil loss in Iowa falls closely in line with benchmarks set by the Natural Resources Conservation Service, some areas in the state are losing soil at more than 10 times faster than the soil renewal rate.
Albuquerque Journal: Lawsuit seeks to remove bat, bird, cacti from endangered species list
- Agricultural groups in New Mexico and Texas want a rare bat, a bird and two species of cacti thrown off the federal endangered species list, according to a new lawsuit that says habitat requirements for each species add extra costs for farmers, ranchers and private landowners.
Washington Post: Study: About 1/3 of World Cactus Threatened With Extinction
- The study evaluated 1,478 species and determined that 31 percent are endangered due to factors such as the conversion of wilderness areas to farming and ranching, urban development and the harvest of cactus seeds and plants for trade and private collection.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Wall Street Journal: Reforming Immigration One State at a Time
- (Opinion) With Congress stuck among the contradictory demands of labor, business and talk-radio restrictionists, neither George W. Bush nor Barack Obama has been able to move the needle on immigration reform. Meanwhile, as the economy gathers steam, states face a tight labor market at all skill levels.
Washington Post: The GOP’s identity-politics crisis: Holding race-card aces but loath to play them
- After years of deriding Democrats for dividing Americans into hyphenated subgroups, Republicans face a tantalizing and vexing prospect this year. With two sons of Cuban immigrants, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, joining a famed African American surgeon, Ben Carson, near the top of the polls, they have a unique opportunity to reach out to minorities as the party has long wanted to.
New York Times: Bernie Sanders Gets Immigration Policy Right
- (Opinion) Senator Bernie Sanders released his immigration plan on Tuesday. To read it — and every citizen should — is to be yanked back in time, to an America that not so long ago was having a reasonable immigration discussion and a time when major reform had strong bipartisan support and a shot at becoming law.
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