Daily Harvest -- 12/1/2015
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: USDA today
- (Opinion) Today's transportation and communication systems were totally unimaginable when the Wright brothers traveled to Kitty Hawk or Alexander Bell invented the telephone. The same can be said for agriculture.
Agri-Pulse: Tax extenders going down to last minute again, GOP leader says
- Congress is headed toward another last-minute, end-of-the-year renewal of expired tax breaks, with House leaders continuing to push for making some of them permanent.
Washington Post: Holy cow! A farmer tries to make a better calf through genomic analysis.
- With a little genomic know-how and a lot of luck, it’s possible for even small-scale farmers to produce some of the world’s most robust, fertile and productive dairy cattle — and then sell them at a profit.
Des Moines Register: Northey seeks $500,000 to respond to bird flu, other diseases
- Iowa Agriculture Secretary Bill Northey said Monday the state needs to add $500,000 to the agency's budget to better react to animal diseases such as bird flu, which wiped out about 33 million laying hens and turkeys in the state this year.
Agri-Pulse: EPA sets final multiyear RFS figures
- The Environmental Protection Agency on Monday finished one chapter of drama surrounding the Renewable Fuel Standard, only to likely begin another as potential lawsuits loom.
Agri-Pulse: Reaction to final RFS rule from EPA
- (Audio) The EPA increased biofuel volume obligations under the RFS rule released Monday.
ABC News: Appalachia Grasps for Hope as Coal Loses Its Grip
- Even coal is barely surviving in coal country — and coal is about the only thing that Central Appalachia has.
Santa Cruz Sentinel: Economy: South County solar power plant begins recruiting workers
- First Solar’s solar plant planned for southeast Monterey County seems poised to begin making a positive impact on the south Salinas Valley economy.
FOOD & NUTRITION
NPR: As Big Food Feels Threat Of Climate Change, Companies Speak Up
- Chances are, you've picked up some chatter about the new global talks on climate change. If you can't quite see how it matters to you, personally, you might want to take a peek inside your pantry.
Huffington Post: Food Security Must Be a Top Priority for the Paris COP
- (Opinion) Poor rural people in developing countries are among those hardest hit by the effects of climate change and are the least able to cope with them.
Forbes: Transparency Is No Longer Optional: How Food Companies Can Restore Trust
- (Opinion) It was a light bulb moment: Consumers want authentic transparency. They want all the details – the good, the bad and the ugly – so they can decide for themselves.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
DTN Progressive Farmer: Ag a Focus at Paris Climate Talks: Obama Administration, Other Groups Committing US Farmers to Emission Reductions
- American farmers should also care about the talks, which are taking place Nov. 30 to Dec. 11, because of the various commitments the Obama administration, private companies or other groups will make to lower agriculture's carbon footprint in the future.
New York Times: The Findings of China’s Climate Change Report
- Ahead of climate change negotiations in Paris, the Chinese government has released its latest scientific assessment of how global warming has affected and is likely to affect China.
Wall Street Journal: U.K. Panel Calls for Tax on Sugary Drinks
- A panel of British lawmakers called for the introduction of a 20% tax on sugar-sweetened drinks, adding to mounting pressure on the U.K. government to introduce a levy on high sugar-content foods to help stop the spread of childhood obesity.
U.S. News & World Report: Russia to impose food ban in new sanctions against Turkey after downing of Russian warplane
- Russia will restrict imports of Turkish fruit and vegetables as part of a package of new sanctions following the downing of a Russian warplane by Turkey last week.
Salt Lake Tribune: South Korea ratifies free trade pact with China
- South Korea's parliament approved a free trade pact with China after opposition lawmakers secured a $1.4 billion relief package for farmers.
Washington Post: Budget woes threaten Mexico’s reputation as a conservation leader
- Endangered Mexican prairie dogs and a pair of ultra-rare Worthen’s sparrows greeted the pickup truck bouncing down a dirt track in this remote northern desert. But the two environmentalists aboard were after an even more elusive prize.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
U.S. News & World Report: Monsanto pledges to be carbon neutral by 2021; will work with farmers to cut emissions
- Monsanto Co. plans to make its operations carbon neutral by 2021, in part by working with farmers who use its products to help them reduce carbon emissions, the company's CEO told The Associated Press.
Des Moines Register: Mayors on a mission to Paris to save Mississippi River
- (Opinion) Changes in our climate are compromising the ability of our river basins to produce food and provide fresh water. Thus, two of the greatest threats to the world from climate change are a dramatic alteration to our food supply and the decrease of fresh water.
Washington Times: Frederick company wants to monetize farm manure
- The Frederick-based startup Triea Technologies has developed two tools that it says will reduce energy costs for farmers and give them a potential new revenue stream - all by harnessing the power of manure.
Associated Press: Hogs, residents compete for Kansas county's water supply
- Only 1,200 people live in Kansas' smallest county, where using irrigation to quench thirsty crops is no longer an option for many because the water source underneath this flat, arid prairie is nearly exhausted due to decades of overuse.
WUSA 9: Deer shooting to reduce herd to resume at Rock Creek Park
- The National Park Service says the white-tailed deer management program at Rock Creek Park will resume with shooters reducing the herd.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Business Insider: A year after one of the most far-reaching moves of Obama's presidency, his legacy is still very 'mixed'
- A little more than a year after President Barack Obama announced a series of executive actions aimed at shielding around 5 million immigrants from deportation, the administration found itself scrambling to save them.
Business Insider: More immigration could help solve the world's economic-growth problem
- The population of the developed world is aging. Places such as the US, the eurozone, China and Japan are all starting to see declines in the growth of the working-age population.
Agri-Pulse: Agri-Pulse welcomes Steve Davies as Associate Editor
- Agri-Pulse is pleased to welcome Steve Davies as an Associate Editor, based in our Washington, D.C. office.
Reuters: Dow Sells Portfolio of Herbicides Amid Consolidation Drive
- Dow Chemical Co. has struck a deal to sell a part of its global herbicide business, as low crop prices continue to drive talk of consolidation in the agriculture industry.
Wall Street Journal: Dow Chemical CIO Says Another 8-Year ERP Project Is Unimaginable
- Dow Chemical Co. spent eight years and $1 billion implementing a new enterprise resource planning system that didn’t deliver value as quickly as hoped, Chief Information Officer Paula Tolliver said.
Quad City Times: Deere lays off 220 at Moline Seeding
- Deere & Co. announced Monday that it will place 220 employees at John Deere Seeding and Cylinder on indefinite layoff in the wake of its forecast of another year of declining farm machinery sales.
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