Daily Harvest -- 12/3/2014
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Congress in no hurry to deal with COOL, Conaway says
- (Subscriber only) Lawmakers won't address the country-of-origin meat labeling law until the World Trade Organization decides on a U.S. appeal of a World Trade Organization ruling that USDA regulations are unfair to Canadian and Mexican producers, says the next chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, Texas Republican Mike Conaway.
Agri-Pulse: USDA farm to school grants will connect school cafeterias, local farmers
- Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced more than $5 million in grants for 82 projects to connect school cafeterias with local farmers and ranchers through the USDA's Farm to School Program.
Delta Farm Press: Today’s farms awash in data: But what to do with it?
- The technology that has revolutionized agriculture — saving labor, time, energy and inputs — is creating another challenge for farmers and others all along the production/marketing chain: massive amounts of data.
DTN: Inland Waterways Infrastructure Mixed with Tax-Extenders Package in Congress
- After years of lobbying Congress, inland waterway operators could see their excise tax on fuel go up from 20 cents a gallon to 29 cents a gallon under a tax bill before the House of Representatives.
Wall Street Journal: Farmers Foil Investors That Bet on Corn, Soybean Price Drop
- Illinois farmer Darrel Gingerich harvested a huge corn crop this autumn thanks to near-flawless weather. Now, he is stashing it away.
Wall Street Journal: Congress Poised to Reinstate Some Tax Breaks
- Congress looks set to avert a clash over tax policy with a temporary patch to reinstate dozens of tax breaks that expired earlier this year.
New York Times: A Low-Cost Alternative to Pricy Big Data on the Farm
- “I’d argue against the idea of a widening gap” between large and small farms, said Jesse Vollmar, co-founder and chief executive of FarmLogs, which makes smartphone-type software for the scheduling of farm tasks and analysis of yields. “There is a gap in management practices, but that is our reason to exist.”
Agri-Pulse: USDA to award $9.6 million to support advanced biofuel
- Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced USDA is making $5.6 million in grants to 220 producers across the nation to support the production of advanced biofuels.
Reuters: U.S. ethanol makers at record rate despite rare gasoline premium
- U.S. ethanol production is likely to continue at a record rate despite its rare premium to gasoline as cheap corn, high biofuel prices and even cool weather provide ideal conditions and strong profit margins.
Washington Times: South Bend ethanol plant to resume operating
- New owners of an ethanol plant on the southwest side of South Bend that shut down two years ago after its former owner filed for bankruptcy are hoping to begin operating it again by the middle of December, a city official says.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Agri-Pulse: Gourmet chefs turn heat up on mandatory GMO labels
- More than a dozen “celebrity” chefs met with Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., on Capitol Hill Tuesday to promote a federal mandate for GMO labeling.
Statesman Journal: GMO labeling recount under way
- Teams of volunteers across Oregon began hand-counting votes Tuesday morning on Measure 92, which would require genetically modified foods to be labeled.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Business Today: India inks deal with US for agriculture, food security
- India has entered into an agreement with the United States for cooperation in the field of agriculture and food security, Lok Sabha was informed on Tuesday.
Reuters: U.S. CFTC reopens comment period for 'position limit' proposal
- The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission on Monday again extended the amount of time the public can comment on its proposed rule to crack down on speculation in energy, grain and metal markets.
New York Times: The Disintegration of Rural China
- The peaceful and idyllic village I grew up in, like many of China’s rural towns, has been brought to ruins by the breakdown of traditional social norms that followed decades of failed policies and neglect by the state.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Associated Press: California falls short of water conservation goals
- The three-year drought gripping California has shrunk reservoirs, rivers, creeks and snowpack while leaving residents drawing heavily on underground aquifers to water everything from lawns to crops.
Financial Times: El Niño set to cause commodities worries
- Leading meteorologists are on the verge of declaring the emergence of the El Niño weather phenomenon after chances of its occurrence were downgraded earlier this year.
Los Angeles Times: Storm drenches California, but it's only a drop in state's drought
- The first major Pacific storm of the season drenched much of California on Tuesday, slaking a parched and dusty region, but still leaving the state deep in a historic drought.
New York Times: The Next Big Climate Question: Will India Follow China?
- One critical question now is whether India — the country that has stood by China’s side in climate talks and is now the world’s third-largest emitter — will follow suit in a meaningful way at the Lima negotiations. And there seems to be a surprisingly high chance that India will.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Washington Post: GOP readies Obama immigration response: No shutdown, but a nod to conservatives
- Recent success at the polls has done little to calm the internal rancor among congressional Republicans, who remain deeply divided over how to respond to President Obama’s overhaul of the nation’s immigration system.
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