Daily Harvest News Service
Daily Harvest -- 12/3/2015
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Agri-Pulse: House Ag Committee puts Farm Credit under microscope
Link - House Agriculture Committee members used a Wednesday hearing to see if the Farm Credit System (FCS) is abiding by its mission, because members of the banking community aren't sure if that's the case.

Reuters: Syngenta wins USDA regulatory approval for GMO corn trait
Link - Syngenta AG on Wednesday cleared one U.S. regulatory hurdle toward domestic marketing of corn seeds containing a trait that is genetically engineered to resist weed killers including glyphosate.

News & Observer: Democrat challenges Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler again
Link - Democrat Walter Smith is making a second bid for state agriculture commissioner. Smith, a Yadkinville poultry farmer and former mayor of Boonville, filed Wednesday to run against incumbent Republican Steve Troxler. Smith lost to Troxler in 2012 with 47 percent of the vote. 'Dairy summit' brainstorms ways to lure more milk processors and farms
Link - With its abundant water, feed and land, Nebraska is an ideal place to locate a dairy. And, with droughts and regulations forcing scores of dairies to move from California — until recently, the nation’s top milk producer — it’s a prime time to put out the welcome mat.


Wall Street Journal: Lawyers Head to New Orleans for Volkswagen Hearing
Link - Plaintiffs’ lawyers are flocking to New Orleans this week to position themselves to play a role in the massive litigation surrounding Volkswagen’s diesel emissions scandal.

Grand Forks Herald: Wind farm approved for Tioga
Link - The North Dakota Public Service Commission approved Wednesday a wind farm north of Tioga, the first wind farm for oil-rich northwest North Dakota that had area residents divided at a recent hearing.

PBS NewsHour: Mexican wind farm sending power to U.S. comes under fire
Link - As world leaders focus on climate change this week, we look to the sky and a first-of-its-kind partnership to deliver renewable energy across borders.


Agri-Pulse: Food industry launches phone-based GMO disclosure amid labeling battle
Link - The food industry is launching a smartphone-based system that companies hope will satisfy consumer demands for information about genetically engineered ingredients, livestock production methods and other product attributes.

Food Safety News: Chipotle Still Feeling Pain After E. Coli Outbreak of Unknown Origin
Link - Companies pay for food safety transgressions in a variety of ways. Victims sue for damages, and regulators take civil, and sometimes criminal, actions. For publicly traded companies, nothing churns their executive stomach acid more than waiting to see if the stock price will come back.

CBS News: Monsanto chief on GMO debate, transparency
Link - The Grocery Manufacturers Association says up to 80 percent of processed food sold in the U.S. is genetically modified, and most of it is not labeled.

Wall Street Journal: Creating Oases in New York City’s ‘Food Deserts’
Link - Farms are being built at public housing sites in New York City to grow produce for communities with limited access to healthy food.

New York Times: Are Genetically Engineered Salmon Too Fishy?
Link - (Opinion) Is the F.D.A.’s approval a sign of scientific progress, or a danger to consumers and the environment?

Bloomberg: McDonald's Said to Face EU Probe Into Luxembourg Tax Deals
Link - McDonald’s Corp. faces a European Union investigation into its fiscal arrangements with Luxembourg, weeks after regulators ordered Starbucks Corp. and a Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV unit to repay millions of euros of unfair tax subsidies, according to two people familiar with the case.


ABC News: The Latest: India, Brazil resist bid for new carbon goals
Link - India and Brazil are resisting attempts to introduce a long-term goal on reducing global carbon emissions in the climate deal being negotiated in Paris.

Washington Post: At Paris climate summit, environmentalists lobby against Trans-Pacific trade deal
Link - Environmental activists are traveling to Paris this week, using the global climate conference as a platform to oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the trade deal they say undermines the summit’s goals.

ABC News: Legal limbo awaits millions of future ‘climate refugees’
Link - A study in November suggested 470 million to 760 million people worldwide could lose their land to rising seas in this century if global warming is allowed to continue unchecked.

Wall Street Journal: Drones in China Will Soon Face Less-Friendly Skies
Link - Drone hobbyists in China often fly their wares with near-reckless abandon, wowing onlookers but also angering airlines and government officials who fear mounting safety risks posed by the proliferation of unmanned aerial vehicles.


Agri-Pulse: White House resisting WOTUS provision, appropriator says
Link - The White House is trying to protect its waters of the United States rule during negotiations over a government-wide funding bill for fiscal 2016, a senior House appropriator says.

Agri-Pulse: Sharing information key in fight against climate change, USDA's Harden says
Link - While world leaders negotiate in Paris over how to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions, USDA Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden talked with members of the Senate Agriculture Committee Wednesday about how climate change threatens food security in similar ways across the globe.

Agri-Pulse: U.S. farm leaders push 'Climate-Smart Ag' in Paris
Link - Leaders of the North American Climate Smart Agriculture Alliance told policy makers and others attending the international climate talks in Paris today that farming can provide impactful and measurable contributions to global efforts to reverse climate change.

Agri-Pulse: USDA report details climate change threat to U.S. and global agriculture
Link - The USDA today unveiled a new report warning that global warming will continue to cut agricultural production in the U.S. and around the world

Agri-Pulse: U.S. agriculture in spotlight at COP21
Link - (Audio) Agriculture was in the spotlight at the Climate Summit in Paris this week.

KCRA Sacramento: California water supplies not looking good for 2016
Link - State officials say dozens of water agencies may only receive 10 percent of expected supplies, half of what they received last year through California's massive system of reservoirs and canals.

Washington Post: New research confirms that sowing doubt about climate change is devastatingly effective
Link - For some time, social science researchers have been studying an oddity about the U.S. — compared with many other nations, we’re a hotbed of global warming doubt and denial.


USA Today: Supreme Court timetable gives President Obama an opening on immigration
Link - The Supreme Court moved President Obama a step closer Tuesday to getting a final verdict before leaving office on his plan to protect more than 4 million undocumented immigrants from threatened deportation.

Breitbart: Ted Cruz on Immigration: I’ll Appoint Trump to Build the Wall When I’m Elected
Link - Senator and Presidential hopeful Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) insists that if elected, he’ll secure America’s southern border by building a wall. But not him personally.


New York Times: If Readers Had $45 Billion to Donate, This Is What They Would Support
Link - If they had $45 billion to spend, what charities or causes would they support? We received hundreds of responses from readers around the world.

Lohud: Does your town have its own farm brewery?
Link - New York added 43 farm breweries this year, bringing the total to 106, as state laws have made it easier for them to open.

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