Daily Harvest -- 12/8/2014
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Washington Week Ahead: Lawmakers hurry to avert government shutdown
- Lawmakers are hurrying to wrap up work on spending legislation before the temporary measure that is currently funding the government expires on Thursday.
Agri-Pulse: Open Mic with Cong. Frank Lucas
- (Audio) House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas persevered with agriculture groups and congressional leaders to bring a new farm bill to law. In the 114th Congress, Lucas says he'll be diligent to protect funding for the risk management tools he sees essential for the nation's farmers and ranchers.
Agri-Pulse: Dairy producers have more time to consider new program
- (Audio) Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack gave dairy producers an extension on the deadline for enrollment in the margin protection program to Dec. 19.
Agri-Pulse: Agriculture Committee Chairman and Ranking Member Discuss Recent and Future Farm Bills
- (Video) House Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Collin Peterson, D-Minn., and outgoing Chairman Frank Lucas, R-Okla., reflect on the passage of the 2014 Farm Bill - signed into law in February - and the future for a new farm bill once current legislation expires.
Wall Street Journal: Rookie Farmers Get the Dirt on How to Make It Work
- At a two-day conference last week in New York’s Hudson Valley, Tyler Dennis was among the 250 attendees picking up pointers on how to make a living from the land.
Brownfield: Crop insurance could be target for cuts
- The chief lobbyist for the American Farm Bureau Federation, Mary Kay Thatcher, says crop insurance could be a major target as Congress begins work on a federal budget in 2015.
Reuters: Harsh winter could reverse post-harvest grain freight slump
- U.S. grain transportation costs have slumped to multi-year lows as last winter's weather-related shipping problems have so far failed to materialize, but even a modest cold snap could still overwhelm the nation's train, barge and truck network and send costs soaring again.
The Hill: Reid indicates Senate might not pass House tax extender bill
- Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Thursday night that the Senate might not be able to pass the House tax extenders bill before the end of the year.
Epoch Times: Struggling Farmers Say Fracking Can Help to Save Their Farms
- Even though farmers are among the largest landowners in the state, they are not necessarily the wealthiest. Actually, many farmers have been struggling to keep their farms, ever since the economic downturn of 2008, and things have not gotten much better for some farmers.
South Coast Today: Global warming's solution in wind energy, report says
- Standing before South Terminal on a chilly December day, city and nonprofit officials announced a new report promoting wind energy as a partial remedy for global warming.
New York Times: Energy Firms in Secretive Alliance With Attorneys General
- The letter to the Environmental Protection Agency from Attorney General Scott Pruitt of Oklahoma carried a blunt accusation: Federal regulators were grossly overestimating the amount of air pollution caused by energy companies drilling new natural gas wells in his state.
Washington Post: Why the world missed the oil price crash
- A new age of low-price oil, with OPEC on the sidelines, is upon us, experts declared — and everyone has to adapt.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Associated Press: GOP Makes Final Push for School Lunch Waiver
- House Republicans are making a final push this month to give schools a temporary break from healthier school meal standards.
Statesman Journal: GMO labeling campaign claims opponents playing dirty
- The No on 92 Coalition attempted to place out-of-state election observers in at least four Oregon counties Tuesday, in violation of state law, proponents are complaining.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Wall Street Journal: U.S. Sugar Soars Above World Prices
- A strong, sweet smell emanates from the office-cum-factory of PEZ Candy Inc., where colorful pellet-size treats are molded and packaged with their signature flip-top dispensers. But the bitter truth is that the price of PEZ is going up.
Bloomberg: Second Abe Poll Win Would Jump Start Reform Drive, Aide Says
- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe would view a victory in next week’s election as an endorsement of his economic policies and speed up reforms that have fallen behind schedule, a top aide said in an interview.
Japan Times: TPP talks get back underway in Washington
- Chief negotiators from 12 countries involved in the Trans-Pacific Partnership initiative resumed negotiations in Washington after their leaders reaffirmed last month they will conclude an agreement as soon as possible.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Reuters: Better policy, finance needed to balance forests and farming - experts
- Initiatives balancing protection for forests and other natural resources with the interests of farmers need more political and financial support if they are to advance the fight against climate change, experts said on Saturday.
Financial Times: UN climate talks call future of energy majors into question
- ExxonMobil and Shell would cease to exist in their current forms in 35 years under measures UN negotiators are considering for a legally binding global climate pact to be sealed in Paris next year.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Los Angeles Times: Hardship on Mexico's farms, a bounty for U.S. tables
- A Times reporter and photographer find that thousands of laborers at Mexico's mega-farms endure harsh conditions and exploitation while supplying produce for American consumers.
National Journal: Mary Landrieu Loses in Louisiana
- Rep. Bill Cassidy defeated three-term Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu in Louisiana's Senate runoff election Saturday night, stretching the GOP's 2014 gains to nine seats and giving the party 54 senators starting next year.
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