Daily Harvest -- 12/12/2014
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: House approves spending bill to avert shutdown
- The House tonight averted a government shutdown by narrowly passing a sweeping government-wide spending bill over a revolt by Democrats and conservative Republicans.
Agri-Pulse: Senate saves tax extenders bill to last
- A House-passed bill extending a series of expired tax breaks is likely to be the last thing the Senate does before adjourning for the year.
Agri-Pulse: Chief Economist Joe Glauber to leave USDA
- USDA Chief Economist Joe Glauber is set to retire from federal service, the agency announced today.
Agri-Pulse: Stabenow: Let's stay together
- (Subscriber only) One of the most important lessons learned from the 2014 farm bill is that “success comes from broad coalitions of diverse interests,” Stabenow said. It was a coalition that included everyone from sportsmen ……to healthy food advocates…..to clean energy producers.
Agri-Pulse: EPA report seeking comments on value of neonics
- (Audio) The agriculture industry is working to show the benefits of neonicotinoids in the face of an EPA report released a few months ago concluded that he seed treatments provide little or no overall benefits to soybean production.
Washington Post: USDA sees higher corn, soybean demand in report
- Aside from increased demand for corn to make food sweeteners and a boost in soybean exports, the U.S. Department of Agriculture made few adjustments to Wednesday’s crop update.
The Economist: Farming in the Midwest: Of tech and troughs
- Carl Zulauf of Ohio State University sees two trends in American farming. One is the growth of local microfarms for picky posh people. The other is the success of high-tech big farms that produce cheap food for everyone else, as well as plant-based fuels and chemicals.
Portland Business Journal: GMO labeling backers concede defeat
- The Yes on Measure 92 campaign conceded defeat Thursday, acknowledging that the initial results of the November general election wills rand.
Politico: Major Nebraska ruling on Keystone coming tomorrow?
- The Nebraska Supreme Court could rule as soon as Friday on a legal challenge to Keystone XL’s proposed route through the state, potentially putting the issue back in the hands of President Barack Obama.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Business Insider: Uber Has A Huge Opportunity To Disrupt The Food Delivery Industry
- Uber has been experimenting with a food delivery service called UberFRESH this week. It's promising to deliver dinner from a few Los Angeles restaurants in under 10 minutes, and it launched a one-day promotion in various US cities to deliver lunch from local restaurants in the same amount of time.
Washington Post: Think your milk and eggs are ‘organic’? These aerial farm photos will make you think again.
- The cows that produce the nation's organic milk spend their days ruminating happily on an idyllic green pasture, usually beside an iconic red barn. That, at least, is what the ubiquitous marketing would tell you.
Bloomberg: Milk Glut Spurs Price Slump in Win for U.S. Butter Eaters
- Milk is flowing like never before in the U.S., where dairies have expanded output enough to send wholesale prices plunging from an all-time high in September.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Wall Street Journal: Obama Upbeat on Reaching Trade Deals
- President Barack Obama said he had growing confidence in his ability to close trade agreements in his last two years in office, putting odds at reaching a deal on the Trans Pacific Partnership with Asian and Pacific nations at more than 50/50 — while also saying he would ensure an “even playing field” for U.S. companies and workers.
Reuters: Pacific trade pact chances 'significantly' better than 50-50: Obama
- Chances that U.S. negotiators can bring home a strong trade deal with Asia-Pacific countries are now much better than 50-50, U.S. President Barack Obama said on Thursday.
The Hill: Froman says trade remains bipartisan issue
- The top U.S. trade official said Thursday that Republican support for trade is encouraging for the White House’s ambitious agenda.
The Australian: Abe silent on Trans-Pacific Partnership free-trade agreement
- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has described this Sunday’s general election as a referendum on Abenomics, but during weeks of campaigning he has barely mentioned a key element of that pro-growth program: the Trans-Pacific Partnership free-trade agreement.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Bloomberg: California Would Need Five More Deluges to Quell Drought
- The slow-moving storm drenching northern California is causing flooding and power outages, yet winter would need to bring at least five more storms of this magnitude to the mountains for meteorologists to declare an end to the drought.
Los Angeles Times: As Southland braces for storm, evacuations urged in some areas
- As a powerful storm system swept into Southern California on Thursday night, bringing the potential for up to 4 inches of rain and wind gusts as high as 70 mph, communities and public agencies were preparing for the worst with road closures, evacuation orders and emergency shelters.
Associated Press: Flap Over Sage Grouse Spurs Congress to Intervene
- Congress is poised to make an end-run around the Endangered Species Act with a legislative rider on a massive spending bill that would delay protections for several struggling bird populations in the Western U.S.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Iowa Public Radio: Report: Obama's Immigration Action Won't Help Agriculture Much
- A new report says President Obama’s executive action on immigration likely won’t have a huge impact on Midwest agriculture.
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