Daily Harvest -- 12/14/2015
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Washington Week Ahead: COOL, GMO labeling, WOTUS rule hang in balance
- The fate of the country-of-origin labeling law for meat is hanging on a massive spending bill that could be released on Monday, and the food industry has been clinging to hopes that a measure preempting state GMO labeling laws also could be included.
Agri-Pulse: Open Mic with Rep. Collin Peterson, D-Minn.
- (Audio) Peterson, the ranking member of the House Agriculture Committee, identifies what he sees as two flaws in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and shares his thoughts on the Farm Credit System and the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal.
Agri-Pulse: Washington Week in Review: GMO labeling, COOL, WOTUS, and tax extenders
- (Video) As negotiators work to finalize an omnibus spending bill to avert a government shutdown, Agri-Pulse's Phil Brasher and Spencer Chase discuss which policy riders, including many important to agriculture, may be attached.
Agri-Pulse: Lower cotton production and prices
- (Audio) Unfavorable weather across the country contributed to yet another drop in cotton production this year.
Agri-Pulse: Seed licensing emerges as last-minute issue in spending talks
- The seed industry is scrambling to head off an effort by a small Mississippi company to use a year-end spending bill to renew its expired, patent-like protection for a variety of ryegrass.
Agri-Pulse: USDA to require permit for GE wheat field trials
- USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced Friday that as of Jan. 1, it will require developers of genetically engineered wheat varieties to apply for permits before conducting field trials.
International Business Times: After Paris Climate Agreement, Will Innovative Energy Projects Take Off? Historic Deal Calls For Hopeful Technology
- In the short run, there's likely to be an increased turn toward renewable energy sources, such as solar and wind power. Old arguments about the comparatively high costs of these energy sources no longer hold true.
CNN: Donald Trump launches first attacks against Ted Cruz
- Donald Trump on Friday launched his first attacks against Ted Cruz, questioning his commitment to ethanol subsidies and among other things.
Reuters: GM Buys Wind Power From EDP to Build Its Biggest SUVs
- Over the course of the 14-year deal, GM said it will avoid more than 1 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions by buying wind energy from EDP to power one of its Texas SUV factories.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Washington Post: Researchers fighting foodborne illness with bacteria
- Foodborne illnesses pose a serious health concern for consumers and a potentially devastating risk to the companies associated with outbreaks.
Washington Post: Bacteria are now resistant to a last-resort antibiotic
- (Opinion) The FDA wisely persuaded drugmakers to end sales of human antibiotics for growth promotion in animals by 2016. However, it will continue to permit the use of some antibiotics for disease prevention in animals that are not sick, and the FDA’s latest data show an uptick in antibiotic use on the farm.
Wall Street Journal: Amid Investor Thirst, Ripple Foods Brews Up Dairy-Free Milk
- Emeryville, Calif.-based Ripple Foods, formed by Adam Lowry and Neil Renninger, is working on a milk-like drink made from plants that it says offers more protein than almond- or rice-based milk.
Fortune: Why PepsiCo Is Letting its Yogurt Joint Venture Expire
- The pullback underscores the fact that although PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi has refocused the company around healthier offerings, profits still come largely from its less healthy choices – i.e., carbonated drinks and chips – compared to high-protein yogurt.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Yahoo News: Now comes the tough part: The world's carbon diet starts
- Nearly 200 nations across the world on Saturday approved a first-of-its-kind universal agreement to wean Earth off fossil fuels and slow global warming. On Sunday morning, the reality set in.
The Hill: President Obama's trade agenda faces huge hurdles
- The White House is battling suggestions that President Obama’s trade agenda is in jeopardy after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said it shouldn’t bother to send a Pacific Rim deal to Congress until after the elections.
The Australian: India move to export sugar threatens global price slump
- India is planning to dump a mountain of sugar on the world, and traders say the controversial move could knock the wind out of a global sugar market that is already grappling with a glut.
Reuters: French Bird Flu Outbreak Spreads to New Region
- France detected a case of H5N9 highly pathogenic bird flu on a farm with 1,500 ducks in the Pyrenees-Atlantiques region Friday.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Agri-Pulse: California GOP members stick a fork in talks over drought relief legislation
- A frustrated group of House Republicans from California today declared drought relief legislation for their parched state dead for the year.
Sacramento Bee: Southern California desalination plant will help ease water crunch, but price is steep
- A water desalination plant, with the capacity to pump 50 million gallons of fresh water a day – will open this week north of San Diego, helping the city meet 7 percent to 10 percent of its water demands and buffering the region against supply shortages for decades to come.
Colorado Public Radio: USDA Takes Climate Change Conversations To Colorado Farmers
- USDA's Northern Plains Climate Hub, which covers Colorado and five other states, is one of seven hubs launched in 2014 to offer region-specific advice and support to producers struggling with a changing climate.
Washington Times: Farmers being given opportunity to gain grazing insight
- A new program aims to show livestock farmers in three states how to best graze their way to healthier animals, increased profits and cleaner waterways.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
KQED News: Big Think: Farmworkers Should Own Part of the Farm
- A new pilot project in Fresno is setting up affordable mobile produce markets in low-income neighborhoods. The farmer behind the project says his business model - which provides the people who pick and package the food with their own a stake in the business and healthcare benefits - is the way of the future.
Washington Post: Man arrested after undercover video reveals alleged abuse at Perdue chicken supplier
- Typically agribusinesses accused of employing or allowing animal cruelty deny or downplay abuse documented in undercover videos. But that wasn't the case last week when a new video's target - Perdue - praised the resulting investigation of one of its facilities.
Agri-Pulse: Dow, DuPont announce 'merger of equals'
- Chemical giants Dow and DuPont have announced an all-stock merger that will create a new $130 billion company.
Associated Press: Groups say Wyoming land laws block them from gathering data
- A lawyer for a coalition of environmental, animal rights and other groups told a federal judge Friday that two new Wyoming laws improperly bar them from gathering information about the impact of agriculture and other industries on private and even public lands.
New York Times: Canine Flu Has Dog Owners Wondering if Fido Needs a Vaccine
- A vaccine for canine influenza virus H3N2, a mutation of the avian flu, has received conditional approval from USDA, which expedites licensing in emergency situations to avert epidemics.
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