Daily Harvest -- 12/24/2013
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: USDA: Mr. Claus 'issued permit' to bring reindeer into U.S.
- Just in case you were worried about regulatory issues getting in Santa’s way on Christmas eve, USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has issued a movement permit to one Mr. S. Claus of the North Pole, subject to certain conditions.
Argus Leader: 'Prospects look great' for passing farm bill
- South Dakota delegation says farm bill will top congressional agenda in January.
Agri-Pulse: Vilsack: China urged to streamline biotech approval process in Beijing talks
- USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack says he and Chinese leaders discussed the streamlining of that country's biotech approval process and other issues during trade talks in Beijing.
Wall Street Journal: Farmers Warm to Soybeans After Bumper Corn Crop
- Paul Schickler, president of DuPont Pioneer, said that record corn supplies, pushing the grain's price to its lowest level in three years, are prompting some farmers to consider planting more soybeans next year.
Agri-Pulse (Audio): Ten years since the Cow that stole Christmas
- It’s been a long road back to regain lost export markets for the beef industry, according to NCBA’s Kendal Frazier.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Financial Times: Demand for healthy lifestyles boosts nuts
- (Subscriber only) Growers and traders celebrate a year of high demand and rallying prices for treenuts, such as almonds, walnuts, pecans and cashews.
Food Safety News: Superbugs and Other Nonsense
- Former USDA official Dr. Richard Raymond responds to Consumer Reports article entitled, “The high cost of cheap chicken,” and allegations of superbugs.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Financial Times: Mike Froman upbeat on US effectiveness in global trade talks
- (Subscriber only) In an interview with the Financial Times last week, Froman rattled off the highlights of his tenure so far, providing an update on key trade negotiations.
Financial Times: Trade tussle brews as EU beer industry challenges US excise rules
- (Subscriber only) European brewers are pushing for EU officials to tackle what they say amounts to tax discrimination in the US as part of a new transatlantic trade deal for which negotiations are building up steam.
ABC Rural: Grain industry should take lead on stocks info: report
- While it's not exactly the Christmas present growers were hoping for, grower groups say it is a good first step towards addressing a concern they've been raising ever since the beginning of the wheat export deregulation process in 2008.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Wall Street Journal: Wind Farms in Maine Stir a Power Struggle
- This state's tree-filled hinterlands, long known for producing forest products and potatoes, are also suited for an export that has churned up debate in the northeast: wind power.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
PBS: Will 2014 yield immigration reform?
- Judy Woodruff explores whether or not a year's worth of failed negotiations on immigration reform can yield clues to its prospects for 2014.
The Hill: Poll: Miss. Sen. Cochran leads Tea Party foe by double digits
- In new poll, Sen. Thad Cochran leads Mississippi state Sen. Chris McDaniel (R) with a strong but not insurmountable lead.
Agri-Pulse: A 'Duck Dynasty' star to speak at Farm Bureau Convention
- The show's "beardless brother," will be a keynote speaker at the American Farm Bureau Federation's (AFBF) 95th Annual Convention next month in San Antonio
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