Daily Harvest -- 12/24/2015
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Southeast Farm Press: A joke about drunken friends reminds me of current farm policy
- (Opinion) We have a farm bill, and we need it. But I’m reminded of a joke I’ve heard most of my life when I think about current farm policy.
Dairy Herd Management: U.S. faces an aging farm population
- An aging American farm population, the need to successfully transition land ownership from senior farmers to new industry entrants, and providing support and training for these beginning farmers, are top concerns for the future of the American farming industry.
Post and Courier: S.C. House budget chief promises to try to bail out farmers
- The chairman of the South Carolina House's budget-writing committee said he plans to propose aiding the state’s farmers who are facing a lean year or even bankruptcy after historic rains and floods in October wiped out their crops.
AP: Regulators deny appeal of central Illinois transmission line
- State regulators have refused to reconsider their approval of a high-voltage electricity transmission line that would cross parts of nine central Illinois counties. Pike and Scott County Farm Bureau Director Blake Roderick says opponents will likely challenge the decision.
AP: Energy stocks roar higher as oil prices rebound from lows
- Stocks advanced for a third consecutive day on Wednesday, once again helped by higher oil prices, which lifted shares in oil and gas companies
FOOD & NUTRITION
Agri-Pulse: U.S. hog inventory at record high, USDA report shows
- The U.S. hog and pig inventory stood at 63.8 million head as of Dec. 1, the highest number since quarterly estimates began in 1988, USDA said today in a report.
Lansing State Journal: Ban lifted in Michigan on poultry shows
- The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development on Wednesday said it decided to lift the ban after evaluating the status of the U.S. outbreak.
LegalNewsline: Chipotle faces suit over alleged GMOs in corn products
- Fla. residents filed a class-action lawsuit Dec. 11 in federal court in Fort Lauderdale against Chipotle Mexican Grill, alleging that Chipotle's corn chips, corn tortillas, and other corn products do in fact contain GMO corn.
AP: Boston Chipotle cleared to reopen after 136 got norovirus
- Mayor Marty Walsh’s administration says the Chipotle near Boston College passed inspection Wednesday and can reopen Thursday.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Agri-Pulse: USDA trade mission spurs record ethanol exports to China
- USDA announced a dramatic increase in ethanol exports to China this year, following a USDA-led trade mission to the Asian nation in 2014.
N.Y. Times: Norfolk Southern Rejects Canadian Pacific’s Third Offer
- Some shipping organizations have opposed the combination. Other associations in the agriculture and manufacturing industries have voiced similar concerns.
WNAX: Farm Leader Backs WTO Multilateral Agreement
- South Dakota Farm Bureau President Scott Vanderwal says the agreement is good for U.S. agriculture.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Agri-Pulse: USDA scientist who filed whistleblower complaint to talk settlement with ARS
- A USDA senior research entomologist can proceed with a whistleblower complaint alleging he was punished for publishing research that found neonicotinoid insecticides harm pollinators such as bees and monarch butterflies.
Agri-Pulse: Happy 30th birthday to the CRP
- (Audio) Since 1985, more than 170,000 miles of streams have been protected and more than 8 billion tons of soils have been kept from eroding.
AP: Virginia program recycling more pesticide containers
- The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services says a recycling program that safely disposes of pesticide containers is growing.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Agri-Pulse: Deportations down sharply amid enforcement shift
- Immigration and Customs Enforcement reported removing or returning 235,413 individuals in fiscal 2015, down from 315,943 in fiscal 2014 and 368,644 in 2013.
Washington Post: U.S. plans raids to deport families who surged across border
- Homeland Security officials have begun preparing for raids that would target hundreds of families who have flocked to the U.S. since the start of 2014, according to people familiar with the operation. The campaign could begin in early January.
BloombergView: Low-Skilled Immigrants Don't Drag Down the U.S.
- (Opinion) The fact is, most immigrants prosper.
Topeka Capital-Journal: Kansas Livestock Association endorses Hueklsamp's challenger
- “Kansas agriculture was without representation on the last Farm Bill after nearly a century of inclusion on the U.S. House Agriculture Committee. It cannot risk another Farm Bill without having a voice,” said KLA president Matt Perrier in a news release.
PrecisionAg.com: Pioneer, Trimble Announce Encirca-Connected Farm Integration
- DuPont Pioneer and Trimble today announced a collaborative effort to give growers increased access to field data to help improve their productivity and profitability acre-by-acre.
McClatchy: For Kansas members of Congress, millionaire’s club is senators-only
- Republican Sens. Pat Roberts and Jerry Moran are the only Kansas lawmakers on Capitol Hill with an estimated net worth of more than $1 million, according to an analysis of 2014 personal financial disclosures by the Center for Responsive Politics, a nonpartisan watchdog group that tracks Washington influence.
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