Daily Harvest -- 1/5/2016
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Beef checkoff changes will have to wait
- (Subscriber only) While a coalition of cattle organizations agreed to work toward changes on the national beef checkoff last year, it looks like Congress may not get to vote on the proposed changes until the next farm bill.
Agri-Pulse: AFBF Presidential Candidate: Barry Bushue
- (Audio) In the first of four interviews with candidates to replace outgoing AFBF President Bob Stallman, Bob Bushue speaks with Agri-Pulse.
Grist: The disturbing lack of black organic farmers
- “We have to first support black farmers keeping their land and not getting denied support to keep their farms running,” said Natasha Bowens, author of The Color of Food. “Once those big issues are fixed, then we can start talking about getting them into organic farming.”
Washington Post: Around the country, organic farmers are pushing for "GE-free" zones
- Jackson County, Oregon, is at least the eighth county in the country to create an ordinance prohibiting the cultivation of genetically engineered crops, and efforts are springing up to pass similar measures in other places.
N.Y. Times: Oil Market Settles Lower, Taking Iran-Saudi Dispute in Stride
- The moderate price reaction to a feud between two of the world’s major oil producers shows how much the dynamics of the oil market have changed in the last two years.
Daily Caller: In 2015, Republicans Warmed Up To Energy Reform
- (Opinion) In January, just hours after President Barack Obama attacked Republicans in his State of the Union address for dodging the issue of climate change, fifteen Republicans voted with Democrats to affirm that global warming is “real and not a hoax.”
FOOD & NUTRITION
Agri-Pulse: Bipartisan panel recommends SNAP drink ban, job aid
- The report by the National Commission on Hunger also suggests Congress and the Agriculture Department take steps that encourage recipients to find jobs or to increase their earnings.
Tennessean: New Year's resolution: Reducing food waste
- Food waste and food loss account for about 31 percent of the overall food supply available to consumers and retailers, the USDA reports. That’s 133 billion pounds and $161 billion worth of food per year.
National Hog Farmer: APHIS updates swine enteric coronavirus diseases order
- The updated order will do several things, including changing how APHIS uses emergency funding it received in 2014. APHIS has reprioritized its needs going forward and will focus all remaining SECD funds toward diagnostic testing.
Hoosier Ag Today: New Agribusinesses Coming to Indiana in 2016
- The director of the state's Agriculture Department, Ted McKinney, says, “We are on the cusp of announcing at least two new dairy processing plants and perhaps even a third.”
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Agri-Pulse: Ball still in South Africa's court on trade bans
- South Africa has made no apparent progress toward removing its trade bans on U.S. poultry, pork and beef imports, despite an ultimatum to repeal them months ago from President Barack Obama and years of pressure from the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative.
Washington Post: In Cuba, Virginia governor touts his state’s pork, wine -- and seaport
- Terry McAuliffe traveled to the island nation Sunday to pitch Virginia products to the communist nation. The governor’s aggressive efforts to expand and diversify Virginia’s defense-heavy economy have taken him to the Middle East, Asia, India and Europe.
Queensland Country Life: Australia's Greens mull rethink on GM crop policy
- Despite GM crops being grown across much of the country, the Greens hold a long-standing policy position opposing GM crop production. The party's leader says that is being reconsidered.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Sacramento Bee: California's endangered designation of gray wolf threatens livestock
- (Opinion) Last month's listing will hamstring landowners’ efforts to safeguard their livestock and livelihoods if gray wolves begin to establish themselves after a long absence from the state.
New Yorker: The Next Great Famine
- (Opinion) The best models we have now project that, as a consequence of climate change, the frequency of extreme-weather events, from superstorms to droughts, will increase sharply.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Western Farm Press: Farmers watch Calif. ALRB agency crumble
- (Opinion) Instead of growing in grace and performing its duties impartially, the Agricultural Labor Relations Board is becoming a laughingstock and a bloated bureaucracy. The purpose of the ALR act and the board that oversees it is to allow the state's 500,000 or more farm workers to hold secret ballot elections at their work sites to determine if they want to be represented by unions.
Santa Cruz IndyMedia: Community Members in Watsonville Demonstrate in Support of Driscoll's Berry Boycott
- The boycott of Driscoll's has been initiated in response to the allegedly poor treatment of farmworkers who grow their berries in San Quintin, Mexico, as well as at Sakuma Bros. Berry Farm in Burlington, Washington.
N.Y. Times: Cautious Response to Armed Oregon Protest
- The federal government appeared content, for now, to monitor the situation and wait out the protesters.
AgWeek: N.D.'s Zahradka wins top FFA honor
- The American Star in Agriscience award, which Justin Zahradka received at the organization’s recent annual convention, is one of the group’s four highest awards. His work involved research into cover crops, which he studied on his own small-scale farming operation near Lawton.
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