Daily Harvest -- 1/6/2016
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Interview with AFBF Presidential Candidate Zippy Duvall
- (Audio) In the second of four interviews with candidates to replace outgoing Farm Bureau President Bob Stallman, Agri-Pulse's Spencer Chase talks with candidate Zippy Duvall. Also, a correction: In yesterday's Daily Harvest, we got the first name of candidate Barry Bushue wrong. We apologize to Mr. Bushue and our readers.
American Agriculturist: USFRA launches foundation focused on ag education
- U.S. Farming and Ranching Foundation is result of a collaborative effort, said USFRF inaugural Chairman Jim Blome, who is also President & CEO of Bayer CropScience LP.
Agri-Pulse: From solar to biofuels, renewable energy poised to soar in 2016
- (Subscriber only) Thanks to the Paris climate agreement, Congress extending vital tax breaks for renewables, and EPA's pro-renewables Clean Power Plan, Ernie Shea, president of Solutions from
the Land, sees great progress and great opportunities.
Agri-Pulse: Ethanol backers stalking Cruz bus tour in Iowa
- “Ted Cruz's policy in the White House would be as it's always been for him - devastate Iowa's farmers and its economy in order to pad the pockets of the oil industry,” said Eric Branstad, state director of America's Renewable Future.
Reuters: Oil prices edge higher after dropping to near 11-year lows
- A rift between Saudi Arabia and Iran over the Saudi execution of a Shi'ite cleric failed to boost prices this week, as it appeared to put an end to speculation that OPEC members could agree on
production cuts to lift prices.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Agri-Pulse: John Block takes on Chipotle Mexican Grill
- (Audio) The chain's "food with integrity" has proven to be worse for you than its competitors'.
Medical News Today: School meals more nutritious, thanks to revised standards
- Millions of children across the U.S. have benefited from more nutritious school meals as a result of the Healthy Hungry-Free Kids Act, according to a new study published in JAMA Pediatrics.
Washington Post: The myth of healthy fast food: One chain’s salad has more fat than a Big Mac
- Healthy chains do use more vegetables, fruit, beans and whole grains. But to keep us coming back for more, they rely on the junk-food trinity of fat, salt and sugar.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
AgWeb.com: Clock is ticking on South American crop
- Between the weather reports from Brazil and the trade policy changes in Argentina, many are wondering how to handicap the South American corn and soybean crops this year—and its effects
on U.S. prices.
The Western Producer: South Korea lifts ban on Canadian beef
- The Asian country had imposed the ban when Canada reported a case of BSE in a cow tested last February.
Wall Street Journal (India): How Robust Is India’s Growth? It’s Up to the Government, Says HSBC
- Agriculture, which employs a large part of the country’s population, is showing weakness. Mining, construction and communications services also aren’t doing well.
AllAfrica.com: Kenya On the Verge of Adopting GM Cotton, Maize
- The country is in the last stage of adopting genetically modified organisms if an application to secure a licence to supply cotton seeds is approved.
VenezuelaAnalysis.com: Venezuela Passes Law Banning GMOs, by Popular Demand
- President Nicolas Maduro said the new seed law provides the conditions to produce food “under an agro-ecological model that respects the pacha mama (mother earth) and the right of our children to grow up healthy, eating healthy.”
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Wisconsin Public Radio: Groups groups push feds on monarch butterfly protections
- Two environmental groups are threatening to sue the Fish and Wildlife Service over its failure to decide whether monarch butterflies deserve to be listed under the Endangered Species Act.
AP: Levees among possible cause of more frequent flooding
- "Prior to levee building, the river was a wild thing and it spread out between the river bluffs," says Richard Knaup, veteran emergency management director for southeast Missouri's Cape Girardeau County. "Now we've tried to tame it. Mother Nature and Old Man River will fight back."
Des Moines Register: Water quality would get $4.7B in school tax diversion
- USDA Secy. Tom Vilsack joined Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad as the governor announced a plan to shift $4.7 billion in projected state sales tax receipts from school building projects to water quality initiatives over a 32-year period.
AP: Des Moines Water Works sets record for nitrate removal operation in 2015: 177 days
- The utility that provides water to 500,000 Des Moines customers says it cost $1.5 million to run the equipment.
AP: BuRec to consider alternative to Yellowstone River dam near Montana-N.D. border
- Whatever option is selected must balance mandatory protections for pallid sturgeon under the Endangered Species Act with an irrigation project serving almost 400 farms that was authorized by Congress.
AP: The Latest: 7,100 buildings in Missouri affected by flooding
- The floodwaters could include such things as farm chemicals, as well as livestock waste, industrial chemicals, dead animals, gasoline and railroad toxins.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Yakima Herald: Farm labor group says wage-rate survey was biased
- Just before Christmas, the state Employment Security Department said its survey had been influenced by answers that WAFLA, the group formerly known as the Washington Farm Labor
Association, had provided to growers in an effort to keep wages low.
Richmond County (N.C.) Daily Journal: Chicken abuser convicted; Perdue severs ties with Deese Farms
- Danny Cajija Miranda, 22, pleaded guilty to consolidated charges on three counts of misdemeanor cruelty to animals on Monday. He was sentenced to 45 days behind bars.
Reuters: Dueling Trump and Cruz immigration ads… in New Hampshire
- Cruz responded to Trump’s ad on Tuesday with an immigration-themed commercial of his own appealing to voters’ economic sensibilities, rather than security fears. It's only airing in New
AP: Ore. occupiers seek turnover of federal lands to local control
- Ammon Bundy told reporters at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge that ranchers, loggers and farmers should have control of federal land – a common refrain in a decades-long fight over
public lands in the West.
AP: Clinton trying to light fire among Iowa activists
- “Nobody’s complacent because of the 2007 and 2008 experience. This is not a done deal,” said Agriculture Secretary and former Iowa governor Tom Vilsack, who introduced Clinton at events on
Sacramento Bee: Farmer reaches plea deal
- Andrew Watkins, 49, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of assault of a federal officer and will have to pay a fine of $10,000 to $25,000 and remain on probation for four years under the
deal, which must be approved by a federal judge. The man he drew the gun on was a Fish and Wildlife Service agent conducting an investigation into possible Endangered Species Act violations.
AP: Investment firm to acquire Mills Fleet Farm
- Headquartered in Brainerd, Minn., the company operates 35 stores in rural communities and suburbs in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa and North Dakota. It sells hunting, fishing and sporting
goods, as well as clothing and farm animal supplies.
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