Daily Harvest -- 1/7/2016
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Interview with AFBF Presidential Candidate Kevin Rogers
- (Audio) In the third of four interviews with candidates to replace outgoing Farm Bureau President Bob Stallman, Agri-Pulse's Spencer Chase speaks with Kevin Rogers.
Agri-Pulse: Cruz hits back on ethanol, pledges to boost market
- GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz is assuring Iowa farmers that he'll push to increase ethanol usage but refuses to back off his position that the federal biofuel mandate should be phased out.
Agri-Pulse: Vilsack raises legal concern about cotton subsidies, says decision due "very soon"
- The industry, struggling to deal with a sharp decline in cotton prices, is asking USDA to allow cottonseed to qualify as an oilseed under the new Price Loss Coverage and Agriculture Risk Coverage
programs created by the 2014 farm bill.
Agri-Pulse: API's "State of American Energy" report calls for less red tape
- (Subscriber only) While praising Congress' recent decision to lift the 40-year-old ban on crude oil exports, American Petroleum Institute chief Jack Gerard had sharp criticism for several administration policies, including the Renewable Fuel Standard and EPA's Clean Power Plan.
Agri-Pulse: Distributed energy devices may create a more robust grid
- (Subscriber only) A team of researchers led by DOE's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is proposing a unique solution to the problem of balancing power supply and demand: Employ the millions of distributed energy resources that already exist, such as solar panels on rooftops and heating and cooling systems in buildings, to balance the power grid, increase reliability and decrease carbon emissions.
Agri-Pulse: In 2016, EPA "hitting the ground running," McCarthy says
- (Subscriber only) In a blog post, the EPA head said the agency would work to implement its Clean Power Plan, under attack in the courts by more than two dozen states and a bevy of companies and trade associations.
FOOD & NUTRITION
USA Today: Chipotle's food safety woes lead to criminal investigation, sales slide
- Sales at restaurants open at least a year slid 30% in December. Meanwhile, Chipotle also said it has been served with a federal grand jury subpoena over an August norovirus episode in California.
U.S. News & World Report: New U.S. Dietary Guidelines: Love ‘Em or Shove ‘Em?
- More than recommendations, the guidelines have an immense impact on federal nutrition policies and food choices for health-conscious consumers. Concern over widespread obesity and chronic diseases, preventable with a healthy diet and physical activity, helped drive the upcoming version.
AP: Wegmans Recalls 1,000 Pounds of Chicken Shipped to 6 States
- A federal inspector found that Rochester, New York-based Wegmans altered its production schedule and produced chicken products outside the approved hours of operation. Chicken products produced on Sunday were never inspected.
Minneapolis Star-Tribune: General Mills buys maker of premium snack bars
- In dollars, the purchase of Austin, Texas-based Epic Provisions is minor for General Mills. But the deal announced Wednesday speaks volumes about big changes sweeping through the packaged food industry.
Washington Monthly: Lettuce Pray
- A consolidated food industry brings you salad and chicken nuggets cheaper—and spreads deadly food-borne pathogens farther.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
BloombergBusiness: South African Farmers See Pain as U.S. Trade Deal Unravels
- South Africa missed a Dec. 31 deadline to remove barriers on beef and chicken imports from the U.S., placing it at risk of losing "the crown jewel of our markets,” Piet Smit, a citrus farmer in the southwestern town of Citrusdal, said.
Reuters: Chinese farmers are illegally growing GMO corn: Greenpeace
- The new findings seem to confirm concerns that Beijing will be unable to supervise the planting of GMO crops once commercial cultivation is permitted, leading to widespread contamination of the food chain with GM varieties.
AsiaOne: Thai-Myanmar trade expected to double in 2 years
- Discussions during a Joint Trade Commission meeting will be about logistics, trading of farm crops, cooperation among commercial banks, accelerating the Dawei special economic zones,
tourism promotion, and the development of human resources, Thai Commerce Minister Apiradi Tantraporn said.
Wall Street Journal: Monsanto CEO Says Company Struggling to Engage Syngenta in Deal Talks
- Monsanto Co.’s top executive said the seed giant is struggling in its efforts to engage rival Syngenta AG in deal talks—despite statements last month by his counterpart that the Swiss company was open to discussing a sale.
L.A. Times: People are starving in East Africa -- again -- as the world looks away
- Millions of people in Ethiopia and South Sudan are short on food, international agencies say, and in South Sudan, conflict has made it difficult for outside groups to help.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Agri-Pulse: EPA's first pollinator assessment finds risk to honey bees
- A widely used neonicotinoid insecticide poses a risk to honey bees, EPA said in an analysis released today that drew criticism from a leading manufacturer of the product as well as environmental groups.
Agri-Pulse: Conservation programs fared well in omnibus legislation
- (Subscriber only) The failed effort to drive a stake through EPA's WOTUS rule may have grabbed the headlines surrounding the omnibus spending bill, but farmers still stand to benefit from the bill's funding of conservation programs.
AP: Minnesota beekeeper sues EPA over insecticide-coated seeds
- A federal lawsuit that's led by a central Minnesota beekeeper is seeking to make EPA label insecticide-coated seeds as a pesticide.
N.Y. Times: Study Finds That Weather Disasters Took a Heavy Toll on Crops
- Droughts and heat waves wiped out nearly a tenth of the rice, wheat, corn and other cereal crops in countries hit by extreme weather disasters between 1964 and 2007, according to a new study.
Des Moines Register: 'Biggest and boldest' water quality plan gets mixed reception
- Senate Majority Leader Michael Gronstal, D-Council Bluffs, said the plan amounted to “robbing Peter to pay Paul” by cutting from one top priority – education – to fund another, water quality.
Christian Science Monitor: Just 89 of these wolves remain on this island, but are they endangered?
- FWS has decided not to list the Alexander Archipelago wolf in Southeast Alaska Wolves under the Endangered Species Act.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Good Times: Here and Don
- (Opinion) Rep. Jared Huffman, D-Calif., sees in the Trump anti-immigrant gambit a corollary from California’s not-distant past. Voters here passed the anti-immigrant Proposition 187 in 1994, which turned out to be a disaster for the state party that pushed it.
Fort Hood (TX) Herald: The latest on the decision to house unaccompanied immigrants at Hood
- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has not yet released a decision on whether to house at North Fort Hood unaccompanied children who illegally crossed the border and continues to expand the list of possible facilities under consideration, said a spokeswoman for U.S. Rep. John R. Carter, R-Round Rock.
Jamaica Observer: More than 8,000 farm workers head to Canada this year
- The farm workers, 310 of whom left Jan. 6, will be engaged in various agricultural industries, including greenhouse crop production, food processing, vegetable and plant nurseries.
Agri-Pulse: New evaluation tool may make data collection more transparent
- A new “Transparency Evaluator” (TE) tool may soon be available to help farmers more easily wade through the legal documentation and make comparisons between products from various agricultural technology providers (ATP).
AP: Monsanto to cut additional 1,000 jobs
- The additional layoffs will bring the agriculture giant's total planned cuts to 3,600 jobs over the next two years, or about 16 percent of its global workforce.
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