Daily Harvest -- 1/8/2016
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Interview with AFBF presidential candidate Don Villwock
- In the final installment of our interviews with candidates to replace outgoing Farm Bureau President Bob Stallman, Don Villwock speaks with Agri-Pulse's Spencer Chase. Listen to all four on our home page at www.agri-pulse.com.
Agri-Pulse: Washington Week in Review: Dietary Guidelines and WOTUS
- (Video) The House was in town for the first time in 2016, and GOP Republicans made their first of what is expected to be many messaging votes of 2016. On the nutrition front, the long-awaited
Dietary Guidelines for Americans were also published this week, and meat groups were happy with the results.
Agri-Pulse: House to vote on WOTUS "disapproval resolution"
- The House will vote next week on whether to kill the Obama administration's “waters of the United States” rule, as Republican leaders seek to make a case to voters for electing a Republican presidency.
Agri-Pulse: John Block weighs in on the dispute in Oregon
- (Audio) Farmers, ranchers, and much of rural America are angry about federal land-use restrictions. Block says the government shouldn't own so much land.
GCN: Denver taps Panasonic for smart city plans
- By teaming up with Panasonic Corp. and a number of other private-sector partners, the city is piloting a number of initiatives that leverage the company's CityNOW approach.
Reuters: TransCanada sues U.S. over Keystone XL pipeline rejection
- The lawsuit in federal court in Houston called rejection of its permit to build the pipeline unconstitutional. The company also filed a separate action under the North American Free Trade Agreement.
Oil and Gas Journal: Thai company to buy BP's Ala. petrochemicals complex
- Indorama Ventures will buy BP's petrochemicals complex in Decatur, Ala., as BP reorganizes its global petrochemicals business.
UPI: Shale-rich Oklahoma facing budget crisis
- Lower energy prices are leaving gaps in the coffers of shale-rich states that have come to rely on oil and gas for revenue.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Agri-Pulse: Lean meat in, sustainability out of new Dietary Guidelines
- USDA and HHS jointly released the latest iteration of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, putting to bed a great debate about the expected content of the federal dietary advice.
Agri-Pulse: After years of upheaval, Dietary Guidelines go down easy
- The latest edition of federal dietary advice isn't drawing unanimous support, but reaction from most quarters has been largely positive.
Just-Food.com: Campbell backs mandatory GMO labeling in U.S.
- "The company will advocate for federal legislation that would require all foods and beverages regulated by (FDA) and (USDA) to be clearly and simply labelled for GMOs," it said in a statement.
Reuters: Food prices plunge in 2015 on high supply, low demand, strong dollar
- Global food prices plunged 19 percent in 2015 following a fresh decline in December on the back of plentiful supplies and a slowing global economy, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization said Thursday.
EcoWatch: Monsanto and Gates Foundation Pressure Kenya to Lift Ban on GMOs
- The East African country—which has banned the import and planting of GMOs since 2012 due to health concerns—may soon allow the cultivation of GMO maize and cotton after being pushed for approval by pro-GMO organizations including Monsanto.
FoodDive: 8 major challenges facing the food and beverage industry in 2016
- Consumers are looking for what they deem to be healthier products, and packaged foods companies have seen sales dip as consumers hug the outer rim of grocery stores rather than buying more of their products from center store shelves.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Agri-Pulse: South Africa agrees to lift bans on U.S. poultry, pork, beef
- Exports of the products to South Africa could generate $75 million of shipments annually.
Reuters: Africa takes fresh look at GMO crops as drought blights continent
- The drought, which extends to South Africa, the continent's biggest maize producer, has been exacerbated by an El Nino weather pattern and follows dry spells last year that affected countries from Zimbabwe to Malawi.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Agri-Pulse: Chlorpyrifos revocation proposal met with decidedly different responses
- EPA's proposal to revoke food tolerances for the widely used insecticide chlorpyrifos resulted in predictably different reactions from the crop protection industry and environmental groups.
Aspen Daily News: Wildlife commission has options in wolf debate
- Both alternatives in the draft resolution oppose efforts to bring the Mexican gray wolf to Colorado, similarly stating that this area wasn’t part of the endangered animal’s range.
Capital Press: Wash. state agriculture committee chairmen thinking about manure, wildfires
- Leaders of the House and Senate ag committees say they are concerned about the state Department of Ecology’s move to regulate dairies and want to tackle the issue during the 60-day session, which starts Monday.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Washington Post: Using his mom’s recipes, this Mexican immigrant became the D.C. taco king
- Osiris Hoil, 33, has gone from cook-cashier-order taker-cleanup man to a white-shirted executive who employs more than 300 people in the District and Northern Virginia.
The Californian: EPA pressured to act on 2007 petition to ban pesticide
- United Farm Workers claims more than 80,000 have urged the EPA to disallow use of chlorpyrifos on food crops.
KTVU.com: Lawmaker says Brown's budget shortchanges disabled
- The budget the Calif. governor released Thursday proposes protecting water supplies, conserving water and providing emergency assistance to farm workers, fish and wildlife.
Fresno Bee: Judge grants Gerawan Farming access to labor board documents
- A Sacramento Superior Court judge on Thursday partially granted Gerawan Farming Company’s request for documents related to an unfair labor practice complaint filed against it by the Agricultural Labor Relations Board.
The Gazette: Delaware County, Iowa, cattle operator sentenced for hiring illegal workers
- An Earlville man convicted of hiring numerous illegal workers on his dairy cattle farms was sentenced to three months in federal prison.
Washington Post: China's markets rebound with help but global markets remain cautious
- China’s stock markets rebounded in volatile trading Friday after authorities moved to stabilize the currency. But if a degree of confidence trickled back to China, global markets seemed unimpressed by the government’s rescue act.
State Journal: Illinois revises low-interest loan program for farmers
- A state program has increased loan limits and revised guidelines in an agriculture business last year.
AP: Why Hawaii’s sugar plantations have disappeared
- The last Maui plantation’s parent company lost $30 million on its agriculture business last year.
AP: Virginia counties get agricultural disaster declaration
- The Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services said Thursday that USDA issued primary disaster designations for Isle of Wight, Patrick, Southampton and Surry counties related to flooding last fall.
Washington Post: For Ben Carson, finding ‘worst’ 5th grade student is worst campaign moment ever
- “Who’s the worst student?” Carson asked, and the finger-pointing began.
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