Daily Harvest -- 1/14/2016
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: USDA, FDA give go-ahead on Simplot's GE potato
- USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced Wednesday it will extend deregulation of the J.R. Simplot Company's Innate Potato to another Simplot genetically engineered (GE) potato with the same traits.
Agri-Pulse: AGree issues ‘Call to Presidential Action' on farm policy
- The agricultural think tank AGree has put together a list of policy recommendations for the country's presidential candidates, designed to improve the health of America's families, economy, farms and the environment and help raise food and agriculture as a national priority.
LA Times: Lawmakers back audit of L.A. County Fair Assn.
- Lawmakers on a state audit panel Wednesday expressed support for a major review of the Los Angeles County Fair Assn., citing concerns about compensation levels for its executives and whether the nonprofit organization was straying from its agrarian roots.
Wichita Eagle: Kansas fights feral hogs with the push of a button
- Over the past decade, 6,000 feral pigs have been killed within about 20 Kansas counties, or in bordering parts of neighboring states. The Kansas population is estimated to be fewer than 1,000 animals.
Agri-Pulse: Anti-Cruz campaign could backfire on ethanol, backer says
- The ethanol industry risks losing its long-standing political clout in presidential elections if Texas Sen. Ted Cruz wins the Iowa caucuses despite the industry's attacks on him, says Iowa Rep. Steve King.
New York Times: President May Have Exaggerated Role of Stimulus in Clean Energy, Experts Say
- Experts say many of the improvements in renewable energy prices and jobs had little to do with the stimulus law, occurring instead through government policies, market forces and private sector activities.
Des Moines Register: Where presidential candidates stand on energy, climate
- Compare the candidates, Democrat and Republican, on energy and climate issues.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Agri-Pulse: Senate panel sets Jan. 20 vote on school nutrition bill
- The Senate Agriculture Committee is set to move a bipartisan bill next week to reauthorize child nutrition programs and provide some permanence to higher school meal standards that the Obama administration implemented.
Smart Blog on Food & Beverage: The banana gauge: How do banana prices affect food retail?
- In many areas of the country, bananas have experienced a significant price reduction over the last 18 months – which, in some ways, seems in contrast with the fruit’s popularity and demand among U.S. consumers.
Wall Street Journal: Chipotle to Investors: We’ll Be Back
- The burrito chain’s stock is on track for its biggest daily percentage gain in nearly six months after Chipotle’s management told the investing community it has “confidence” it can fully recover from the foodborne illnesses that have sickened more than a hundred of its customers since October.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Agri-Pulse: US ethanol producers, Grains Council deny 'dumping' DDGS in China
- Ethanol producers and the U.S. Grains Council say they are disappointed that China has initiated anti-dumping and countervailing duty investigations involving U.S. exports of distiller's dried grains (DDGS) to the Asian nation.
Agri-Pulse: Froman pushing TPP as a 'strategic imperative' for US
- A day after President Obama used his State of the Union speech to urge Congress to approve the Trans-Pacific Partnership, his point man on trade was out drumming up support for the agreement in Washington.
Quartz: A controversial American pork growth drug is center stage in an election 8,000 miles away
- Most people in the U.S. have likely never heard of ractopamine, a controversial growth drug fed to an estimated 70% of American hogs. But in Taiwan, where any pork products made from pigs raised on it are banned, it’s a major issue in Saturday’s presidential election.
Reuters: EU food safety watchdog hits back at scientists in glyphosate row
- The head of Europe's food safety watchdog has written to a group of nearly 100 senior scientists strongly rejecting their criticisms in a row about the safety of weed-killer ingredient glyphosate.
Reuters: Bird Flu Outbreak Found Outside French Restriction Zone
- Bird flu has been found in a French town outside a broad restriction zone, in a setback to efforts to contain the outbreak of the disease that has led a growing number of countries to ban poultry products from France.
New York Times: What the Next Green Revolution Will Require
- (Opinion) With smart investments, human ingenuity can provide the fixes to keep us all fed: Indeed, that’s what my own institution’s role in bringing about the first Green Revolution taught us.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Agri-Pulse: Republicans force Obama to veto anti-WOTUS measure
- Congressional Republicans have set the stage for President Obama to issue an election-year veto to preserve his administration's Clean Water Act rule that is widely unpopular with farm groups.
Agri-Pulse: House clears WOTUS disapproval
- (Audio) On Wednesday, more than 250 House members voted to pass a resolution that would effectively kill one of the Obama administration’s most controversial regulations.
Des Moines Register: Editorial board: Branstad defends water quality, Medicaid
- Branstad’s office estimates as much as $4.7 billion would go to water quality efforts by 2049, when the program would sunset.
Des Moines Register: Column: Flint's H20 woes -- and Des Moines'
- (Opinion) For 18 months, Flint, Michigan, residents were exposed to lead-contaminated drinking water. But when city and state officials should have been heeding residents’ concerns and protecting them, they were denying any problem to protect their image. It forces the question: Could something like that happen here?
Associated Press: Michigan National Guard, FEMA help Flint amid water crisis
- Members of the Michigan National Guard began arriving in Flint on Wednesday for briefings on the drinking water crisis just as state health officials reported a spike in Legionnaires' disease cases in the county where the city is located.
CT Post: Army Corps: OK to dredge and dump in Sound
- A Long Island Sound dredging plan released Tuesday did little to ease differences between New York and Connecticut and continues to support dumping millions of tons of tainted sediment in the water.
WHIO: Spat over Lake Erie sediment dumping far from being settled
- Ohio's environmental regulators, and the federal agency that maintains the lake's shipping channels, have been locked in an argument for years over what to do with the tons of mud, soil and sand.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
DTN Progressive Farmer: Duvall to Tackle Immigration
- With all of the issues facing American agriculture, the new president of the American Farm Bureau Federation said Tuesday that immigration reform would be the first issue he would choose to testify on before Congress if he were given the option.
Lompoc Record: Dormitory conversions to house H-2A workers
- (Opinion) At the height of the harvest season, six 50-passenger buses traveled more than 20 miles to the Santa Maria Valley and Betteravia Farms, returning each evening after the work shift ended. Now, the city of Santa Maria is considering more permanent local accommodations.
Miami Herald: Florida House helps some immigrants but votes to crack down on others
- House Republicans sent mixed signals to Florida’s immigrants Wednesday as one committee unanimously passed a bill to accept federal money to provide health insurance to 45,000 legal immigrant children, while two other committees passed measures that crack down on migrants who are in the state illegally.
Wall Street Journal: Logistics Movers: Boston Beer Names Troupe Chief of Supply Chain
- The Boston Beer Co. Inc., brewer of Samuel Adams beers, named longtime food industry executive Quincy Troupe as senior vice president for its supply chain.
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