Daily Harvest -- 1/20/2016
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Attorney says Congress needs to address regulatory relief
- (Audio) Challenges brought about by government regulations are typically handled through the courts, but Pacific Legal Foundation lawyer Jonathan Wood says it may be time for Congress to
step in and stop some of the problems from cropping up in the first place.
Times-News (Twin Falls, Idaho): Crop Protection Industry Looks Ahead
- Thanks to the voters in Oregon and Colorado, CropLife America has a new challenging issue to watch — marijuana production. "This is a serious problem. Marijuana growers are not all good farmers,” says CLA's Jay Vroom.
Tallahassee Democrat: Graham, USDA announce plan to benefit rural communities
- Rep. Gwen Graham, D-Florida, received applause when she announced that 13 of the 14 counties in her district are the first in Florida to be included in the USDA’s StrikeForce for Rural Growth and Opportunity Initiative. The national program is designed to bring USDA resources especially to rural counties, where poverty and other issues frustrate economic development.
Agri-Pulse: Ted Cruz's ethanol policy - a work in progress
- (Subscriber only) With the Iowa caucuses at stake and fast approaching on Feb. 1, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is quickly reworking his once rock-solid opposition to federal biofuels policy.
Agri-Pulse: Trump, other GOP candidates try to win over Iowa ethanol supporters
- Donald Trump assured farmers and the state's biofuel industry that he would work to preserve the federal biofuel mandates that are important to the state's economy.
AP: Iowa governor calls for anti-Cruz vote on ethanol issue
- Terry Branstad, a Republican who has not endorsed any of the GOP presidential candidates for president, said at a renewable fuels conference near Des Moines that Iowans should reject Cruz because he supports phasing out the fuel standard.
Des Moines Register: Vilsack: Candidates need to do more than support RFS
- U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told Midwest ethanol and biodiesel supporters and producers Tuesday that it's not enough for presidential candidates to support the Renewable Fuel Standard, they also need to support initiatives that help open markets and create new technologies used in the industry.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Agri-Pulse: D.C. events to focus on future of animal antibiotics
- The outlook for antibiotics resistance in animals and humans and the roles agriculture and the livestock feed industry will play in the related challenges and advances will get a thorough look in Washington, D.C., this week at a forum of experts early Wednesday and in a broader summit later Wednesday and Thursday.
Agri-Pulse: Vilsack praises Senate nutrition deal
- Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack applauded a Senate agreement on child nutrition programs, saying the bipartisan deal would maintain our commitment to science-based nutrition standards.
AP: 156,000 chickens added to list of poultry being euthanized
- Animal health officials investigating a bird flu outbreak in southwest Indiana have ordered 156,000 chickens at one of 10 affected commercial poultry farms to be euthanized, raising the total number of birds to be killed above 400,000
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
AP: Guyana closes state-owned sugar factory as industry declines
- The factory in Wales could only continue to operate with significant investment that would make little financial sense given the outlook for the industry in Guyana and throughout the world,
Agriculture Minister Noel Holder said late Monday.
World-Grain.com: U.S. Agriculture Secretary to lead trade mission in South America
- Vilsack will visit Chile and Peru from March 14-18 in efforts to expand export opportunities for U.S. agriculture. Both countries are part of the TPP.
International Business Times: GMO Labeling Requirements: Brazil Fines Nestle, PepsiCo For Failing To Disclose Genetically Modified Ingredients
- Brazil's Ministry of Justice has fined six global food giants, including Nestlé and PepsiCo, for failing to disclose that their products contained genetically modified organisms, or GMOs,
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Agri-Pulse: Obama vetoes anti-WOTUS measure
- Republicans were unable to muster veto-proof, two-thirds majorities in either the House and Senate, but GOP leaders believe the measure will serve to highlight election-year differences
between the parties.
Casper Star-Tribune: Bill would prevent Wyoming from investigating grizzly, wolf poaching
- Committee member Sen. Larry Hicks, a Baggs Republican, says the bill is not meant to rebuke federal wildlife managers but instead to make a "philosophical argument."
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Agri-Pulse: Supreme Court to rule on Obama immigration orders
- The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to decide the legality of the Obama administration's efforts to allow some undocumented immigrants to stay in the country.
AP: Election-year clash on immigration heads to Supreme Court
- The justices agreed to review whether President Barack Obama, acting without congressional approval, has the power to shield from deportation up to 5 million immigrants living in the U.S.
illegally and make them eligible to work without fear of being rounded up.
AP: Petco Drops Small-Animal Supplier Amid Federal Probe
- APHIS spokeswoman Tanya Espinosa confirmed the agency has an open investigation into Holmes Chinchilla Ranch but declined further comment. Petco said it was dropping Holmes as a
supplier after concluding "they did not meet our animal care standards."
Denver Post: Opposing GMOs Just Got Harder
- (Editorial) The blight-resistant potato by J.R. Simplot Co. is just the latest advance that raises awkward questions for the anti-GMO movement. And in another development of perhaps greater significance, the Campbell Soup Company has decided to become the first large food company to disclose the existence of genetically modified ingredients in its products.
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