Daily Harvest -- 1/21/2016
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Lawmakers urge USDA to delay proposed hog inspection rule
- A bipartisan group of 60 lawmakers is urging USDA to delay publishing a proposed rule for inspecting hog-slaughter facilities, saying the plan undermines food safety and worker safety as well as animal welfare.
Agri-Pulse: Monsanto's Fraley says consumers need more info on GMOs
- "We've done a lousy job communicating about science and what these (GM) technologies can do,” Robb Fraley said at a talk hosted by the Cato Institute in Washington, D.C. “As important as science is, it's not enough. We have to be able to communicate science to the public better than we are today.”
Agri-Pulse: Mabus, Vilsack help launch Great Green Fleet, fueled by renewable energy
- With part of the “Great Green Fleet” as a backdrop, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack heralded how the Navy and Marine Corps are using alternative energy sources and energy-saving techniques to enhance military operations and support rural America.
Agri-Pulse: Senate panel's energy outlook: Renewables gaining on fossil fuels
- (Subscriber only) The Energy and Natural Resources committee is focused on moving the Energy Policy Modernization Act to the Senate floor, as early as this week, according to Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Agri-Pulse: Roberts, Stabenow hail child nutrition reauthorization
- (Audio) Senate Agriculture Committee chair and Kansas Republican Pat Roberts said it was "a great day" when his committee passed a child nutrition reauthorization by voice vote Wednesday.
Agri-Pulse: Senate panel clears child-nutrition agreement
- A bipartisan agreement to end the years-long fight over school nutrition standards and expand summer feeding efforts is on what its authors hope is a fast track to becoming law.
AP: Q&A: Details About the Latest Round of Bird Flu
- In just a few days, a bird flu virus has led to the deaths of more than 400,000 turkeys and chickens on 10 farms in a southwest Indiana county that's the state's largest turkey producer. Here are some questions and answers about the bird flu virus outbreak in Dubois County, about 70 miles west of Louisville, Kentucky:
AP: All 400K birds at Indiana farms with bird flu killed
- Animal health officials responding to a bird flu outbreak in southwest Indiana say crews have finished killing more than 400,000 birds ordered euthanized at the 10 affected commercial poultry farms.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Agri-Pulse: Sen. Amy Klobuchar: The Importance of Public-Private Partnerships in Global Food Security
- (Opinion) The statistics on global hunger are both familiar and daunting: The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization estimates that nearly 800 million people suffer from chronic hunger. The vast majority live in underdeveloped or developing regions that often lack sufficient resources to mitigate the problem.
KTVZ.com: NW senators urge USDA to back GMO-free alfalfa exports to China
- Oregon Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley and Washington Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell urged U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Wednesday to address China’s restrictions on imports of GMO-free alfalfa hay.
CBC News: Video to help Canadian farmers combat anti-GMO movement
- "License to Farm," released online on Jan. 15, is being heralded as a weapon to combat the anti-GMO movement but is also being criticized as propaganda. SaskCanola, an industry group that represents Saskatchewan's 26,000 canola growers, invested $150,000 — three-quarters of the cost — to produce the documentary, with the Canadian and provincial governments picking up the rest.
Reuters: China soymeal demand to drive soybean imports to another record year
- China, the world's top buyer of soybeans, is likely to import record volumes of the oilseed again this year as crushers take advantage of cheap overseas supplies to meet nearly all the demand
for protein-rich meals, industry analysts said.
Indian Express: Cotton prices: Pakistan comes to Gujarat farmers’ rescue
- Cotton farmers in Gujarat, the country’s largest producer of the fibre, are seeing some recovery in prices this year — thanks to a combination of Pakistan’s crop hitting an 18-year-low and the
announcement of a Rs 550 per quintal bonus by the state government over and above the Centre’s minimum support price.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Agweek: Congressional staffer: WOTUS impact on farms 'terrifying'
- Susan Parker Bodine, chief counsel for the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, discussed federal regulations at the South Dakota Corn Growers Association's 30th annual meeting.
Duluth News Tribune: Sportsmen's bill includes wolf delisting
- Wolves in Minnesota, Michigan, Wisconsin and Wyoming were ordered back under federal protections — and off-limits to hunting and trapping — under 2014 court rulings, angering many rural lawmakers who say wolf numbers need to be trimmed.
Palm Beach Post: State conservation lands bill watched warily by environmentalists
- A bill aimed at better managing state lands, including Florida’s 174 state parks, cleared a House committee Wednesday amid cautions from environmentalists.
Des Moines Register: Ernst vows to fight WOTUS rule
- Sen. Joni Ernst, stymied by a presidential veto, said she would explore other ways to stop a White House rule regulating small bodies of water that she says will hurt Iowa and other states.
Santa Fe Reporter: Despite setback, Turner Ranch is far from giving up on recovery for the Mexican gray wolf
- While scientists have tried to put down their heads and get to work—and environmental organizations have cheered for the predator’s recovery—the political gap between the state and the feds has often been cavernous.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Des Moines Register: Dairy farm owner says hostile attitude toward immigrants needs to go
- (Video) Darin Dykstra, owner of Dykstra Dairy in Maurice, Iowa, says the available American workforce isn't enough to keep dairy farms afloat and challenges political proposals on immigration.
L.A. Times: Immigrants in the U.S. illegally have declined to the lowest level in over a decade
- A new study by the Center for Migration Studies estimates that 10.9 million immigrants are living in the country without authorization. That is the lowest level since 2003 and the first time the number has dipped below 11 million since 2004.
Reuters: U.S. immigration case could set limits on presidential power
- Should Obama’s order blocking deportations for certain immigrants be invalidated by the justices, the decision could hamper future presidents' ability to craft policy through executive fiat, legal experts told Reuters.
N.Y. Times: Denmark’s New Front in Debate Over Immigrants: Children’s Lunches
- Pork has become the latest weapon in a fight to preserve national identity after Randers, Denmark, voted to require day care centers and kindergartens to include it on menus.
KPBS: San Diego Urban Agriculture Program Gets Initial Approval
- Under the Urban Agriculture Incentive Zone program, property owners would be allowed to enter into contracts at least five years long with the city and county of San Diego to allow their vacant, unimproved or blighted land to be used for agricultural uses, like community gardens.
AP: Cattle farmers battle fluctuating winter temperatures
- Every job outdoors gets harder in extreme cold, but few have it tougher than cattle farmers. And it's not just the cold snaps that grind agricultural operations to a churning slog, but also the brief
warm-ups, which are proving difficult for Pa. farmers.
Bloomberg: Fonterra Sees More Pain for Dairy Farmers Before Demand Revival
- The turbulence in dairy markets that’s driven prices to the lowest in 12 years is yet to run its course and there’ll be more pain ahead for farmers, according to the world’s biggest exporter.
WDAY: Long Prairie’s Hinson Launches Campaign Against Collin Peterson In Minnesota’s Seventh District
- Amanda Lynn Hinson of Long Prairie kicked off her campaign with a speech to Otter Tail County Republicans in Perham early this week.
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