Daily Harvest -- 1/25/2016
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse Daybreak for Jan. 25, 2016.
- This is the inaugural edition of Agri-Pulse Daybreak. We’ll be hitting your inbox early each morning with a quick summary of what you want to know in the world of agriculture and food policy in both text and audio.
Agri-Pulse: Washington Week Ahead: D.C. digs out as Iowa draws campaign focus
- The nation's capital is digging out of a monster snowstorm that is playing havoc with schedules even as much of official Washington will be focused on Iowa for the last week of campaigning ahead of the Feb. 1 caucuses.
Agri-Pulse: Open Mic with Jean Ronnei, President of the School Nutrition Association
- (Audio) The Senate Agriculture Committee took the first step toward school nutrition reauthorization last week with a bipartisan compromise on critical reform issues. Ronnei says the legislation addresses both hunger and nutrition, but she is still concerned over declining student participation and funding for school nutrition.
Agri-Pulse: APHIS sets reimbursement rates and announces bird flu vaccine protocols
- The Department of Agriculture has announced additional revisions to its highly pathogenic avian influenza response after the first outbreak of the disease in seven months was detected last week.
Agri-Pulse: Bernie on Agriculture
- (Opinion) Earlier this month, I summarized the agriculture positions of the candidates for President on both sides of the aisle. Since that time, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) who is running for the Democratic nomination, has released a position paper on agriculture.
Des Moines Register: Editorial: Concern for costs hampered USDA probe
- (Opinion) The Government Accountability Office found USDA was not only slow to respond to the threat posed by porcine epidemic diarrhea and porcine deltacoronavirus, but also remains inadequately prepared for future outbreaks.
Times Herald-Record: Battles grow between local farmers, neighbors over quality-of-life issues
- Municipalities across New York state are grappling with situations where homeowners are vociferously protesting foul smells or noise from farms they claim are affecting their quality of life and home prices.
Reuters: Amid Mounting Bills, Farmers Forced to Sell Grain at Low Prices
- Facing mounting bills and nervous creditors, U.S. farmers are beginning to sell off their crop stockpile - sometimes at a loss - and easing a months-long logjam prompted by the lowest grains prices in at least five years.
Agri-Pulse: RFS a hot topic on the campaign trails
- (Audio) Candidates vying to be the next president of the United States are weighing in on their plans for the future of the renewable fuels industry and the Renewable Fuel Standard.
Des Moines Register: Republicans want renewable energy answers
- (Opinion) The Iowa Stewardship Alliance has spent the last year talking with presidential candidates about using renewable energy to deliver energy independence and refocusing on natural resources conservation and land stewardship.
Reuters: Despite Oil Glut, Tullow Launches Huge New Deepwater Production Vessel
- Amid one of the deepest oil price crashes in history, Britain's Tullow Oil is sending one of the world's biggest floating deep-water oil production platforms to West Africa to pump crude for at least 20 years.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Agri-Pulse: Sanders, five Dem colleagues question GMA on SmartLabel initiative
- Six senators have asked the Grocery Manufacturers Association to explain how shoppers without smartphones will be able to use the so-called SmartLabel initiative GMA has proposed to get information about the food they're buying.
ABC News: 1 Dead, 11 Hospitalized After Listeria Outbreak Linked to Packaged Salad, CDC Says
- Listeria outbreaks in Michigan, Massachusetts, Indiana, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York have killed one person and hospitalized 11 others, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Sacramento Bee: Sacramento food delivery company turns on the jets
- While other food delivery companies get restaurant meals to customers in an hour or so, FoodJets usually does it in less than 10 minutes.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Agri-Pulse: China opens rice market to the US
- China, the world's largest rice producer and importer, has agreed to open its market to U.S. exporters after years of negotiations between the two governments, the USA Rice Federation announced Friday.
Wall Street Journal: In Australia, Cowboys Use Satellites to Home In on the Range
- Australian farms are so big, and so remote, that ranchers rarely travel out to the far reaches of their property. In fact, they see only about 2% of their landholdings on a regular basis.
Wall Street Journal: Canada Inflation Climbs on Higher Food Prices
- Canada’s annual inflation rate rose at its fastest pace in more than a year in December as a weaker Canadian dollar contributed to higher consumer prices for fruits and vegetables.
Washington Post: EU experts meet top Thai official to discuss fishing fix
- European Union inspectors met Friday with Thailand’s government to discuss what the Southeast Asian nation has done to overhaul its fishing industry and avoid an EU ban on imports of Thai seafood.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
New York Times: Gas Leak in Los Angeles Has Residents Looking Warily Toward Flint
- With Flint as a potent warning, confidence in public agencies has collapsed here in Los Angeles after the gas leak.
Associated Press: Feds: California Reservoirs Only Half Full After Big Storms
- The recent onslaught of El Nino storms only slightly increased the levels of California reservoirs that now stand at half of historic depths for this time of year, federal officials said Friday while releasing an initial water outlook for 2016.
New York Times: When the Water Turned Brown
- Workers assigned to manage Flint, Michigan’s water system failed to lower lead risks with a simple solution: adding chemicals to prevent old pipes from corroding and leaching metals like lead.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Washington Times: AP Investigation: Feds' Failures Imperil Migrant Children
- As tens of thousands of children fleeing violence in Central America crossed the border in search of safe harbor, overwhelmed U.S. officials placed some young migrants in homes where they were sexually assaulted, starved or forced to work for little or no pay, an Associated Press investigation has found.
Yakima Herald: State House bill would improve farm worker protections
- The bill introduced in Olympia last week would require safety trainings and random inspections, and would increase penalties for safety violations and strengthen anti-retaliation protections for dairy workers.
Washington Post: Women expand their home on the range
- Researchers would like to learn more about the full contribution women make as principal and secondary operators, and what it means for the future of farming and ranching in the United States.
ABC News: California Marijuana Growers Face New Crop of Local Bans
- Dozens of cities and counties across California are racing to enact new bans on marijuana-growing.
Detroit Free Press: Runaway cow roped by New York City police gets new home
- A cow that was captured by police after fleeing from a New York City slaughterhouse has been taken in by an animal sanctuary and renamed for rock legend Freddie Mercury.
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