Daily Harvest -- 1/26/2016
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse Daybreak January 26, 2016
- (Audio) The nation's capital is getting yet another snow day today following the weekend blizzard; Bill Northey comments on the Ted Cruz/Donald Trump battle over Iowa votes; and the Heritage Foundation mounts a game plan for the next farm bill.
Agri-Pulse: USDA names new ‘Local Foods, Local Places’ beneficiaries
- The White House Rural Council (WHRC) and its federal collaborators have announced the 27 “Local Foods, Local Places” (LFLP) partner communities that will receive technical assistance during 2016 as they work to increase economic opportunities for local farmers and access to healthy foods.
Agri-Pulse: Times still tough in cattle industry according to USDA report
- (Audio) Last week, the Department of Agriculture released a report showing cattle inventory in U.S. feedlots is slightly lower than figures a year ago.
Modern Farmer: Are You Ready? The Farm Tax Man Cometh
- Uncle Sam provides generous agricultural tax breaks to farmers; you just need to know how to take advantage of them.
Sacramento Bee: Researchers say drones help detect potato diseases
- Idaho State University researchers mounted high-tech cameras on drones and flew them 60 meters above potato fields, allowing them to detect individual diseased and stressed plants early and accurately.
Sacramento Bee: Iowa egg farms slowly recovering from last year's bird flu
- Iowa egg farms are bouncing back from last year's bird flu outbreak but rebuilding flocks with millions of new egg layers is taking time, as the industry predicted.
The Hill: Exxon predicts energy demand to grow 25 percent by 2040
- Exxon says China and India will need significantly more energy in the decades to come as their populations and economies continue to develop, while the U.S. and Europe will see demand and energy-sector carbon emissions slow.
Smithsonian: The U.S. Could Switch to Mostly Renewable Energy, No Batteries Needed
- The United States could lower carbon emissions from electricity generation by as much as 78 percent without having to develop any new technologies or use costly batteries, a new study suggests.
Wall Street Journal: Supreme Court Upholds FERC’s ‘Demand Response’ Rule
- The Supreme Court on Monday upheld a federal rule that calls for payments to businesses, schools and other large energy consumers that reduce their electricity usage at times of peak demand.
FOOD & NUTRITION
My Champlain Valley: NH Lawmakers Considering Bill to Require GMO Labeling
- If passed, the bill would go into effect one year after the Vermont bill requiring labeling of genetically modified foods, Act 120, has taken effect.
Business Insider: Aldi is fixing its biggest weakness, and that should terrify Whole Foods
- The affordable grocery chain Aldi is expanding organic-food brands, removing some artificial ingredients from its products, and adding more gluten-free items in hopes of attracting more health-conscious shoppers.
Lawyers and Settlements: Chipotle Faces Securities Lawsuit, among Others
- In the wake of an E. coli and a norovirus outbreak, Chipotle faces a securities lawsuit and others alleging the company attempted to hide the outbreak and misled investors about the nature of its sanitation procedures.
The Guardian: McMuffins to the rescue? McDonald's sales jump as breakfast offered all day
- McDonald’s all-day breakfast initiative appeared to further strengthen the fast-food giant’s recovery after a long period of falling sales.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Agri-Pulse: Report: US the 'largest beneficiary' of TPP
- A new report says that while all member countries of the Trans-Pacific Partnership stand to benefit from the trade agreement, the U.S. has the most to gain.
New York Times: Trans-Pacific Trade Pact Would Lift U.S. Incomes, but Not Jobs Overall, Study Says
- An independent analysis of the TPP trade deal suggests displacement of workers in industries most vulnerable to competition would be relatively small.
Wall Street Journal: Wheat Jitters Grow Over Egypt Import Delays
- A French wheat cargo stuck in an Egyptian port for more than a month is causing concern about demand from this market’s largest buyer.
Time: The World’s Children Are Getting Fatter, WHO Says
- At least 41 million children across the globe who are under the age of 5 are obese or overweight, an increase of 10 million over the past quarter century, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
New York Times: Italian town, scrutinizing school meals, faces cries of bean counting
- When the mayor of an Italian town abutting Milan found that his residents were responsible for more than a million euros in unpaid school lunch fees, he gave parents a choice.
Reuters: Russia Invites Japan to Fish Around Disputed Islands
- Inside Russia, a proposed plan for a $10 billion agricultural joint venture with China, which would help farm new territories, is making waves.
New York Times: Argentina Scrambles to Fight Biggest Plague of Locusts in 60 Years
- Farmers and fumigators in Argentina are running out of time as they scramble to control the country’s worst plague of locusts in more than half a century, officials warned on Monday.
Times of India: Coca-Cola to enter dairy drinks segment in India
- Coca-Cola announced its foray into India’s value-added dairy segment would take place with sometime next month when it rolls out its Vio brand.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Sacramento Bee: California wildfire losses pegged at $1 billion
- Northern California’s twin wildfires last fall – among the costliest in California history – caused an estimated $1 billion in insurance losses, state regulators said Monday.
Danbury News Times: Bees and butterflies could soon be on Connecticut legislative agenda
- State Sen. Ted Kennedy Jr., son of the late U.S. senator from Massachusetts and co-chairman of the General Assembly's Environment Committee, sees the issue as an economic one in Connecticut, where several bumblebee species have declined.
Wall Street Journal: Obama vs. Manatees
- (Opinion) President Obama’s Clean Power Plan imposes new rules that could force the closure of coal-fired power plants designated as primary warm-water refuges for manatees—listed as endangered in the 1960s and now considered “threatened.”
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
USA Today: Cubans' special immigration status: Our view
- (Opinion) Thanks to the Cuban Adjustment Act, first enacted in 1966 and amended in 1996, any Cuban who makes it to U.S. soil is put on a fast track to permanent legal status, benefits and, ultimately, citizenship. The law, which never made much sense, should be repealed.
U.S. News & World Report: People in New Hampshire live nearly 2,400 miles from El Paso, Texas, 1 of the busiest crossings on America's southern border
- Just 3.3 percent of the state's population is Hispanic or Latino, compared to 17 percent nationwide, while about 5 percent is foreign-born, compared to 13 percent nationally.
Orlando Sentinel: Hispanic Democrats speak out against immigration bills
- A group of Hispanic Democrats, touting their importance as a key demographic during a presidential election year, spoke out Monday against pending bills aimed at curbing illegal immigration.
Agri-Pulse: International Dairy Foods Association CEO Tipton to retire
- Connie Tipton, president and CEO of the International Dairy Foods Association since January 2004, announced today at IDFA's annual Dairy Forum in Phoenix that she will step down at the end of the year.
LA Times: Modesto farmer has blossomed into a tulip peddler
- John "Farmer John" Bos, the owner-operator of Dutch Hollow Farms in Modesto, has turned a makeshift roadside pumpkin patch into an agri-tourism destination. In a decade his business has grown from “beer money” to about $300,000 in annual sales.
Reuters: Senator Markey places hold on Obama's nominee to lead FDA
- Senator Edward Markey, D-Mass., said on Monday he has placed a hold on President Barack Obama's nominee to head the FDA until the agency agrees to reform its process for approving opioid painkillers.
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