Daily Harvest -- 1/28/2016
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse Daybreak Thursday, January 28, 2016
- (Audio) Republicans look to force a vote on EPA’s WOTUS; Senate Ag Chairman Pat Roberts says federal GMO bill forthcoming; NCBA to bring money to the table on congressional races; and biodiesel producers hear pitch on climate change. This and more in today’s Daybreak.
Agri-Pulse: NCBA keeping a watchful eye out for potential regulatory actions
- As the sun starts to set on two terms for President Barack Obama in the White House, officials with the National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA) say they will be keeping a watchful eye on any potential regulatory actions coming from the executive branch.
Agri-Pulse: Half of dairy farms sign up for farm bill program
- Slightly more than half of the nation's dairy farms have signed up for the second year of a program that provides a financial safety net for milk producers.
Agri-Pulse: USDA, Microsoft announce winners of Ag app contest
- The Agriculture Department will dole out $63,000 in cash and prizes to the six winners of the USDA-Microsoft Innovation Challenge. The winners, announced Wednesday, developed tools using USDA agricultural production data that can help farmers cope with climate change.
Agri-Pulse: Agencies need to address ammonium nitrate safety, report on West Fertilizer explosion says
- The Occupational Safety and Health Administration and EPA need to tighten their standards for ammonium nitrate, the Chemical Safety Board (CSB) said in its report on the explosion of a fertilizer plant in West, Texas, which obliterated the facility, killed 15 people and caused widespread damage to more than 150 buildings nearby.
Agri-Pulse: John Block’s 2016 Wish List
- (Audio) John Block reviews the progress made on items he wished for in 2015.
Civil Eats: As Family Farms Wane, Most Farm Issues Absent in Iowa’s Presidential Race
- Aside from ethanol, food and farming have been scarce on this year's farm state campaign trail.
Farm Futures: Ninth Circuit Court denies move by EPA to vacate herbicide label
- Dow AgroSciences scores a win to keep Enlist Duo herbicide available to growers for 2016 season.
Agri-Pulse: Biodiesel lobby already in full swing for producers' credit
- (Subscriber only) Less than a month into the year and the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) has already begun its lobbying effort in Congress to convince lawmakers to stop subsidizing biodiesel imports.
U.S. News & World Report: Flint Water Crisis a Focus as Senate Takes Up Energy Bill
- Legislation to address the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, is likely as the Senate takes up a bipartisan bill on energy policy.
Nasdaq: Canada Toughens Environmental Review for Two Pipeline Plans
- Two proposed pipeline projects will have to wait longer for a verdict from the Canadian government, and will have to submit to carbon-emissions testing to gain approval as part of temporary measures announced Wednesday.
Washington Post: Here’s how falling oil prices could make the world a more peaceful place
- Lower oil prices are unlikely to turn Russia or Iran into peaceful, cooperative members of the international community overnight. But they could have some positive impact.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Agri-Pulse: Obama calls for permanent, expanded summer feeding program
- Every low-income kid who gets free or reduced-price meals at school would get federal money for eating during the summer, too, under a proposal that President Obama will include in his fiscal 2017 budget due out next month.
Wall Street Journal: White House Remains Confident in FDA Nominee
- The Obama administration has “full confidence” in its nominee to run the Food and Drug Administration despite a Democratic senator’s plan to filibuster the nomination, White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Wednesday.
ABC News: Wal-Mart's Shutdown Creates New Food Deserts
- Wal-Mart's decision to shutter 154 stores across the country means that, starting Thursday, low-income residents of rural and urban areas will create new food deserts.
Quartz: Americans may love “natural” food, but most have no idea what it is
- According to a Consumer Reports survey, roughly 62 percent of shoppers in the U.S. regularly bought foods with “natural” labels in 2015—up from 59% in 2014. But a whopping 45% of people mistakenly believe that the presence of the word “natural” on a food means it’s been verified, checked, or certified in some way.
Nasdaq: Smaller Sizes Add Pop to Soda Sales
- U.S. store sales of soda fell in terms of volume in 2015, but have dipped only 0.1% on a dollar basis mostly because beverage companies are steering Americans to smaller 7.5-ounce cans and 8-ounce bottles, but charging more per ounce.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Agri-Pulse: TPP at the top of NCBA's list for 2016
- (Audio) The National Cattlemen's Beef Association is aware that getting a tough vote in Congress during an election year is a tough sell, but that won't stop them from lobbying for swift passage of the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement.
Wall Street Journal: JBS Shares Drop for Second Day After Chairman Charged
- Shares of JBS SA, the world’s largest meatpacker, plunged by as much as 16% Wednesday on fears that it could be the next major Brazilian company to become embroiled in widening corruption investigations.
Reuters: French PM Sees Iran Deals in Health, Agriculture, Environment
- France will sign deals in the areas of health, agriculture and the environment with Iran later on Thursday during a visit to Paris by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said.
LA Times: Overweight children are a growing problem in Africa and Asia
- Between 1990 and 2014, rates of young children who are overweight or obese have surged to 6.1% from 4.8%, says a WHO report released Monday. Almost half of those overweight children (48%) lived in Asia in 2014, and 25% lived in Africa.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Washington Times: Wildfire plan seen as biggest land policy change in decades
- Many ranchers have embraced the Interior secretary’s order to fight massive blazes in open sagebrush steppe habitat, despite wariness and sometimes anger with federal oversight, displayed in the armed occupation of a federal wildlife preserve in Oregon.
Associated Press: Waving goodbye to a piece of Americana — the lumberjack
- As high-tech machinery replaces chain saws, which themselves replaced the ax, a generations-old way of life is disappearing, one that historically saw fathers pass on to their sons their love and knowledge of the woods and the independence that came from working for oneself.
New York Times: Few Answers on When Flint Will Have Clean Water Again
- More than three months after officials declared that Flint residents should not drink the lead-tainted water from their taps, people who live here are still lugging bottled water from a Walmart or firehouse back to their homes.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Washington Post: Senate Subcommittee Examines Migrant Children Abuse
- The subcommittee is holding a hearing Thursday to examine weaknesses in the agency's placement program for migrant children, which Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, says suffers from “serious, systemic defects.”
Des Moines Register: Why Iowa fast-food workers are going on strike
- (Opinion) More than two decades after taking the biggest leap of my life in moving to America, I have no choice but to take another risk to support my family: I’m going on strike.
Ventura County Star: Groups urge officials to strengthen labor protections for farmworkers
- Farmworker advocates are calling on the Ventura County and Santa Barbara County Boards of Supervisors to enact a "Farmworker Bill of Rights" to protect laborers against alleged abuses.
Agri-Pulse: DuPont 'committed' to Iowa in Dow merger
- DuPont, which is planning a merger with Dow Chemical, says it is committed to the state of Iowa, where the company's Pioneer seed operations were founded 90 years ago.
Wall Street Journal: Chinese Citizen Pleads Guilty to Stealing High-Tech Seeds From U.S. Fields
- Mo Hailong pled guilty to participating in a plot to steal genetically pure corn seeds developed by Monsanto and DuPont from U.S. farm fields.
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