Daily Harvest -- 2/1/2016
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse Daybreak: Feb. 1, 2016
- (Audio) Nation's attention turns to Iowa as corn growers and ethanol go all-out to stop Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. Final Des Moines Register/Bloomberg Politics poll puts Trump on top by 5 points over Cruz, and Hillary Clinton with a slim lead over Bernie Sanders.
Agri-Pulse: New poll sheds light on how farmers, ranchers will vote for president
- Among voters who identified as Republican or leaning Republican in the poll, 40 percent said they would vote for Donald Trump, compared to 15 percent for Sen. Ted. Cruz.
Agri-Pulse: Washington Week Ahead: Growers' clout at stake in Iowa, senators target ethanol
- Critics of ethanol are rehashing proposals to curb biofuel policy, and Republicans may force another vote on the “waters of the United States” rule as the Senate debates a comprehensive bipartisan energy bill this week.
Agri-Pulse: Blake Hurst: A farmer's thoughts on the presidential primaries
- (Opinion) If Trump and Sanders are the major party candidates in November, it will be the most protectionist national race since Smoot and Hawley inadvertently kicked off the Great Depression with their infamous tariffs.
Agri-Pulse: NCBA installs new leadership
- (Audio) Kansas cattleman Tracy Brunner says he'll do everything possible to advance the group's priorities, including continuing to push for approval of the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
Agri-Pulse: National Assn. of State Departments of Agriculture president talks policy
- (Audio) Greg Ibach, director of the Nebraska Dept. of Agriculture, shares the group’s hope for increased trade opportunities with the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade accord, their concern for pollinator health and for overreach by the EPA with WOTUS regulations.
N.Y. Times: Hillary Clinton's Quiet Support Will Carry Iowa
- Agriculture Secy. and former governor of Iowa Tom Vilsack predicts Clinton will triumph tonight.
Sioux City Journal: Road restrictions a costly problem for some Nebraska farmers
- Farmers rumbling down the road in feed trucks are a common sight in Nebraska, but they may be breaking the law. Tractors, fertilizer spreaders and other heavy farm implements fall into a legal gray area on the state's roads, creating confusion among farmers and ranchers, and forcing some to pay thousands of dollars in fines.
Twin Cities Pioneer Press: Real World Economics: Gov’t sponsored crop insurance less attractive for business
- It is hard to find an agricultural economist who personally believes there is justification for broad federal subsidies to farms. But they accept the continued existence of such payments as a political given.
N.Y. Times: Ethanol Mandate, a Boon to Iowa Alone, Faces Rising Resistance
- A 2005 mandate requiring oil refiners to blend ethanol into gasoline has been a boondoggle for the rest of the country, and could face a congressional vote on its future.
The Hill: Cruz blasts Branstad on ethanol mandate
- Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz on Sunday blasted Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad (R), saying his son is a lobbyist "who makes hundreds of thousands of dollars lobbying on ethanol."
Washington Post: Why is the issue of ethanol dogging Ted Cruz in Iowa?
- Cruz has introduced legislation to end the RFS. He wants to stop what he says is the EPA's "blend wall," which has kept the amount of ethanol that can be blended into gasoline below 10 percent.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Chicago Tribune: Over 1 million face loss of food aid over work requirements
- More than 1 million low-income residents in 21 states could soon lose their government food stamps if they fail to meet work requirements that began kicking in this month.
AP: California Almond Prices See Big Drop in Recent Months
- A farmer who could sell a pound of almonds for nearly $5 last summer is now getting as little as $3.10.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Fox News Latino: El Niño causing huge losses in Cuban agriculture
- El Niño-Southern Oscillation, or ENSO, which was categorized as "very strong" between November 2015 and January 2016, has been slamming the island since last summer with episodes of severe drought and heavy rains at the wrong times, the science supplement for the daily Juventud Rebelde reports.
AP: Drone schools spread in China to field pilots for new sector
- Drones are touted as game-changers in a range of industries, including agriculture, logistics, film production and law enforcement.
Arab News: Kingdom and Australia promoting relations within G-20 framework
- In an interview, Australian Minister of Education, Trade and Tourism Richard Colbeck says he wants to restart negotiations between the countries in the Gulf Cooperation Council and Australia, the goal being a free trade agreement. Colbeck was in Riyadh to lead one of a series of road shows organized by the Australian Trade Commission.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
AP: Things to know about the Oregon wildlife refuge occupation
- Bundy called for ranchers to renounce federal grazing permits at a well-publicized event on Jan. 23 at the refuge, but only one rancher from New Mexico took part in the event. The Hammonds distanced themselves from the armed occupation, and local Harney County leaders, particularly Sheriff Dave Ward and Harney County Judge Steve Grasty, strongly opposed it.
N.Y. Daily News: New York puts funds into agricultural water quality with $11M boost for state farms
- The grants are awarded for farm programs like agricultural waste storage systems and conservation cover crops. The money comes from a program funded by the New York State Environmental Protection Fund.
Pacific Legal Foundation: Shockingly, EPA and allies misunderstand federalism
- (Opinion) Under our system of constitutional federalism, state officials’ participation in or consent to federal overreach is, at best, irrelevant.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Yakima Herald: Five farm workers file suit over Mercer Canyons hiring
- Five farm workers are suing a Klickitat County farm and a labor recruiter, saying they were improperly denied vineyard jobs that went instead to foreign workers.
Jamaica Observer: U.S. officials promise seamless implementation of visa regime for farm workers
- U.S. Embassy officials in Jamaica have assured the government that the new visa regime for farm workers, set for implementation on Feb. 19, will not result in any delays for workers entering the U.S.
Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel: Congressman Reid Ribble retiring
- Co-chair of the Congressional Dairy Farmer Caucus says he'll leave when his term ends early next year.
The Davis Enterprise: Val Dolcini serves 2 million customers who feed the nation
- The head of USDA's Farm Service Agency says the job has been more rewarding than he ever imagined, and he is constantly busy.
Observer-Reporter (Washington, Pa.): Wetlands a vital part of the environment
- (Opinion) The wetlands are an asset to mankind when a flood occurs. It is nature’s storage bowl, soaking up and storing many gallons of water and lessening the amount of water flowing downstream. It can also recharge aquifer and groundwater.
Lubbock Avalanche-Journal: Rally off 16-week lows still leaves cotton in red
- A late rally off 16-week lows, supported partly by a sharp cut in stocks in deliverable position, still left U.S. cotton futures in the red last week.
WKYT: Lexington, Kentucky's "worst fire in 30 years" destroys Blue Grass Stockyards
- A handful of workers and between 25 and 30 cattle were inside the massive Stockyard when it caught fire and engulfed in flames. The workers are accounted for.
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