Daily Harvest -- 2/3/2016
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse Daybreak, Feb. 3, 2016
- (Audio) On the other side of the world, representatives of 12 nations sign the Trans-Pacific Partnership today in a ceremony in New Zealand. Closer to home here in Washington, the Senate is continuing to make progress on a bipartisan Senate bill.
Agri-Pulse: Ethanol groups react to caucus results
- (Audio) Ethanol supporters say they saw winner Ted Cruz move closer to their positions over the course of the caucus campaign.
Forbes: There's Nothing Wrong With A 21st Century Farm
- Farmers today work in a high tech space. Farmers have had access to tractors with an automatic steering capability for nearly 20 years now. Perfectly repeatable passes from auto steer are just the basis for a host of other technologies.
Intl. Business Times: Will Donald Trump buy Iowa farm?
- Jokes aside, farmers in rural Iowa would love for Donald Trump – or anyone, really – to buy some land.
Agri-Pulse: Senators try to focus on energy bill's end game
- Majority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas, said Tuesday he expects the Senate to conclude debate and pass the bill this week with bipartisan support. Doing that requires keeping an eye on the goal posts and knocking down amendments that threaten to kill the bill. And so far, that mission has been accomplished
The Blaze: Ted Cruz Is Confronted by Angry Iowa Farmer Over Ethanol Subsidies
- Cruz convinces him: “If I’m elected president, the impact for Iowa farmers, the market for ethanol will be much bigger, than it is right now. And it won’t be through a mandate or subsidy. It will simply be repealing an unreasonable regulation and enabling ethanol to compete on a level playing field.”
The Hill: Clinton rolls out energy efficiency plan
- The plan, her campaign said Tuesday, looks to improve building codes, provide more information about buildings’ energy usage and expand appliance energy labeling as ways to reduce energy consumption.
Fuelfix: Renewable energy forecast to grow 9 percent in 2016
- The surge in renewable energy in the United States will continue for another year, the U.S. Energy Information Administration said in a report Tuesday.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Traverse City Business News: Genetic Engineering: Mandatory Labeling Movement Gains Ground
- The founder and president of an organic food company in Michigan says he's committed to providing information to his customers and "because we incur that additional expense voluntarily, mandatory labeling would actually lower our food costs by leveling the playing field."
Orlando Sentinel: Grove visits, funding vital to saving citrus
- (Opinion) How has a grove of organic orange trees in Lake Louisa State Park in Clermont survived for 75 years, through multiple frosts and diseases that have killed millions of other Florida citrus trees? It's a question whose answer could be worth $11 billion.
N.Y. Times: Chipotle food-safety issues drag down profits
- Chipotle Mexican Grill revealed on Tuesday that federal prosecutors had expanded their inquiry into the company’s multistate outbreaks of foodborne illnesses, further threatening sales that declined steeply by the end of last year.
Missoulian: Proposed fees for Montana dairy producers might be more than smaller ones can bear
- Small dairy producers say the state may drive several of them out of business with current proposals to raise the price of some milk inspection assessments and expand it to non-producers to cover a projected budget deficit within the Department of Livestock.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Agri-Pulse: ChemChina reportedly close to $43B deal for Syngenta
- China National Chemical Corp. is close to an agreement to buy Swiss pesticide-and-seed-maker Syngenta AG for almost $43 billion, Bloomberg Business and the Wall Street Journal are reporting.
CNBC: Syngenta says ChemChina deal "not China nationalization"
- The takeover of Syngenta by ChemChina does not amount to a Chinese nationalization of the Swiss agrichemicals giant, the company's chairman told CNBC.
N.Y. Times: ChemChina close to deal with Syngenta
- China is on the verge of its biggest ever foreign deal — and another possible political storm
N.Y. Times: ChemChina’s Bid for Syngenta Leaves Monsanto in the Cold
- The Chinese company, known as ChemChina, is nearing a deal for Syngenta, the Swiss seeds and pesticides maker. Its friendly nature and the cash involved probably make it better than a similarly valued offer last year from the American rival Monsanto, whose merger options are getting tougher.
Sydney Morning Herald.: Push to stop Parliament ratifying the Trans-Pacific Partnership
- Nearly 60 community organisations are calling for an independent assessment of the Trans-Pacific Partnership before Parliament is asked to vote on ratifying the agreement.
Radio New Zealand: TPP: Everything you need to know
- The Trans Pacific Partnership will be signed in Auckland on Thursday. So what exactly is this deal? What's at stake? Where to next?
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Australian Broadcasting Corp: Multi-million-dollar dairy deal sparks fears of a mass exodus of Victorian farmers as farm buy-ups stall
- In Victoria, up to 70 landholders across the state's south-west signed individual option deals to sell their farm to Aerem Holdings.
Agri-Pulse: APHIS seeks comments on scope of biotech regulation EIS
- USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) will prepare a programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to “evaluate a range of alternatives” for updating its biotechnology regulations.
San Diego Reader: Report suggests drought solutions should come from feds, focus on agriculture
- Local actions like lawn-watering restrictions and other calls on residents to reduce their water use aren't what will sustain California in what's expected to be an increasingly dry future, according to a study released Monday night by the Public Policy Institute of California.
Genetic Literacy Project: Spread of GM mosquito conspiracy theory hurts fight against Zika
- (Opinion) You don’t have to look too far beneath the surface to see that the recent claims of modified mosquitoes causing Zika have no merits.
AP: Minnesota Governor Pares Down Buffer Zone Law
- Gov. Mark Dayton said Friday he has reluctantly told environmental officials to back off private ditches as they prepare to start enforcing his marquee water quality initiative — stronger requirements for leaving buffer strips of vegetation between farm fields and waterways.
Grist: Could we end Zika with GMO mosquito army?
- Could we genetically engineer mosquitoes into extinction? As the Zika virus spreads — and as panic about the Zika virus spreads even faster — it’s an awfully appealing idea.
Newton (Iowa) Daily News: Ag secretary releases water quality initiative report
- Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey highlighted Friday the Iowa Water Quality Initiative 2016 Legislative Report during his presentation to the Agriculture and Natural Resources Appropriations Subcommittee.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
AP: Review reveals problems protecting workers from pesticides
- An Associated Press review of federal and state enforcement data and other records revealed that the pesticide-safety system is riddled with problems.
The Packer: Driscoll's Fair Trade pilot extends social responsibility reach
- Driscoll Strawberry Associates Inc. has launched a pilot program with Fair Trade USA to bring to market certified organic strawberries and raspberries grown in Baja, Mexico. Funds from sales of the certified products at some Whole Foods and Costco locations are directed back to the communities and farm workers that produced the berries.
KWTX: In Mart, Texas, impasse over USDA grant, loan near resolution
- USDA awarded Mart a $5 million grant and $17 million in low-interest loans in August 2015 to pay for much-needed infrastructure upgrades, but so far the city hasn’t been able to access the funds to start work on repaving streets and updating the community’s aging water system.
Boulder Daily Camera: Is GMO research impartial?
- (Opinion) Letter-writer responds to guest commentary, "Science denialism a peculiar fad for a savvy city."
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