Daily Harvest -- 2/8/2016
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse Daybreak for Feb. 8, 2016
- (Audio) President Obama’s top cabinet members – among them Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, Commodity Futures Trading Commission Chairman Timothy Massad and EPA’s Administrator Gina McCarthy – head to Capitol Hill this week to defend his fiscal 2017 budget.
Agri-Pulse: Washington Week Ahead: Obama releases budget, USDA, EPA chiefs face lawmakers
- (Audio) President Obama releases his fiscal 2017 budget this week as congressional Republicans vow to accelerate debates on appropriations bills amid the heated campaign season.
Agri-Pulse: Open Mic Guest with Zippy Duvall, President of the American Farm Bureau Federation
- (Audio) In this interview, Duvall speaks to the ag industry’s ongoing battle to stop the EPA’s Waters of the US regulation, the need for a national voluntary labeling law and the challenging plight of the cotton industry.
Agri-Pulse: John Block: Who will be our Presidential candidates next November?
- (Audio) It’s a long complicated process. Iowa’s voters may be the first to cast their preliminary votes, but they do not have the last word.
Agri-Pulse: APHIS finalizes interim rule on HPAI indemnity payments
- USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service announced today the finalization of a new interim rule governing indemnity payments from highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) outbreaks.
Agri-Pulse: Bayer refuses EPA request to cancel uses for Belt
- Bayer's Crop Science division is rejecting EPA's request that it voluntarily cancel uses of flubendiamide (trade name: Belt), an insecticide used on more than 200 crops nationwide.
LA Times: Hawaii lawmakers take step to legalize industrial hemp
- Hawaii residents say legalizing industrial hemp could spur business ventures ranging from home construction to selling hemp seed candy bars at Hawaii airports.
Agri-Pulse: Ag worried about proposed energy tax
- (Audio) President Barack Obama is set to propose a tax on oil that the administration says will go toward funding new transportation projects.
My Central Nebraska: ADM Considering Sale of Ethanol Plants
- Archer Daniels Midland is reportedly mulling over selling three of its dry-mill ethanol facilities located in Nebraska, Iowa and Illinois. Together the plants make up just under half of ADM’s 1.8-billion-gallon-per-year U.S. ethanol capacity.
Seeking Alpha: SunEdison - Within Chaos, Seeds Of Opportunity
- (Opinion) SunEdison is facing a litany of problems weighing down the stock. The biggest concerns are very high debt due to aggressive bidding on contracts and short-term cash issues.
Washington Post: A dilemma of development vs. the prospect of losing peace and quiet
- Residents in rural Virginia say gas pipeline construction will bring harm to their way of life.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Nasdaq: Tyson Foods Projects Record Profits; Shares Hit All-Time High
- Tyson Foods Inc. projected record profits this year, boosted by growing consumer spending, increased meat supplies and low prices for animal feed. The outlook helped its shares soar to an all-time high.
Nasdaq: Mars to Phase Out Artificial Colors
- M&M's maker Mars Inc. will phase out artificial colors throughout its portfolio of foods over a five-year period, following several large food companies that have made similar changes amid a trend toward natural ingredients.
Washington Post: Chipotle stores to open later on Monday for worker meeting
- Chipotle restaurants across the U.S. are opening later than usual Monday so workers can attend a meeting about the chain’s recent food safety scares.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Reuters: China Cracks Down on Illegal GM Crops Ahead of Syngenta Deal
- Chinese officials have issued warnings to seed dealers and farmers not to use unapproved genetically modified seeds in the country's main crop belt, shortly after Greenpeace said it had found widespread GM contamination in corn.
Wall Street Journal: Ground Shifts Under Wheat Export Market
- Record harvests, the strong dollar and cheap oil combine to shake up the multibillion-dollar global wheat market.
Wall Street Journal: Sugar Smuggling Into China Stirs Market
- To support Chinese farmers, China’s government restricts the amount of sugar that can be imported. A poor harvest this year has pushed up local prices, creating an incentive for smugglers.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Des Moines Register: Study: Little increase in two key conservation practices
- A study of eight high-priority watersheds in Iowa found little increase in acres devoted to two key farm conservation practices over a three-year period, indicating taxpayers are getting minimal additional environmental benefits despite millions of dollars spent.
New York Times: Cover Crops, a Farming Revolution With Deep Roots in the Past
- Now some 13,000 of the 20,000 acres that the family farms across nine counties are planted with cover crops after harvesting, and farmers around them are beginning to embrace the practice.
Washington Post: Scientists say humans certainly caused the spread of the virus that’s killing honeybees
- Honeybees in Asia and Europe had learned to live separately with a pest and a disease. Then humans came along and mixed them, with catastrophic results.
LA Times: Suffering bobcats, coyotes, owls spur Thousand Oaks neighborhood to rethink war on rats
- Images of dead and dying bobcats, mountain lions, coyotes and owls posted on community message boards and chat threads have aroused outrage among residents who believe rodenticides are working their way up the food chain.
Wall Street Journal: Maryland Marine Police Crack Down on Oyster Poachers
- Aided by surveillance and underwater searches, Maryland authorities for the first time have brought felony theft charges in a case involving the poaching of farm-raised oysters.
New York Times: Regulatory Gaps Leave Unsafe Lead Levels in Water Nationwide
- Federal officials and many scientists agree that most of the nation’s 53,000 community water systems provide safe drinking water. But recent episodes are unsettling reminders of what experts say are holes in the safety net of rules and procedures intended to keep water free of all poisons.
New York Times: As Rubio Waffles, Two Floridians in the House Seek Bipartisan Climate Solutions
- Given Florida’s special vulnerability to rising seas and other consequences of human-driven global warming, it’s not surprising that one of the first efforts to break the partisan impasse in the House around this issue has come from two lawmakers from the south end of the state.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
New York Times: Migrant Group’s Desperate March Through Mexico
- Fleeing a surge in gang violence and a void of opportunity, record numbers of Central Americans began streaming toward the United States in the spring of 2014.
Washington Post: As immigration resurges, U.S. public schools help children find their footing
- Maryland’s High Point High offers an example of how a school adjusts to a rapid influx of immigrant students.
LA Times: Salinas hopes to turn farm workers' children into computer scientists
- With one foot in its fields and another edged toward Silicon Valley, Salinas is trying to reboot itself as the agricultural technology center of California with the help of farmworkers’ children.
Sacramento Bee: Westlands’ cynical ploy uses farmworkers’ group to curb environmental laws
- (Opinion) Republicans and agribusiness are using drought to undermine environmental laws.
Agri-Pulse: Anne Alonzo picked to head American Egg Board
- Anne Alonzo, who recently stepped down as administrator of USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service, has been named president and CEO of the American Egg Board, Agri-Pulse has learned.
Des Moines Register: At Super Bowl, ISU student on her own turf
- For the past week, an Iowa State junior – the first woman and the third student from ISU to be selected for an intensive turfgrass internship – lent a hand painting, mowing and taking care of the field where the Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers played.
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