Daily Harvest -- 2/10/2016
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse Daybreak Wednesday - 2/10/2016
- (Audio) Federal GMO labeling bill close, yet so far; SCOTUS grants stay on EPA’s Clean Power Plan; New Hampshire voters have spoken; and water infrastructure and CFTC are topics of debate. This and more in today’s Daybreak.
Agri-Pulse: Obama budget cuts crop insurance, funds summer meal program
- Funding for a nationwide initiative to feed poor kids during the summer and cuts to the crop insurance program are included in President Obama's proposed fiscal 2017 budget, released today.
Agri-Pulse: Crop insurance official disappointed in proposed cut
- (Audio) The Obama Administration rolled out a $4.1 trillion budget deal Tuesday that included an $18 billion cut to the crop insurance program.
Agri-Pulse: USDA projects 'moderate' farm income drop in 2016
- USDA's Economic Research Service released its annual income projections today, and the agency forecasts that farmers will make a little, not a lot, less in 2016 than they made last year.
Washington Post: California farmers reap record sales in record drought
- A new state report shows California farmers reaping record sales despite the epic drought, thriving even as city-dwellers have been forced to conserve water, household wells have run dry and fish have died.
Albuquerque Journal: Official details storm's lasting effects on dairy industry
- It could take months to tally the true costs of a winter storm that killed an untold number of livestock and derailed New Mexico’s dairy industry, the state’s top agriculture official warned lawmakers.
Phys.org: Indiana to lift most bird flu-related restrictions soon
- Animal health officials monitoring the bird flu outbreak in southwestern Indiana say they will lift most restrictions in two weeks if ongoing testing finds no additional infections.
Agri-Pulse: Reports tout permanent benefits of 'de-carbonization'
- (Subscriber only) An ExxonMobil policy blog posted this week forecasts global carbon emissions will begin to drop around 2030, and by 2040 “the emissions-intensity of the global economy is likely to fall by half.”
Bloomberg: Obama's Clean-Power Plan Put on Hold by U.S. Supreme Court
- A divided U.S. Supreme Court blocked President Barack Obama’s sweeping plan to cut emissions from power plants, putting on hold his most ambitious effort to combat climate change.
Washington Post: Dominion teams up with energy company on Virginia solar farm
- The 250-acre site in Chesapeake will hold nearly 92,000 solar panels that will generate enough power for 5,000 homes.
FOOD & NUTRITION
LA Times: Why more food stamp recipients are now required to work
- Federal rules that took effect this year in many states will require some adult food aid recipients to work if they want to continue receiving federally funded benefits. The requirements generally are kicking in because unemployment rates have fallen.
Eater: Chipotle Pledges $10 Million to Help Local Farmers Meet Its New Safety Protocols
- Chipotle is launching a multimillion-dollar initiative to ensure that, as the company tightens up its food safety protocols, it won't be leaving its long-touted pledge to support local farmers in the dust.
New York Times: As Bison Becomes More Popular, Two Views Emerge on How to Treat Them
- To save something special like the American bison, you have to eat it.
ABC News: Welcome to the 'Agrihood': Homes Built Around Working Farms
- This farm-to-table residential model builds homes within strolling distance of small working farms, where produce matures under the hungry gaze of residents, where people can venture out and pick greens for their salads.
Washington Post: How Taco Bell brainwashes America’s youth into loving its tacos
- This stuffed-crust-pizza rendition of a taco is the latest reminder of Taco Bell’s marketing prowess, which helps the company put fresh spins on incremental changes to its food.
ABC News: Red Lobster Enjoys Sales Surge After Mention in Beyoncé Song
- The seafood chain known for its cheddar biscuits says sales surged 33 percent on Sunday, compared with last year's Super Bowl Sunday. The increase came after the release of "Formation," in which Beyonce references the restaurant.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Lincoln Journal Star: Nebraska company to ship beef to Israel, officials say
- Israel lifted its ban on beef from the U.S. in January. Not a Hastings meat processor is shipping the first significant amount of U.S. beef to Israel in more than a decade.
Ag Week: U.S. corn, wheat supplies to rise as exports wane
- The new domestic supply view for all three commodities came in above the average of analysts' estimates, near the high end of market forecasts.
Nasdaq: Bunge Sues Egypt Over Rejected French Wheat
- Bunge Ltd. said Tuesday that it began legal proceedings against the Egyptian government over a cargo of grain that was recently rejected, escalating a standoff between the world's largest wheat importer and its suppliers.
New York Times: UN: Number of Haitians Needing Food Aid Spikes Amid Drought
- The U.N. World Food Program says roughly 1.5 million Haitians are now considered severely insecure when it comes to food, more than double the figure from a government assessment in September.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Agri-Pulse: Land and Water Conservation Fund would benefit from Obama budget
- President Barack Obama laid out his budget plan for next year on Tuesday, including his bid to fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund at $900 million - a level that's only been met a few times in the program's 51-year history.
National Geographic: The Surprisingly Big Carbon Shadow Cast By Slender Asparagus
- In a recent study, vegetables’ total greenhouse gas emissions, or kg CO2-equivalent per kg of food, ranged from a low of .09 (pumpkin) to a high of 1.46 (escarole and endive). But asparagus at 8.87, produces six times the amount of GHG than the next-highest vegetable – higher than pork and veal, not to mention chicken, eggs, and milk.
LA Times: Plastic microbead pollution harms oysters, the ocean's critical ecosystem engineers, study finds
- Scientists recently estimated that the world’s oceans contain more than 5 trillion floating plastic particles, which have a combined weight of 250,000 tons.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
NPR: Farm Contractors Balk At Obamacare Requirements
- Obamacare is putting the agricultural industry in a tizzy. Many contractors who provide farm labor and must now offer workers health insurance are complaining loudly about the cost in their already low-margin business.
International Business Times: Immigration Reform 2016: Nearly Half Of 2015 California Driver's Licenses Were For Undocumented Immigrants
- A new law in California allowing for undocumented immigrants to apply for driver's licenses went into effect last January, prompting an influx of applications.
Washington Post: ‘It was a freak act of nature': Sinkhole swallows and kills Arizona farmhand
- An Arizona irrigation worker drove his pickup truck up to a berm, stepped out of the vehicle and dropped the tailgate. Seconds later, the earth opened and swallowed him into a 15-foot wide and 12- to 18-foot deep sinkhole.
Agri-Pulse: Monsanto agrees to $80M penalty for misstating Roundup-related earnings
- Monsanto has agreed to pay an $80 million penalty and retain an independent compliance consultant to settle charges that it violated accounting rules and misstated company earnings as it pertained to its flagship product Roundup, the Securities and Exchange Commission said.
Modern Farmer: Denver Broncos’ Von Miller Dreams of Being a Chicken Farmer
- We may be losing farmers at a pretty scary rate, but we can add one more to the ranks once his football career is over: Super Bowl winner and Denver Broncos' linebacker Von Miller.
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