Daily Harvest -- 2/29/2016
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse Open Mic: Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D.
- One of the key Democratic senators that the industry needs to pass a GMO labeling bill says she's eager to support legislation that would address the concerns of her sugar beet producers while also meeting the needs of consumers. Heitkamp shares make-or-break provisions of the bill scheduled for consideration this week.
Agri-Pulse: Washington Week Ahead: Senate panel eyes Tuesday action on GMO labeling
- (Subscriber only) Senate Agriculture Chairman Pat Roberts will try again this week to get an agreement with Democrats on legislation to head off state GMO labeling laws.
Agri-Pulse: Vilsack lauds Harden for work at USDA
- (Audio) Ag Secretary says departing deputy secretary is responsible for "best farm bill implementation ever."
Agri-Pulse Daybreak for Feb. 29
- (Audio) GMO labeling bill negotiations continue; WIC modernization in store; Ranchers still hopeful for Senate action on voluntary COOL
Agri-Pulse: 2018 Farm Bill - Research
- (Opinion) Bruce Knight says now is the time to start considering how we want to modify and build farm programs for the future.
Forum News Service: Back to the '80s: Despite ND budget cuts, some don't expect repeat
- InfoForum: Falling oil and farm commodity prices hit the state again earlier this month when Gov. Jack Dalrymple, a Republican who has been in office during historically good times in North Dakota's oil and agricultural industries, ordered budget cuts in order to help cover a $1 billion revenue shortfall.
Lancaster Farming: Proposed biorefinery in Boardman gets backing from USDA
- USDA has approved an $11 million loan for a project to build a biorefinery in Boardman that would convert farm waste into natural gas and liquid fertilizer.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Slippery Rock cheesemaker pleads guilty to selling imitation cheese
- FDA said Castle Cheese sold Parmesan and Romano cheese that contained other cheeses, such as Swiss and white cheddar, and no milk.
WLFI: What would happen if GMO foods were banned? Purdue finds out
- Purdue professor of Agricultural Science Wally Tyner says of GMOs, “All of the scientific evidence, so far is that it’s not a problem.” He said what could be a problem, is what would happen to the United States if GMOs were banned from the country.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
International Business Times: French Farmers Destroy Government Stand, Boo Hollande At Parisian Agriculture Expo
- A mob of French farmers kicked off an annual agriculture expo in Paris Saturday by destroying a stand belonging to the country’s deeply unpopular agriculture minister before being contained by French riot police.
AP: Danish farming, environment minister resigns, crisis averted
- Kjer Hansen had been accused by the Social-Democratic-led opposition and environmental groups of misleading Parliament about the environmental impact of a law allowing farmers to use more fertilizers.
The West Australian: Innovators to unlock grain potential
- Council of Grain Grower Organisations chairman Chris Wilkins said WA needed to embrace new ideas to maintain its place as a supplier of wheat and other grains to South-East Asia, the Middle East and other markets.
Sydney Morning Herald: Weak global dairy prices sour Murray Goulburn's profit
- Australia's biggest milk processor, Murray Goulburn, has confirmed it will miss the profit forecast from its prospectus, sending units in its listed trust tumbling as much as 13.6 per cent.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Agri-Pulse: House passes controversial Sportsmen's Act
- The House bill - H.R. 2406 - would end current federal protections, and preempt federal court decisions on those protections, for gray wolves in Wyoming, Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota.
Forbes: Chesapeake Bay Pollution Plan Pits Farmers Against Fishermen
- This week, West Virginia and some 20 other states are hoping the court will take up a case accusing the EPA of overreach, this time with a plan that would remove hundreds of thousands of acres of farmland from production in regions surrounding the Chesapeake Bay.
Tribune -Review (Western Pa.): Watershed moment: Stop this EPA power grab
- Editorial: Federal intrusion into state authority over the Chesapeake Bay Watershed should compel the U.S. Supreme Court to hear an appeal to the feds' power-grabbing “blueprint” for the region. Otherwise, more federal meddling will be enabled in watersheds across the country.
AP: UN science report warns of fewer bees, other pollinators
- Many species of wild bees, butterflies and other critters that pollinate plants are shrinking toward extinction, and the world needs to do something about it before our food supply suffers, a new United Nations scientific mega-report warns.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Des Moines Register: Deere cuts 100 workers in eastern Iowa
- Deere & Co. said Friday it notified 100 manufacturing workers in Davenport and Dubuque that their jobs will be cut, beginning April 1, due to weaker construction equipment sales.
L.A. Times: If East L.A.'s Latinos speak for the nation's, a wall could come tumbling down on Trump
- Orlando Calderon, 19 and a Los Angeles Valley College student, says, "It's a joke that Trump is running for president." He predicted an agricultural industry collapse if Trump's promised "deportation force" becomes a reality.
Billings Gazette: Montana's agriculture economy takes a hit as prices drop
- Montana’s wheat bubble is rapidly deflating, according to the 2015 pricing reports issued this week. The value of the state’s wheat crop slid below $1 billion for just the second time in past nine years, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. At $938 million, wheat values were $300 million lower than they were in 2014.
AP: Inmate farm labor program to be cut 21 percent
- Some Pueblo County, Colo., farmers are worried they’ll lose a source of workers if an inmate labor program is phased out.
Des Moines Register: Iowa offers new ag license plate
- Revenue from sales of the license plate will support the Iowa FFA Foundation, Iowa 4-H Foundation and Iowa Agriculture in the Classroom.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Penn State warns it may have to lay off 1,100 in agriculture-related programs
- Penn State University President Eric Barron today warned that 1,100 jobs in the university's Agricultural Research and Extension programs could be lost this spring if the programs do not secure a state appropriation by May 1.
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