Daily Harvest -- 3/2/2016
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse Daybreak: Wednesday, March 2, 2016
- (Audio) Super Tuesday results, GMO labeling bill, FDA chief faces appropriators, and more.
Agri-Pulse: Senate panel OKs GMO labeling bill with Democrat backing
- The Senate Agriculture Committee approved a bill to preempt state GMO labeling laws, and there were signs there may eventually be enough Democratic support to get a version of the legislation enacted.
Agri-Pulse: GMO labeling bill clears Senate Ag Committee
- (Audio) With the help of three Democrats, the Senate Agriculture Committee voted to advance a measure preempting state labeling of foods with biotech ingredients.
Agri-Pulse: Farm income woes spur credit concerns
- The drop in commodity prices since 2013, falling farmland values and the ongoing decline in agricultural income is making it harder for farmers to repay operating loans and could make credit more difficult to get for many next year, Nathan Kauffman, assistant vice president and Omaha branch executive with the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, told U.S. lawmakers Tuesday.
Agri-Pulse: Entomologist's scientific integrity complaint rejected by USDA panel
- The Agricultural Research Service did not violate USDA's Scientific Integrity Policy (SIP), as asserted by an entomologist who has published papers on the risks of neonicotinoids to monarch butterflies, a USDA-assembled panel has found.
Lawrence (Kan.) Journal-World: Legislation limiting environmental action on tap when lawmakers return
- Kansas legislative committees will consider bills to limit, or even suspend, state activities dealing with federal environmental rules when lawmakers return to the Statehouse Wednesday after their weeklong break.
Fortune: Popular Government Energy Program Seeks a Big New Twist
- Hundreds of researchers, entrepreneurs, investors, and policymakers from across the U.S. are flocking to an expansive hotel just down river from Washington, D.C. They’re there to show off, and check out, some of the most unusual—and potentially game-changing—new energy technologies in the world like futuristic batteries, engineered microbes that make biofuels, and high-performance solar materials.
Quincy (Ill.) Whig-Herald: Ag dinner keynoter: 'It's important for farmers to tell their story'
- Mike Adams says the average consumer's lack of familiarity with agriculture is one of the biggest challenges, and one of the biggest opportunities, facing the farm community.
Christian Science Monitor: Appeals court protects polar bears in Alaska
- To the chagrin of the Alaskan oil industry, an appeals court has upheld the federal government's plan to protect polar bear habitats throughout 187,000 square miles of Alaska's northern coast.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Idaho Statesman: Albertsons says it will sell only cage-free eggs by 2025
- Albertsons is the second-largest supermarket company in the U.S., with more than 2,200 stores under several banners, including Safeway.
Food Poisoning Bulletin: FDA Joins Salmonella, E. coli “Sproutbreak” Investigations
- The multistate outbreaks, which are unfolding simultaneously, have been linked to sprouts produced by two different companies: Jack and the Green Sprouts of River Falls, Wis. and Sweetwater Farms in Inman, Kansas.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Bismarck Tribune: Experts advise farmers on surviving low crop prices
- Crop economist Frayne Olson of North Dakota State University's department of agribusiness and applied economics says prices won’t stay low forever.
The Guardian: UK government moves to ease energy supply fears
- The UK government has moved to allay fears of a coming electricity supply crunch by unexpectedly bringing forward key reforms to the energy market.
The Irish News: United States and Europe disagree on GM crops
- Coming soon to a plate near you – a large dollop of genetically modified organisms. Well, not if the EU can help it.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Agri-Pulse: EPA acts to cancel flubendiamide registrations; Bayer has said it will fight
- EPA is moving ahead with cancellation of the pesticide flubendiamide, which under the trade name Belt is registered for use on more than 200 crops, including soybeans and almonds.
Des Moines Register: Iowa Senate calls for anhydrous ammonia task force
- The senate approved a bill that would set up a task force within the state's Department of Agriculture.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
AP: Southeast Iowa woman dies after accident in livestock pen
- Ruth Hoskins died Saturday after she and her husband, John Hoskins, tried to hook a grain wagon to a utility vehicle.
Alaska Dispatch News: USDA official visits Alaska hoping to get veterans interested in farming
- USDA Deputy Undersecretary Lanon Baccam was in Alaska last week to meet with farming groups from across the state to promote the idea.
Sacramento Bee: Sierra snowpack falls below normal
- In another sign that a once-promising El Niño weather pattern is proving to be no drought-buster, California officials say an unseasonably warm and dry February shrunk the Sierra snowpack to below average depths.
AP: Want farmland or garden space in the city? Look up.
- Rooftops are an underutilized resource “in precisely the places where space is everything and fertile land is most scarce,” says author Annie Novak. “It makes you want to roll up your sleeves and get growing.”
KPBS: City Council Approves Proposal Incentivizing Urban Agriculture
- A proposal to create an incentive for owners to set aside vacant property in San Diego for urban agriculture was approved by the City Council on a 7-0 vote.
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