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Daily Harvest -- 3/4/2016
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Agri-Pulse Daybreak for March 4, 2016
Link - (Audio) Vilsack expected to address GMO labeling in talk at Commodity Classic; Del. senator warms to preemption; APHIS biotech overhaul, more

Agri-Pulse: NIFA director sees huge gap between ag job supply, demand
Link - Even as land-grant agricultural schools are enrolling fewer students with a farm and ranch background today than in previous years, the demand for college graduates with the skills and knowledge for modern food and agricultural jobs is outstripping the supply, according to experts on a panel at the recent USDA Agricultural Outlook Forum.

Agri-Pulse: Law professor nominated for CFTC
Link - The nominee, Chris Brummer, director of the Institute for International Economic Law at Georgetown University, appears to lack the agricultural background that agribusiness interests and some lawmakers have been pushing the White House to add to the CFTC.

Agri-Pulse: Data farming is agriculture's future
Link - (Opinion) One of the most valuable commodities cultivated by farmers today is the information their tractors, harvesters and aerial drones collect.

Courthouse News Service: Oklahoma 'Right to Farm' Proposal Called Giveaway to Corporations and Factory Farms
Link - A constitutional ballot initiative that would "forever guarantee" the right to farm and ranch in Oklahoma will let factory farms set agricultural policy, a preservation group and state lawmaker group claim in court.


Bloomberg: McClendon's American Energy Says It Will Continue Operations
Link - American Energy Partners LP, the firm created by Aubrey McClendon, said it would continue its work despite its founder’s death in a car crash Wednesday.

Phys.Org: Clean energy could stress global water resources
Link - Climate mitigation efforts in the energy system could lead to increasing pressure on water resources, according to a new study published in the journal Environmental Research Letters. Yet increased energy efficiency and a focus on wind and solar power, which require less water, or the switch to more water efficient cooling technologies could help avoid this problem, the study shows.


Agri-Pulse: Ag lining up behind Roberts GMO labeling effort
Link - Earlier this week, action began on a GMO labeling bill in the Senate Ag Committee, and agricultural stakeholders are hopeful to find a solution they can work with.

Washington Post: Food scarcity caused by climate change could cause 500,000 deaths by 2050, study suggests
Link - The effects of climate change on food production around the world could lead to more than 500,000 deaths by the year 2050, according to a grim new study.

Vox: Nutrition researcher sees link between funding by food companies and results of research studies
Link - (Opinion) Of the 152 industry-funded studies Marion Nestle has examined, 140 boast results that favor the funder. That's more than 90 percent.

Hartford Courant: Lawmakers Launch New Push For GMO Labels on Food for Kids
Link - A renewed Connecticut campaign to require labeling of products containing genetically modified organisms was launched Thursday, this time focusing on baby formulas and other food for children.

Food Dive: Washington AG brings second case in 2013 GMO labeling battle
Link - The attorney general alleges the group violated disclosure laws after being months late in reporting the sources of $200,000 spent in support of GMO labeling Initiative 522.


NPR: With Economy Stuck In The Mud, Farmers Sink Deeper Into Debt
Link - The U.S. Department of Agriculture expects farm income to fall for the third year in a row. At the same time, farmers are borrowing billions from banks to get by. To make ends meet, some farmers are giving up leases on farmland they can't afford and selling equipment they don't need.

Cleveland Plain Dealer: Ohio lost 112,500 jobs due to trade with TPP countries, study says
Link - Ohio lost 112,500 jobs in 2015 resulting from the United States' trade deficit with countries that are part of the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement, according to an analysis by the Economic Policy Institute.

Detroit News: Sanders: Bad trade policies killing middle class jobs
Link - The Vermont senator criticized the North American Free Trade Agreement, which was implemented under President Bill Clinton, and the new Trans-Pacific Partnership, which his opponent Hillary Clinton supported as U.S. Secretary of State and then opposed as her run for presidency began.

AgriLand: Large-scale U.S. dairy farms set to increase production
Link - US dairy farmers are likely to grow their operations in the near future, according to Rabobank Dairy Analyst Tom Bailey.


Agri-Pulse: John Block's commentary addresses the Zika virus.
Link - (Audio) GE technology to fight the mosquitoes has not yet been OK'd in U.S.

Agri-Pulse: EDF unveils new nutrient management tool
Link - Farmers and crop consultants have gained a new independent tool to help them better assess how software and fertilizer management products actually work in different regions and various soil types.

AP: Red wolf panel’s struggles portend problems for species
Link - A panel convened to help chart the future of the dwindling wild population of red wolves has struggled to agree on how to move forward, prompting one member to resign.


Agri-Pulse: Trump signals flexibility on immigration in debate
Link - The mogul-candidate even says it was OK for Florida Sen. Marco Rubio to have negotiated on the 2013 immigration reform bill.

AP: Farmworkers announce boycott against Wendy’s
Link - The Coalition of Immokalee Workers said Thursday it hopes the boycott will cause the Ohio-based chain to pay a penny-per-pound fee for its tomatoes to supplement some farmworkers’ wages

AP: United Farm Workers endorses Clinton
Link - The union, active in 10 states, has a largely Latino membership, a key voting bloc for Clinton in both the primary and general elections. She received their endorsement over then-Illinois Sen. Barack Obama in the 2008 primary.

Independent: Farmworkers Fight for Rights
Link - Ag industry representatives are pushing back against a report that highlights horrid working conditions for Santa Barbara County farmworkers.


Tri-City Herald: Farmers market returning to downtown Kennewick
Link - Downtown Kennewick, Wash., will once again host its own farmers market, beginning in June.

The Hindu: Bihar farmers refuse to clear fields for Modi's event
Link - The farmers of Sultanpur village in the Vaishali district of Bihar have refused to part with their standing wheat crop to clear the area for an event featuring the prime minister.

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