Daily Harvest -- 3/7/2016
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse Daybreak for March 7, 2016
- (Audio) How the candidates are polling; what’s new in biotech labeling; the pork industry unites in fighting settlement; and Vilsack says Ag secretaries should stay longer.
Agri-Pulse: Open Mic with John Bode, CEO-President, Corn Refiners Assoc.
- In this timely interview, Bode offers results of a study measuring the per household cost of state mandated GMO labels, the Corn Refiners’ view of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement and his take on how the federal government develops federal nutrition policy.
Agri-Pulse: Vilsack pushes TPP, biotech labeling plan, adds personal touch in speech to Commodity Classic
- The Trans-Pacific Partnership will provide substantial benefits to agriculture and needs to be approved by Congress, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told an attentive crowd at the Commodity Classic in New Orleans today.
Agri-Pulse: Washington Week in Review: March 4, 2016: GMO Labeling and Commodity Classic
- (Video) A record number of attendees are in New Orleans this week for Commodity Classic, and one big topic of conversation among producers is a GMO labeling effort in the Senate. Agri-Pulse's Sara Wyant and Spencer Chase have more.
Lincoln Journal Star: Farm and Food: Producing ourselves into lower prices
- The message from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Outlook Forum in late February was pretty clear: In 2016, we will again grow more farm goods — and, in some cases, far more — than the U.S. and world markets can profitably use.
Washington Post: Ex-Lt. Gov. Judge Launches Bid Against Iowa Sen. Grassley
- Declaring herself the “Judge” Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley “can’t ignore,” former Iowa Lt. Gov. Patty Judge launched a Democratic bid Friday to unseat the Judiciary Committee chairman — a campaign she said would focus largely on his handling of the current Supreme Court vacancy.
Associated Press: John Deere, More Turn to US Supreme Court on Auto Dealer Law
- Lawyers for John Deere and other farm and heavy equipment managers are taking their case to the U.S. Supreme Court following a state court decision that rejected most of their challenges to New Hampshire's Auto Dealers Bill of Rights law.
Bismarck Tribune: Coal expected to remain in energy mix
- North Dakota researchers predict, in 50 years, coal will still make up three quarters of power generation in the state — but it will be “clean” coal.
PRI: Study shows US could convert its economy to renewable energy without battery breakthrough
- A new study from NOAA shows that, by building new high-tech transmission lines, the US could slash energy sector global warming emissions by 80 percent within 15 years, while keeping consumer costs low and meeting increased demand.
USA Today: Clean-energy effort avoids D.C. dystopia
- Democrats and Republicans agree on little when it comes to government policy, including how Washington should influence the ways that Americans produce energy.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Agri-Pulse: Vilsack gives his thoughts on GMO labeling
- (Audio) Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack was in New Orleans last week, and among the litany of issues he touched on with producers and reporters was work in the Senate on a GMO labeling bill.
New York Times: Trade Group Lobbying for Plant-Based Foods Takes a Seat in Washington
- The trade associations representing the beef, pork and poultry industries are about to get some company from a new trade group, the Plant Based Foods Association, which represents makers of proteins derived from peas, soybeans and other nonmeat sources.
Wall Street Journal: Food Carts Get a High-End Reboot
- Unlike the typical aluminum cart, his steel MRV100 trailer boasts a refrigerator, sink and computerized hybrid energy system that alternates between solar, natural-gas and battery power, rather than noisy gasoline.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Agri-Pulse: EU may approve glyphosate for another 15 years
- Experts from the 28 member states of the EU are holding a closed-door meeting in Brussels next week to consider a European Commission proposal to extend authorization or the use of glyphosate for the next 15 years and there are indications it will be approved.
ABC News: Seeds of Trouble: Monsanto Threatens to Pull Out of India
- U.S. seed giant Monsanto has threatened to pull its genetically modified crop technology from India if the government goes ahead with its plan to cut the company's royalty fees.
Reuters: China’s Carbon Emissions May Have Already Peaked, Study Says
- China's carbon emissions, by far the world's highest, may have peaked in 2014, according to a study published on Monday, potentially putting Beijing under pressure to toughen climate pledges perceived as too lax.
Reuters: China's taste for craft offers fizz for global brewers
- Small-scale brewers from Brooklyn to Beijing are tapping growing demand from cosmopolitan Chinese consumers for high-end beers, a trend which could also help global brewing giants finally unlock frothier profits in the world's largest beer market.
New York Times: Latin America to Tackle Dual Problems of Hunger and Obesity: U.N.
- Latin American governments have pledged to work toward ending hunger within a decade while tackling an epidemic of rising obesity in the region - itself considered a form of malnutrition.
NZ Herald: Clowns kicked out of Trans Pacific Partnership roadshow
- Four people dressed as clowns have been kicked out of the first stop of the Government's Trans-Pacific Partnership information roadshow in Auckland.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Washington Post: Was a USDA scientist muzzled because of his bee research?
- Jonathan Lundgren is buying a parcel of land — a scrubby, 30-acre plot just north of Brookings, S.D. — from which he plans to start two businesses: Blue Dasher Farm, a for-profit enterprise he describes as a model for sustainable farming; and Ecdysis, a nonprofit science lab for independent research.
Sacramento Bee: Heavy rain leads to evacuations, rescues in California
- California is not the only place experiencing severe weather. Conditions are especially ripe for tornadoes in the Southeast and Great Plains.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Visalia Times-Delta: Farmers identify with farm work
- (Opinion) Many, probably most, farmers have been farm workers, and many still are. It gives them a very human perspective that employers in other industries don’t always have.
Bismarck Tribune: Automation improving accuracy in agriculture
- With current commercial technology, someone still needs to be in the cab of a tractor, because there are no sensors to drive around obstacles. The new iTEC Pro will automatically slow the tractor as it approaches the end of a row, lift the planter, turn, lower the planter and accelerate.
LA Times: This judge says toddlers can defend themselves in immigration court
- A federal immigration judge believes migrant toddlers can defend themselves in court, according to a deposition in a court case brought by advocates seeking government-appointed attorneys for the youths.
Yahoo News: Swiss foreign minister sees EU immigration deal near: paper
- Switzerland and the European Union could strike a deal on curbing immigration to the neutral Alpine country soon after Britons decide in June whether to quit the bloc, Swiss Foreign Minister Didier Burkhalter said.
Bloomberg: Meet the Canines Sniffing Out Trouble in Florida's Orange Groves
- The government has trained 10 dogs to identify a bacteria that has been killing citrus trees for a decade in Florida, the biggest domestic producer.
Springfield News-Leader: St. Louis Zoo drops bid for Grant’s Farm
- The St. Louis Zoo Association said Friday it is dropping the offer to buy Grant’s Farm in south St. Louis County, citing a survey that showed most people prefer to keep the popular attraction in the family that founded Anheuser-Busch.
Houston Chronicle: Craft beer boom spurs demand for close-to-home barley malt
- Nesel's Hudson Valley Malt, 100 miles north of New York City, is one of dozens of small malting businesses that have sprung up around the country over the past few years to serve a growing thirst for locally crafted beer and whiskey that reflect a region's climate and soils.
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