Daily Harvest -- 3/11/2016
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse Daybreak for March 11, 2016
- (Audio) USDA to allow the import of Peruvian pomegranates, figs; Obama talks COOL repeal with Canadian prime minister; Farm income likely to stay flat; House Democrats warn GOP on SNAP; and highlights from last night’s Republican presidential debate. This and more in today’s Daybreak.
Agri-Pulse: NAWG kicking off yield contest
- (Audio) In an effort to try and fight off years of declining acres, the National Association of Wheat Growers is developing a competition to reward the nation's best in wheat production.
Agri-Pulse: Producers gather for record Commodity Classic
- (Video) Growers on hard times descended on the Big Easy for this year's Commodity Classic. Despite tough times in farm country, this year's event was the biggest in its history. Agri-Pulse's Spencer Chase has more.
Nature: Policy: Reboot the debate on genetic engineering
- (Opinion) Framing the biotech debate around 'product versus process' is neither logical nor scientific. It is stalling productive dialogue on the development of appropriate oversight in the face of rapid advances in GE.
Modern Farmer: Faced with Dropping Corn & Soybean Prices, Midwestern Farmers Are Taking Aim At Lentils
- The Upper Midwest deals primarily in two giant commodity crops: corn and soybeans. But with depressed prices, farmers are looking out of the box to more unusual crops. High on the list? Lentils.
New York Times: Con Edison Aims to Revamp Customer Service, Saving Energy Too
- Con Edison, a public utility that traces its roots to the 19th century, is trying to modernize its relationship with customers, aiming to make interactions with them as smooth as ones they would have with Amazon or Uber.
Billings Gazette: Guest opinion: Renewables can diversify Montana's energy economy
- (Opinion) People who want to invest in and help build Montana’s renewable energy future are already here, ready to bring forward the clean energy that is in demand.
Christian Science Monitor: Can Republicans learn to love clean energy?
- Liberals love renewables; conservatives stick to fossil fuels. So goes the orthodoxy of US energy politics. But the truth is muddier.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Agri-Pulse: Feed the Future wins Senate panel's backing
- (Subscriber only) The Obama administration's $1-billion-a-year effort to improve food security in some of the poorest countries in the world has cleared a key Senate hurdle for the first time.
Agri-Pulse: FDA issues acrylamide guidance
- Don't burn those french fries. And keep those cookies light brown. Those are two messages from the Food and Drug Administration's final guidance on how to reduce levels of acrylamide in food.
TIME: This Could Be the Best Way to Solve America’s Food Waste Problem
- A new plan offers a roadmap for the U.S. to reduce food waste by 20% within a decade while also creating thousands of jobs and could save consumers billions of dollars.
Minneapolis Star Tribune: Lawmakers join maple syrup industry against false claims
- Federal lawmakers from maple syrup-producing states are joining industry groups in calling on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to take action against products that falsely claim to contain maple syrup.
Wall Street Journal: How Hershey Limits Risk in its Supply Chain
- Adrian Mebane, vice president and deputy general counsel for The Hershey Co., discusses how Hershey manages risks to its supply chain, opens in new markets and the role of its legal risk center.
Washington Post: Salmonella threat leads to national recall of pistachios
- Pistachios sold under the brands of Wonderful, Paramount Farms and Trader Joe’s have been recalled nationwide because they may be contaminated with salmonella.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Wall Street Journal: We May Starve, but at Least We’ll Be GMO-Free
- (Opinion) Unlike the Europeans we copied, Zimbabwe can’t afford such an unscientific ideological luxury.
Wall Street Journal: World’s Dairy Farmers Squeezed by Oversupply
- Dairy—once the cash cow of the commodities markets—is now firmly in the doldrums. Having risen nearly threefold from 2009 to 2014, milk prices are now half what they were at their peak.
US News & World Report: Trump's Positions on Trade, Alliances Could Roil Asia Ties
- Trump says China is ripping off America in trade and should be slapped with a fat import tax, and claims U.S. military allies Japan and South Korea are freeloading and need to pull their weight.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Agri-Pulse: Interior to delist Louisiana black bear
- After 24 years of federal protection, the Louisiana black bear - the inspiration for the teddy bear - will be delisted under the Endangered Species Act.
Agri-Pulse: AFBF, Cattlemen fight sage grouse grazing restrictions
- The American Farm Bureau Federation and the National Cattlemen's Beef Association have asked a federal court to stop federal land use management plans that would prohibit grazing on millions of acres of federal lands to provide habitat for the greater sage grouse.
The Hill: Feds sued over butterfly protections
- The Center for Biological Diversity and the Center for Food Safety jointly filed a lawsuit Thursday arguing the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) should add the monarch butterfly to the endangered species list.
The Durango Herald: Monarch butterflies, manatees are on a big rebound
- Recently, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced that monarch butterfly populations were up an estimated 255 percent and Florida’s endangered West Indian manatee population rocketed upward for a second consecutive year.
Fresno Bee: Editorial: Bureau of Reclamation should increase Delta water exports
- (Opinion) The Bureau of Reclamation must do better. It needs to stop kicking farmers in the teeth.
The Guardian: Could a new plastic-eating bacteria help combat this pollution scourge?
- Scientists have discovered a species of bacteria capable of breaking down commonly used PET plastic but remain unsure of its potential applications.
Washington Post: Officials: 13 bald eagles did not die of natural causes
- Federal wildlife officials say 13 bald eagles found dead on Maryland’s Eastern Shore did not die of natural causes.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Agri-Pulse: Democratic candidates pledge to end deportations
- Hillary Clinton is joining Sen. Bernie Sanders in promising to end deportations of illegal immigrants who haven't committed a crime or pose a terrorist threat.
Western Producer: Ag minister clarifies farm workers act
- (Opinion) “The Alberta government believes all workers should be safe, including those who work on farms and ranches, and I know Albertans feel the same,” says Oneil Carlier, Alberta’s agriculture minister.
Sacramento Business Journal: Lawmaker proposes an eight-hour workday for farmworkers
- Farm workers would receive overtime after eight hours of work under legislation recently introduced by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez.
Des Moines Register: Deere continues layoffs, cutting 125 workers in Ankeny, Dubuque
- Deere & Co. said Thursday it notified about 125 workers in Ankeny and Dubuque they will be laid off, effective next month, due to the continued slowdown in farming and energy industries.
Yahoo News: Too many turkeys: Staten Island calls foul over bird woes
- USDA is tackling the turkey troubles that have plagued one intersection in Staten Island for eight years.
ABC News: Things to Know About GMO Mosquito Test Proposed in Florida
- Until now, Oxitec’s proposal to test its biotech mosquito in the Florida Keys to stop the transmission of the Zika virus has languished at FDA while the company conducted similar field trials outside the U.S.
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