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Daily Harvest -- 3/14/2016
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Agri-Pulse: Washington Week Ahead: Biotech labeling fight heads to Senate floor
Link - The Senate looks to settle the issue of biotech labeling once and for all this week with a historic debate on legislation that would block states from requiring GMO disclosure. Also, with Ohio's 66 delegates at stake, candidates in both parties have been sharpening their attacks on U.S. trade deals, including the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Agri-Pulse Daybreak for March 14, 2016
Link - Biotech bill headed to Senate floor; Agri-Pulse kicks off National Ag Day; Ohio tests anti-trade message; GMA loses round in labeling case.

Agri-Pulse Open Mic: Rod Snyder, President of Field to Market
Link - (Audio) Snyder talks about how the food production industry is placing greater emphasis on sustainability and responding to calls for federal standards to define sustainable agriculture.

Agri-Pulse helps kick off national Ag Day
Link - The publication will host a panel discussion today on Capitol Hill, “Farm to Fork Politics: How Sustainability is Reframing Food Production and Marketing.” Panelists include Rod Snyder, president, Field to Market; Chris Policinski, CEO of Land O'Lakes Inc.; Dave White, co-founder of 9B and former NRCS Chief; and Gregg Halverson, president of the board of directors, Black Gold Farms. Agri-Pulse Editor Sara Wyant will moderate.

Agri-Pulse: Why should we celebrate agriculture?
Link - (Opinion) Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer, 3rd District of Missouri, That's why I'm pleased to recognize National Agriculture Week, which will be celebrated March 13th - 19th, and to dedicate this week's bulletin to America's farmers and ranchers.

Agri-Pulse: Meet the Lawmaker: David Scott, Georgia's 13th District
Link - (Video) One of the highest ranking Democrats on the House Agriculture Committee, the Georgia congressman talks to Agri-Pulse's Spencer Chase what he sees as some of the biggest issues before the committee and Congress.

Washington Post: Talking leadership with former USDA Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden
Link - In an interview, Harden spoke about how life on the farm prepared her for life at the USDA, her personal successes and challenges, and her approach to managing employees.

Iowa Farmer Today: Court vacancy won't likely affect ag cases
Link - The good news for farmers is the delay shouldn’t directly affect any important cases related to agriculture. There are few such cases before the court, and the high-profile possibilities — such as the lawsuit by the Des Moines Waterworks against three drainage districts in Northwest Iowa — are not likely to work their way up to the highest court in the land for some years, if at all.


Financial Times: We stand by our conclusions on methane emissions and fracking
Link - (Letter) U.K. researcher defends a paper that concludes methane emissions from the fracking industry are high enough to reverse the supposed benefit of natural gas over coal.

Reuters: Turning to Frack Tech, Stricken U.S. Oil Drillers Test New Limits
Link - Top U.S. shale producers are pushing fracking technology to new extremes to get more oil out of their wells, as they weather lower-for-longer oil prices.


Chicago Tribune: GMO labeling debate puts food industry on defensive
Link - More than 90 percent of corn and soybeans grown in Illinois is genetically modified, said Adam Nielsen, director of national legislation for the Illinois Farm Bureau, which opposes mandatory labeling.

Seattle Times: Trade group hid corporate donors to defeat food-labeling initiative, judge rules
Link - A food-industry trade group violated “the spirit and letter” of Washington’s campaign-finance disclosure laws by trying to shield the identities of corporations who poured $11 million into a campaign to defeat a 2013 food-labeling initiative, a judge has ruled.

Macleans (Canada): In defense of genetically modified food
Link - (Opinion) More scientists are coming around to GMO safety. Why are environmentalists, who preach the science of climate change, not listening?


Agri-Pulse: Feed the Future wins Senate panel's backing
Link - 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: Vilsack hitting the road for trade missions
Link - (Audio) The ag secretary's visits to Peru, Chile and Cuba will involve more than 40 other ag stakeholders and will have a heavy emphasis on biofuels.

Agri-Pulse: Vilsack, Pritzker to join Obama's Cuba trip
Link - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker announced Friday that they will be joining President Barack Obama on his trip to Cuba this month.

Associated Press: Dakotas’ business leaders to accompany Vilsack to Peru, Chile
Link - South Dakota will be represented by the ethanol producing company Poet, which is based in Sioux Falls. North Dakota’s representation will come from the Bismarck-based group LL-International and the grain processing and exporting company JM Grain, which is headquartered in Garrison. (New Zealand): What's all this crying over spilled milk? New Zealand's dairy crisis explained
Link - Milk prices are going down the gurgler, and farmers are really starting to feel the pain.


Agri-Pulse: USDA, EPA need to do more on bees, GAO says
Link - A Government Accountability Office report released Friday suggests that USDA hasn't been adequately monitoring declines in native bee populations.

State-Journal (Springfield, Ill.) Register: Weed blaster boosts organic farming
Link - Field tests are expected to begin this summer of “Star Wars”-sounding “weed blaster” technology that fires concentrated organic grit from a high-pressure nozzle at Mach 1 — more than 760 mph — to obliterate vulnerable weed seedlings.

News-Press: Panther found dead in Polk, 10th of the year
Link - It was the eighth Florida panther killed on the road this year.


Associated Press: New York farmers worry about Cuomo’s proposal to hike minimum wage
Link - Farmers fear it would put even more pressure on payrolls being driven up by demand for the hard-to-fill jobs. A recent report showed New York farm workers in general are already making more than minimum. Cuomo’s proposal would gradually lift the hourly minimum from $9 to $15 by 2021.

Associated Press: Farmworkers protest by home of Wendy's billionaire chairman
Link - Hundreds of protesters, many farmworkers, led by Ethel Kennedy, demonstrated near the home of Wendy's fast food chain's chairman in hopes of convincing the company to pay a penny-per-pound fee for its tomatoes to supplement some farmworkers' wages.


Associated Press: Finnish farmers in massive protest over financial woes
Link - Organizers say over 3,000 farmers with some 600 tractors have gathered on a central Helsinki square in a protest urging the Finnish government to support the country’s agricultural sector suffering on decreasing food prices and EU’s Russia sanctions.

DTN/Progressive Farmer: The Birds and the Bees
Link - (Opinion) Pam Smith guesses that more farmers would take a stand to save bees if they are more aware, have access to easy tools and alternatives are cost comparable.

Latin Times: Dolores Huerta Becomes First Latina To Be Honored At The Smithsonian Institution’s National Portrait Gallery
Link - Last summer, civil rights activist Dolores Huerta saw the exhibit about her farmworker activism for the first time. The exhibit highlights her role in the California farm workers movement of the 1960s and 70s, when she was the United Farm Workers lobbyist and contract negotiator.

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