Daily Harvest -- 3/15/2016
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse Daybreak for March 15, 2016
- (Audio) Talks on biotech labeling bill go down to the wire; ag-state senators hold fundraiser for Clinton; House GOP sets budget action; Peru lifts U.S. beef restrictions; Texas wheat farmers sue USDA for delaying implementation of a key crop insurance provision in the 2014 farm bill.
Agri-Pulse: Biotech talks going down to wire as Roberts offers new disclosure plan
- Senate Ag Chairman Pat Roberts offered a new plan for disclosing biotech food ingredients even as he continued negotiations on a deal that could get enough Democratic votes to pass the Senate. His latest version is similar to a proposal drafted earlier by Indiana Democrat Joe Donnelly, but the committee's top Democrat, Debbie Stabenow, didn't sign off on the proposal, and Roberts told Agri-Pulse he still wasn't certain it would get the 60 votes necessary to overcome a filibuster by proponents of mandatory on-package labeling.
Agri-Pulse: Equipment manufacturers push for wireless access for farmers
- (Audio) Wireless broadband access has become a fixture in many cities across America, but many of America's farms could also have a use for the technology.
Des Moines Register: Cash-strapped farmers struggle to pay cropland rents
- Faced with declining profits, some Iowa farmers are defaulting on cropland rents — a largely unheard of move given the intense competition for the state's fertile farmland and a sign that financial pressure and debt are mounting.
N.Y. Times: Investors Increasingly Bullish on Energy Sector
- Across the oil industry, investors have been placing their bets that prices have hit bottom. Risk-seeking investors like hedge funds and private equity firms, which were already lending money to struggling energy companies at high interest rates and onerous terms, are among those to have smelled opportunity in a potential comeback.
Columbus Business First: Ohio's renewable energy freeze needs to stop, Kasich administration says
- Gov. John Kasich's administration continues to say it won't allow the renewable energy freeze he signed into state law to continue indefinitely. Kasich signed a bill halting a 2008 law that required Ohio's utilities generate a quarter of their power via alternative energy sources by 2025.
Forbes: Oil Freeze Talks Hit Impasse As Iran Seeks Production Carve-Out
- Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak traveled to Tehran on March 14 on a trade mission where he met with Iranian Petroleum Minister Bijan Zanganeh and Iranian Energy Minister Hamid Chitchian.
FOOD & NUTRITION
AP: Iowa touted as part of crop 'protein highway'
- Officials in three Canadian plains provinces and six northern U.S. states, including Iowa, are launching an effort to brand the region as the potential provider of protein to the world.
National Law Review: POM Wonderful and Coca Cola: Trial by Jury
- POM Wonderful sued Coca-Cola in 2008 under the Lanham Act for allegedly misleading consumers with its labels for Minute Maid pomegranate blueberry juice.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Reuters: EU promises protesting farmers more help, no new money
- European farmers staged protests on Monday, driving their tractors into central Brussels and causing traffic chaos. Lines of tractors blocked streets and dairy farmers sprayed milk outside Belgian government offices.
RTE News: Irish farmers concerned about EU milk production cuts
- Irish farmers' groups have expressed concern about European Union support for temporary cuts in milk production by farmers in a bid to reverse the plunge in prices that has shaken the dairy industry.
High Plains Journal: CFTC nominees: Got ag?
- (Opinion) Recently, the White House announced the nomination of two men to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, which is seemingly good news at first. However, as the old saying goes, “the devil is in the details.”
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
AP: Storms replenish key reservoirs amid California drought
- Four straight days of rain have replenished several key reservoirs in Northern California, delighting a state in its fifth year of drought and raising hopes that water-use restrictions might be eased.
Science: U.S. needs Robin Hood approach to saving endangered species, researcher argues
- ASU scientist argues the nation would get a bigger bang from its endangered species buck by shifting money from overfunded to underfunded species.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Washington Times: John Kasich defends immigration stance at Ohio rally
- Gov. John Kasich defended Monday his support of an immigration overhaul that includes the legalization of nonviolent illegal immigrants, telling supporters on the eve of the Ohio primary that it is unrealistic to think that the federal government is going to boot illegal immigrants out of the country.
Omaha World-Herald: Chuck Grassley invokes Omaha woman's death in criticizing Obama's immigration policy
- The Iowa senator and others have raised questions about why federal authorities did not detain a man listed on his jail booking sheet as being from Honduras and not a U.S. citizen.
Green Bay Press Gazette: Crowd protests anti-immigration rules
- About 100 people turned out to protest proposals by the Wisconsin State Legislature that would make life more challenging for immigrants, both documented or undocumented.
The Hill: Cotton rips Clinton over immigration
- Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) slammed Hillary Clinton on immigration Monday, suggesting she's shifted her policy to try to win over voters.
Agri-Pulse: Agri-Pulse adds Bill Tomson to editorial team
- "Bill is an experienced writer and loves to break news as well as dig into complex topics, like gene editing and the related policy implications," said Agri-Pulse Editor Sara Wyant.
N.Y. Times: Life in the Slow Lane, Still a Draw for Heritage Fans
- The long-term future of these living- history and farm museums is unclear. While Ms. Mooradian, at the Henry Ford, said the institution sold a record 1.7 million tickets in 2015, Mr. Kelleher said that attendance at Old Sturbridge, a recreated 19th-century village that was founded under another name 80 years ago, peaked in the late 1980s.
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