Daily Harvest -- 3/16/2016
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse Daybreak for March 16, 2016
- (Audio) Biotech labeling goes to Senate floor, but compromise is elusive. Also, TPP a winner in Ohio
Agri-Pulse: Senate to vote on GMO labeling proposal
- (Audio) Today, the Senate will have a procedural vote on a GMO labeling proposal as ag lawmakers and companies continue to work against a July 1 timeline.
Agri-Pulse: Is US moving too slowly on commercial drone use?
- Members of the Senate Small Business Committee expressed concerns at a recent hearing that government regulators may be moving too slowly in crafting rules for the commercial use of unmanned aircraft systems, harming agriculture and other industries that see vast potential for drone technology.
Agri-Pulse: The future of agriculture requires a focus on youth today
- (Opinion) For much of the developing world, farming is not a career option but a socio-economic condition.
AP: Nebraska farmers call for action on property taxes this year
- Farmers and ranchers rallied at the Nebraska Capitol on Tuesday to push for an end to the sharp property tax increases they've seen in recent years as time runs out in the 2016 legislative session.
Agri-Pulse: Presidential candidates clash over climate, energy policies
- Rubio and Kasich voiced different views on climate change in their final debate before Tuesday's crucial winner-take-all Republican primaries in Florida and Ohio.
Washington Post: Obama administration deals an oil-drilling blow to Democratic leaders in Va.
- A decision by the Obama administration against drilling for oil and natural gas in the Atlantic Ocean is a blow to Virginia’s governor and two senators — all Democrats and all advocates for drilling in waters off the commonwealth.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Wall Street Journal: Chipotle Weighs Stepping Back From Some Food-Safety Changes
- Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. is considering reducing or eliminating pathogen testing on some ingredients.
Fortune: Some top Chipotle executives are getting paycuts
- SEC filing says future compensation of top execs will be tied to share price.
Boulder Daily Camera: Lindsay Diamond: How does Boulder County really feel about GMOs?
- (Letter) Worldwide scientific consensus supports the safety of GMO crops, and growing them locally has significant sustainability advantages for soil health and water usage.
AP: Maine legislators call on Senate to allow GMO labels
- A group of Maine legislators is calling on the U.S. Senate to allow states to craft laws that put labels on food products that include genetically modified organisms.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
The Telegraph: Italy set to pass new law to fight food waste
- The Italian parliament is due to pass new laws cutting red tape for shops or supermarkets who wish to donate food - making it Europe's second country after France to introduce new legislation.
Undercurrent News: New initiative seeks to improve human rights in Thai seafood
- Thai human rights and labor advocate Sompong Srakaew has formed a new initiative aimed at ridding Southeast Asia's seafood sector of human trafficking and other labor abuses.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Sacramento Bee: California’s biggest reservoirs recover, putting water limits in question
- With California’s two largest reservoirs hitting historically average levels following a weekend of heavy storms, the state’s chief water regulator is cautiously optimistic that the drought may finally be relaxing its grip.
Scientific American: Florida Republicans Demand Climate Change Solutions
- Figuring out how to adapt to the economic realities of 6 to 10 inches of sea-level rise over 1992 levels in the next 15 years has become a bipartisan issue in much of Florida, particularly in places most vulnerable to rising seas.
ScienceDaily: Fertilizer Applied to Fields Today Will Pollute Water for Decades, Study Finds
- Dangerous nitrate levels in drinking water could persist for decades, increasing the risk for blue baby syndrome and other serious health concerns, according to a new study published by researchers at the University of Waterloo.
AP: Two bumblebees studied for ESA protection
- Two species of wild bumblebees found from Alaska to North Carolina and in Canada will be considered for protection under the Endangered Species Act, the Fish and Wildlife Service said Tuesday.
Wilmington News-Journal: Bid to protect farmland preservation funds fails
- An effort to permanently prevent the raiding of state open space preservation funds was torpedoed by the Delaware House of Representatives on Tuesday.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Joplin (Mo.) Globe: Voters voice hopes, fears on election day
- Among the voters Tuesday was Philippe Girard, a native of France who has lived in Joplin for about five years. Girard, a 65-year-old retiree, said his vote was for Trump, the New York billionaire and Republican candidate.
Politico: Trump hits turbulence with immigration hard-liners
- Alarms went off after Donald Trump openly declared at a GOP debate in Detroit earlier this month that he was changing his position on high-skilled foreign workers, seemingly undermining a key plank of his restrictive immigration platform. Then came a stream of news reports showing how Trump used the same guest-worker programs he now criticizes.
AP: Idaho company looks to launch driverless tractors in months
- A company started by a Post Falls seed potato farmer said it will put a driverless tractor on an Idaho field within the next two months. Farb Guidance Systems' first GPS-guided tractor, which is about half the size of the normal machine and has no steering wheel or seat, will go to a southern Idaho farmer, the Capital Press reported Monday.
ABC News: DHS Watchdog Says Stalled Immigration System May Be Security Risk
- The Department of Homeland Security's inspector general says a failure to sufficiently modernize the nation's system for processing immigration applications may be a security risk and may have resulted in Green Cards and other documents being sent to the wrong people.
AP: NTSB Says Feed Truck Shifted Track Before Amtrak Accident
- A truck used to deliver feed to a business where cattle are fattened hit a train track and shifted it at least a foot before an Amtrak train derailed in southwest Kansas and injured at least 32 people, an investigator said Tuesday.
N.Y. Times: Anterra Capital Closes Investment Fund at $125 Million
- Anterra Capital, a venture capital firm focused on food and farming start-ups, plans to announce on Wednesday that it has closed its investment fund at $125 million.
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