Daily Harvest -- 3/21/2016
Here's your daily summary of top news from www.Agri-Pulse.com
and other national and regional headlines from across the country.
Do you know of someone who should also be on our list? Please ask them to click here
FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse Daybreak for March 21, 2016
- (Audio) President Obama visits Cuba; GIPSA rule won’t be ready for release until late spring, early summer; rice-growing lawmaker scoffs at TPP; USDA pushed to create undersecretary for trade position; and more in today’s Daybreak.
Agri-Pulse: Washington Week Ahead: Obama aims to make Cuba opening 'irreversible'
- President Obama is seeking to cement his opening of U.S.-Cuba relations with an historic trip to the island nation, a long-sought new market for American farmers.
Agri-Pulse: Open Mic with South Dakota Senator John Thune
- (Audio) In this interview, Thune shares his frustration over the fate of the Senate's GMO labeling bill. He also questions the Obama administration’s plan to cut crop insurance and normalize trade relations with Cuba, and its commitment to securing congressional approval of the TPP trade deal.
Agri-Pulse: Washington Week in Review: GMO labeling bill stalls in the Senate
- (Video) A procedural vote on a GMO labeling bill failed in the Senate this week, sending negotiators back to the drawing board. Agri-Pulse’s Phil Brasher and Spencer Chase have more.
Agri-Pulse: USDA pays out $272 million to rural schools
- USDA announced Friday over $272 million will be given to rural communities adjacent to national forests to help run schools, repair roads and enhance forest health.
New York Times: As Coal’s Future Grows Murkier, Banks Pull Financing
- While coal has been declining over the last several years, Wall Street’s broad retreat is an ominous sign for the industry.
Convenience Store and Fuel News: Thorntons to Offer 'Unleaded15' in Chicago
- Thorntons Inc. will offer Unleaded15, Thorntons’ branded E15 fueling option that it said typically offers lower cost, improved engine performance and reduced greenhouse-gas emissions, at all 43 Chicago-area convenience stores starting this month.
Magic Valley: Clinton, Sanders United on Global Warming, Divided on Nuclear Energy
- Hillary Clinton sees a role for nuclear power and the Idaho National Laboratory in her clean energy future, but Bernie Sanders wants to end nuclear power and provide funds to transition workers into other jobs.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Agri-Pulse: General Mills to start labeling biotech products
- With lawmakers struggling to agree on national GMO disclosure standards, General Mills Inc. announced that it will start labeling its products for biotech ingredients as required by a Vermont law set to take effect this summer.
Agri-Pulse: FSIS revives proposal on trichinae in pork
- USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service is asking for comments on a proposal to eliminate what it says are redundant trichinae control requirements for pork and pork products.
Associated Press: Tiny Vermont Brings Food Industry To Its Knees on GMO Labels
- General Mills’ announcement on Friday that it will start labeling products that contain genetically modified ingredients to comply with a Vermont law shows food companies might be throwing in the towel, even as they hold out hope Congress will find a national solution.
Wall Street Journal: GMO Labeling Law Roils Food Companies
- The food industry is holding out hope that Congress will prevent states from requiring GMO labeling. Some companies say they plan to follow Vermont's law, while others are considering pulling their products from the small state.
Wall Street Journal: General Mills Hopes for Cereal Payoff
- General Mills Inc. has spent years reformulating cereals like Trix to remove artificial flavors and synthetic colors. Investors will find out this week whether the effort has paid off or whether the muted colors have turned off loyal customers.
World Tech Today: Raw milk may have killed someone in Florida
- Federal authorities are blaming raw milk for a listeria outbreak that killed one person in Florida and sickened another in California.
KCRA News: Employee sentenced in California tainted beef scheme
- An employee of a Northern California slaughterhouse has been sentenced to three months in prison in a scheme that processed beef cattle with cancer.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Agri-Pulse: What does Obama trip mean for US ag?
- (Audio) This week marks the first trip to Cuba by a sitting U.S. president since the 1920s, but a lot of things need to happen before trade can be fully normalized with the Caribbean country.
Washington Post: Trade myths and realities
- (Opinion) Bernie Sanders brags that he’s opposed to all recent trade agreements; Hillary Clinton now rejects TPP; and Donald Trump blames incompetent U.S. trade negotiators for devastating job losses to China that might be cured by a 45 percent tariff on Chinese imports.
NPR: Surprise: Americans Kind Of Like Trade
- If you knew nothing about American politics and were seeing the 2016 campaign for the first time, you might reasonably assume that American voters really dislike trade deals.
Wall Street Journal: Is the Indian Government Saving as Much as It Says on Gas Subsidies?
- India is trying to streamline the way it delivers billions of dollars of cheap food, fuel and fertilizer to the poor. It may, however, have overstated its progress so far—by a factor of 100.
Reuters: China Shifts Axed Miners to Lower-Paid Jobs in Farming, Cleaning
- Anticipating millions of layoffs from bloated state-owned coal and steel companies, Chinese authorities are shunting redundant workers into jobs in farming, forestry and public services.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Agri-Pulse: Senate Dems urge full funding of conservation programs
- Thirty-two Senate Democrats and Independent Bernie Sanders are calling for full and mandatory funding for farm bill conservation programs.
Washington Post: Bighorn ruling could have ramifications on Western grazing
- A ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals recognizing a connection between bighorn sheep die-offs and diseases transmitted by domestic sheep could have far-reaching ramifications on federal grazing allotments in the West.
New York Times: E.P.A. Faces Bigger Tasks, Smaller Budgets and Louder Critics
- No matter who emerges as the Republican nominee, the party’s official policy will almost certainly take aim at the size, scope and structure of the E.P.A.
US News & World Report: Decision Time for California Governor's Big Water Project
- Gov. Brown's plan — which is facing obstacles to environmental approval in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta and mounting uncertainty over the financing — is splitting farmers and political leaders.
Baltimore Sun: House passes bill aimed at protecting Maryland bees
- The House measure would restrict the sale and use of a type of pesticides known as neonicotinoids. It allows exceptions for individuals certified to apply the pesticides and for farmers.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
ABC News: Assimilation Is a Long Process for Somalis in US Farm Town
- For the last decade, Somali refugees have flocked to this conservative farm town on Colorado's eastern plains. They've started a small halal mini-market and a restaurant, sent their children to the schools and worked at a meat processing plant.
Lompoc Record: Hundreds of farmworkers laid off
- In the midst of a severe farmworker shortage in Santa Barbara County, hundreds of undocumented workers have been laid off in Santa Maria as the result of Homeland Security investigations.
Fresh Fruit Portal: Whole Foods joins “one stop shop” Equitable Food Initiative
- Retailer Whole Foods has joined Costco Wholesale in a program that brings together certification in food safety, pesticide management and social compliance.
Journal Gazette: 200 jobs coming with milk plant
- Wal-Mart announced plans to build a multi-million-dollar milk processing plant on farmland just south of Fort Wayne International Airport.
LA Times: Lufthansa jet and drone nearly collide near LAX
- The pilot of a commercial jetliner said his plane nearly collided with a drone while approaching Los Angeles International Airport on Friday afternoon, sparking a search by L.A. police and sheriff's officials for the owner of the unmanned aircraft.
© Agri-Pulse Communications 2016. All rights reserved.
Subscription questions or "Opt Out" from these Daily Harvest emails ? (573) 873-0800 or email Us: email@example.com