Daily Harvest -- 3/29/2016
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse Daybreak for March 29, 2016
- (Audio) EPA’s Inspector General launches review of glyphosate; Meat safety measures mulled; Collin Peterson ready to back Sanders; China tariff? Won’t happen, Trump says; Consumer views of ag on the rise; and agriculture’s new super heroes. This and more in today’s Daybreak.
Agri-Pulse: White House, USDA target opioid abuse
- President Obama will join medical professions and law enforcement officers at the National Rx Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit in Atlanta today to announce a series of actions addressing the opioid abuse epidemic in America.
DTN/The Progressive Farmer: Ag Confidence Index Released
- Farmers’ feelings about the ag economy continue to fade while agribusinesses' sentiment took a steep dive.
Reuters: Facing losses and grain glut, U.S. farmers to plant more corn
- Three years into a grain market slump, U.S. farmers are set to plant more corn, taking a calculated gamble that higher sales will help them make up for falling prices without triggering even more declines.
Des Moines Register: Editorial: Iowa's egg policy threatens the public, industry
- (Opinion) Just one egg farm with 2,800 hens is capable of producing 750,000 eggs per year. As things stand now, no one — not the federal government and not the state — is inspecting those facilities for food safety.
Des Moines Register: Lawmakers respond to egg inspection suspensions
- The Register reached out via email to each legislator on the Senate or House agriculture committees in response to the suspended inspections. Eleven responded.
NDTV News: Solar Cell Material Can Recycle Light To Boost Efficiency
- Scientists have discovered that a group of perovskite-based materials can recycle light, a finding that could lead to large gains in the efficiency of solar cells.
Yahoo Finance: SunEdison being investigated by SEC on liquidity concerns-WSJ
- The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is looking into SunEdison Inc.’s disclosures to see if the solar company exaggerated its liquidity last year when it said it had more than $1 billion in cash.
Morning Star: USGS: Earthquake Risk Increased in Energy-Intensive States
- The U.S. Geological Survey released maps Monday that for the first time show potential seismic dangers from man-made as well as naturally occurring earthquakes.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Agri-Pulse: USDA proposes tightening rules for child nutrition programs
- State agencies administering child nutrition programs would have to implement new financial management procedures, under proposed regulations due for publication in Tuesday's Federal Register.
Agri-Pulse: Spring picnic basket slightly cheaper this year
- (Audio) According to a report from the American Farm Bureau Federation, the cost of a spring picnic will be a little cheaper this year.
MarketWatch: Cal-Maine Foods profit climbs 26% as egg prices remain high
- The company has seen higher egg prices in recent quarters following a reduction in the number of hens last spring because of an outbreak of avian flu that routed some competitors’ flocks.
Washington Post: The enormous carbon footprint of food that we never even eat
- Research suggests that if we really want to pay attention to our carbon footprints, we should also be focusing on another, less-talked-about issue: the amount of food we waste each day.
Associated Press: Calorie labels on menus delayed again - to next year
- Passed as part of the healthcare overhaul in 2010, the rules will eventually require restaurants and other establishments that sell prepared foods and have 20 or more locations to post the calorie content of food on their menus, menu boards and displays.
Wall Street Journal: Bigger Chickens Bring a Tough New Problem: ‘Woody Breast’
- Muscle condition in fast-growing broilers poses no human-health risk but can make meat feel ‘gummy’ and harder to chew.
Reuters: Campbell Soup to switch to BPA-free cans by 2017
- Campbell Soup Co, the world's largest soup maker, said it would completely switch to cans that do not use the chemical bisphenol A (BPA) for their linings in North America by the middle of 2017.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
The Hill: Fidel Castro lashes out at Obama after Cuba visit
- The former Cuban revolutionary leader published a letter in state-controlled media titled “Brother Obama,” in which he recalled the U.S.’s past efforts to overthrow his government.
ABC News: Questions and Answers About Saudi Land Purchases in the US
- Almarai Co., Saudi Arabia's largest dairy company, has bought about 14,000 acres in drought-stricken Southern California and Arizona in an effort to grow hay for its massive herd of cows. Here are some answers to common questions about the deal.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Agri-Pulse: USDA to grant farmers $41 million for nutrient conservation
- USDA has announced it will invest $41 million in conservation funding into a three-year initiative to improve water quality in the Western Lake Erie Basin.
The Morning Call: New Jersey lawmakers call for lead testing in every school
- All schools in New Jersey would have to immediately test drinking water for lead contamination under a bill state lawmakers proposed Monday, weeks after elevated lead levels in Newark schools prompted officials to shut off sinks and drinking fountains.
Des Moines Register: Branstad warns: School sales tax isn't 'forever'
- Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad is nixing any effort to extend a 1-cent school infrastructure sale tax without sharing some of the future tax revenue for statewide water quality projects.
Associated Press: A guide to the Great Plains wildfire
- Fire crews continue to monitor a massive wildfire that's scorched hundreds of square miles in a sparsely populated part of southern Kansas and northern Oklahoma. Here's a look at where the fight against the fire stands, what's been done to control it and the damage done.
Fox News: Bison coming 'home' to Montana Indian reservation
- Descendants of a bison herd captured and sent to Canada more than a century ago will be relocated to a Montana American Indian reservation next month, in what tribal leaders bill as a homecoming for a species emblematic of their traditions.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Associated Press: California's $15/hour Wage Could Help Workers, Cost Jobs
- Rafael Gutierrez, a 53-year-old farmworker, said the increase would let him treat his family to weekend dinners out and a short vacation to Disneyland from his home in Fresno County.
The Post & Courier: South Carolina farm pays record $1M fine for hiring illegal workers
- An executive of the parent company of a Lexington County farming operation turned over a $1 million check to a federal judge to pay a fine for hiring as many as 350 workers in the United States illegally.
Agri-Pulse: Wheat Growers CEO Palmer stepping down
- The National Association of Wheat Growers is looking for a new CEO. Jim Palmer, who's held the post since 2013, has announced he is resigning at the end of May.
Modern Farmer: A Flower-Farming Renaissance: America’s Slow Flower Movement
- Many flower farmers, along with wholesalers and florists, are looking beyond labeling, to other avenues for raising awareness and reclaiming market share.
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