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Daily Harvest -- 4/1/2016
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Agri-Pulse Daybreak for April 1, 2016
Link - (Audio) Trudeau trying to sell TPP at home; Republican voters wary of trade; Vilsack heads to Europe; and religious protections for aid programs finalized. This and more in today’s Daybreak.

Agri-Pulse: Bayer asks for administrative hearing on Belt
Link - Bayer's Crop Science has requested a hearing before an EPA Administrative Law Judge to defend its registrations for flubendiamide (trade name: Belt).

Agri-Pulse: USDA reports of little help to address grain prices
Link - Two Department of Agriculture reports released on Thursday did little to boost already sour commodity prices, but rather took them in the other direction.


Forbes: SunEdison Exec Resigns As CEO Of YieldCos Amid Pressure From Billionaire David Tepper
Link - The management change adds yet another wrinkle to the collapse of SunEdison, once the nation’s fastest growing renewable energy developer, now hamstrung for cash and hurtling towards bankruptcy.

Wall Street Journal: American Electric Power, FirstEnergy Get Ohio Approval to Shift Some Cost Burdens to Customers
Link - The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio voted unanimously to approve plans to have consumers pay extra to keep unprofitable power plants running, over objections from rival power-plant owners and consumer groups, who said the moves would raise utility bills and hurt competition.

ABC News: Monaco, UK Probe 'Vast Corruption Scandal' in Oil Business
Link - Monaco's government says it is helping British authorities investigate a "vast corruption scandal" implicating an unspecified number of international oil companies, the tiny European principality said Thursday.


Reuters: U.S. environmental groups sue to overturn GMO salmon approval
Link - U.S. health regulators are facing a lawsuit from a coalition of environmental organizations seeking to overturn the government's landmark approval of a type of genetically engineered salmon to be farmed for human consumption.

Associated Press: Judge Says Creamery's All-Natural Skim Milk Isn't Skim Milk
Link - A federal judge agrees with the Florida Department of Agriculture that an all-natural creamery can't label its skim milk "skim milk" because it doesn't add vitamins to it.

Wall Street Journal: The Meat-O-Mat’s Artisanal Chops
Link - Attached to a laboratory-like plant in an upstate New York community is a neon-lit vending machine dubbed the Meat-O-Mat, where customers can buy locally raised meat whenever they like.

Wall Street Journal: Meet the Gen-Y Betty Crocker: Miss Jones Baking Co.
Link - Miss Jones Baking Co. – a line of three organic batter mixes and two accompanying frostings, each with seven or fewer ingredients – contains no corn syrup, no soy, no dairy, no hydrogenated oils or artificial anything.

Wall Street Journal: Nestlé’s Maggi Noodles Face More Scrutiny in India
Link - Months after Nestlé SA resumed selling its popular instant noodles in India following a food-safety scare, regulators on Thursday delivered a fresh jolt to the world’s biggest food company, saying tests had detected higher-than-permissible levels of ash in the product.


Agri-Pulse: USDA report shows how ag trade could benefit from T-TIP
Link - The USDA is making a new push to drum up support for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP) deal being negotiated by the U.S. and EU with a new report showing falling farm exports to Europe.

Agri-Pulse: Grassley hopes 'reason will prevail' on TPP
Link - Trade advocates, including many in agriculture, have been pushing for Congressional consideration of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, but the current political climate has proven to be troublesome.

Western Producer: Is glyphosate really dangerous?
Link - The World Health Organization recently reclassified glyphosate into a more hazardous substance category, which sparked consumer alarm and prompted governments worldwide to rethink their positions. Last week, the worldwide expert in toxicology agreed to speak on the record.

Fox News: Advocacy group Engage Cuba hopes to end embargo, one state at a time
Link - If the U.S. embargo on Cuba is lifted in the near future, one of the reasons why is starting to take shape right now in places that at first blush seem unlikely stakeholders in what happens between the two nations – Ohio, Tennessee, Louisiana and Minnesota.

Washington Examiner: Rubio: China's latest purchase could endanger U.S. food
Link - China could be a threat to the American food supply if a regime-owned company called ChemChina is allowed to buy a Swiss-based company that makes farm chemicals and seeds, Sen. Marco Rubio warned Thursday.

Reuters: Philippine rice farmer killed as drought protest turns violent
Link - Philippine police opened fire as a protest by thousands of rice farmers who lost their crops turned violent on Friday, killing one and wounding about a dozen, a leader of a farming group said.

Washington Post: Chinese dams blamed for exacerbating Southeast Asian drought
Link - As China opened one of its six dams on the upper Mekong River last month to help parched Southeast Asian countries down river cope with a record drought, it was hailed as benevolent water diplomacy.

Washington Post: Drought affects Zimbabwe’s main export crop, tobacco
Link - The tobacco-selling season started in Zimbabwe on Wednesday at a sales floor packed with bales of harvested and cured leaves, but a persistent drought has cut into the southern African nation’s main export earner this year.


WAMC News: Vermont Agriculture Agency Requests Delay In Water Quality Rules Implementation
Link - The Vermont Clean Water Act, signed into law in June 2015, sets out to reduce phosphorus pollution flowing from farms into the state’s waterways.

US News & World Report: Green-minded Portland rocked by heavy metal pollution
Link - Fiercely proud of its reputation as one of the most environmentally minded cities in America, Portland is reeling from the discovery of poisonous heavy metal "hot spots" in the air and ground.

Washington Post: There’s a reason some birds don’t seem to fly south for winter anymore, scientists say
Link - A new study says warming temperatures are altering the habitat ranges of birds in every state, so much so that the mascot of Baltimore’s baseball team — the oriole — might no longer inhabit the Baltimore-Washington region 30 years from now. The same is true for eagles.

LA Times: Fungus that has killed roughly 7 million bats has now reached the West Coast
Link - Federal biologists on Thursday confirmed the presence of a lethal fungus known as white-nose syndrome in Washington, the first occurrence in western North America of the disease that has killed roughly 7 million bats.


LA Times: Legislature approves minimum wage increase, sending historic measure to Gov. Jerry Brown
Link - In a move that puts California at the forefront of efforts to raise wages for low-income workers across the country, the Legislature approved a sweeping plan Thursday to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour over the next six years.

LA Times: Poll: Most California voters think illegal immigration is a problem, but don't see mass deportation as the answer
Link - Almost two-thirds of California voters believe that illegal immigration is a major problem in the state, but by even larger majorities they reject the idea of mass deportations and favor allowing those currently living in the country without authorization to stay and apply for citizenship.

National Geographic: Can We Afford to Pay U.S. Farmworkers More?
Link - Farm employers reported paying their hired, seasonal harvest workers—the folks picking and sorting everything from grapes to peaches to tomatoes—about $10,200 a year, less than the federal poverty line of $11,670 for one person in 2014.


Wall Street Journal: The Dust Bowl Migration May Not Have Been Quite What We Thought
Link - According to a newly released paper, the economic story of the Dust Bowl was nowhere near as bad as many understand it to be now.

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