Daily Harvest -- 4/6/2016
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse Daybreak for April 5, 2016
- (Audio) Contested Republican convention more likely today after Ted Cruz’s Wisconsin victory; Sanders pledges to renegotiate all trade deals; Stabenow keeps working on labeling deal; new FDA food safety chief to talk; rural programs get Senate focus; EPA-funded billboard raises senators' ire.
Agri-Pulse: Agencies, White House can work together for optimum Colo. R. basin drought response
- (Opinion) What's needed now is for both NRCS and the BOR to act on the White House plan and develop a holistic and collaborative strategy to address resource concerns throughout the Colorado River Basin.
Agri-Pulse: Veterans, advocates lobby for transition farming programs
- A wounded warrior turned farmer, his teacher and a USDA under secretary met with members of the Agriculture Appropriations subcommittee Tuesday to make their case for programs that get veterans farming.
Agri-Pulse: Oil company looks at renewables to provide growth opportunities
- Norway's giant oil and gas company Statoil says it is determined to “build a profitable renewables business” as part of “transforming the oil and gas industry” and “providing energy for a low-carbon future” in the U.S. and around the globe.
AP: US judge OKs $20B settlement from 2010 BP oil spill
- A federal judge in New Orleans granted final approval Monday to an estimated $20 billion settlement over the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, resolving years of litigation over the worst offshore spill in the nation's history.
Vox: Fossil fuel electricity with no pollution?
- A new company claims it can capture the carbon from burning natural gas without a separate facility, as part of the combustion process itself, at no extra cost.
Riverside Press-Enterprise: California faces blackouts after historic Sempra gas leak
- Millions of Californians might face blackouts this summer unless energy providers take steps including removing natural gas from the Sempra Energy storage site, which was closed after a historic leak.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Agri-Pulse: FDA issues new food transportation rule
- Vehicle design and maintenance, temperature controls, training, and recordkeeping are key aspects of a new rule from the Food and Drug Administration addressing food transportation.
Courthouse News: Judge Tosses Class's GMO Claim Against Chipotle
- A federal judge Monday dismissed without prejudice a class action against Chipotle over its anti-GMO ad campaign, in light of the recent withdrawal of the lead plaintiff and her attorneys' attempts to add new claims.
Sonoma Index-Tribune: Sonoma County voters may see ordinance to ban GMO farming
- The Santa Rosa-based Citizens for Healthy Farms and Families turned in more than enough petition signatures to the County Registrar of Voters’ Office to qualify its proposed ordinance banning the growing of GMO produce in Sonoma County for the November 2016 general election ballot.
AP: Subway posting calories nationally as regulation lags
- Subway is moving ahead and posting calorie counts on menu boards nationally despite another delay in a federal rule requiring the information.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Financial Times: Europe’s banks hold fewer risky energy assets than US rivals
- European banks’ energy exposure is “manageable” and made up of less risky assets than those held by US rivals, according to a new report by rating agency Moody’s. Alessandro Roccati of Moody’s said the “key point” was that European banks’ exposure was mostly to the less risky end of the oil and gas spectrum, mainly integrated oil and gas companies, rather than riskier areas such as loans to exploration, production, transport or storage companies.
AP: NOAA accepting final comments on new illegal seafood rules
- Federal fishing regulators who are hoping to crack down on illegal fishing imports are closing the public comment period on proposed new rules.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
AP: Ag Department in South Dakota warns of risk of pesticide drift
- The agency says applicators should prevent risk to non-target areas or susceptible crops and evaluate factors such as wind speed and wind direction, temperature, spray pressure, nozzle height and surrounding properties.
Nashua Telegraph: State DES says French company responsible for PFOA contamination
- A letter from the state Department of Environmental Services has been issued to Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics in which it is alleged the French chemical giant is responsible for the cleanup and treatment of drinking water supplies in southern New Hampshire towns contaminated by a potentially carcinogenic chemical.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Reuters: Tightfisted and Broke, Farmers Are Squeezing Monsanto
- With more acres than ever before likely to be planted with soybeans and corn in the U.S. Midwest this year, companies like Monsanto and fertilizer seller CF Industries Holdings might have expected a windfall for earnings. But with grain prices near five-year lows and farm incomes at their lowest levels since 2002, growers are tightening their belts by reducing spending on everything from fertilizer to seeds to chemicals.
Politifact: Did Bernie Sanders fundamentally improve the lives of tomato pickers in Florida?
- Those involved in the process say Sanders should get some credit for the publicity, but the journalism fact-checking site rates the statement as Half True.
N.Y. Times: Some GOP Names Missing From Brief Accusing Obama of Immigration Overreach
- Four of the 11 senators who did not sign on to the brief are among the most vulnerable at the polls this fall: Mark Kirk of Illinois, Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, Rob Portman of Ohio and Patrick Toomey of Pennsylvania.
Capital Press: Kansas senator rips EPA billboards in Washington state
- Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts on Monday criticized the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for funding two billboards in Washington state that claim unregulated farming practices are polluting water.
CVN: L.A. County Jury Clears Monsanto In $15M PCB Cancer Trial
- Agrochemical giant Monsanto Co. notched a major win Tuesday in ongoing litigation over the alleged health risks of exposure to long-lasting carcinogens called polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, when for a third time a state court jury cleared the company of responsibility for cancer that plaintiffs claimed was caused by the chemicals.
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