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Daily Harvest -- 4/11/2016
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Agri-Pulse Daybreak for April 11, 2016
Link - (Audio) The Senate returns to work on reauthorization bill for the Federal Aviation Administration, and there’s still hope that Senate leaders will agree to attach extensions of tax incentives for biodiesel and advanced biofuels. Also: Spending bills on tap, plus CFTC, Feed the Future; Cruz sweeps Colorado GOP delegates; GMA makes appeal in Washington state PAC case; Vilsack tells Congress to stay the course on nutrition, and USDA reaches out to women.

Agri-Pulse: Washington Week Ahead: Lawmakers tackle spending bills, CFTC, Feed the Future
Link - Lawmakers look to get an early start this week on moving the annual spending bills, including legislation to fund USDA and FDA, and also will take long-awaited action on futures regulation and international agriculture development.

Agri-Pulse: Shirley Bloomfield, CEO of NTCA - Rural Broadband Assn.
Link - (Audio) In this week’s interview, Bloomfield discusses the complicated decisions involved with providing greater broadband access to farmers, rural businesses, schools, hospitals and more. But big questions remain on who supports those new revenue streams and if funding caps will allow companies to maintain affordable service for rural residents.

Agri-Pulse: Waterways Council against potential fee increase
Link - (Audio) Last week, 75 organizations and companies sent a letter to congressional transportation leaders to state their opposition to tolls or lockage fees on the nation's inland waterways transportation system.

Agri-Pulse: Meet the Lawmaker: Glenn Thompson, Pennsylvania's 5th District
Link - (Video) Pennsylvania Republican Glenn Thompson has worked his way into a position of leadership on the House Agriculture Committee. In this video, he tells Agri-Pulse what he wants to accomplish in that committee and in Congress.

San Antonio Express-News: Ag boss used state funds for trips tied to rodeo
Link - Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller used a combination of taxpayer money and campaign funds to travel to Mississippi last year to compete in a rodeo for prize money, according to newly obtained records.


Inside Energy: Emails Show Museum Closed Green Energy Exhibit After Complaints From Fossil Fuel Industry
Link - A traveling Smithsonian exhibit called Green Revolution that talked about climate change and renewable energy was closed at the North Dakota Heritage Center in Bismarck, just four months after it opened and just over a week after a series of complaints from the oil and coal industry groups that helped the museum expand.

Dubuque Telegraph Herald: Alan Guebert column: The ethanol trap
Link - Over the past 20 years, the handiest, most universal fix has been ethanol. Creative policy solutions to encourage — and, short of that, mandate — domestic ethanol usage have redirected American acres toward corn (and its rotational complement, soybeans) and away from other crops like cotton, wheat, and oats.

The Hill: Hopes fade in Congress for energy reform
Link - Here’s how hopes for an energy bill in 2016 fizzled.


Agri-Pulse: FDA ending use of swine drug due to cancer concern
Link - The Food and Drug Administration is moving to withdraw approval for the swine drug carbodox, citing a potential cancer risk to consumers.

AP: Vermont to target ‘willful violations’ of GMO labeling law
Link - “What we’re really going to go after is folks who are willfully noncompliant, who are just not putting labels on their products at all or otherwise trying to skirt the labeling law,” said Todd Daloz, an assistant attorney general.


Agri-Pulse: USTR working with lawmakers to draw up TPP legislation
Link - U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman still believes Congress will pass the Trans-Pacific Partnership deal this year and his agency is working with lawmakers to draw up the necessary legislation in preparation, Froman said Friday.

Bloomberg: Emerging Markets That Fueled Agriculture Boom Now Driving a Bust
Link - We all bought into this thesis of having to feed nine billion mouths by 2050," said Dan Basse, president of researcher AgResource Co. in Chicago. "Unfortunately, at the moment global grain demand is not keeping up with the rise in production."

Farming Life: Unions join forces on glyphosate issue
Link - The UFU, and the other UK farm unions, have joined forces to fight off attempts by campaigners to prevent the re-registration of glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup and the world’s most widely used product to combat weeds in farm crops.


Agri-Pulse: Agricultural Bioscience International Conference 2016
Link - (Video) The 2016 Agricultural Bioscience International Conference will be held in Fargo, N.D., in September. The event will focus on how public and private research collaborates by using science to solve issues related to the increasing demand for food.

Des Moines Register: Secret donors pay $934K to defend water suit
Link - Private donors have paid $934,000 of the nearly $1.1 million legal tab racked up by three northern Iowa counties being sued by Des Moines Water Works over high nitrate levels — but county officials won't identify all of them. The escalating monthly bills pay the legal fees for local, Des Moines and, until recently, Washington attorneys representing the counties in the potentially landmark case.

Daily Democrat (Yolo County, Calif.): Legislation to support farmers’ efforts to combat climate changes advances
Link - Legislation by Senator Lois Wolk to support agricultural practices that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and store carbon in soil, trees and plants was approved on a 6-0 bipartisan vote of the Senate Environmental Quality Committee this week.

KCET: An Endangered Kit Fox Thrives in Bakersfield. Yes, You Read That Right
Link - Unlikely as it seems, this city sprawling at the southern end of the Central Valley, butt of bad jokes and dark fiction in Hollywood and home to nearly half a million people, has also become a refuge for a growing population of Endangered San Joaquin kit foxes.


The Tribune (San Luis Obispo, Calif.): Suspected arson at farmworker housing isn’t a reflection of Nipomo’s values
Link - (Opinion) I want to express how saddened we are about the fire at the homes we purchased on Mads Place in Nipomo that would have housed guest workers from Mexico. I want to reiterate how thankful we are that no other properties were damaged and no one was hurt. We are family farmers trying to do the right thing by providing quality housing for our workers who are visitors to this country

Winston-Salem Journal: Immigration policy splits U.S. Senate candidates Burr and Ross
Link - The Supreme Court will hear arguments April 18 in a lawsuit challenging an immigration policy set by President Barack Obama that would temporarily shield from deportation about 4 million adults without serious criminal records. Last week, the lawsuit — U.S. v. state of Texas — highlighted a central difference between Republican incumbent Richard Burr and Democratic challenger Deborah Ross, candidates for U.S. Senate, after a group of Senate Republicans filed papers supporting the legal challenge.


Agri-Pulse: About $10M left over from black farmers' settlement to be donated
Link - Millions of dollars left over from a class-action settlement involving black farmers will be available for distribution to law schools or nonprofit organizations, under an order issued today by U.S. District Judge Paul Friedman.

Des Moines Register: Bill Northey endorses Steve King
Link - Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey endorsed Rep. Steve King (R) for re-election on Saturday, countering opposition the congressman has drawn from some agribusiness interests.

CBS News: Like magic, large rabbit stolen from Utah farm reappears
Link - Like a magic hat trick, a large rabbit named Dolly Parton who disappeared from a Salt Lake County farm has suddenly reappeared.

The Herald (Rock Hill, S.C.) AgSouth Farm Credit again returns profits to members
Link - AgSouth Farm Credit, a customer-owned cooperative, had net earnings of $39.9 million during 2015, of which $846,656 was returned to members served by the Rock Hill branch.

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