Daily Harvest -- 4/12/2016
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse Daybreak for April 12, 2016
- (Audio) The House is set to pass legislation called the Global Food Security Act that would, for the first time, enshrine into law the Feed the Future initiative. Also: Cattle producers, crop insurers to lobby Capitol Hill; Senate panel targets EPA regs' impacts on small business; Vilsack recounts lack of farm experience to 4-Hers.
Agri-Pulse: Senate CFTC bill offers rules protection to grain industry
- Senate Agriculture Chairman Pat Roberts released a reauthorization bill for the Commodity Futures Trading Commission that would protect grain elevators and other end users from speculative position limits, but the draft tossed some more controversial provisions in a House-passed measure.
Washington Post: Critics say Farm Credit System needs to be reined in
- Critics charge the cooperative is making some loans that have almost nothing to do with farming.
Washington Post: A new divide in American death
- White women have been dying prematurely at higher rates since the turn of this century, passing away in their 30s, 40s and 50s in a slow-motion crisis driven by decaying health in small-town America, according to an analysis of national health and mortality statistics by The Washington Post.
Houston Business Journal: Newly formed Houston energy company receives $250M in private equity
- A newly formed independent oil and gas company, Phoenix Natural Resources LLC, has received a $250 million equity commitment from Kayne Anderson Energy Funds, the energy arm of Los Angeles-based Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors LP.
Washington Post: Former Energy Department worker sentenced in email ‘spear-phishing’ attempt
- A former Energy Department employee was sentenced to 18 months in prison after offering to help a foreign government infiltrate the agency’s computer system to steal nuclear secrets and then attempting an email "spear-phishing" attack in an FBI sting operation.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Spokane Spokesman-Review: Campaign finance trial delayed, pro-GMO group criticized
- A trial over the possible penalties for a multi-million dollar violation of state campaign law was delayed Monday after the judge criticized the Grocery Manufacturers Assn. for withholding information.
Bismarck Tribune: Waste not: Food recovery keeps surplus from becoming trash
- The food recovery program, run by the Great Plains Food Bank, is the area’s largest and most comprehensive effort to prevent food from going to waste.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Agri-Pulse: Ag sector unites to urge TPP approval
- More than 200 farm groups and food companies came together Monday to deliver a letter to congressional leaders, urging approval of the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
Agri-Pulse: Trade the top issue at NCBA fly-in
- (Audio) Over 300 members of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association will be in Washington this week for their annual legislative conference, where trade and regulatory issues will be on the top of the organization's agenda.
Reuters: The GMO Seed War Between Iowa Farmers and Chinese IP Thieves
- Along with other farmers in this vast agricultural region, northern Iowa farmer Tim Burrack has upped his vigilance ever since Mo Hailong and six other Chinese nationals were accused by U.S. authorities in 2013 of digging up seeds from Iowa farms and planning to send them back to China.
Bloomberg: Struggling EU Pig Farmers Can Look to China for Hope of Recovery
- Chinese imports from the European Union have started increasing, according to grain trader Cefetra BV, which could support prices near a five-year low in Germany. The sales are coming after tougher Chinese regulation of pig farms caused the nation’s herd to shrink by 100 million, a number equal to all the pigs in the U.S., Mexico and Canada combined, Cefetra said.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Agri-Pulse: Texas sorghum growers get sulfoxaflor for another season
- Texas sorghum growers will be allowed to use Dow AgroSciences' Transform WG to control sugarcane aphid on up to 3 million acres under an emergency exemption granted by EPA.
Sacramento Bee: Southern California water agency signs $175 million deal to buy Delta islands
- The deal could help move the Delta tunnels project forward.
Seattle Times: Stiffer penalties needed for poaching wolves
- (Opinion) Eight years after wolves were first confirmed back in the North Cascades, there are only three wolf packs in that designated recovery area. There remain no confirmed wolf packs in the Cascades south of Interstate 90 or in Western Washington.
Casper Star-Tribune: Groups ask feds to protect the Wyoming pocket gopher
- The Wyoming pocket gopher, the only mammal that exists exclusively in the Cowboy State, will once again go before the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for protections. WildEarth Guardians, an environmental group, petitioned the Fish and Wildlife Service on Wednesday, asking the agency to giving endangered species protections to the small rodent.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
AP: 2 sentenced to prison in forced labor case on Ohio egg farm
- A federal judge sentenced two men to prison on Monday for taking part in a scheme to smuggle teens into the U.S. and keep them as virtual slaves at an Ohio egg farm, but he delayed sentencing for the ringleader after learning he had not given up properties taken from the victims' families.
CNBC: How California's $15 wage has some farmers feeling under siege
- Wages are another potential hit on top of water issues.
SETexasRecord: Twenty-two states file briefs in support of Texas immigration lawsuit
- Twenty-two states have filed amicus briefs with the U.S. Supreme Court in support of the Texas lawsuit against the Obama Administration over executive action on immigration. The briefs include input from Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and other governors; U.S. senators and representatives; former U.S. attorneys general; federal court scholars; and others.
Latin Post: Many Undocumented Immigrant Children Prohibited From Attending School, Georgetown Finds
- A Georgetown University Law Center study finds that undocumented, immigrant children living here in the U.S. are routinely blocked from being able to register for school.
Wall Street Journal: Higher US Grain Stockpiles Expected in USDA Report
- U.S. grain stockpiles have climbed higher over the past month because of lower corn and wheat exports, according to analysts surveyed by The Wall Street Journal ahead of a closely watched crop report due Tuesday.
Digital Journal: 'Urinal 2016' test for glyphosate comes before E.U. vote
- About 150 members of the European Parliament (MEP) are handing over urine samples today and tomorrow to find out if they have glyphosate in their systems. The tests will still not stop the vote on glyphosate planned for Wednesday this week.
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