Daily Harvest -- 4/13/2016
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse Daybreak for April 13, 2016
- (Audio) Approps bills move forward; Roberts pessimistic on CFTC reauthorization; Conaway demands answers on EPA funds for advocacy campaign; more.
Agri-Pulse: Expert says antibiotic use should not stop, but should be curbed
- An animal health research expert says the answer is not to eliminate antibiotics on farms, but rather to use them more judiciously.
Feedstuffs: Dairy producers can update MPP production history
- Dairy farms participating in the Margin Protection Program (MPP) can now update their production history when an eligible family member joins the operation, according to an announcement from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Farm Futures: USDA: Corn planting at 4% vs 1% year ago
- For wheat, winter wheat slipped to 56% good to excellent from 59%, with declines noted in key hard red winter states of Kansas, Oklahoma Texas.
N.Y. Times: Acreage for Genetically Modified Crops Declined in 2015
- The world’s farmers have increased their use of genetically modified crops steadily and sharply since the technology became broadly commercialized in 1996. Not anymore.
In These Times: What the Candidates are Saying About Agriculture
- As it happens, only berniesanders.com and hillaryclinton.com have pitches specifically aimed at the rural economy, farming and the USDA. But the gist of each candidate’s agricultural leanings can often be extrapolated from their general pro- or anti-regulatory, corporate friendly/unfriendly stance and rhetoric.
Agri-Pulse: Have wind and solar won the battle for energy sector investment?
- (Subscription only) Secretary of State John Kerry focused on climate change and renewable energy in a speech last week at the invitation-only Future of Energy Summit in New York, asserting that “clean energy is one of the greatest economic opportunities the world has ever seen.”
Des Moines Register: Iowa landowners file suit over Bakken pipeline
- A group of nine Iowa landowners is suing Iowa utility regulators over the state's decision to authorize the use of eminent domain to access land for the Bakken oil pipeline, which will cross through 18 Iowa counties.
FOOD & NUTRITION
N.Y. Times: Milk Jumps Onto the Small-Batch Bandwagon
- Dairies are starting to market their wares as handcrafted, local, premium — and pricey.
The Produce News: USDA lifts PACA sanctions on Calif. produce business
- In the past three years, the USDA resolved approximately 3,700 PACA claims involving more than $66 million. Its experts also assisted more than 7,100 callers with issues valued at approximately $100 million.
Washington Post: This study 40 years ago could have reshaped the American diet. But it was never fully published.
- It was one of the largest, most rigorous experiments ever conducted on an important diet question: How do fatty foods affect our health? Yet it took more than 40 years — that is, until today — for a clear picture of the results to reach the public.
L.A. Times: GMO food labels are meaningless
- (Opinion) What could be wrong with empowering consumers with knowledge about their food? Plenty.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Washington Post: How China’s fishermen are fighting a covert war in the South China Sea
- China is using its vast fishing fleet as the advance guard to press its expansive territorial claims in the South China Sea, experts say.
Washington Post: Kerry defends Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal as strategic imperative
- Secretary of State John F. Kerry on Tuesday touted the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership deal as crucial to U.S. economic, strategic and diplomatic interests, hoping to inject new urgency into a top Obama administration priority.
Agriland: Voluntary EU milk supply management signed into law
- New EU rules providing the opportunity for farmers to take up incentives to reduce milk supplies have now been finalised and published into official EU regulations.
Reuters: Germany backs EU plan to approve weedkiller glyphosate
- Germany plans to back an EU proposal that would allow the continued use of glyphosate in weedkillers, according to a letter from the agriculture ministry.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Agri-Pulse: WOTUS hangs over farmers' heads, Okla. Farm Bureau chief says
- (Subscription only) The waters of the U.S. rule is in limbo, but its potential impact is causing widespread concern among farmers, Tom Buchanan, president of the Oklahoma Farm Bureau, told a Senate subcommittee today.
USA Today: Ortho to stop using chemicals considered to be harmful to bees
- The Marysville, Ohio-based company, which is a subsidiary of ScottsMiracle-Gro, will discontinue neonicotinoid-based pesticides for outdoor use. The move follows Lowe's and Home Depot's announcements last year that they will stop selling neonicotinoid-based products in their garden care sections.
News-Press: Land plan in Collier could allow 'taking' of some endangered, threatened species
- Dozens of Southwest Floridians spoke out against a proposed development area in Immokalee, saying the public and panthers should not suffer so that nine property owners will be able to develop more lands in rural Collier County.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Bloomberg: Farmers Get Biggest Subsidy Check in Decade as Prices Drop
- The agriculture slump is getting so bad in the U.S. that farmers are about to get more government aid than at any time in the past decade, signaling the rising public cost of crop surpluses and cheap food.
Monthly Review: Harvesting celery = 8 hours football practice …… Lettuce Wars reviewed in Science & Society
- In Lettuce Wars, Bruce Neuburger tells the story of his experience as a volunteer farm labor organizer with the United Farm Workers Union (UFW) in Salinas, California, during a ten-year period beginning in the spring of 1971.
AP: Big name Missouri businesses oppose religious objections law
- More than 60 businesses including some of Missouri's biggest corporate names joined a coalition opposed to state legislation that would protect businesses objecting on religious grounds to same-sex marriages. Agricultural giant Monsanto, prescription drug benefits manager Express Scripts, and pet food maker Nestle Purina are among employers to join the recently formed Missouri Competes.
State House News Service: Lawmakers asked to settle marijuana's status under agriculture laws
- Pivoting from the ongoing debate over whether Massachusetts should legalize marijuana for adult use, lawmakers on Tuesday were asked to grapple with a new question around the drug: are marijuana plants an agricultural crop or a controlled substance?
AP: Monsanto OKs $975M expansion at St. Charles Parish plant
- Gov. John Bel Edwards and company officials said Tuesday (April 12) that Monsanto Co. has approved a $975 million expansion at its St. Charles Parish plant in Luling. Monsanto President and Chief Operating Officer Brett Begemann, in a news release, said the project will add 95 jobs averaging $76,500 a year.
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