Daily Harvest -- 4/14/2016
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse Daybreak for April 14
- Farm groups complained to EPA about a scientific advisory panel meeting on chlorpyrifos next week, claiming they had little warning of it and that EPA is “attempting to fundamentally alter its process for evaluating potential risk and regulation of pesticides." Also: Key Democrat pledges to fight federal funding for GMO promotion; China not interested in TPP--yet; Almanza talking catfish in Asia.
Agri-Pulse: Lawmakers line up to support 4-H
- One after another, lawmakers stood up before 4-H delegates, alumni and advocates to praise the storied agricultural program for young people at a breakfast today on Capitol Hill.
Agri-Pulse: The Value of 4-H
- (Audio) John Block talks about making a pig brooder, winning the local 4-H demonstration contest, competing at the Illinois State Fair, and how without those experiences he might not have been on West Point's debate team or been a secretary of agriculture in Illinois and under Ronald Reagan.
Agri-Pulse: Lawmakers advance USDA-FDA spending, boost waterways funding
- Lawmakers moved spending bills that seek to boost acceptance of GMOs, fight agricultural pests and boost spending on waterways critical for exports of farm commodities.
Agri-Pulse: Peabody Energy files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy
- Peabody Energy, the largest private-sector coal company in the world, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy "to strengthen liquidity and reduce debt amid an unprecedented industry downturn," the corporation said on Wednesday.
Agri-Pulse: Panel reviews benefits to rural America from oil and gas industry
- The general public typically views the oil and gas industry as a bunch of big companies charging too much for a gallon of gasoline, said House Agriculture Chairman Mike Conaway as he opened a committee hearing on the impacts of oil and gas production on the rural economy. But today the panel heard a different story.
The Desert Sun: Why fighting climate change won't destroy the economy
- As the reality of human-caused climate change has become harder to deny, opponents of climate action have adopted a new talking point. Replacing fossil fuels with clean energy, they say, would devastate the American economy, sending electricity prices through the roof, forcing people to abandon their cars and putting millions of people out of work. There's one problem: Researchers who have studied the clean energy transition disagree.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Forbes: House Bill Threatens To Gut School Nutrition Standards, Setting Up A Final Showdown
- A new and ugly school food fight is brewing in Washington, D.C., thanks to a provocative Child Nutrition Reauthorization bill draft prepared by the House Education and Workforce Committee.
Minneapolis Star Tribune: General Mills faces second age-discrimination lawsuit
- Nearly 30 former General Mills employees sued the company in federal court on Tuesday, claiming they were victims of age discrimination in a wave of layoffs about 18 months ago.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Agri-Pulse: USTR looking for the right window for TPP passage
- (Audio) Time is getting shorter and shorter every day for the administration and other interested parties to secure congressional approval of the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
Agri-Pulse: European Parliament backs 7-year renewal for glyphosate
- The European Parliament is recommending that the European Commission, the governing arm of the EU, renew its authorization of glyphosate for seven years and release all data used in a recent assessment of the herbicide by the European Food Safety Authority.
Agri-Pulse: Price tag to develop new crop protection product? $286M
- Companies that want to bring a new crop protection product to market will have to spend $286 million in research and development and 11 years "to ensure the highest safety and efficacy standards," according to a new report released today by CropLife International, CropLife America and the European Crop Protection Association.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Sacramento Bee: http://www.sacbee.com/opinion/editorials/article71686717.html
- (Editorial) Once again, House Republicans have proposed to weaken the Endangered Species Act at the expense of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, a day after the Metropolitan Water District committed to spending $175 million to buy five Delta islands.
Lincoln Journal Star: Lawmakers OK proposals to plan for climate change, boost wind energy
- Environmentalists notched a pair of victories in the Nebraska Legislature on Wednesday, with measures aimed at boosting wind energy development and preparing the state for the effects of climate change.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Lompoc Record: Berry growers targeted in arson abandon farmworker housing plans
- The owners of a strawberry farming operation who were buying new Nipomo homes to house their migrant farmworkers announced Wednesday they are abandoning their plans after receiving threats and losing one home still under construction to an apparent arson fire.
Capital Press: WAFLA warns of minimum wage hike
- Two initiatives raising Washington's minimum wage could be on the Nov. 8 general election ballot, the farm labor organization WAFLA is telling its members.
The Packer: Labor secretary meets growers, farmworkers
- U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez met with Equitable Food Initiative stakeholders at Andrew & Williamson Fresh Produce’s Crisalida Berry Farms in Oxnard, Calif., the first farm to be certified by the nonprofit. EFI provides a certification for improved working conditions, pest management and food safety.
N.Y. Daily News: Hillary Clinton vows to open immigration office in speech trashing Donald Trump
- In a one-two punch at Republican rival Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton said she’d be so pro-immigrant if elected that she’d create a federal office just to help newcomers — and bashed the billionaire for his “bigotry.”
Fremont Tribune: A fair and balanced controversy at Dodge County board meeting
- The meeting’s discussion centered on a controversial proposal called Project Rawhide (a poultry growing partnership) in an open public comment forum that lasted one hour and forty minutes.
Global Meat News: French government plan to fine meat firms criticised
- French agriculture minister Stéphane Le Foll’s plan to boost transparency in the meat industry will not halt the decline in France’s agro-food sector, according to meat organisation Culture Viande.
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