Daily Harvest -- 4/18/2016
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Open Mic with US Trade Ambassador Michael Froman and Kevin Kester, VP NCBA
- (Audio) This interview features the short- and long-term advantages that Froman and Kester say the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement would bring to the U.S. and cattlemen.
Agri-Pulse: EPA rejects call to postpone chlorpyrifos review
- (Subscriber only) The Environmental Protection Agency is moving ahead with a meeting next week to review epidemiological data on the risks of chlorpyrifos, rejecting requests from the pesticide industry for a postponement.
Wall Street Journal: Vermont Seeks Documents on GMOs from Seed, Food Companies
- Vermont’s attorney general has asked a federal court to force big seed and food companies to turn over internal research on genetically modified crops, escalating a legal battle as the state defends its law requiring labels for GMO ingredients.
Agri-Pulse Daybreak for April 18, 2016
- (Audio) Supreme Court hears arguments on immigration; Conaway says he’ll fight for farm bill funding; FDA plans return to egg farms; and a study of biotech future underway. This and more in today’s Daybreak.
Agri-Pulse: Washington Week Ahead: Fight set on market rules, Senate set to pass energy bill
- Republicans are trying to head off new regulations on poultry and livestock marketing practices as House appropriators debate the Agriculture Department's fiscal 2017 spending bill this week.
Times Argus: Vermont’s dairy industry struggles with national rates
- After decades of marginalization and struggling to make ends meet, new legislation introduced by Congress aims to help Northeastern dairy farmers.
New York Times: The Looming Threat of Avian Flu
- It has been a year since the bird flu tore through the Midwest: enough time for decimated farms to cash their indemnity checks and begin buying replacement birds; and for national awareness of the outbreak, the worst animal-disease epidemic in United States history, to dissipate.
Agri-Pulse: Bill would allow E15 sales during summer months
- (Audio) A new piece of legislation from Nebraska Republican Adrian Smith would allow for the sale of higher blends of ethanol during some of the busiest travel months of the year.
Washington Post: Oil meeting in Qatar collapses without freeze as Iran absent
- A meeting of oil-rich countries in Qatar that had been expected to boost crude prices by freezing production fell apart Sunday as Iran stayed home and vowed to increase its output despite threats by Saudi Arabia.
Wall Street Journal: The place that wants Donald Trump most
- Buchanan County, Va., is coal country. It’s also Trump country, where many locals, frustrated with Obama energy policy and worried about a shrinking coal industry, say the businessman is their last best hope.
Nasdaq: North Dakota Oil Production Falls in February
- North Dakota crude oil production fell for the third month in a row, ticking down 0.4% in February to hit its lowest level in 18 months, the state announced Friday.
FOOD & NUTRITION
The Columbus Dispatch: Ohio food banks will suffer from prison farm shutdown, advocates say
- The food bank association buys seed, fertilizer, fuel, some equipment and product packaging for the prisons. In exchange, it gets cabbages, cantaloupes, cucumber, sweet corn, eggplant and other vegetables, plus cash from field crops such as winter wheat and soybeans.
Science Daily: Toward a better nutritional facts panel
- A team of Michigan State University scientists found that adding labels to the front of packages improves attention to critical nutritional information on the back.
New York Times: Animal Cruelty or the Price of Dinner?
- (Opinion) A new investigation by Compassion in World Farming, an animal rights group, highlights the way the poultry industry today is often inhumane for birds, wrenching for farmers and potentially unhealthy for consumers.
Chicago Tribune: McDonald's CEO 2015 pay package: $7.9 million
- McDonald's CEO Steve Easterbrook earned $7.9 million in total compensation last year, his first year at the helm of the world's largest burger chain, according to a filing Friday with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Agri-Pulse: Growth opportunities and growing pains in a changing global food system
- (Opinion) The Chicago Council on Global Affairs’ 2016 report on food security explores how the pressures of swelling urban populations have already transformed food supply chains across the globe and how this trend is unfolding still in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.
Omaha.com: Chicken is all the rage now, as is debate over a proposed chicken plant near Fremont
- For the first time, last year Americans ate more poultry — turkey and chicken combined — than we ate red meat, including beef, pork and lamb.
Wall Street Journal: A Harvest Devoted to Sustaining New York City’s Hungry
- City Harvest will collect about 55 million pounds of excess food this year to help feed nearly 1.4 million hungry New Yorkers.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Wall Street Journal: Indonesia Bans New Palm Oil and Mining Operations
- Indonesia will temporarily bar new palm oil and mining operations to help protect the country’s vast tropical forests following international criticism over its environmental stewardship.
Reuters: French court hands symbolic win to GMO maize supporters
- France's top administrative court overturned a 2014 ban on a type of genetically modified (GMO) maize in a symbolic victory for GMO supporters.
New York Times: Donation of Surplus Peanuts From US Dismays Haiti Farmers
- A recently announced plan to ship 500 metric tons of surplus American peanuts to help feed 140,000 malnourished schoolchildren in Haiti has set off a fierce debate over whether such food aid is a humanitarian necessity or a counterproductive gesture.
Wall Street Journal: U.S. Sees Big Losses for China From Corn Stocks Write-Down
- An overhaul of China’s agricultural policy will probably result in losses of more than $10 billion for the state agencies that hold huge stockpiles of inedible corn, according to the U.S. Agriculture Department.
Wall Street Journal: ‘Farm Fresh’ Battle in U.K. Recruits Cows With Cameras
- Seeking a leg up in a hotly competitive market, traditional U.K. grocery chains are highlighting the farms that supply them—or making up farms just for branding.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Sacramento Bee: Delta pumping to Southern California restricted despite rainy winter
- While precipitation has been roughly four times heavier than a year ago, the Delta pumps have produced just a 35 percent increase in water shipments. For every gallon that’s been pumped to south-of-Delta water agencies since Jan. 1, 3 1/2 gallons have been allowed to flow out to sea.
Iowa Famer Today: Increasing cattle may limit ag-related emissions: Study
- A new study co-authored by an Iowa State University researcher indicates an increase in cattle production, and associated forage land, on Iowa’s agricultural landscape could lead to lower greenhouse gas emissions.
Washington Post: Why the world is storing so many seeds in a ‘doomsday’ vault
- The Svalbard Global Seed Vault in Longyearbyen, Norway, has the capacity to store 4.5 million seed samples from around the globe, shielding them from climate change, wars, natural disasters and other threats.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Omaha.com: Grace: Stellar student — and illegal immigrant — hopes lawmakers remove barrier blocking her from her dream job
- The state legislature last week passed a bill that would remove a barrier standing between Grace, a Mexican-born immigrant brought illegally to America years ago, and a future teaching job in Nebraska.
Reuters: Obama immigration action goes before Supreme Court
- The U.S. Supreme Court will hear a case on Monday that tests the boundaries of presidential powers, confronting the question of whether President Barack Obama exceeded his authority with unilateral action to spare millions of people in the country illegally from deportation.
ABC News: Farm Board Backs Ruling That Grower Interfered With Election
- The California farm labor board has upheld a court ruling that one of the nation's largest fruit growers interfered as employees were deciding whether to reject union representation.
Miami Herald: California agriculture sees failed crop of presidential hopefuls
- Many in the San Joaquin Valley’s agriculture community are watching the 2016 presidential campaign with a growing level of concern, as they feel increasingly backed into a corner by policy stances among the leading contenders that are anti-trade and anti-immigration.
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