Daily Harvest -- 4/25/2016
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse Daybreak for April 25, 2016
- (Audio) USDA delivers warning on House child nutrition reauthorization bill; can plants be organic without soil?; Mom’s Across America launch billboard campaign; additional countries line up to ship catfish to the U.S.; and more in today’s Daybreak.
Agri-Pulse: Washington Week Ahead: GOP eyes nutrition bill; Organics Board debates biotech
- House Republicans are looking to move an overhaul of child nutrition programs against stiff Democratic resistance, while the Senate GOP plots a more bipartisan authorization bill for waterway projects.
Agri-Pulse: Open Mic with Alabama Representative Robert Aderholt
- (Audio) Aderholt, who chairs the House Appropriations subcommittee on agriculture, discusses his views on how appropriators have addressed challenging policy topics like SNAP, rural development, sodium restrictions, additional testing for antibiotics in livestock production, crop insurance, and educational outreach on genetically engineered crops.
Seattle Times: USDA declines to pay for cows, crops poisoned by pesticide
- The U.S. Department of Agriculture has refused to pay claims filed by two Idaho families who contend its pesticide treatment contaminated their crops and poisoned a cattle herd.
Pittsburg NPR: Blight, Addiction And Recruitment Among Issues Facing Local Agriculture Community
- During a stump for presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, Vilsack sits down with Essential Pittsburgh’s Paul Guggenheimer about the biggest challenges facing rural growing communities in the U.S. and here in Pennsylvania.
Harvest Public Media: Gene-edited corn could be in farm fields in a few years
- Iowa’s DuPont Pioneer, the second-largest seed company in the world, announced this week that it plans to sell a new form of corn created with CRISPR-Cas plant breeding technology, the much-ballyhooed gene-editing tool.
ABC News: Legal Defeat Only Emboldens 'Food Sovereignty' Soldiers
- “It's my right, as an individual, to grow the food I eat,” says Heather Retberg, who believes she needs protection from an aggressive regulatory structure that keeps small farms from getting food to local people.
New York Times: Renewable Energy Stumbles Toward the Future
- It was just last summer that SunEdison was a Wall Street darling, the very air around the fast-growing company seeming to shimmer with potential.
WBNG News: New York Environmental Regulators Deny Permit for Constitution Pipeline
- New York environmental regulators say they're rejecting a critical permit needed for a major natural gas pipeline project to proceed.
ABC News: Feds Deciding If Coal-Export Project Violates Tribal Rights
- The tribe says a proposed $700 million project to build the nation's largest coal-export terminal would threaten its fishing traditions and rights.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Agri-Pulse: New rule aims to improve nutrition at child and adult care facilities
- (Subscriber only) Children and adults who receive meals as part of the National Child and Adult Care Food Program will get more whole grains and fruits and vegetables, and less added sugars and solid fats, under changes announced today by USDA's Food and Nutrition Service.
CNY Central: Western New York-based grocer commits to cage-free eggs
- Western New York-based Tops has joined the ranks of retailers pledging to sell only cage-free eggs.
Business Insider: Wall Street is getting Chipotle's comeback story wrong
- Free burrito offers also don't fix three potentially ongoing problems that have nothing to do with E. coli: menu fatigue, supply chain shortages, and challenges attracting and retaining employees.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Washington Post: A healthy agreement
- (Opinion) No argument against the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement packs more emotional punch than the claim that the deal would be bad for people’s health — and even result in avoidable deaths — both in the United States and in the 11 other signatory nations.
Wall Street Journal: Five pillars of India’s plan to eradicate poverty in 16 years
- India’s government has set itself the ambitious goal of eradicating poverty over the next decade-and-a-half by stepping up plans to upgrade the economy in a way that will add millions of jobs.
Wall Street Journal: Brazil’s Giant Problem
- Brasília is embroiled in a sprawling embezzlement scandal at the state oil company. And its Congress, where six in 10 members now face some kind of criminal investigation, lawmakers in the lower house have voted to impeach President Dilma Rousseff, a leftist economist whom many blame for fostering corruption and ruining Brazil’s economy.
ABC News: AP Exclusive: Test Finds Chernobyl Residue in Belarus Milk
- Since rising to power in 1994, President Alexander Lukashenko — the former director of a state-owned farm — has stopped resettlement programs for people living near the Chernobyl explosion and developed a long-term plan to raze empty villages and reclaim the land for crops and livestock.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Agri-Pulse: WOTUS amendment sinks in the Senate
- (Audio) An effort to address the Environmental Protection Agency’s Waters of the U.S. rule was blocked last week by Senate Democrats who forced it to fall just four votes short of the needed 60.
Detroit Free Press: Dairy farms taking a toll on Great Lakes, waterways
- The cause of the fish kill was traced to an excessive application of liquid cow manure at Noll Dairy Farm in Croswell. State officials said the discharge affected more than 20 miles of the river and killed about 218,000 fish.
Des Moines Register: Ag fund foots at least $920K of counties' legal fees
- Three north Iowa counties embroiled in a legal battle with Des Moines Water Works over high nitrate levels acknowledged Friday that about $920,000 of their nearly $1.1 million legal bill has been picked up by an agribusiness-backed group.
EurekAlert: Beyond milkweed: Monarchs face habitat, nectar threats
- In the face of scientific dogma that faults the population decline of monarch butterflies on a lack of milkweed, herbicides and genetically modified crops, a new Cornell University study casts wider blame: sparse autumnal nectar sources, weather and habitat fragmentation.
Wall Street Journal: Cities Look for New Ways to Meet Demand for Water Supplies
- San Diego offers a look at some possible solutions, including a desalination plant, a raised dam and a program to reduce leaks.
Sacramento Bee: California desperately needs new surface storage
- (Opinion) California simply needs more water. Its people, fish, wildlife, food producers and others – all have been harmed by delays in our response to periodic droughts and climate change.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
LA Times: Border Patrol sees increase in number of migrants being detained at Mexico border
- Apprehensions of undocumented migrants at the Mexican border increased last month after dipping during the winter, immigration authorities said, and they’re expected to continue climbing this summer.
LA Times: More people are filing to become citizens in the face of anti-immigration politics
- Organizers say another factor has driven the push for citizenship this election year. His name is Donald Trump.
LA Times: Raised in the U.S. without legal status, he attains the American dream — in Mexico
- Eventually they arrived at their American dream, renting and buying enough land to start their own large vegetable farm, selling tomatillos, squash and other produce.
Washington Post: Illinois college adds major in brewing amid craft beer boom
- An Illinois university has a new accredited degree in fermentation science to train future brewers, distillers and vintners.
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