Daily Harvest -- 5/3/2016
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse Daybreak for May 3, 2016
- (Audio) T-TIP documents leaked; rice makes its T-TIP case; Indiana holds fate of stop-Trump effort, Stutzman; USDA boosts funding to combat antibiotic resistance; rural electric group brings concerns to Capitol Hill; Obama makes new TPP argument; and Oxfam America to USDA: Keep your peanuts.
Agri-Pulse: Glyphosate 'not likely' to cause cancer, EPA says briefly
- (Subscriber only) Glyphosate, the world’s most heavily used herbicide, is unlikely to cause cancer in humans, the Environmental Protection Agency has concluded. Or has it?
Agri-Pulse: USDA puts up $6M to fight antimicrobial resistance
- Researchers who study antibiotic resistance now have access to another $6 million, thanks to USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), the department announced Monday.
Denver Post: Tiny Nebraska Town Says No to 1,100 Jobs, Citing Way of Life
- You would think a 400-person town was the perfect spot for a chicken processing plant, but residents revolted. The roads couldn’t handle the truck traffic, they said, the stench from the plant would be unbearable and immigrants and out-of-towners would flood the area, overwhelming schools and changing the town’s character.
Modern Farmer: Caught in the Middle: Farmers Seek a New and Improved GMO Debate
- “[GMOs] are a mixed bag of good and bad…The reason it’s so hard to see the facts is that the actual genetically modified organisms have been crowded out by the things they represent…We oppose GMOs because we oppose the unsustainable agricultural system they serve.”
State Journal-Register: Price, demand driving Illinois’ hog farm expansion
- Prices that a couple of years ago were $20 per head below break-even are now about $15 above. Many of the newcomers to hog farming are grain farmers trying to even out the ups-and-downs of corn and soybean prices, according to the industry.
The Coloradoan: Colorado High Court Rules Local Bans on Fracking Are Illegal
- The Colorado Supreme Court has ruled against Fort Collins' five-year fracking moratorium, a long-awaited decision that could have statewide implications for the controversial oil and gas recovery method.
Wall Street Journal: Two More Oil Companies Enter Chapter 11
- Ultra Petroleum and Midstates Petroleum, two publicly traded oil companies, separately filed for bankruptcy with more than $5.8 billion in combined debts.
Wall Street Journal: Clinton Targets Appalachia Votes
- Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton will embark on a two-day tour of Appalachia Monday, moving to strengthen what has been tepid support for the former secretary of state in coal country as the general election comes into focus.
New York Times: Researchers Aim to Put Carbon Dioxide Back to Work
- The ultimate goal is to turn the waste product of fuel burning into new fuel, which in theory would mean no net gain of emissions: the same carbon dioxide molecules would be emitted, captured, made into new fuels and emitted again, over and over.
Reuters: French regulator says Engie’s corporate gas prices harm competition
- France’s competition authority ordered Engie on Monday to raise its natural gas prices for companies, saying that in some cases the energy company appeared to be selling gas at below cost and so harming competitors.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Agri-Pulse: GMA, EWG spar over GMO labeling
- (Audio) There’s certainly no love lost between the Grocery Manufacturers Association and the Environmental Working Group, especially when it comes to the issue of labeling genetically modified foods.
ABC News: Ag Groups Seek Exemption From Scrutiny
- Congress is pushing the Agriculture Department to exempt the groups behind promotional campaigns like “Incredible, Edible Egg” and “Pork, the Other White Meat” from public scrutiny of their internal operations despite recent controversy.
CNN: Jessica Alba’s Honest Company fires back against baby formula lawsuit
- Jessica Alba’s Honest Company is publicly challenging claims that the company’s baby food isn't really organic.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Washington Post: President Obama: The TPP would let America, not China, lead the way on global trade
- (Opinion) The United States has pushed to develop a high-standard Trans- Pacific Partnership, a trade deal that puts American workers first and makes sure we write the rules of the road for trade in the 21st century.
Washington Post: What U.S. peanut donations mean to Haiti
- (Opinion) To ensure donated peanuts complement ongoing development assistance, the USDA is funding research on the use of locally procured peanuts in emergency rations and in school food programs in Haiti, and a new vocational agricultural school to train a new generation of Haitian agricultural professionals.
Wall Street Journal: Grain Traders Rejecting New Soybeans Developed by Monsanto
- U.S. grain companies plan to reject Monsanto Co.’s new genetically modified soybeans, over concerns that they could disrupt international trade without a key regulatory approval from the European Union.
Wall Street Journal: Greenpeace Says Draft EU-U.S. Trade Pact Raises Serious Concerns
- Aspects of a sweeping trade agreement being discussed by the European Union and the U.S. are of serious concern for consumers and the environment, Greenpeace said Monday, citing internal negotiation documents it later leaked.
New York Times: Selling the Trans-Atlantic Trade Deal
- (Opinion) T.T.I.P. is a hard sell in Europe. Many Europeans fear it will allow powerful corporations to force governments to weaken European food standards, environmental regulations and social welfare programs.
CNN: Thousands ill from mysterious kidney disease, but what's the cause?
- For decades, thousands of farmers in tropical hot spots around the world have suffered from a disease that destroys their kidneys. Their eyes can become yellow, their bodies swollen and their muscles continuously cramping as their kidneys become irreversibly damaged -- until they die.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Des Moines Register: Branstad opens door to sales tax for water quality
- Gov. Terry Branstad will renew his campaign for statewide water quality projects, and he's opening the door to a new sales tax for conservation and outdoor recreation programs.
Des Moines Register: WRA invests $19 million in phosphorus removal
- Iowa’s largest sewage treatment plant is investing $19 million in new equipment that will reduce the amount of a harmful contaminant commonly found in the state’s waterways.
Grist: Ted Cruz is blaming California’s water woes on a fish
- At the California Republican Party Convention, Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz blamed the state’s economic and water woes on a tiny fish known as the Delta smelt.
Phys.org: Regulators consider how to save southern New England lobster
- Interstate fishing regulators will consider authorizing new tools to address southern New England’s declining lobster population.
Washington Times: Monarch solution: Hagerstown garden to help butterflies
- The Monarch Alliance, a group of people and organizations interested in the health of the monarch butterfly population, has planted a monarch waystation garden in a tiny park on the edge of a commercial development in Hagerstown, Maryland.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
WXII: NC lawmaker sued as farm workers claim some wages unpaid
- The lawsuit filed last month on behalf of the foreign field hands seeks class-action status and compensation for more than 50 who worked at state Sen. Brent Jackson's Autryville farm. Seven are suing the North Carolina legislator, claiming they weren't paid due wages.
NBC News: ACLU: Tucson Traffic Stops for Immigration Checks Violating Rights
- American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona said Monday its review of Tucson police records found the department is, with help from the Border Patrol, prolonging traffic stops beyond necessary to check the immigration status of people it stops.
Agri-View: Canadian labor shortage turns into crisis
- Canadian farmers have lost a whopping $1.5 billion due to a crisis in the labor supply for farms, which is short by almost 60,000 jobs.
CNY Central: Man charged with animal cruelty after 143 Alpacas found dead at farm in Marathon
- A man has been charged with 143 counts of animal cruelty after investigators found the bodies of 143 Alpacas which had died over a period of two to three months at a farm in upstate New York.
New York Post: Why Prospect Park just hired a herd of eight goats
- A group that manages the Brooklyn park is plunking down $15,000 to hire a herd of eight goats to control invasive weeds by furiously munching them, parks officials said.
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