Daily Harvest -- 5/4/2016
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse Daybreak for May 4, 2016
- (Audio) Trump sets sights on Clinton after Cruz leaves race following Indiana loss; Young beats Stutzman in GOP primary; IG report questions conservation compliance oversight; activists demand glyphosate action; EPA atrazine report posted, pulled; state ag departments back GE mosquito; Western Growers can participate as amicus in organic lawsuit.
Agri-Pulse: USDA sets up fund for rural food, agriculture businesses
- Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the launch of USDA's newest private capital investment fund for rural America at a White House event on Tuesday.
Agri-Pulse: NRCS chief hopes funding is close to presidential request
- (Audio) Many in agriculture were opposed to funding levels in President Obama's FY 2017 budget mostly due to concerns about crop insurance, but the head of USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service is actually a fan of funding levels for his agency.
Agri-Pulse: How to rewire the electric grid to incorporate renewable energy?
- Congress and the Obama administration are hard at work on modernizing the nation's electric grid to match curtailed demand and increasingly diverse energy sources.
Courthouse News Service: San Diego Pledges $130M to Fight Climate Change
- San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer said Monday that the city will dedicate nearly $130 million to implement one of the nation's most ambitious climate action plans, aiming to use 100 percent renewable energy by 2035.
Washington Post: World Bank: The way climate change is really going to hurt us is through water
- As India, the world’s second-most populous country, reels from an intense drought, the World Bank has released a new report finding that perhaps the most severe impact of a changing climate could be the effect on water supplies.
FOOD & NUTRITION
KVOA-News4 Tucson: AZ Department of Agriculture issues warning for potentially contaminated meat
- The Arizona Department of Agriculture issued an immediate notice of detention of all wholesale beef and pork products by Beef Master Meat Market after meat was sold while their license was suspended.
L.A. Times: Pom Wonderful case not wonderful enough, Supreme Court says
- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to review an appeals court decision that health claims in Pom Wonderful advertisements misled consumers.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
INFORUM: Chief ag negotiator promotes trade proposal, says 'longer we wait to pass TPP, the further we fall behind'
- As America's chief agricultural negotiator, Darci Vetter has a lot on her plate. But she has no doubt about her priority. "At the top of our list is (Trans-Pacific Partnership)," she said. "It's an incredibly important deal for U.S. agriculture."
Dow Jones: Hollande: France Won't Compromise on Principles in Trans-Atlantic Trade Talks
- French President Francois Hollande said France is against the current position in trans-Atlantic trade talks because it calls into question the country's principles on agriculture, culture and the environment.
Swissinfo.ch: Swiss president sees no negotiating room on free trade deal
- Swiss President Johann Schneider-Ammann assumes the US-EU free trade deal known as TTIP is coming – and that Switzerland will have to decide whether to “take it or leave it”.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
N.Y. Times: Resettling the First American ‘Climate Refugees’
- Around the globe, governments are confronting the reality that as human-caused climate change warms the planet, rising sea levels, stronger storms, increased flooding, harsher droughts and dwindling freshwater supplies could drive the world’s most vulnerable people from their homes.
Arizona Daily Star: Rosemont won’t hurt imperiled wildlife, report says
- A federal agency gave the proposed Rosemont Mine its final biological clearance Tuesday, saying the mine won’t jeopardize a dozen imperiled species living on or near its site or illegally destroy their habitat.
Sacramento Bee: Kamala Harris, silent on dams, says she would protect species law
- U.S. Senate candidate Kamala Harris said Tuesday that she would not support efforts to weaken the federal law governing endangered species, breaking with fellow Democrat and rival Loretta Sanchez, who has said she would be open to amendments to help address the state’s protracted drought.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
AP, KREM: Labor contractor must pay $7.6M for mistreating farmworkers
- A federal judge has ordered a farm labor contractor to pay $7.6 million in damages for a pattern of subjecting Thai farmworkers in the state of Washington to a hostile work environment, harassment and discrimination. The EEOC filed suit against Global Horizons and two Yakima farms in 2011, charging a pattern of national origin and race discrimination against the Thai farmworkers.
Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Losses grow for Georgia farmers waiting on feds to OK foreign workers
- By the time you read this, Kevin Eason figures he will have lost $750,000. Eason, a blueberry farmer in the South Georgia town of Alma, in January used the U.S. Department of Labor’s migrant worker visa system to request 100 migrant workers from Mexico. None have arrived yet.
WXOW: Labor force that drives Wisconsin dairy industry still seeks legal immigration status amid volatile political rhetoric
- As likely Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump runs on a platform emphasizing stricter regulations on illegal immigration - including mass deportations - people who live and work on Wisconsin's 10,000-plus dairy farms are watching with great concern.
Manitoba Cooperator: Digital agriculture the next big thing, says Monsanto official
- Monsanto never expected genetically modified crops to catch on as quickly as they did and one company insider says the same explosive growth could happen with data-driven farming.
CBS News: When farm to table is really fraud to table
- As more consumers become interested in locally sourced foods and sustainable farming, restaurants are racing to oblige. Many now offer detailed pedigrees of the ingredients they use to create the dishes on their menus. Unfortunately, some of those claims are misleading or outright fabrications.
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