Daily Harvest -- 5/10/2016
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse Daybreak for May 10, 2016
- USDA announces $2.4 million in funding to help attract animal doctors to places in need as well as train new vets. Also: Rural group sees bad news in FCC approval of Charter Communications-Time Warner Cable-Bright House Networks merger. Also: groups want BLM to remove Bundy's cattle; Hearing begins on proposed Belt cancellation.
Post & Courier: Haley farm bill veto may mean hardships for S.C. farms
- Haley vowed Saturday to veto a bill that creates the South Carolina Farm Aid Fund, which would set aside $40 million for farmers affected by October’s historic floods. She has been threatening to veto the bill since March.
The (Charlottesville, Va.) Daily Progress: Wind farm developer files plan, seeks to avoid bat deaths
- The massive blades of wind turbines will not spin during the times they are most likely to kill flying bats, an energy developer says in seeking state permission to build its wind farm atop a Botetourt County mountain.
WNAX: Iowa Bill to Protect Private Property Rights Advances
- The legislation requires energy projects to receive Iowa Utilities Board approval within three years of their initial hearing. If they don’t, their application is rescinded. Sheridan says under the bill, energy projects are required to get voluntary easements before moving ahead.
The Guardian: Carbon dioxide emissions from US energy sector fall 12% since 2005
- Carbon dioxide emissions from the US’s energy sector fell in 2015 and now stand at 12% below 2005 levels, a drop mainly driven by the continuing collapse of the coal industry.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Agri-Pulse: Dairy industry seeks White House help in milk battle with WHO
- The U.S. dairy industry is asking the White House to join its campaign to persuade the Whole Health Organization to revamp a proposal it says would discourage the consumption of dairy products by young children.
Huffington Post: The Struggle is Real: Scene from an American Food Prison
- A new video by Just Label It perfectly encapsulates the privileged world of the anti-GMO movement.
Genetic Literacy Project: So are these new gene-edited crops still GMOs?
- A group of experts appointed by the European Commission has been hotly debating this since 2007. The group was expected to issue a legal opinion by the end of 2015, but still hasn’t.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Agri-Pulse: USTR wants more consistent EU biotech approvals
- (Audio) Once again, a number of biotech strains are pending approval in the European Union, much to the chagrin of U.S. producers and biotech companies.
Lincoln Journal-Star: Trump would hurt Nebraska
- (Editorial) Trump's trade policies could ravage Nebraska agriculture and do major damage to the state’s economy.
Wall Street Journal: Venezuela’s Hunger Is No Game
- In his craving for power, the late Hugo Chávez pledged to redistribute Venezuela’s wealth to the poor masses. The god-father of “21st-century socialism” seems to have been unaware that the resources he promised to shower on his people had to first be produced.
Radio Poland: Polish agriculture ministry says 'no' to TTIP
- Jacek Bogucki, Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, says that negotiations on food trade have been suspended.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
L.A. Times: Some of California's emergency drought rules might be eased
- After a rainy winter in many of California’s key watersheds, state regulators are recommending changes in emergency drought rules that would allow communities to ease or even drop mandatory conservation targets that have been in effect for much of the last year.
The Guardian: One in five of world's plant species at risk of extinction
- But the report also found that 2,000 new species of plant are discovered every year, raising hopes of new sources of food that are resilient to disease and climate change.
Des Moines Register: Livestock pollutant technology rarely reaches the farm
- Most technologies developed in recent years to reduce odor and gas emissions from livestock never make it to the farm for further testing, researchers at Iowa State University said Monday.
Farm Futures: Des Moines Water Works attacks agriculture again!
- (Opinion) Attorney Gary Baise says Congress made it clear: Nonpoint source runoff pollution from ag is exempt from Clean Water Act regulation.
AP: Hawaii plan would offset cost of organic farm certification
- A bill passed by the Hawaii Legislature sets up tax breaks for Hawaii farmers to offset the cost of becoming certified as organic by USDA. Hawaii is the first state to pass such a law, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
WTOC: Onion harvesting 'game changer' for Tattnall County farm
- On a Georgia onion farm, a machine replaced dozens of workers harvesting onions from his field. For years, his family has endured the red tape to get legal migrant workers through a federal program. He says this year, the workers didn't show.
The Produce News: Prices for Ohio vegetables on an upward trend
- The Produce News recently interviewed the leaders of three successful, long-established family vegetable farms around Willard, Ohio: Ben Wiers of Wiers Farm Inc., Kirk Holthouse of Holthouse Farms of Ohio Inc. and Loren Buurma of Buurma Farms Inc.
Des Moines Register: Branstad backs Ernst as Trump's VP pick
- Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad said Monday that U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst would be great choice for vice president as Donald Trump's running mate and hopes to personally tell the business magnate of his enthusiasm about having her serve on the Republican Party's national ticket.
St. Cloud (Minn.) Times: Farm Camp comes to the St. Cloud area
- Inspired by their daughter Katie, 21, Natalie and Mark Schmitt have agreed to partner with the Twin Cities-based Farm Camp volunteer organization to introduce kids in third through sixth grade to the many fields of agribusiness.
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