Daily Harvest -- 5/11/2016
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse Daybreak for May 11, 2016
- (Audio) Energy-water spending bill moves in Senate; Clinton on antibiotics, animal welfare; Trumps peels off Sanders voters in W.V.; KIND snacks ‘healthy’ again after FDA shift; more.
Agri-Pulse: Farmers, farm policy get thumbs up from public despite attacks
- (Opinion) In the months and years since passage of the last farm bill, crop insurance has proven its worth to the rural economy and new Farm Bill policies have kicked in to help growers cope with falling commodity prices. Yet agriculture's political opponents have been unrelenting in their misguided attacks on Capitol Hill
and in the press.
Agri-Pulse: Record corn crop coming, USDA says; soybean production may fall
- USDA on Tuesday projected a record corn crop of 14.4 billion bushels, up 829 million from last year and 214 million bushels more than the previous high in 2014.
Agri-Pulse: Community solar systems popping up across rural America
- More and more people are going solar even if they don't own a home, don't have a sunny rooftop, can't afford to buy their own rooftop system, or simply don't want the fuss of installing and operating their own system.
Agri-Pulse: Fuels America talks marine engines on Capitol Hill
- (Audio) Renewable fuels advocacy group Fuels America hosted a Capitol Hill briefing on Tuesday to talk about ethanol as a safe fuel for marine engines.
L.A. Times: Senators question energy agencies about Aliso Canyon report
- State lawmakers Tuesday hammered energy agencies and Southern California utilities about the continued use of the troubled Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility, pressing them to justify the economic and safety risk the plant poses.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Agri-Pulse: Ending global malnutrition: Opportunities for American leadership
- (Opinion) The possibilities for private sector engagement are potentially huge--from investing in smallholder farmers to funding research around nutrient-dense seed varietals and essential interventions in pregnancy to ensure that children can grow and develop healthily.
The Washington Post: The bizarre way Americans are treating one of their favorite foods
- Google's annual report on foods Americans are thinking about has uncovered something that's actually pretty amusing. Tucked inside of the 75 pages is a trend Google calls the “Pasta Comeback.” The gist is that online interest in pasta is growing —and fast.
USA Today: Want to know which foods are healthy? So does the FDA
- In response to pressure from the health community, elected officials and the public, the Food and Drug Administration is taking steps to redefine the term "healthy" as it's used on food labels, the agency confirmed Tuesday.
Marketplace: FDA says it's time to look again at food labeling claims
- “The regulations that FDA has now not only preclude calling almonds and walnuts and avocados healthy but they would allow for calling some things that we know to be junk, healthy,” says Dr. David Katz, founder and director of the Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center.
New York Post: Tel Aviv’s modern food scene is far more than milk and honey
- The local culinary scene is gaining a reputation as one of the world’s tastiest.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Agri-Pulse: US challenges China on chicken again at WTO
- The U.S. is again challenging China at the World Trade Organization over the country's antidumping and countervailing duties on U.S. broiler chicken, U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman announced Tuesday.
Fresno Bee: Argentina’s lemons scare the juice out of some California farmers
- American consumers will save and some California farmers suffer if lemons from Argentina resume entering the United States, Agriculture Department officials say.
Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Trade deal would fuel good-paying Ga. jobs
- (Opinion) With strong southern roots and a passion for all things homegrown, Georgia is poised to grow economic opportunities that would benefit generations to come. Add in a love for Vidalia onions, BBQ and a little bit of college football and you have an idea of the uniqueness that Georgia’s businesses can bring to a world market, especially for our farmers.
The Journal Times: Scott Walker to lead trade mission to Mexico
- The Wisconsin Economic Development Corp., the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection and representatives from Wisconsin businesses, UW-River Falls and UW-Madison are also participating in parts of the June 12-17 trade mission, according to a statement from Walker’s office.
Farm Weekly (Australia) Report raises hope for Saudi live export
- The Australian Livestock Exporters' Council has welcomed a new parliamentary report which makes a key recommendation aimed at facilitating the resumption of Australian sheep exports to Saudi Arabia.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
EurekAlert: Illinois River water quality improvement linked to more efficient corn production
- Good news - the quality of water in the Illinois River has improved in one important aspect. A new study from the University of Illinois reports that nitrate load in the Illinois River from 2010 to 2014 was 10 percent less than the average load in the 1980s and early 1990s.
Seattle Times: Agriculture cannot be sacrificed for clean water
- (Opinion) This squabble over billboards is counterproductive in addressing the bigger issue of how well agriculture is keeping pollution from waterways.
Bend Bulletin: Feds set critical habitat for spotted frog
- The USFWS said it is working with local irrigation districts and federal and state agencies to address water-management challenges and to craft a conservation plan.
Laughlin (Nev.) Times: FWS extends Havasu refuge comment period
- Many different species are located in the riparian and wetland habitat of the Refuge, including several that are listed as threatened or endangered in accordance with the Endangered Species Act: The Ridgeway’s rail, Southwestern willow flycatcher, razorback sucker and bonytail chub, are some of the species mentioned in
ScienceDaily: Agricultural ammonia emissions disrupt Earth's delicate nitrogen balance
- Ammonia from agricultural processes has received little attention, and ammonia is not a regulated pollutant. The CSU researchers have found that ammonium has now surpassed nitrates as the dominant source of nitrogen deposition and subsequent disruption to the nitrogen cycle.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Expecting labor help, South Georgia farmers get inspections instead
- Federal inspectors from the U.S. Department of Labor conducted spot inspections of farms across South Georgia on Tuesday, a week after many farmers complained the agency has failed to properly process visa applications for migrant workers.
Fresno Bee: Appeals court sends labor mediation case back to Superior Court
- The issue stems from a 2013 request by farmworker Lupe Garcia to sit in on meetings between the United Farm Workers union and Fresno County-based Gerawan Farming Co.
East Niagara Post: Ortt, Cuomo take opposite sides on farm labor dispute
- The complaint, filed against the state and Cuomo, alleges that a dairy worker was fired from a Lewis County farm after he and other workers contacted the Workers’ Center of Central New York seeking assistance in organizing the dairy farm’s employees.
Altamont (N.Y.) Enterprise: Ag bills to define farm size and commercial use
- The town board is mulling two new laws about the area’s rural nature — Local Law B, an amendment to town zoning to allow a commercial facility to sell animal feed to farmers; and Local Law C, an expansion of the town’s minimum acreage for farm activities from five acres to seven.
Des Moines Register: Higher demand for corn, soybeans helps farmers dealing with low prices
- While the bumper crops are likely to cap the possibility of a large rebound in prices anytime soon, the federal government surprised the market by increasing its estimates for feed usage and exports. Corn and soybean prices soared following the prospect of higher-than-expected demand.
Barrons: Jeremy Grantham’s Take on Oil, Metals and Agriculture
- The commodities guru argues that oil stocks can recover while farmland is his “first choice” for the long run.
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