Daily Harvest -- 5/12/2016
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: OSHA to develop PSM rule, won't reinstate retailer exemption
- The Occupational Safety and Health Administration will develop regulations to update its Process Safety Management Standard but won't exempt ag retailers from PSM requirements in the meantime.
Agri-Pulse: Ag groups confident candidates will come around on trade
- However, they're optimistic that whoever takes up residence at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in January will take his or her cues on trade from a previous candidate-turned-president who spoke poorly of trade while on the campaign trail.
Agri-Pulse: USCA asks for investigation into cattle market
- (Audio) On Wednesday, the U.S. Cattlemen's Association sent a letter to the Senate Agriculture Committee asking the panel to conduct an investigation on the current state of the U.S. cattle market.
Delta Farm Press: 2014 farm bill’s provisions making life more difficult for farmers
- Attorney Bill Bridgforth reserved some of his strongest criticism for the new law's payment limit provisions, including restrictions on the number of managers a farm can have and remain eligible to participate in farm program benefits.
Progressive Farmer: Strategy for Next Farm Bill
- Forget the presidential election. Farm groups are looking ahead to 2018 and the next possible farm bill. General agricultural groups and commodity organizations are starting to meet and discuss various issues facing individual commodities and regions of the country.
Agri-Pulse Daybreak for May 12, 2016
- Donald Trump visits Capitol Hill; Vilsack announces new climate effort; Feds back down on prairie chicken' survey confirms consumer skepticism on biotechnology; more.
Public News Service: High-Tech Tool Turns Up Dozens of Natural Gas Leaks in Florida City
- The collaboration between the Environmental Defense Fund and Google Earth Outreach sent cars equipped with special sensors driving all across Jacksonville to create an interactive map that shows where methane is leaking from natural gas lines.
AgriNews: Senate opens door for increased ethanol use
- Legislation that supporters say will enhance consumer choices and increase demand for Illinois corn was unanimously approved in the Illinois Senate. The bill allows the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity to receive nearly $11.98 million from the Biofuels Infrastructure Partnership federal grant program.
PV Magazine: Development banks, U.S. DOE pledge to support renewable energy in the Caribbean
- Heads of state from at least eight Caribbean nations met with the head of the U.S. Department of Energy, presidents of two regional development banks and the head of the Caribbean Communit to sign a memorandum of understanding which includes activities to support renewable energy and energy efficiency.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Agri-Pulse: Survey: 'Best by' dates confuse consumers, may contribute to food waste
- "Sell by" and "best by" date labels found on food packaging are confusing to consumers, and may be contributing to food waste in the United States, says a survey released by the Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic and the National Consumers League.
Agri-Pulse: Consumer groups demand rigid standards for 'natural' foods
- Leading consumer advocates and environmental groups are pushing the Food and Drug Administration to prohibit the use of the term “natural” on food products or at least require them to meet the same standards as organic foods.
Marketing Daily: As Sales Fall At Whole Foods, Company Dials Up Digital Marketing
- With sales still slipping at Whole Foods Markets, the company says it is continuing its efforts to lower prices, and getting ready to support those changes with increased marketing.
San Francisco Chronicle: Big hitters couldn’t sweet-talk Oakland out of soda tax measure
- A penny-an-ounce tax on sugary drinks will hit the Oakland ballot in November, despite some high-level, last-minute lobbying by the former head of U.S Justice Department’s civil rights section.
The Star-Press (Muncie, Ind.): MCS summer food program to serve 1,000 meals daily
- During the school year more than 70 percent of Muncie Community Schools students rely on free or reduced price lunches. This year, the district will continue to feed its students through the summer.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
EurActiv.com: Commission warns Denmark over new agriculture package
- The European Commission has sent a letter to the Danish government expressing concern that its new agriculture package is in breach of three environmental directives: the Water Framework Directive, Nitrates Directive and the Habitats Directive.
The Statesman: Revamping agriculture in India
- (Opinion) Agriculture in this country has an image problem. Educated rural youth are reluctant to enter agriculture-related professions. There are several reasons apart from meager income. One major reason is structural, such as the diminishing size of land holdings, the declining soil fertility and water resources, power shortages etc.
Watertown Daily Times: Schumer urges USDA to help Watertown company with permit
- U.S. Sen. Charles E. Schumer has stepped in to help a local company get through bureaucratic red tape to receive a federal permit to import meat from Canada.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Capital Press: Clean Water Act allegations dropped against Wyoming farmer
- In 2014, the agency accused Andy Johnson of Fort Bridger, Wyo., of violating the Clean Water Act by damming a creek to build a small livestock pond on his property.
Fox 34: Ogallala Aquifer levels on the rise
- After more than a decade of decline, water is finally on the rise for the Ogallala Aquifer, the underground reservoir that spreads underneath parts of eight states from South Dakota to Texas, according to the High Plains Underwater Conservation District.
Hays Post: Roberts, Huelskamp pleased US won’t appeal rulings on lesser prairie chicken
- The U.S. government won’t appeal recent court rulings that stripped the lesser prairie chicken of federal protection under the Endangered Species Act.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Capital Press: Agencies try to speed up H-2A process
- Federal agencies have changed procedures to expedite the processing of applications for foreign farmworkers to work in the United States.
Globe Gazette: Weaver shares ideas at Britt stop
- Weaver also supports comprehensive immigration reform that includes a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants. Her views are similar to the Farm Bureau stance which supports a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants.
Agri-Pulse: Fire that led to West Fertilizer explosion was set on purpose, ATF says
- The fire that led to a massive explosion at the West Fertilizer plant in West, Texas, in 2013 was set intentionally, qualifying it as a criminal act, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has concluded.
Agri-Pulse: Cargill's Mark Poeschl chosen as next FFA CEO
- Mark Poeschl, of Brookville, Ohio, will take over the positions on Aug. 1, succeeding W. Dwight Armstrong, who is retiring after leading the organization for the past seven years. A former FFA member, Poeschl currently serves as vice president and group director of stakeholder engagement with Cargill Animal Nutrition
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