Daily Harvest -- 5/13/2016
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse Daybreak for May 13, 2016
- (Audio) House Speaker Paul Ryan appears headed to an eventual endorsement of Donald Trump after the nominee made the rounds of Capitol Hill yesterday. Also: Senate advances Energy-Water funding bill; study: Trump tariffs would hammer families; poultry groups fight report of worker mistreatment; lawmakers maneuver to block OSHA from revoking a key regulatory exemption for retailers that handle anhydrous ammonia.
Agri-Pulse: House Ag leaders want answers from EPA on herbicides
- House Agriculture Committee leaders want to know why EPA posted - and then removed from its online regulatory dockets - risk assessments on two widely used but controversial herbicides.
Agri-Pulse: John Block reflects on the GOP campaign
- (Audio) Trump will not be able to do some of the things he's said he would do, the former ag secretary says. However, "We should not count Trump out."
Agri-Pulse: Conaway backs Trump, volunteers help with ag policy
- House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway, R-Texas, says he's backing Donald Trump for president and has volunteered to help the Manhattan-based billionaire tackle agricultural policy issues.
Agri-Pulse: Trump, GOP leaders take 'positive step' toward unity
- Donald Trump made strides toward bringing skeptical congressional Republicans behind his presidential campaign in a series of meetings with House leaders and a small group of key senators.
Farm Futures: AFBF: Farmers want to control their own data
- Farmers and ranchers want to control the information their equipment collects every time it passes through a field, a survey released by the American Farm Bureau Federation shows. Farmers also believe that creating a cooperative-style central repository for their data is the best way to enhance its security and maximize its value.
Des Moines Register: Tom Fiegen calls for reinventing Iowa agriculture
- Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Tom Fiegen on Thursday called for revolutionizing Iowa farming practices by rewriting federal laws to limit commodity agriculture and encourage local food production.
Agri-Pulse: EPA targets methane emissions from oil and gas wells
- The Environmental Protection Agency today issued a final rule aimed at cutting methane emissions from new and existing sources in the oil and gas industry by as much as 45 percent from 2012 levels by 2025.
Agri-Pulse: Mid-Atlantic diesel users adopt new air quality strategies
- When it comes to tackling air quality concerns, a Mid-Atlantic coalition is making great progress. At least that's the assessment offered by Diesel Technology Forum Executive Director Allen Schaeffer during a recent speech.
Agri-Pulse: USDA highlights renewable energy investments
- Since 2009, the Agriculture Department (USDA) has helped thousands of small rural businesses, farmers and ranchers transition from fossil fuel-based energy to renewable energy and energy efficiency solutions.
Agri-Pulse: EIA: Fracking no longer 'unconventional'
- Currently fracking accounts for about two-thirds of the total U.S. marketed gas production, according to data from the Energy Information Administration.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Agri-Pulse: Proposed SNAP rule takes a bipartisan beating
- USDA's proposed rule to overhaul retailer requirements for its Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program took a beating today by both Republicans and Democrats at a House Agriculture Committee hearing.
NPR: As Big Candy Ditches GMOs, Sugar Beet Farmers Hit A Sour Patch
- About half of all sugar in the U.S. comes from sugar beets, and the other half comes from sugar cane. Now, for the first time, sugar traders are treating these as two different commodities, with two different prices.
The Hill: Dem calls on feds to rewrite food stamp rule
- Rep. James McGovern (D-Mass.) is taking aim at a proposed Agriculture Department rule that would keep restaurants from accepting food stamps, saying it would make it harder for low-income families to get access to healthy foods.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Agri-Pulse: NPPC pushing against anti-trade rhetoric
- (Audio) The National Pork Producers Council is concerned about the way trade and the Trans-Pacific Partnership are being portrayed in some campaign stump speeches, saying losing the of the trade deal would be a huge defeat to the pork industry.
Capital Press: Agriculture slips off political radar
- Joel Nielsen, president of California Citrus Mutual, sees consequences to the candidates’ apathy about agriculture, such as higher operational costs on farms due to the proliferation of burdensome regulations.
Prensa Latina: US Group Stresses Benefits of Trade with Cuba
- ''Engage Cuba'', the main coalition of companies and organizations working to end the blockade of trips to and trade with the island, has highlighted the benefits of agricultural trade between both countries.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Agri-Pulse: USDA pitches in another $72.3M to meet climate goals
- USDA is on its way to accomplishing the climate change mitigation goals it set for itself last year, according to a one-year progress report the department released Thursday.
Des Moines Register: Can wetlands fix Water Works' nitrate problems?
- Des Moines Water Works hopes that very soon a newly created one-acre wetland may prove itself to be part of the solution to the utility's thorny water quality problems.
Washington Post: A common pesticide may be a menace to pollinators. Know how to protect them.
- Many homeowners want to throw a lifeline to beleaguered bees and butterflies by planting pollinator gardens that will provide sustenance and habitat, but the unwitting use of insecticides may lure these beloved insects to their doom.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Kokomo Tribune: Guest agricultural workers plagued with problems
- Mike Horrall worried when he saw his asparagus crop coming in early. The seasonal workers he’d arranged to hire through a program that brings legal immigrants to Indiana farms had yet to arrive. And he couldn’t get answers from the bureaucracy that processes visas for thousands of temporary workers who tend and harvest millions of acres of food crops across the country.
Palm Beach Daily News: Palm Beach offers to settle dispute with farmworkers group
- The town has offered to settle its legal dispute with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers rather than pursue the case in court.
AP: Department of Labor fines Florida farm $1.4 million
- Investigators say Red Diamond Farms provided preferential treatment to H-2A guest workers over corresponding domestic workers when it paid the guest workers higher rates.
Washington Post: Trump critics deliver taco salads to GOP lawmakers
- In an ironic use of the weekly Senate menu, protesters delivered dozens of taco salads on Thursday to the offices of Republican lawmakers in protest of Donald Trump’s visit to Capitol Hill.
Northfield (Minn.) News: Miss America stops by Sibley Elementary during Minnesota agriculture visit
- As the pageant winner, known for her beauty, grace and singing talent, made her way across the Minnesota landscape Monday on an agricultural tour, she appeared more comfortable than out of place.
Buffalo News: The town’s law that bans the spreading of biosolids on farm fields is legal, a judge has ruled.
- The town’s law that bans the spreading of biosolids on farm fields is legal, a judge has ruled.
AP: Tell the FDA what you fear more: Zika, or GMO mosquitoes?
- In the nearly 1,300 comments viewable online so far, fear is a common theme, but there’s a split over what people find more frightening: genetic engineering, or birth defects linked to Zika.
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