Daily Harvest -- 5/23/2016
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse Daybreak for May 23, 2016
- President talks TPP, T-TIP in Vietnam; wheat growers dispute ITC report, corn growers have different view; China’s sugar woes continue; tariff relief extension becomes law; Monsanto protest fizzles; mangos and cocaine.
Agri-Pulse: Washington Week Ahead: Obama pushes TPP progress in Vietnam, Japan
- President Obama will be talking up the Trans-Pacific Partnership in Vietnam and Japan this week with an eye toward keeping the pressure on Congress to approve the 12-nation trade pact.
Agri-Pulse: Meet the Lawmaker: Indiana’s Jackie Walorski
- Republican Jackie Walorski has taken the lead on the House Ag Committee's review of nutrition assistance programs. In this video, she talks with Agri-Pulse about what she's learned in the process and the issue she'd most like to fix in Congress.
Agri-Pulse: Washington Week in Review: May 20, 2016: Appropriations, GMO labeling, and nutrition
- There was a lot of agricultural action in Washington this week with many topics setting themselves up for the future. Agri-Pulse's Phil Brasher and Spencer Chase recap the week's events in this video.
Agri-Pulse: Open Mic with NCGA CEO Chris Novak
- He discusses GMO labeling and reacts to negative opinions on global trade from the campaign trail and shares why the Renewable Fuel Standard is about giving consumers better environmental choices and not limiting the auto industry's choices to meet new economic and environmental standards.
AP: Privacy fears: Panel has advice for drone operators
- The Consumer Technology Association said this week's guidelines balance innovation and privacy. The group's director of regulatory affairs, Alex Reynolds, said that more "prescriptive rules" would threaten the benefits offered by drones, from delivering disaster relief to helping agriculture and infrastructure maintenance.
San Diego Union-Tribune: Outlook: Energy future in U.S. bright
- The annual energy outlook for the United States looks bullish, with most sectors growing in the coming years and the nation well on its way to moving from being a net energy importer to a net exporter.
The Intercept: Top Democrats Ally With Oil and Gas Industry to Fight Colorado Anti-Fracking Ballot Measures
- The ballot initiatives may be the last best chance for several Colorado communities to slow development whose speed has surprised even cities that initially supported oil and gas projects.
Yakima Herald-Republic: Innovations need to help ag industry on climate change
- Voters in November will face at least one ballot initiative aimed at climate change. Definitely on the ballot will be Initiative 732, a revenue-neutral measure — at least in terms of the state budget — that would cut the state sales tax in exchange for increasing taxes on carbon emissions. The agriculture industry is watching these developments with well-advised wariness.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Agri-Pulse: White House unveils updated nutrition label
Agri-Pulse: First lady unveils new FDA food label, looks back on healthy kids initiative
- Michelle Obama formally unveiled the government's updated Nutrition Facts Label for packaged foods today while at the same time touting the strides the Obama administration has made toward a healthier America.
Crop Protection News: Stanford team wins first Syngenta Crop Challenge in Analytics
- The group’s entry was entitled “Hierarchy modeling of soybean variety yield and decision making for future planting plan.”
Wall Street Journal: Can You Carbo-Load Your Way to Good Health?
- (Subscriber only) A growing number of bakeries and restaurants around the country have begun to grind their flour fresh, or work with local mills to do it.
Mother Jones: How Factory Farms Play Chicken with Antibiotics
- Moving away from antibiotics, Perdue is using probiotics, oregano and turning off the lights in chicken houses at night.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Bloomberg: Germany’s Bayer Offers $62 Billion in Cash to Buy Monsanto
- Bayer offered $122 per share in an all-cash bid in its May 10 written proposal, the Leverkusen-based company said in a statement on Monday. That’s a 37 percent premium to Monsanto’s May 9 closing price.
Reuters: South Africa to limit farm sizes to speed land redistribution
- South Africa's government is planning to impose limits on farm sizes to free up parcels of land to hand over to blacks, a minister said on Saturday, giving an insight into the workings of a divisive redistribution scheme.
AP Analysis: Why junta rules Thailand, with no end in sight
- Two of the strongest export sectors face other problems as well. Agriculture has been weakened by severe drought, while scandals in the fishing and seafood industry — involving labor abuses and illegal fishing practices — risked sanctions in the markets of the EU and the United States.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Des Moines Register: Does Minnesota have the solution to better water quality?
- Minnesota's approach, fueled with about $100 million annually in dedicated funding, has resulted in perhaps the Midwest's most comprehensive water quality program — with buffers required on public waterways and ditches, comprehensive testing and monitoring, a watershed strategy designed to cut runoff from rural and urban areas, and established water quality goals.
N.Y. Times: Sand mines for fracking ruin farmland
- (Opinion) Homesteads and small towns are being battered by mine blasting, hundreds of diesel trucks speed down rural roads dropping sand along the way, stadium lighting is so bright it blots out the night sky, and 24-hour operations go on within a few hundred feet of homes and farms. As a result, some farmers are selling and moving away, while for those determined to stay, life is changed forever.
AP: Massive Navajo farm heads into week 2 with no irrigation
- The largest farm on the Navajo Nation has been without water for more than a week after a pipeline break, endangering food crops worth millions of dollars and threatening jobs.
AP: UN: Growing Environmental Threat From Animal-to-Man Diseases
- The most worrying environmental threats facing the world today range from the rise in diseases transmitted from animals to humans to the increasing accumulation of toxic chemicals in food crops as a result of drought and high temperatures, according to a U.N. report released Friday.
The Roanoke Times: Virginia Tech study aims to help explain honeybee losses
- A new five-year study aims to learn causes of yearly losses that swelled to about 30 percent following the invasion of two parasitic mites — tracheal mites in the 1980s and Varroa destructor mites in the ’90s.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Agri-Pulse: NPPC keeps an eye on GIPSA rider
- (Audio) Livestock groups are keeping a keen eye on the agriculture appropriations process, especially watching for developments that would reform the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration.
L.A. Times: Kamala Harris tells farm workers that 'an undocumented immigrant is not a criminal'
- Harris told union delegates gathered at Bakersfield’s convention center that immigration is the “civil rights issue of our time,” a phrase she has repeated often at campaign rallies. But the state attorney general offered few specifics on how she would work with the Republican leaders in Congress to pass legislation.
RT.com: Farminator: Robot ranchers replacing humans in agriculture
- Robots and Farmbots are emerging as new ways to address farm labor shortages in many parts of the world.
AP: 'Right to farm' law an issue in Curry County pesticide lawsuit
- Questions about the constitutionality of Oregon's "right to farm" law, which shields growers from some lawsuits, have been resurrected in a pesticide dispute in Curry County.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette: As cotton acres shrink, gins vanish in state
- The number of gins in the state has fallen from 86 to 26 in the past 15 years. Nine gins closed in Arkansas in 2014 alone, according to an annual survey by the National Agricultural Statistics Service.
AP: Biotech firm to pay $3.5M fine to settle animal-abuse case
- One of the world's largest suppliers of antibodies used in research has agreed to pay a $3.5 million fine and cancel its research registration in order to settle government allegations that it mistreated goats and rabbits at its Santa Cruz, California, facility.
Spokane Spokesman-Review: Fed court orders Idaho to pay $250K attorney fees in ‘ag-gag’ case
- A federal judge had overturned the law, ruling that it violated the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
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