Daily Harvest -- 5/25/2016
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse Daybreak for May 25, 2016
- Senate to vote on scrapping new USDA rule critical to operating its catfish inspection program; House GOP takes on WOTUS, other regs; Organic sector seeks to protect livestock rule, lobby biotech definition; Organic price premiums highest for eggs; EPA critic to lead GOP platform committee; Chicken producers seek regulation of stuff products; Peterson suggests bankers need to require use of dairy program;
Agri-Pulse: Monsanto rejects Bayer's $62B bid
- Monsanto's board of directors has unanimously rejected a $62 billion buyout bid from Bayer AG, calling it "incomplete and financially inadequate." But they didn't close the door to further talks.
Agri-Pulse: Look at livestock wraps up House Ag farm economy hearing series
- (Audio) The House Agriculture Committee held the last of its “Focus on the Farm Economy” hearing series on Tuesday, taking a look at how things are going in the livestock sector.
Agri-Pulse: Will the House join the Senate in passing a bipartisan energy bill?
- Wednesday's House vote on conferencing with the Senate to reconcile their separate energy bills could lead to Congress either passing a bipartisan energy bill this year or opting instead for go-nowhere partisan messaging.
Fortune: Why This Power Company Is Making Energy From Pig Poo
- Power giant Duke Energy announced plans on Tuesday to buy gas generated by the waste from pigs on farms in North Carolina. The company will use the gas, made of methane, to generate electricity at two power stations.
Detroit Free Press: Snyder declares energy emergency because of gas woes
- Gov. Rick Snyder has declared an energy emergency in Michigan, citing concerns about gasoline supplies as one of the biggest driving weekends of the year approaches.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Financial Times: Cargill juggles customer’s GMO food preferences
- (Subscriber only) As a growing bloc of consumers demand natural food, which lacks certain traits such as bioengineered genes, or food grown according to certain social or environmental standards, Cargill has tweaked aspects of its bulk supply chain.
Independent: Brussels briefing: Clock is ticking on a 'political time-bomb'
- There is still no majority in favor of renewing the licence for controversial weedkiller glyphosate which expires at the end of June, and the issue is turning into a political time bomb.
The Hill: Time to end the fight over GMO labeling
- (Opinion) Much of the confusion stems from a widespread and basic misunderstanding of both the historic purpose of food labels and of modern GMO technology.
Charlotte Observer: Why the USDA is putting a new warning label on beef, starting this week
- The label will say whether the meat was “mechanically tenderized”
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Washington Post: Nigeria’s ‘tomato emergency’ prompts online outrage — at Spain
- La Tomatina is supposed to be fun. But to Nigerians, it evidently looks more like something else — an enormous waste of tomatoes.
Fox News Latino: Paraguayan farmers defend native seeds over GMOs
- About 100 farmers with peasant organizations on Tuesday left their family farms in Paraguay's interior to attend a fair in downtown Asuncion, where they displayed their native seeds, the basis for their resistance against the advance of genetically modified crops, or GMOs.
MissouriNet: Missouri Governor to lead trade mission to Cuba
- Nixon hopes the state can take advantage of the normalization of relations with the island nation.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
AP: Use of parasitic wasps to fight ash borer grows to 24 states
- Millions of tiny wasps that are natural parasites for the emerald ash borer have been released into wooded areas in 24 states as the battle against the tree-killing borer is now biological.
L.A. Times: State's congressional delegation debates water plans on the House floor
- House Republicans are making another push for a bill addressing California's drought, adding the text of a measure by Rep. David Valadao (R-Hanford) to two pieces of legislation headed to the Senate.
Oakland (Mich.) Press: Walled Lake elementary schools to plant flowers for butterflies, local wildlife
- Glengary and Mary Helen Guest Elementary Schools, both part of Walled Lake Consolidated School District, will work together to plant wildflowers to help preserve pheasants and monarch butterflies Friday, May 27.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Washington Post: For many Somali refugees, this industry offers hope — then takes it away
- For Somalis, the slaughterhouses have emerged as the primary alternative to economic hardship. The poverty rate for Somalis living in the United States — at 57 percent, according to the 2010 Census — towers above those of all other ethnicities or nationalities.
The Californian: Water supplants labor atop Grower-Shipper Assn. issues list
- This year, our members – for the first time in five years – named a new “number one” on the GSA “Hit Parade.” Water has displaced labor at the top of our annual issues list.
AP: Farm workers in Eastern Washington get back wages and damages
- The Tri-City Herald reports that officials from the U.S. Department of Labor were in Kennewick Monday to hand out checks to some of the more than 1,000 workers covered by the settlement with blueberry growers.
Washington Post: Farmworker health deserves attention
- (Opinion) The dangers to farmworkers from exposure to pesticides in the fields were noted only parenthetically in the May 18 Food article “Is organic farming really better for the environment?”
Boston Herald: Rescue farm overwhelmed by 50 goats, seeks the public's help
- An animal rescue farm in Massachusetts is experiencing a goat overload and is seeking the public's help.
Washington Post: Surprising ancient beer recipe revealed by Chinese pottery shards
- New research on 5,000-year-old pottery fragments found in China shed light on the region's earliest beer brewing practices — and may provide new insight into the history of Asian agriculture.
WNDU: Thousands of honey bees take over South Bend strip mall
- Customers and business owners at a South Bend strip mall were buzzing over a bizarre discovery Tuesday morning. It happened just outside of P.S. & Company Salon near McKinley Avenue and Manchester Drive, where its owner arrived to find several undesirable guests waiting outside.
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