Daily Harvest -- 5/27/2016
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse Daybreak for May 27, 2016
- Donald Trump in Fresno, Calif., today where he’ll meet privately with a group of farmers before holding a rally. Also: House GOP and appropriations; trouble with antibiotics; animal welfare rule; farm export predictions.
Agri-Pulse: Barnyard groups hit their major points at Senate Ag hearing:
- Pro-TPP, national GMO labeling standard, anti-changes to GIPSA.
Wall Street Journal: Farm Belt Banks Tighten the Buckle
- Banks are tightening credit for U.S. farmers amid a rise in delinquencies, forcing some growers to turn to alternative sources of loans.
Agri-Pulse: House sinks Energy and Water spending bill
- (Audio) A bill to fund the nation's Energy and Water programs failed Thursday in the House when conservative lawmakers abandoned it after the inclusion of an LGBT rights amendment.
ABC News: Donald Trump Vows to Cut US Funding for UN Climate Change Programs If Elected
- The GOP candidate unveiled his energy vision for the United States at a petroleum conference in North Dakota Thursday -- vowing to cut off funding to U.N. climate change programs and attacking Hillary Clinton.
The Hill: Conservative clean energy group hires communications director
- The ClearPath Foundation hired Darren Goode, an energy policy reporter at Politico.
FOOD & NUTRITION
AP: Nebraska pig supplier promises to investigate alleged abuses
- A national pork supplier promised Thursday to investigate abuse allegations at one of its Nebraska facilities after an animal rights group released an undercover video showing pigs with open wounds and other health problems.
Reuters: New York City can enforce rule on salt warnings in restaurants: court
- The rule, believed to be the first of its kind in the United States, requires city restaurants with 15 or more locations nationwide to post a salt shaker encased in a lack triangle as a warning next to menu items with more than 2,300 milligrams of sodium, the daily limit recommended by the federal government.
Huffington Post: This Chicken Farm Footage Is Disturbing, But Not Unusual, Animal Rights Group Says
- An undercover investigation at a farm contracted with meat giant Tyson Foods shows horrific treatment of chickens, but what’s most disturbing is that the cruelty is not new or even unusual, animal advocates say.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Agri-Pulse: FDA screening of imported food can be improved, GAO says
- The Food and Drug Administration is doing a better job of targeting imported food for inspection but still has work to do, a new Government Accountability Office report concludes.
The Motley Fool: Instant Analysis: Monsanto Rejects Bayer's Buyout Offer
- It's clear that Bayer shareholders are uneasy with the potential cost. Bayer's shares have traded down over 12% since the company's interest was first made public two weeks ago.
Focus Taiwan News: Taiwan orders recall of 10 oatmeal products containing glyphosate
- Ten oatmeal products, including four Quaker brand products imported from the United States, have been recalled in Taiwan after they were found to contain an agricultural pesticide, the Food and Drug Administration said Thursday.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
AP: Bees, Butterflies to Get Better Habitat Along Interstate 35
- Soon, passengers zipping along Interstate 35 will see a lusher refuge and more food for bees and butterflies in the hopes of helping the insects boost their declining populations, six states and the Federal Highway Administration announced Thursday.
AP: Congressman calls on New Mexico to help with water dispute.
- New Mexico’s only Republican member of Congress has joined the fight between ranchers and the federal government over access to water on national forest lands, saying the state can do more to protect the private property and water rights of its citizens.
The Telegraph: Great Barrier Reef axed from UN climate change report after Australian government intervention
- Australian references were scrubbed from an Unesco report on climate change and world heritage sites after the country's government intervened, objecting that the information could harm tourism, it has been reported.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Cedar Rapids Gazette: Iowa farm workers paid more than U.S. average
- Iowa and Missouri farm operators hired 3,000 fewer workers in this year’s reference week compared with the April reference week in 2015. The laborers worked an average of 37.8 hours per week in April, up from 37 hours per week in April 2014.
Penticton (B.C.) Western News: Migrant workers facing barriers in South Okanagan
- Problems like those that led to the death of farm worker Sheldon McKenzie aren’t limited to Ontario, according to an Okanagan workers’ rights group. McKenzie, a migrant worker from Jamaica, died as the result of head injuries received while working at an Ontario farm.
Raleigh News & Observer: Labor dispute lands at NC senator’s door
- Protesters delivered a petition to the office of state Sen. Brent Jackson, R-Autryville and owner of Jackson Farming Co. in Sampson County, asking him to pay wages they say he owes former workers. The protest was connected to a federal lawsuit brought by seven former workers from Mexico who worked on Jackson’s farm on H-2A visas
AP: 8-year run after Virginia prison escape ends with arrest near Seattle
- A cotton exporter who escaped from a federal penitentiary in Virginia more than eight years ago is now behind bars in Seattle. At the time of his 2008 escape from a federal penitentiary satellite camp in Lee County, Porta was serving 38 months in prison for his role in a cotton import and export scheme that defrauded the federal government.
Washington Post Express: Presidential whiskey flows at George Washington’s Distillery and Gristmill
- You can sleep in George Washington’s bedroom. Its distillery and gristmill mean you won’t run out of booze.
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