Daily Harvest -- 5/31/2016
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: USDA extends deadline for reporting "Actively Engaged" data
- USDA is giving ag producers an extra 30 days to report their farm organization structures related to “Actively Engaged in Farming” determinations.
Agri-Pulse: Opinion: Make no mistake: The bank lobby wants to kill farm credit
- Farm Credit stands ready to continue working with community banks for the benefit of rural America, says Todd Van Hoose, President & CEO of the Farm Credit Council. But it will be much easier to do so when their lobbyists stop agitating for Farm Credit's demise.
Agri-Pulse: Open Mic with Carl Casale, President & CEO, CHS Inc.
- (Audio) Casale shares the view that the industry has not yet seen the bottom of the income swing.
Washington Post: Bernie Sanders did something special for this California farm town. He showed up.
- Charles Rothbaum has waited a long time for a presidential candidate to visit this traditionally red, Central Valley agricultural town. The last he can remember was Michael Dukakis, the Democratic nominee in 1988.
Agri-Pulse: Trump outlines plans for energy independence
- “American energy dominance will be declared a strategic economic and foreign policy goal,” he told about 7,000 people gathered at the annual Williston Basin Petroleum Conference in Bismarck.
Washington Post: Donald Trump and his dangerous, nonsensical energy plan
- (Editorial) Setting “energy independence” as an overriding policy goal is a policy mistake of long standing in Washington. In fact it is far less risky to participate in the global market than to erect barriers to energy imports or ban them entirely. If you rely only on yourself for your oil, you put all of your eggs in one supply basket.
Reuters: Oil prices edge higher in thin trade; OPEC eyed
- Oil prices inched up toward $50 a barrel on Monday, although uncertainty ahead of an OPEC producer-group meeting later in the week was expected to cap gains.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Agri-Pulse: John Block on GMOs
- (Opinion) National Academy of Sciences report offers needed corrective to years of disinformation, he says.
Bloomberg: Are Eggless Mayo and Plant-Based "Oysters" Worth $1 Billion?
- In recent weeks, Hampton Creek has been trying to raise about $200 million at a $1.1 billion valuation, said people familiar with the matter. The talks are ongoing, and the terms could change, the people said. If successful, Hampton Creek would become the latest startup to attain unicorn status.
Examiner: NY City salt warning law allowed to stand
- As a result of a state appeals court's lifting of a temporary restraining order sought by a restaurant trade group, chains with 15 or more eateries in the city will be forced to comply with the order by June 6, or face fines of $200 for each infraction.
AP: Urban farm in southwest Ohio offers hope for food deserts
- An abandoned factory in an East Dayton neighborhood is producing again, but this time around the product is all green. It’s The Urban Renewal Farm, or TURF, a project formed this year by a coalition of volunteers.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
POLITICO: EU and US trade sharp words on TTIP
- Tensions between the EU and U.S. over the lack of progress in talks on a transatlantic trade deal boiled over last week as both sides aired frustrations in sharply worded emails obtained by POLITICO.
AgriLand (Ireland): Member States have a month to decide on a stance on glyphosate
- With one month to go until the June 30 deadline for a decision on re-authorising glyphosate, discussions are still on-going between the Commission and EU Member States to find a solution.
AP: German Govt to Help Dairy Farmers as Milk Prices Fall
- Germany says it will provide at least 100 million euros ($112 million) to help milk producers who have been suffering from falling prices.
Telesurtv.net: US-Colombia Free-Trade Deal A Disappointment After 4 Years
- Since the deal took effect, the killings of trade unionists continues unabated with 99 killed since the deal came into effect in 2012. The agreement is being criticized for having failed in its aims to promote Colombian exports and for doing little to improve the human rights situation in the South American country.
Business Standard: Future of agriculture in India: Is the nation ready?
- The crisis arising out of two consecutive years of deficit monsoon has put a lot of focus on the state of Indian agriculture and its future readiness recently.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Washington Post: Grief over gorilla death turns to outrage
- The killing of an endangered gorilla at the Cincinnati Zoo to rescue a boy who fell into a dangerous enclosure unleashed an outpouring of grief over the holiday weekend.
AP: Conservationists aiming to protect river sue to stop homes
- Conservation groups are suing to block the development of a massive master-planned community in southern Arizona in the hopes of protecting the last major free-flowing river in the Southwest.
AP: Feds reject request to lift Snake River fall chinook endangered species listing
- The first attempt to delist one of the 13 species of Columbia Basin salmon and steelhead protected under the Endangered Species Act has been denied by federal authorities.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Telesurtv.net: California Farm Labor Leader Says Sanders Cares About Workers
- At a campaign stop in Southern California Saturday, Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders took time to speak with members of the farming community who are engaged in a struggle for fair treatment of workers in both Mexico and the United States.
NPR: Farmers Wait, And Wait, For Guest Workers Amid H-2A Visa Delays
- American farms should be in full swing right now. But some farmers are running behind, waiting on work visas for planters and pickers from out of the country. The H-2A visa program is delayed for the third year in a row.
High Country News: “A history of subversion”: An excerpt from the latest book by Terry Tempest Williams
- “César E. Chavez National Monument” from The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America's National Parks.
U.S. News & World Report: 4-H program aims to grow next generation of ag scientists
- One team is developing GPS ear tags so cattle farmers can track herds from afar. Another thinks drones can protect livestock from predators. Yet another is developing a rechargeable portable warmer to prevent vaccines from freezing when dairy producers inoculate their herds in the winter.
Farms.com: Using agriculture to determine the Stanley Cup champion
- The information used is from National Agricultural Statistics Service overview of Pennsylvania and California.
MIT Technology Review: Monsanto Cultivates a Rose That Does Not Wilt
- The St. Louis biotech company, known for its transgenic corn and soybeans, and for being the target of anti-GMO campaigners, disclosed in a patent application that it is testing a new way of stopping roses, carnations, and petunias from wilting.
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