Daily Harvest -- 6/1/2016
Here's your daily summary of top news from www.Agri-Pulse.com
and other national and regional headlines from across the country.
Do you know of someone who should also be on our list? Please ask them to click here
FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Making sustainability a consideration in trade
- (Opinion) Bruce Knight, Principal, Strategic Conservation Solutions, says "to ensure resiliency in agricultural production in a time of climate change, prevent destruction of fragile ecosystems and avoid exploitation of farm laborers, we need to emphasize sustainable intensification in agricultural practices internationally and in the efforts that support global marketing."
Agri-Pulse: Numbers dip in USDA trade outlook
- (Audio) The Department of Agriculture has revised its expectations for ag exports in 2016, trimming $500 million in its most recent Outlook for U.S. Agricultural Trade report.
Lubbock Online: Farming needs strong policy and crop insurance
- A farmer expresses concerns about special interest groups in Washington, D.C., trying to paint farmers in negative light as it relates to taking care of the land and our environment.
Agri-Pulse: Biofuels are proven winners - but still get no respect
- The 2017 Renewable Fuel Standard proposed by EPA disappointed both biofuels and fossil fuels advocates.
AP: Great Plains Energy to Buy Westar for About $8.6 Billion
- The transaction will increase Great Plains Energy's customer base to more than 1.5 million in Kansas and Missouri, with nearly 13,000 megawatts of generation capacity.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Forbes: You'll Soon Be Eating Turmeric, And Other Food Trends Spotted By Google
- This spring, Think With Google, the company’s insight group, published a report called “2016 Food Trends,” an analysis of where people are headed culinary wise, according to the volume of searches on food related topics.
Land Line: FDA issues final FSMA regs
- The most recent rule requires companies in the U.S. and abroad to take steps to prevent intentional adulteration of the food supply.
Ventura Co. Star: House bill to revamp school meal program is tough to swallow
- (Editorial) The Republican-controlled House Committee on Education and the Workforce recently voted 20-14 to approve the Improving Child Nutrition and Education Act of 2016, which would lead to fewer students receiving free or reduced-price meals at school and possibly lower nutritional standards for those meals.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Deutsche Welle: Environmentalists plan fierce battle against Bayer-Monsanto merger
- The reaction to a proposed Bayer bid for Monsanto has been particularly strong in Germany, where environmental groups are working hard to ban the use of Monsanto’s glyphosate product and stop genetically-modified organisms.
Horticulture Week: Glyphosate approval could be cut to one year
- EU experts will meet for the third time next week to try to reach agreement on whether to extend glyphosate's license.
Des Moines Register: Vilsack hopes meeting will push Congress on Cuba trade deal
- Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said he is optimistic a visit with his Cuban counterpart Friday in Iowa can help build pressure on Congress to fully lift the embargo on trade with the communist country.
Reuters Africa: Russia-led economic bloc seeks trade deal with China
- The Russia-led Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) is starting negotiations on a trade deal with China, officials said on Tuesday, and aims to forge an agreement within two years.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
SCOTUS: Landowners can sue Corps over wetlands determinations
- In a decision that did not come as a surprise, the Supreme Court has ruled unanimously that landowners can challenge Army Corps of Engineers’ wetlands determinations in court.
Agri-Pulse: NCBA happy with Supreme Court ruling
- In a unanimous ruling released Tuesday, the Supreme Court decided in favor of landowners seeking to challenge Army Corps of Engineers' wetland determinations.
L.A. Times: Supreme Court rules for landowners fighting the government over wetlands
- In a unanimous decision, the justices said property owners may go to court and obtain a “prompt judicial review” of claims by federal environmental regulators that their dry land may in fact be a wetland.
San Jose Mercury-News: Trump's 'no drought'? More lunacy from the apparent GOP nominee
- (Editorial) Talking to a group of Central Valley farmers, Trump declared, 1) "There is no drought," and 2) "Even the environmentalists don't know why" a minimum amount of water has to flow into the San Joaquin-Sacramento River Delta to protect the health of the waterway. These are fact-free declarations.
The Hill: Fight over California drought heats up in Congress
- And while its congressional delegation is eager to find ways to better save water, and redirect it where needed, longstanding partisan and regional fights that fueled water wars since before California was a state are paralyzing efforts to help.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Public News Service: With Busy Summer Ahead, WA Farmworkers Find Safe Housing
- As grocery stores and farmers markets stock the fresh cherry crop for which Washington is famous, one organization is focused on the people who pick those cherries – and their need for safe living conditions. The Office of Rural and Farmworker Housing (ORFH) in Yakima has developed more than 1,400 housing units, serving nearly 7,000 farmworkers and their families.
Seattle Globalist: A third generation Sakuma Brothers worker weighs in
- An examination of the berries boycott from the perspective of a Driscoll's supplier, one of the largest berry farms in Washington.
San Jose Mercury News: Palo Alto: Hundreds pay respects to late priest Eugene Boyle
- Shouts of "Si, se puede!" filled the warm air of a Silicon Valley church Tuesday as more than 200 people paid their respects to the late Monsignor Eugene Boyle, a longtime advocate for social justice who supported Cesar Chavez in the campaign to unionize farm workers.
Successful Farming: USDA funds for farm loans are running out
- Most farmers are familiar with their local USDA Farm Service Agency office as the place where they sign up for commodity programs like Agriculture Risk Coverage and as the agency that makes CRP payments. But FSA also guarantees loans, both for farm ownership and for annual operating expenses when a borrower no longer meets a bank’s lending standards.
AgWeek: U.S. farmers rush to sell soybeans early as prices rally
- U.S. farmers have sold nearly double the usual amount of new-crop soybeans this spring, taking advantage of a 14 percent rally in the futures market to lock in profits on a crop that most have not even finished planting yet.
Savannah Morning News: St. Catherines' pigs don't fly, but they do farm
- Researchers from Sewanee: The University of the South have observed the island’s feral pigs returning to the same sites to harvest yellow nutsedge, a grass-like plant, out of the dunes.
© Agri-Pulse Communications 2016. All rights reserved.
Subscription questions or "Opt Out" from these Daily Harvest emails ? (573) 873-0800 or email Us: email@example.com