Daily Harvest -- 6/3/2016
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Capital Press: Grower: Farmers should join forces, negotiate higher prices
- Grain grower Frank Endres, who grows about 2,500 acres of barley and other grains in the northern Sacramento Valley, says the consolidation of buyers into multinational companies has given them more leverage against growers to keep prices low. He argues growers need to band together in their marketing and
AP: Iowa Democrats mull challenger for veteran GOP Sen. Grassley
- Republican Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley has been winning Iowa elections for nearly six decades, yet Democrats are sensing vulnerability this time stemming from his refusal to hold confirmation hearings for President Barack Obama's Supreme Court nominee.
ABA Banking Journal: Trade Groups Urge Congress to Fund FSA in Appropriations Bill
- ABA, together with several financial and agricultural trade groups, today wrote to Congress urging lawmakers to include additional funding for the Farm Service Agency’s direct operating loan and guaranteed operating loan programs in the 2017 agriculture appropriations spending bill.
Bismarck Tribune: North Dakota Farm Bureau files federal lawsuit over corporate farming law
- A lawsuit challenging the state's corporate farming law, which was described by the North Dakota Farm Bureau as unconstitutional as well as discriminatory, was filed in federal court Thursday.
Minneapolis Star-Tribune: Minnesota utilities offer new energy-efficiency incentives
- Xcel Energy, the state’s largest electric utility, and CenterPoint Energy, Minnesota’s largest gas provider, are trotting out new money-saving incentives for owners of energy-efficient, multi-tenant buildings.
Morning Consult: White House Hosts Global Energy Leaders to Accelerate Clean Energy Technologies
- The White House on Thursday hosted energy leaders from 23 countries and the European Union. Leaders announced specific goals to accelerate the deployment of clean energy technologies and investing in future technologies through Mission Innovation, including investing almost $30 billion per year in public clean energy
research and development by 2021.
Factcheck.org: Trump’s Hot Air on Wind Energy
- Trump wrongly claimed that U.S. wind farms kill more than 1 million birds a year. Reliable data are scarce, but current mean estimates range from 20,000 to 573,000 bird deaths per year.
FOOD & NUTRITION
UN News Centre: Global food prices rise, commodity markets look stable for year ahead – UN
- Global food prices rose 2.1 per cent in May, the fourth straight monthly increase, but stayed about 7 percent below 2015 levels, the UN's Food and Agricultural Organization said today, also noting that food commodity markets are on a stable path for the year ahead, with solid production prospects and abundant stocks pointing to broadly stable prices and supplies.
AP: Halted in bird flu outbreak, federal egg inspections resume
- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has resumed inspections of egg-handling facilities in 21 states more than a year after they were suspended due to the nation’s worst bird flu outbreak.
Sacramento Bee: A nutrition program California should stop starving now
- (Editorial) Food policy advocates have asked the state to invest $5 million – pocket change in a state budget topping $122 billion. That small appropriation would draw down $5 million in federal matching funds from a $100 million pot, and leverage up to $60 million in additional purchases of fruits and vegetables from local
AP: How candy makers shape nutrition science
- One of the industry’s most powerful tactics is the funding of nutrition research. It carries the weight of academic authority, becomes a part of scientific literature and generates headlines.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Agri-Pulse: Cuba, US 'have to learn from each other,' Cuban ag minister says
- The agribusiness sectors of Cuba and the United States could both stand to learn a little from the other country, Cuba's agriculture minister said Thursday in Washington. In an address at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce headquarters, Gustavo Rodriguez detailed the things that his sector hoped to learn from its American counterpart, but also what he thinks Cuban agriculture has to offer the U.S.
Regina Leader-Post: Agriculture budget an early gift to producers: APAS
- The $59-million increase reflects increased crop insurance liabilities as well as higher Agricultural Crown Land Sale Program purchase incentives.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Talks ongoing in Monsanto, Argentina government GMO soy dispute
- Monsanto is still trying to resolve a dispute with the Argentine government over its request for inspections to ensure growers pay royalties.
London Free Press: Even in Southwestern Ontario, a rich farm belt, growing tropical fruit is a tough gig
- The country’s only banana farm also produces other tropical fruits, including oranges, limes, lemons, guava, papaya and pineapple.
N.Y. Times: Trans-Pacific Partnership Supporters Pin Hopes on Lame-Duck Vote
- The same harsh politics that have spawned obituaries for President Obama’s signature trade agreement between the United States and 11 other Pacific Rim nations could actually help win its ratification in Congress in a lame-duck vote late this year, advocates are hoping.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Agri-Pulse: Atrazine risk assessment draws ire from ag sector
- An EPA draft document assessing the ecological risks of atrazine that was mistakenly posted online a month ago has now been officially released.
Fox News: Thanks to EPA and Army Corps of Engineers, American farmers are a newly endangered species
- (Opinion) A consultant in California says it's "getting harder and harder, and in legal terms more dangerous, to be an American farmer these days, thanks to the aggressive behavior" of the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers.
AP: Feds considering endangered listing for moose in Michigan
- Federal officials said Thursday they will consider extending protections under the Endangered Species Act to moose in four upper Midwestern states -- Minnesota, Michigan's Upper Peninsula, North Dakota and Wisconsin.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
L.A. Times: Assembly kills bill to give California farmworkers overtime pay
- The final vote -- which featured a number of Democrats either voting against the bill or abstaining -- came after a long and emotional floor debate, watched closely by the agricultural industry and members of the United Farm Workers labor union.
Des Moines Register: Keokuk County to WaPo: Keep your people; we've got 3M hogs
- Other places can have their thousands upon thousands of people — Keokuk County has its hogs. That pretty much sums up county official Michael Berg's response to Washington Post's Wonkblog story Wednesday that examined population decline across Keokuk County.
Scranton, Pa., Times-Tribune: Farmers vent frustration of regulations with state officials
- A cross-section of the local farming community had the chance to talk about issues that affect them with Pa. Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding and state Rep. Sid Michaels Kavulich, on Wednesday at a closed door roundtable at the farm of Keith Eckel outside Clarks Summit.
RTT News: Neil Young Faces Off Against GMO Corn On Colbert
- A man claiming to be a genetically modified ear of corn gets in an argument with Young and in the end explodes into popcorn all over Young and Colbert.
Judge: Firm tied to polygamous group used child labor
- A Utah contractor used nearly 200 children from a polygamous sect as unpaid labor during a 2012 pecan harvest, according to a federal judge's decision that marks the latest blow to the group.
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