Daily Harvest -- 6/7/2016
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse Daybreak for June 7, 2016
- Senate Agriculture Chairman Pat Roberts tells Agri-Pulse that he hopes to reach an agreement this week with ranking member Debbie Stabenow on a biotech labeling bill that can pass the Senate; USDA unveils cost-share program for cotton producers; Ryan anti-poverty program; Hostess recalls Ding-Dongs; rising feed costs hit pork producers; catfish inspection on the block; Summer Food Service program.
Agri-Pulse: Farming plays major role in Obama's community revitalization effort
- Farming, food processing and distribution are playing a major role in a community revitalization program designed to lift people out of poverty and reduce crime in special Promise Zones across the country, USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack said Monday.
Agri-Pulse: USDA to provide $300M to help cotton producers
- “The Cotton Ginning Cost Share program will offer meaningful, timely and targeted assistance to cotton growers to help with their anticipated ginning costs and to facilitate marketing,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.
Agri-Pulse: Open Mic with NPPC President John Weber
- In this interview, the head of the National Pork Producers Council talks about opportunities and challenges on the horizon for the nation's swine industry. Global demand for protein, especially pork, continues to grow, and Weber and members of the NPPC adamantly support the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement to grant greater access to growth markets.
Bloomberg Government: The Agriculture Committees are defined by bipartisanship
- Sen. Pat Roberts: "When it comes to regulations that defy commonsense for these producers, we find ourselves fighting with a bipartisan team—whether the problem is redundant pesticide permits, short-sided endangered species listings or farm labor policies."
NPR: Who's In Charge? Getting Western States To Agree On Sharing Renewable Energy
- In California, there is so much solar energy that grid operators have to switch off solar farms. One solution of dealing with the additional power generated is to share the renewable wealth across state borders – but in the West, it's sparking some not-so-neighborly opposition.
AP: Energy bill prospects dim in dispute over drilling, drought:
- Congressional efforts to approve the first major energy bill in nearly a decade are in jeopardy amid a partisan dispute over oil drilling, water for drought-stricken California and potential rollback of protections for the gray wolf and other wildlife.
The Telegraph: Oil demand to peak in 2030 as energy experts slash forecasts
- The latest downward revision to forecasts, from consulting firm McKinsey, could leave major new investments uneconomic if demand for energy fails to meet expectations.
Des Moines Register: Despite critics, Bakken pipeline gets go-ahead in Iowa
- State regulators gave the go-ahead Monday for construction to start on the Bakken oil pipeline in Iowa, despite a complaint by the Sierra Club that the action is illegal.
Knoxville News-Sentinel: Proposed Cumberland County wind farm faces backlash
- U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., and U.S. Rep. Diane Black, R-Tenn., recently added their voices to the chorus of opposition.
FOOD & NUTRITION
The Hill: First lady touts power of advertising in fight for healthier food
- She pointed to the nearly $2 billion spent on advertising foods each year, almost none of which has been focused on nutritional produce.
AdWeek: FLOTUS looks back on her campaigns to encourage smart lifestyle choices
- (Opinion) "We engaged leaders from all sectors—educators, medical professionals, elected officials, parents and even kids themselves—to create public-private partnerships and science-based policy to improve access to healthy food," Michelle Obama writes.
Prairie Business: National genotyping lab in Fargo, N.D. now functional
- The new National Agricultural Genotyping Laboratory is up and running. One project involves testing for eight viruses and two bacteria in honeybees.
Washington Post: HipCityVeg and its plant-based riffs on fast food to open June 8
- Founder Nicole Marquis said her goal is to make plant-based food that appeals to everyone, regardless of whether they eat meat or not. To do that, her small chain, which she started in Philadelphia in 2012, features vegan riffs on fast-food standard-bearers.
Consumer Reports: Can You Believe the Health Claim on That Food Label?
- Here are five phrases that may not mean what you think they do: Light in sodium; lightly sweetened; whole grain; no growth-promoting antibiotics; biodynamic.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Agri-Pulse: Glyphosate renewal in Europe up in the air
- The latest effort to reauthorize glyphosate for use in Europe failed Monday when a European Commission committee could not muster a “qualified majority” to temporarily extend approval of the active ingredient used in Monsanto's Roundup.
National Hog Farmer: USDA lowers ag exports for FY 2016
- Agricultural exports are estimated to reach $124.5 billion for Fiscal Year ’16 according to the USDA’s latest “Outlook for U.S. Agricultural Trade.” This would be $15.2 billion below FY ’15 exports.
KIWA: Farmers Urged To Attend Area Meetings About Syngenta Lawsuit
- Corn farmers in northwest Iowa are invited to attend one of a trio of meetings scheduled by a pair of attorneys who are launching a “mass action lawsuit” against Syngenta over losses suffered by farmers after allegedly being misled by Syngenta about the marketability of one of the company’s genetically modified corn seeds in the China market.
International Business Times: First Global Standard To Measure Discarded Food Aims To Keep Calories Out Of The Trash
- The “Food Loss and Waste Accounting and Reporting Standard” is the first concerted global attempt to develop international definitions and reporting requirements for businesses, governments and other groups to measure and manage food waste.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Bismarck Tribune: Farmer in North Dakota overturns 2009 Swampbuster accusation
- U.S. District Judge Ralph Erickson, in Fargo, said there was "insufficient evidence from which a fact-finder could conclude" that Leonard Peterson's scraping of field drains led to an increase in production of crops or "had the effect of making the production of an agricultural commodity possible."
The Energy Collective: California Water Wars: Project for Tunnels from North to South Blocked
- The project is of rather breath-taking proportions, both fiscally and structurally. At the cost of $15 billion (though some debate this figure), it consists of two massive tunnels that will run southward 35 miles under the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta located in Northern California.
Smithsonian: Baby Fish Prefer Plastic Over Natural Food
- A new study shows that the problem may be more urgent than first thought—some baby fish choose plastic microparticles over natural food, leading to stunted growth and changes in behavior.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Bloomberg: Crops Rot While Trump-Led Immigration Backlash Idles Farm Lobby
- The death of meaningful U.S. immigration reform, done in by Washington partisanship and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s incendiary comments on foreigners, is leaving crops withering in the field and the farm lobby with nowhere to turn as a labor shortage intensifies.
Chicago Tribune: Backlogs in immigration courts keep asylum seekers in limbo for years
- The average wait time for a hearing date at the Chicago courthouse is now nearly three years.
AP: Cesar Chavez's widow Helen Chavez dies in California at 88
- Born in the town of Brawley in the California desert near the Mexico border, she met Cesar Chavez in the mid-1940s and married him in 1948. In the early 1960s, the couple left a comfortable middle-class existence in East Los Angeles to organize farm workers in California's Central Valley.
AP: Clinton secures enough delegates to become first woman to top a major-party ticket
- A bitter nomination battle that Clinton was once expected to win in a walk ended abruptly late Monday as she claimed exactly the number of delegates needed to secure victory in her contest against Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, according to the AP’s latest tally.
N.Y. Daily News: Hearthrobs' junk food ads linked to obesity
- A study finds that about 80 percent of celebrity-endorsed food ads were for high-calorie products including snack chips and chocolate, or fast-food restaurants including McDonalds, Chili’s and A&W. Most of the beverage ads were for sugary sodas.
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