Daily Harvest -- 6/8/2016
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse Daybreak for June 8, 2016
- Clinton secures Democratic bid; GMO labeling talks continue; cotton aid could continue; House committee chairman wants to know EPA's role in WHO designation; smog vote; Obama honors Chavez's late wife.
Agri-Pulse: USDA extends organic livestock rule comment period
- The proposed rule, rolled out in April, details the animal welfare practices for organic livestock production.
Agri-Pulse: Ryan's 'Better Way' agenda starts with poverty, nutrition components - 6/8/2016
- (Audio) House Speaker Paul Ryan announced the first of his six components to his “Better Way” policy agenda on Tuesday, beginning with plans to address the nation's poverty.
Lexington Herald Leader: Many could lose agriculture tax break under revenue opinion
- A new legal opinion from the Kentucky Department of Revenue could mean that many homeowners in the state could lose the automatic tax exemption that many Property Valuation Administrators grant to 10-acre lots.
AP: Judge approves $50M settlement to Northeast dairy farmers
- Dairy Farmers of America will pay an average of $4,000 to about 8,860 farms to settle a lawsuit that accused the marketing group of trying to drive down milk prices.
Agri-Pulse: EPA heads to the Corn Belt for an earful on the RFS
- EPA officials will have the chance to hear directly from stakeholders at a one-day hearing in Kansas City, Missouri, Thursday on the future of the Renewable Fuel Standard.
USA Today: NRG's new boss brings new approach on green energy
- With a new boss, one of the nation’s biggest independent power companies sees itself as still on course, but taking a more cautious approach, to a greener energy future.
Baltimore Sun: Hogan steps back from clean-energy efforts, citing cost to consumers
- Republican Gov. Larry Hogan's pledge to cut taxes and fees has spurred his administration to step back from two of Maryland's main efforts to clear the air of pollution.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Agri-Pulse: Clock is ticking on GMO labeling
- With a Vermont GMO labeling bill set to go into effect at the beginning of July, negotiators in the Senate have yet to pass a bill that would create a national standard.
POLITICO: CSPI begins new wave of sodium targeting
- The Center for Science in the Public Interest has wasted no time putting FDA’s new draft sodium reduction targets to use. The advocacy group has been tweeting about KFC Popcorn Nuggets, a product that it says exceeds the agency’s 2-year maximum sodium level by 51 percent.
AdWeek: Why Fast-Food and Snack-Food Brands Are Introducing Smaller Signature Offerings
- As consumers cut sugar and salt from their diets, fast-food and snack-food brands are fighting for survival. And part of their survival strategy is to downsize, with many brands slashing product sizes or introducing smaller versions of signature offerings.
N.Y. Times: Salty surprises in the food you eat
- The average American adult, who consumes 3,400 milligrams of sodium a day — more than 1,000 milligrams more than the recommended daily allowance of 2,300 milligrams — may not know that more than 70 percent of the sodium consumed in this country is already in food before it reaches the table. Too much sodium, a main component of table salt, can raise blood pressure, which is a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke.
Brattleboro Reformer: Vermont's GMO labeling law - taking on the "natural" claim
- A key issue before the Vermont district court is whether consumers are misled by the labeling of GE food products as “natural.” Vermont argues that, under the First Amendment, it has the right to regulate misleading speech.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Agri-Pulse: Trans-Pacific Partnership would be good deal for agriculture
- (Audio) On balance, the TPP would be very positive for the ag industry. But John Block says the chance of Congress voting before the election is "almost zero."
POLITICO: Ways and Means subcommittee to hold ag trade hearing
- The trade subcommittee will hold a hearing on agricultural trade on June 14 — an important event for two reasons: it's another congressional trade hearing not explicitly about TPP, highlighting that the deal remains in political purgatory; and it's only the second hearing the panel has held in two years.
Reuters: Monsanto develops plan for GMO U.S. soy lacking EU import approval
- Monsanto Co is developing plans to prevent a new variety of biotech U.S. soybeans from entering European markets where they are not approved, leaders of two agricultural trade groups said, in a sign of the growing impact of regulatory delays on the world's largest seed maker.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Reuters: U.S. lawmakers question whether EPA staff influenced WHO glyphosate review
- One question that lawmakers are trying to answer, according to sources: whether EPA staff are allowing personal bias to color the agency's scientific review.
Times-Picayune: Who pays for $3 billion MR-GO wetlands restoration?
- Louisiana and the Army Corps of Engineers sparred before a three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday over whether the state should pay 35 percent of the almost $3 billion corps plan to restore wetlands along the closed Mississippi River-Gulf Outlet.
Silver City (Nev.) Sun-News: Enviros back feds on Mexican wolf reintro
- Four environmental groups moved to intervene on behalf of the Fish and Wildlife Service in federal court Monday, arguing that the state of New Mexico had no authority to block the release of Mexican gray wolf adults and pups into the wild.
High Plains Journal: Researchers explore the use of cover crops to control glyphosate-resistant Palmer amaranth
- A new study featured in the most recent issue of the journal Weed Technology shows cover crops can help to fight glyphosate-resistant Palmer amaranth—the most difficult of the glyphosate-resistant weeds to manage and a significant problem for U.S. cotton growers.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Albany Times-Union: Farmers to Cuomo: Defend yourself against farmworkers rights lawsuit
- Farm groups are pleading with Gov. Andrew Cuomo to defend himself (and by extension them) in a lawsuit over farmworkers rights filed last month that farmers fear could have damning consequences for their business.
Santa Rosa Press-Democrat: Santa Rosa area farmworker housing project underway
- Construction on the 30-unit project started last week on nearly two acres off Old Redwood Highway near Airport Boulevard, west of Larkfield. It’s expected to be completed within a year and will include 30 two-bedroom apartments for low-income families working in agriculture.
Huffington Post: Judge In Immigration Case Puts Brakes On Releasing Sensitive Information On Thousands Of Immigrants
- A U.S. judge in Texas suspended his order to force federal authorities to turn over to the court personal information about immigrants who were given safeguards against deportation under an Obama administration executive order.
ESPN: Aaron Rodgers cuts dairy products out of diet, now down to '218-ish'
- The Cheeseheads' quarterback won't be eating cheddar, provolone or any other kinds of cheese anymore. Believe it: The Green Bay Packers' leader has eliminated dairy products from his diet.
Rio 2016: Rio 2016 supports trek into reserve that is saving endangered monkeys
- The golden lion tamarin, or golden marmoset, is a small but charismatic monkey that used to be common across much of Brazil.
Reuters: U.S. farmers fret as property taxes soar amid souring incomes
- Collapsing prices for U.S. corn and soybeans have made it harder for some farmers to pay their property taxes, at a time when these tax bills are soaring and the rate of farm bankruptcies is growing.
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