Daily Harvest -- 6/9/2016
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse Daybreak for June 9, 2016
- House Republican leaders are backing off their promise to allow a wide open amendment process on appropriations bills. Also: Democrats criticize House GOP anti-poverty plan as repackaged ideas for slashing welfare assistance; Judge and King win Iowa primaries; more.
Agri-Pulse: Bill aimed at improving rural health-care access sent to Obama
- Public and private skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) should soon be able to provide more and better telemedical services after the Senate gave final congressional approval to the Rural Health Care Connectivity Act.
Redding Record Searchlight: Report: Agriculture industry big business for North State
- Northeastern California's agriculture industry helped soften the blow of the Great Recession, a Chico State University Agribusiness Institute study says.
Agri-Pulse: Public RFS hearing heavy on biofuel supporters
- The Environmental Protection Agency will hold a public hearing on their 2017 proposed biofuel blending requirements, and one ethanol advocate believes the testimony will be heavily supportive of the program.
The Atlantic: Where the Poor Spend More Than 10 Percent of Their Income on Energy
- The threshold beyond which experts believe energy ceases to be “affordable” is 6 percent of a household’s income. But for many lower-income households, even with declining energy prices, paying less than that benchmark is a fantasy.
Morning Consult: Bishop on Energy Bill: ‘No’ on Conservation Fund, ‘Yes’ on Drought
- Ahead of a conference committee to reconcile energy bills recently passed by the House and Senate, House Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop hasn’t budged on his opposition to a permanent land and water fund.
AP: Oklahoma energy magnate's death accidental; implications few
- The fiery one-car crash in which energy industry magnate Aubrey McClendon died was an accident, with no alcohol in his system and only traces of a drug commonly used in sleep aids, the Oklahoma medical examiner's office ruled Wednesday.
FOOD & NUTRITION
WMUR: Deplorable conditions found at New England's largest egg farm, officials say
- The Humane Society of the U.S. released undercover video Tuesday of what it called cruel and inhumane conditions at New England's largest egg-producing farm, and said it had asked state and federal officials to investigate.
Food Safety News: FDA’s former top food cop now focused on food security
- Mike Taylor, who will be a senior fellow at Freedman Consulting in Washington, D.C., writes about his plans.
Boston Globe: Natick Panera case echoes past problems at fast-food chains
- A Natick family’s claim of discovering peanut butter in a grilled cheese sandwich that was ordered online from Panera echoes past reports of problems with other fast-food chains.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Agri-Pulse: USDA wants science to rule in poultry, beef talks with China
- USDA's efforts to approve China to export processed chicken to the U.S. sets a strong example of how trade should be based on science and international rules, Alexis Taylor, the department's deputy under secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Service, said Wednesday.
Agri-Pulse: U.S. working to set up office in Cuba
- John Block talks trade issues with China, notes that USDA has an Ag representative in countries all over the world to facilitate U.S exports.
NPR: U.S. Lawmakers Scrutinize China's Bid To Buy Agrichemical Giant Syngenta
- Glenn Brunkow is a fifth-generation corn and soybean farmer in Kansas. Recently, he got a call from his seed dealer to tell him a Chinese state-owned company called China National Chemical Corp., or ChemChina, has made a $43 billion bid to buy Syngenta.
Herald & Review: Illinois agriculture industry open for increased exports
- Mario Godinez was impressed by what he saw Monday during a tour of the GSI production facility in Taylorville. Godinez, 19, is among a group of pork producers from Mexico, China and Colombia visiting the United States this week to learn about the agriculture industry.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Agri-Pulse: 'Drive' with caution, NAS biotech panel advises
- Gene drives - which use genetic information to eliminate undesirable traits in an organisms - hold great promise for solving public health, ecological or agricultural problems. But that doesn't mean society should rush to release them into the environment without fully examining their impacts, a National Academy of Sciences panel has concluded.
The Hill: House votes to delay Obama ozone rule
- The House on Wednesday voted 234-177, with seven Democrats joining Republicans, to back Environmental Protection Agency rules governing surface-level ozone standards, or smog.
KRQE: New Mexico battling federal government over water
- Ranchers claim the U.S. government is stealing their water and using an endangered animal to do it.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Star Tribune: Minnesota takes big step to improve safety on farms
- Minnesota will have the nation’s best-funded tractor safety plan now that Gov. Mark Dayton has signed off on legislation that creates the state’s first program to help farmers add rollover protection to aging machines.
Press of Atlantic City: Cape farm tour illustrates pains of growing in Garden State
- Farming in the Garden State means early mornings, intensive labor and — increasingly — paperwork.
NBC News: Democrats Urged to Make Immigration a Priority in Party Platform
- Rep. Raul Grijalva, who has campaigned on behalf of Bernie Sanders, urged Democrats to "take the moral high ground" and make immigration reform its priority and take on such things as the deportation of veterans.
Quad-City Times: Judge wins right to face Grassley
- Patty Judge, a former lieutenant governor and state ag secretary, won a four-way Democratic primary election Tuesday, giving her the right to challenge longtime Republican incumbent Chuck Grassley for one of Iowa’s seats in the U.S. Senate.
Arizona Republic: Urban agriculture takes root in Phoenix area
- The Central Avenue and Indian School Road lot was the first space of its kind by PHX Renews. Since its opening, three other lots have been renovated. This idea of cultivating, processing and distributing food in or around a village, city or town setting is called urban agriculture, a form of farming that is booming, according to USDA.
NPR: A Student-Run Farm Cultivates Passion For Sustainable Agriculture
- A weathered wooden shed that holds wheelbarrows, hoes and other basic tools is the beacon of the Student Organic Farm, a two-acre swath within the larger horticultural research farm at Iowa State University.
Wisconsin State Journal: Family farm grows ... beer
- The crops at Cheese City Beer include acres of hops climbing their way up 1,700 strands of twine that are each 18 feet long. They are supported by a series of cables attached to 102 honey and black locust timbers harvested from nearby woods and fence rows.
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