Daily Harvest -- 6/10/2016
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse Daybreak for June 10, 2016
- Signs of progress in the search for a congressional agreement on biotech labeling; egg producers make pledge on chick culling; IARC funding questioned by House lawmaker because of glyphosate finding; Dems to fight child nutrition bill; French ban cherry imports; more.
Agri-Pulse: Opinion: Science takes big leaps; vulnerability lies with public trust
- (Opinion) CRISPR, TALEN and zinc finger nucleases are just a few innovations on a fast track and likely to have profound implications for the agri-food chain.
Bloomberg Businessweek: The Weather-Predicting Tech Behind $62 Billion Monsanto Bid
- Acquiring the company would further Bayer’s goal of identifying and providing the best-suited seeds, fertilizers, and chemicals for farms around the world.
Agri-Pulse: Renewable arguments prevail at field hearing on RFS
- EPA officials heard from all sides of the Renewable Fuel Standard debate on Thursday, and one thing is certain: No one is content with the most recent proposal as it is currently written.
Agri-Pulse: Has shifting to renewable energy become 'irreversible'?
- The fight over U.S. energy policy is intensifying as Congress struggles to reconcile the two very different energy bills passed by the House and Senate. At the heart of the battle is whether it makes sense to transition from fossil fuels to renewables like biofuels, wind, and solar energy.
Lafayette Journal & Courier: Indiana eager to join clean energy efforts
- Purdue University hosted a Midwest forum Thursday that continues Friday that will help guide the U.S. Dept. of Energy's Regional Clean Energy Innovation Partnerships that aim to support clean energy research and development specific to individual regions.
Bloomberg: Apple Plans to Sell Excess Rooftop Solar Energy From New Home
- Apple Inc. plans to sell excess electricity generated by solar panels on the roof of its new headquarters in Cupertino, California, joining Google parent Alphabet Inc. in efforts to trade on the energy market.
Detroit News: New Marathon pact would kill flare, reduce pollution
- Marathon Petroleum, which operates a massive refinery facility along Interstate 75 near the Rouge River border, has agreed to take steps that will reduce sulfur dioxide emissions by 28 tons per year starting next month. In addition, that level will reduce by another 7 tons a year beginning in 2019.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Agri-Pulse: GOP lawmakers push for more state control over SNAP
- While fraud in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program is at an all-time low, Republican lawmakers complained sharply during a three-hour hearing Thursday that USDA needs to do a better job of combating it and said states should get more control over the initiative formerly known as food stamps.
Agri-Pulse: FDA needs to recall tainted food faster, IG says
- FDA's food recall process does not adequately protect public health, the Inspector General for the Health and Human Services Department has determined.
The Hill: Dems vow to fight GOP child nutrition bill
- Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) vowed Thursday that Democrats will do everything they can to keep what she called an “incredibly partisan and ideological” child nutrition reauthorization bill from ever getting a floor vote. DeLauro is outraged by a provision in the bill that creates a three-state pilot program for block grant child nutrition assistance programs.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Wall Street Journal: Ag Groups Ratchet Up Pressure on EU Over Approval of GMO Seeds
- Trade groups representing grain traders and soybean farmers in separate letters this week said European Union officials have dithered for months longer than usual over the final approval of the seeds and not explained the delays, ratcheting up risks to international trade and livestock operations.
TASS: Russia’s Agriculture Minister expects grain to be main export revenue source
- The Ministry of Agriculture forecasts that exports will top 33 million tonnes in the 2016-17 agricultural year.
NCSU Technician: N.C. groups lobby against TPP
- North Carolina Food and Water Watch, an organization that keeps track of agricultural practices within North Carolina and around the world, is lobbying Congress to reject the Trans-Pacific Partnership along with over 160 other agriculture based organizations.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
L.A. Daily News: High-speed rail would divide Lake View Terrace, threaten wildlife, critics say
- Antelope Valley residents told the Board of Supervisors Wednesday that the Palmdale-to-Burbank high-speed rail segment proposed to run through the Big Tujunga Wash in the Angeles National Forest would divide the community of Lake View Terrace, threaten wildlife and crush property values.
Morrow County Sentinel: Ohio Ag Dept. OKs purchase of agricultural easements on family farm
- The Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) today announced approval for local sponsors to purchase agricultural easements on 62 family farms representing 7,919 acres in 31 counties.
Missoulian: Idaho wolf advocates challenge Wildlife Services in court
- The wolf advocates claim USDA’s Wildlife Services hunters shot 21 wolves from airplanes in Idaho’s Lolo Zone on Feb. 10. That was in addition to dozens or hundreds more killed by traps or ground hunters to reduce livestock depredation or boost elk and deer populations.
Sacramento Bee: State to climate change skeptics: Shut up, already
- Bill would have let prosecutors go after those who who don't agree with prevailing views on global warming.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Successful Farming: Is the migrant workforce disappearing?
- According to USDA's Economic Research Service, only 5% of hired crop farm workers fit this traditional profile, down from 14% in the period between 1992 and 1994.
Capital Press: Water, labor in focus as presidential hopefuls stump in California
- Water policy and on-farm working conditions were discussion topics as presumptive GOP nominee Trump and Clinton, his Democratic counterpart, wooed voters.
WGRZ: Farm Bureau At Odds With Governor Over Collective Bargaining
- The New York Farm Bureau urged Gov. Andrew Cuomo this week to "reconsider" his support for farm workers' collective bargaining rights, arguing the policy could harm their industry and hamper their ability to adjust to the weather conditions.
GoSkagit: Farmworkers walk off Sakuma fields one week into picking season
- Farmworkers at Sakuma Bros. Farms in Washington state continued their call for higher wages and a union contract with a walkout Thursday morning. The walkout came one week into the picking season. The workers were to decide Friday morning whether to continue their walkout.
AP: Water giant gave $1.4M loan to official
- Westlands Water District in California loaned one of its executives $1.4 million to buy a riverfront home, and the loan remains unpaid nine years later although the official has left the agency, according to records and interviews.
Gloucester Times: Supporting Massachusetts agriculture
- (Opinion) The continued growth of farmers markets in Massachusetts connects residents with local farmers and contributes to direct market sales, which accounts for 10 percent of the state’s total sales of agricultural products.
MagicValley.com: Farm Worker Impaled by Steel Crank Handle in Intensive Care
- A farm worker injured Tuesday in a freak accident in rural Jerome County is recovering in a Utah Hospital. Evaristo Cruz-Salazar was flown to the University of Utah Hospital after an irrigation riser blew apart and a three-quarter-inch steel crank handle impaled his eye socket.
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