Daily Harvest -- 6/13/2016
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Agri-Pulse Daybreak for June 13, 2016
- The market is doing its job to help out corn farmers and now producers are calling on Congress and the Obama administration to do their shares.
Agri-Pulse: Science takes big leaps; vulnerability lies with public trust
- (Opinion) The last year has been one of profound scientific advances, and we have reason to believe science will continue to bring about new discoveries at an exponential rate. But the issues of trust can bring serious challenges. The scientific and agri-food communities should take note and action to shore up vulnerabilities and engage with stakeholders around critical issues.
Agri-Pulse: Washington Week Ahead: Industry pins hopes on Senate talks
- The food and agriculture industry's hopes for blocking Vermont's first-in-the-nation GMO labeling requirements are hanging on Senate negotiations that suddenly became serious late last week.
Agri-Pulse: Washington Week in Review
- There's optimism in the Senate surrounding GMO labeling discussions and cotton producers received some help from a new USDA program. Agri-Pulse's Phil Brasher and Spencer Chase take a look at the week's big issues in this week's video.
Agri-Pulse: Spending bill chides OSHA on regs for fertilizer dealers
- OSHA should go through a public rulemaking process before imposing new Process Safety Management (PSM) regulations on fertilizer dealers who handle anhydrous ammonia, a committee report accompanying a Senate appropriations bill says.
Agri-Pulse: Open Mic: Dr. Alison Van Eenennaam
- A genomics and biotechnology researcher at UC-Davis, her work in animal breeding was inspired by Dr. Norman Borlaug's efforts to resolve hunger issues with genetically engineered plants.
Agri-Pulse: Meet the Lawmaker: Rep. David Young, Iowa's 3rd District
- After serving the people of Iowa as a staffer on Capitol Hill, Rep. David Young made a run for an office of his own. In this interview, he talks with Agri-Pulse about the transition from staffer to legislator and his role as Iowa's only appropriator in Congress.
N.Y. Times: North Dakotans reconsider corporate farming ban and their values
- Starting in 1932, North Dakota law barred nonfamily corporations from owning farmland or operating farms. But that changed in March of last year when the state Legislature passed a bill that would relax the corporate farming ban and Gov. Jack Dalrymple signed it into law.
Miami Herald: Slow start for $150 million renewable energy program
- Over 99 percent of the funds are untouched, and only 11 solar systems have been installed since the program started in summer 2015.
MiBiz.com: For business groups, outlook is grim on proposed energy reform
- Even though a pair of sweeping energy reform bills advanced in the state Senate late last month, key business groups stood opposed to the plans. The reason: They say the legislation would stifle the competition needed to drive down rates as well as send a signal that Michigan is unwelcoming to emerging industries.
GlobalNews: Canada can transition to renewable energy in a few decades, says Stanford professor
- Canada can transition its entire energy infrastructure to renewables like wind and solar power by 2050, says an expert at Stanford University but it’s going to take immediate action from both governments and Canadian citizens.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Agri-Pulse: 'Good progress' reported in GMO labeling talks
- Leaders of the Senate Agriculture Committee said they were making “good progress” toward an agreement on labeling biotech foods but still had several issues to resolve.
Crains New York: Inside the underground economy propping up New York City's food carts
- Today’s mobile food vending business is one of day laborers and shift workers who, despite hustling all week long, may not earn minimum wage.
Seattle Times: A guide to the new food labels, coming to a yogurt near you
- I admit the Nutrition Facts label will probably never be a riveting read, but FDA hopes the more consumer-friendly label will help us all make more healthful and more informed decisions around what we choose to eat.
London Free Press: Insects as food trend changing palates, lives
- Have you heard about the next big food trend? You won't find it growing in your garden, but you might find it crawling there.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Agri-Pulse: US corn, soybean exports raised in latest WASDE
- The U.S. will export 1.9 billion bushels of corn in the year starting Sept. 1, up 50 million bushels from the May forecast, USDA said today in a monthly report, as late-season heat has damaged the crop in Brazil and Argentina's harvest has suffered from delays.
Agri-Pulse: US ag hoping for movement on Cuban trade
- (Audio) Competing House and Senate bills continue the stalemate over easing U.S. trade restrictions on Cuba, and ultimately lifting the trade embargo.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Bayer waiting for Monsanto to engage after spurned bid, sources say
- Monsanto Co., the world's largest seed company, has still not opened its books more than two weeks after it rejected Bayer AG's $62 billion acquisition offer but left the door open to a possible deal, according to people familiar with the matter.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Sacramento Bee: Invest in soil to reduce greenhouse gas emissions
- (Opinion) Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed Healthy Soils Initiative, which is part of the cap-and-trade spending package, is a landmark program aimed at increasing the soil’s organic matter in California’s agricultural lands.
N.Y. Times: Dear Conservatives, You Can Go Green Again
- Conservatives used to be almost by definition conservationists, focused on preserving our shared heritage from destructive influences.
Des Moines Register: Iowa's hog confinement loopholes causing a stink
- The struggle over smaller, unregulated hog confinement facilities is the latest fight in the long battle between Iowa's $17 billion pork industry and critics who want to live in rural Iowa without being close to the noises and odors sometimes flowing from animal operations.
Santa Few New Mexican: Repairs to pipeline that waters largest Navajo farm finished
- Repairs to a pipeline that supplies water to the largest farm on the Navajo Nation are finished and the system will be tested this weekend.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Go Skagit: Sakuma Bros. Farms gives farmworkers rate increase
- Sakuma Bros. Farms increased farmworkers’ per-pound rates for strawberries after Thursday’s walkout, but some workers are calling for more. Workers are now earning 28 cents per pound — a 4-cent raise, according to a news release from Familias Unidas por la Justicia, a labor group representing the workers.
Public News Service: Farmworkers' Union Stages Walkout on Berry Farm
- About 180 farmworkers staged a walkout from Sakuma Brothers Berry Farm yesterday to protest wages and working conditions.
Yakima Herald: Farm Workers Clinic growth reflects change in health care
- A new, larger medical facility in the Yakima Valley reflects not only the growth of the Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic, it also tracks its success in reaching out to an underserved population — and its role in changing attitudes about approaches to health care.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette: Investors list farm acreage as stable bets
- Large investment companies are increasingly looking at Arkansas farmland as a stable investment after the recession made other options, such as stocks, a risky bet.
Journal Times: Federal agriculture administrator to visit Racine County farms
- Val Dolcini, administrator of the federal Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency, is scheduled to visit Borzynski’s Farms in Sturtevant, Piper Farms in Mount Pleasant, and Mighty Grand Dairy near Union Grove in Kenosha County.
Lake County News (Calif.): Lake County Time Capsule: Agriculture in our past
- (History) As one would suspect, from viewing the rolling hills and valleys of Lake County, agriculture is one of our biggest industries.
Dubuque Telegraph-Herald: Guebert: A good life at 'home'
- Writer and journalist Gene Logsdon, as almost no one in Big Ag knows, was the “Contrary Farmer,” an Ohio-based “cottage farmer” with 32 acres of trees, garden, a rotating collection of livestock, a patch of corn, and “about 593,455,780 weeds.” He also authored 25 books of nonfiction, four of fiction, and thousands of magazine stories and blog posts mostly on what he called “the good life on your own piece of ground.”
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