Daily Harvest -- 6/14/2016
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse Daybreak for June 14, 2016
- North Dakotans will vote today on whether to maintain the state’s longtime ban on corporate farming; China’s soybean production on the rise; groups urge House action on catfish inspection; House GOP sets anti-regulation agenda.
Agri-Pulse: IDFA members head to Capitol Hill
- About 40 members of the International Dairy Foods Association will be marching the halls of Congress this week talking about their perspective on some familiar agricultural issues.
Morning Consult: U.S. Chamber Pushes Senate Toward Energy Bill Conference
- The U.S. Chamber of Commerce on Monday said it wants the Senate to conference with the House to reconcile differences between the two chambers’ energy bills.
The Hill: Former Rep. Matheson to take reins of energy group
- Former Rep. Jim Matheson (D-Utah) will be replacing Jo Ann Emerson as the CEO of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), the trade group announced on Monday.
Casper Star-Tribune: U.S. Energy Sec. Ernest Moniz: Fossil fuels will remain important to America
- Moniz pledged support Monday for clean coal research, saying fossil fuels would continue to play a role in the country’s energy mix.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Reuters: Too fat, too thin: Report finds malnutrition fuels disease worldwide
- A third of people worldwide are either undernourished or overweight, driving increasing rates of disease and piling pressure on health services, a global report showed on Tuesday. Rates of obese or overweight people are rising in every region of the world, and in nearly every country, according to the 2016 Global Nutrition Report - an annual independent stock take of the state of the world's nutrition.
Minneapolis Star-Tribune: Food companies appear resigned to GMO labeling
- Vermont will not implement the nation’s first state law making food labels disclose genetically engineered ingredients until July 1. But with 18 days to go, some vending machines in the U.S. Capitol already sell candy in packages that comply with the statute.
Hawaii Tribune-Herald: Federal appeals court to hear GMO bans Wednesday
- Hawaii County’s 2013 ordinance sought to ban the growing of GMO crops in open-air conditions, with some exceptions. Papaya farmers who have customarily grown GMO crops in open air would continue to be able to do so, provided they are registered with the county.
Capital Press: Farmers seek attorney fees in Oregon GMO litigation
- Farmers who won a lawsuit invalidating a ban of genetically engineered crops in Oregon’s Josephine County are now seeking $29,000 in attorney fees from the ordinance’s supporters. A state judge struck down the county’s prohibition in May, holding that Oregon law pre-empts local governments from restricting biotech seeds.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Winnipeg Free Press: Call to disciplinary action
- Canada has a lot to gain from trade rules that consider the trade impacts of concerns such as environmental performance, labor standards and animal welfare.
FeedNavigator.com: Antioxidants and yeast may have a role to play in lowering stress for pigs
- Lallemand Animal Nutrition released new findings on the use of probiotic yeast when pigs are stressed at a health conference in Ireland this week, and research looking at the benefits of antioxidants in swine production.
Farming UK: Black-grass focus week highlights integrated approach success
- Hybrid barley spring vigour and ability to suppress black-grass makes it an essential tool in any growers’ long-term approach to controlling the problem, according to Scott Cockburn of Syngenta.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Agri-Pulse: Nursery owner violated CWA by 'ripping' soil, judge finds
- Farming activities must be ongoing in order to avoid the full reach of the Clean Water Act, according to a federal judge's decision.
The Wanderer (SE Mass.): Enforcement Order Issued to Wellspring Farm
- Wellspring Farm located at 42 Hiller Road in Rochester was cited on June 7 for encroaching and altering wetlands by storing a massive manure pile – a pile that has grown to a whopping quarter-acre as high as 10 feet over the past 20 years.
AP: 2.5M dead bees touring country to underscore population declines
- A truck hauling more than 2.5 million dead bees began a cross-country tour with a stop in South Dakota Monday in an effort to raise awareness on the collapse of bee colonies and other pollinators in the U.S. and the role that chemicals such as pesticides have played in the decline.
Lost Coast Outpost: EPIC, Others Prepare to Sue Feds Over Failure to Protect Pacific Fisher
- Four environmental organizations — the Environmental Protection Information Center, the Center for Biological Diversity, the Klamath-Siskiyou Wildlands Center and Sierra Forest Legacy — have put the feds on notice that unless the decision is reversed within 60 days, the will file a lawsuit in federal court to reverse the service’s “politically motivated decision.”
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
WTOP: Va. farm that took in rescued horses accused of mistreating animals
- Investigators say an attempt to help some abused horses in Virginia ended with the animals being abused a second time.
Santa Rosa Press Democrat: Santa Rosa housing advocate David Grabill dies at 74
- David Grabill, a Santa Rosa public-interest attorney who became one of the region’s leading advocates for the poor in battles with local governments over affordable housing, died Saturday, family members said. He was 74.
Vox: Read Donald Trump’s most inflammatory speech yet on Muslims and immigration
- "We have a dysfunctional immigration system which does not permit us to know who we let into our country and it does that permit us to protect our citizens properly."
Progressive Farmer: Congressmen Complain About H-2A Problems
- A bi-partisan group of 102 members of Congress wrote U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez on Friday demanding that Citizenship and Immigration Services fix the administrative backlog of the H-2A agricultural worker program.
Bismarck Tribune: N.D. Fines Crop Insurance Agency, Orders Credits to Farmers
- North Dakota Insurance Commissioner Adam Hamm has fined an insurance firm that sold crop insurance in that state and ordered restitution to farmers. The commissioner’s consent order requires a total of $738,106 be credited to approximately 150 farmer customers in the form of premium return and premium waivers.
Farm Futures: Why Iowa farmers should win drainage case
- (Opinion) The Drainage Districts and their law firm demonstrate to the court that Des Moines Water Works' arguments are in conflict with 44 years of consistent interpretation.
Jackson Clarion-Ledger: Mississippi catfish farmers fight for stricter safety laws
- In an industry that’s lost over half of its jobs in the past decade, Mississippi’s catfish farmers have by no means given up to heated competition from abroad.
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