Daily Harvest -- 6/15/2015
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Washington Week Ahead: Obama trade agenda hangs in balance
- This week promises more drama on trade as the fast-track trade bill sits in limbo in the House following President Obama's failure to persuade Democrats to support him on a critical vote.
Agri-Pulse: Open Mic with Minister Gerry Ritz
- (Audio) Our guest this week is Canadian Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz. In this week's interview Minister Ritz says the US is out of options and out of time with regard to Country-of-Origin labeling.
Agri-Pulse: White House plan offers help to farmers, communities hurt by drought
- The Obama administration today announced new initiatives and investments of more than $110 million to support farmers, ranchers, agricultural workers and rural communities suffering from drought and to combat wildfires in what's forecast to be a busier-than-usual fire season.
Agri-Pulse: USDA expands crop insurance options for SCO, APH yield exclusion
- USDA's Risk Management Agency (RMA) today announced more options for farmers who elected the Supplemental Coverage Option (SCO) or Actual Production History (APH) Yield Exclusion in their crop insurance plans.
Washington Times: Commercial drones taking off in Iowa
- Iowans can start expecting to see more unmanned aerial vehicles - more commonly known as drones - flying around the state’s skies.
San Francisco Chronicle: Missouri lawmakers' bills raise questions about conflicts
- During Missouri's legislative session, a landlord worked to change rental policy, farmers pushed agricultural legislation and a grocery association official pushed a bill that would prevent communities from banning environmentally costly plastic bags.
Des Moines Register: Shift to clean energy would help rural, low-income most
- A Center for Rural Affairs associate says rural communities feel the direct impacts of a changing climate. Farmers and ranchers adapt to extreme weather by necessity, rural grocery stores have higher electricity bills during heat waves, and small town infrastructure is stressed.
Politico: Europe’s cities push back at big energy
- Europe’s cities are pushing back at big energy, which has been eager to enter the global warming debate, warning that traditional fuels won’t help solve the world’s climate challenges.
Financial Times: Renewable power will overtake coal if climate pledges are kept
- Wind, solar and other types of renewable power will overtake coal to become the world’s top source of electricity in just 15 years if the pledges countries are making for a global climate change deal this year are met.
Biofuels Digest: US ethanol production ties record highest weekly average
- In Washington, according to EIA data as analyzed by the Renewable Fuels Association, ethanol production averaged 992,000 barrels per day (b/d)—or 41.66 million gallons daily.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Agri-Pulse: Lawmakers update voluntary GMO labeling bill with USDA program
- A House Energy and Commerce subcommittee will review next week an updated version of a food labeling bill that would create a national standard for the voluntary labeling of food containing genetically modified ingredients (GMOs).
St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Monsanto in the middle of upcoming congressional fight over GMO labeling
- Monsanto Co. and other biotechnology giants are throwing support behind a bill to create new national standards for genetically engineered crops, in a move critics say is intended to head off more meaningful regulation.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Agri-Pulse: Fast-track trade bill derailed as Democrats defy Obama
- Democrats dealt a stunning blow to President Obama's trade agenda by stalling a fast-track bill from passing the House despite his last-minute trip to Capitol Hill to appeal for support.
Agri-Pulse: Nebraska governor gets TPA news on European ag trade trip
- (Audio) Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts was leading an agricultural trade mission in Europe last week when he heard about the House votes holding back Trade Promotion Authority for the president.
Des Moines Register: Hillary Clinton in Iowa: Make lemonade on trade deal
- Hillary Clinton told Iowans Sunday that President Obama should listen to concerns, including those of fellow Democrats, about a huge trade deal he is trying to push through Congress.
Wall Street Journal: Obama Fights to Save Trade Bill
- A deep Democratic divide over President Barack Obama’s ambitions to expand trade in the Pacific clouded prospects this week for reviving key legislation after the House dealt it a stinging setback and Hillary Clinton expressed her own qualms Sunday from the campaign trail.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Bloomberg: California Cuts Water to More Farmers as Drought Escalates
- California farmers who’ve held rights to siphon water from two key rivers in the state’s Central Valley for more than 100 years have been ordered to cut back as one of the most severe droughts in state history intensifies.
The Town Talk: Many farmers, ranchers face 'total loss' from flooding
- It will be weeks, perhaps months, before it's known how much damage the recent flooding has done to Louisiana's agriculture industry.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Bloomberg: In Iowa, Bernie Sanders Gets Pressed on Immigration
- Visiting a town with a sizable Hispanic population, the presidential candidate is asked to expand on his immigration platform.
Latin Post: Immigration Reform News: Hillary Clinton Aide Says Presidential Hopeful Would Expand Obama's Executive Actions on Immigration
- An aide to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton promised that the former first lady would expand President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration if she is elected as the next Commander-in-Chief.
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