Daily Harvest -- 6/15/2016
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse Daybreak for June 15, 2016
- Close, but still not there. That’s the way key senators are describing the negotiations on biotech labeling. Also: ND preserves corporate farm ban; Republicans take multiple shots at WOTUS; Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley challenges DuPont-Dow merger; Conaway demands CFTC releases position limits analysis.
AP: ND Voters Reject Corporate Farming, Choose Governor Nominee
- Republicans nominated former Microsoft executive Doug Burgum Tuesday in a primary likely to decide North Dakota's next governor, and voters also overturned the Legislature's move to loosen the state's Depression-era rules prohibiting corporate farming.
Bloomberg: Credit crunch for farm renters compounds stress on U.S. growers
- American farmers who expanded production using rented land during the commodity boom a few years ago are now struggling to repay loans.
AP: Feds Announce $82 Million for Nuclear Energy Research
- U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz has announced $82 million for nuclear energy projects in 28 states as part of the government's plan to reduce carbon emissions.
OilPrice: Can Trump Change The Direction Of U.S. Energy?
- The missing document might be titled “Trump's Electricity Policy Will Make America Great Again." Donald Trump, the GOP's presumptive Presidential nominee, has a utility policy. Needless to say it may have consequences. Finding it just requires some reading between the lines.
Press Herald: Maine utilities commission approves energy efficiency plan
- Environmental groups say an energy efficiency settlement plan approved by the Maine Public Utilities Commission doesn’t go far enough to save Mainers money.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Wall Street Journal: FDA warns Whole Foods over ‘serious violations’ in prepared foods
- Whole Foods Market Inc. has until the end of June to remedy “serious violations” discovered by federal regulators during a February inspection of a Massachusetts plant that supplies ready-to-eat products across the Northeast.
AP: Groups hope to help Nebraska farmers with Costco contracts
- Farmer advocacy groups have planned several meetings to help farmers with possible contracts to grow chickens for a plant proposed by Costco Wholesale in the Fremont area of eastern Nebraska.
KCSG TV (Utah): Summer Nutrition Programs Close Hunger Gap for Millions of Children
- After three years of significant growth, national participation in the Summer Nutrition Programs plateaued last summer, according to the Food Research & Action Center's annual Hunger Doesn't Take a Vacation report released today.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Agri-Pulse: Meat industry touts its economic impact
- (Audio) A new study unveiled by the North American Meat Institute says the U.S. meat industry has a trillion-dollar impact. Economic consultant John Dunham says industry is larger than the trucking industry and almost as large as the federal government itself.
St. Louis Business Journal: Argentina's agriculture chief says deal close with Monsanto
- An Argentine agricultural official said Monday the country is close to reaching an agreement with Monsanto Co. over the inspection of exports of genetically modified soybeans grown in the country.
Agri-News: Frustration, concern over candidates’ anti-TPP stances
- Pork producers are concerned. “The world is not going to stand still and wait for the United States to have what amounts to a 1980s’ discussion about trade. U.S. agriculture, the U.S. economy, has a lot of skin in the game,” said NPPC's Nick Giordano at his trade and export update at the 2016 World Pork Expo.
EurActiv: Ukrainian diplomat: EU Association Agreement ‘major opportunity’ for agri-trade
- The EU-Ukraine Association Agreement is a “challenge” for Kyiv but also a “great opportunity” for the longer-term competitiveness of the agriculture sector, a Ukrainian diplomat told EurActiv.com.
WalesOnline: Leaving the EU could leave Welsh farmers exposed to policies that would decimate agriculture, FUW president warns
- Farmers’ Union of Wales (FUW) president Glyn Roberts repeated warnings made two years ago by his predecessor Emyr Jones that politicians and officials have been sleepwalking towards the breakup of the European Union by failing to recognise the genuine concerns of the electorate.
FarmWeekly: Edwards: devil in the detail on Xenophon
- South Australian Liberal Senator Sean Edwards is warning farmers and rural voters to scrutinise the fine print and be careful what they may be wishing for, when it comes to considering the Nick Xenophon Team’s (NXT) promises.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Agri-Pulse: Republicans seek to stall action on emission curbs
- There's little that Republicans can do legislatively this year to kill the Obama administration's regulations on carbon emissions from electric power plants, so GOP lawmakers are trying to do the next best thing: Delay the emission curbs as long as possible.
Register Guard: Local actions matter in fight on climate change
- (Opinion) Making the transition to a clean energy economy requires vision and action. Action will be required to fulfill the promise of the worldwide Paris Agreement on Climate Change. Oregon is leading the way. Hope is growing that, working together, we can shift to clean energy before climate change has
irreparably damaged the ecosystems that sustain our economy and quality of life.
(Opinion) America needs legislators to support America’s fastest growing job
- In order to sustain job growth in the wind industry, elected officials need to support American wind power—which has the potential to positively impact not only the economy, but also the environment.
The Weather Channel: Rodent is First Mammal Declared Extinct Due to Climate Change: Scientists
- Researchers from Australia's University of Queensland and Queensland Government say a rodent, known as the Bramble Cay melomys, which lived on Bramble Cay, a small sandy island in the Great Barrier Reef, has died out due to "rising sea levels and an increased incidence of extreme weather events," the first mammal
on record to be declared extinct "due solely (or primarily) to anthropogenic climate change."
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
IndyBay: Evergreen Students Vote in Solidarity with Palestine and Farmworkers
- On May 31, students at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA voted overwhelmingly to endorse resolutions expressing support for freedom and equality for Palestinians and labor justice for migrant workers at Sakuma Bros farm in northern Washington. The three resolutions asked students to condemn the presence of Caterpillar Inc. equipment on campus, to de-shelve Sabra hummus, and prohibit the use of Sakuma Bros berries from campus dining services.
Palm Beach Daily News: Judge orders settlement conference in farmworkers case vs. Palm Beach
- U.S. Magistrate William Matthewman on Monday ordered both sides to make a good faith effort to settle the case before the conference, which is set for 10 a.m. July 15 at the federal courthouse in West Palm Beach.
Fox 13: Farm worker killed by lightning strike at Falkner Farms
- Three farmhands in Manatee County, Florida, were struck by lightning Monday, and one of them was pronounced dead shortly after.
Buffalo News: New York State rules against Wheatfield on biosolids
- Supervisor Robert B. Cliffe on Tuesday released a letter from Thursday by the state Department of Agriculture and Markets, declaring that the law unreasonably restricts farmers in using legal fertilizer.
Bloomberg Law: Could $200 Billion Tobacco-Type Settlement Be Coming Over ‘Climate Change?’
- At the Big Law Business Summit last week, New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman ripped into Exxon Mobil for its stance on climate change.
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