Daily Harvest -- 6/16/2016
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse Daybreak for June 16, 2016
- Republicans are pressing ahead with election-year fights over the Clean Water Act, the California drought and other environmental issues as lawmakers took to budget negotiations later this year. Also: Vilsack taking hands-off approach to GMO labeling talks; pressure mounts for House vote on catfish; future of WOTUS at Supreme Court; school nutrition.
Agri-Pulse: House panel approves EPA/Interior spending bill
- The House Appropriations Committee today voted 31 to 18 to approve a $32.1 billion spending bill to fund the Interior Department, Environmental Protection Agency and the Forest Service in fiscal year 2017. The bill includes a provision that would block the EPA from implementing its controversial Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule.
Agri-Pulse: Regulations and Licensing
- (Audio) One serious obstacle to economic growth, according to John Block: Federal and state regulations that cost small businesses time and money.
DelmarvaNow: Somerset 'wrestling' toward new farm rules
- It was the board's first hearing on recommendations put forward by the planning commission after several contentious meetings that could make it trickier for developers to build new chicken farms and developers to build new homes.
Vox.com: Energy transitions are usually slow. Here’s why the clean energy transition might be faster.
- Computing power and software can help dematerialize and accelerate the transition to clean energy
The Oregonian: Oregon a 'shining example' to the world on clean energy (OPINION)
- (Opinion) Since taking office, Gov. Kate Brown has signed both the Clean Electricity and Coal Transition act and the clean fuels standard. These laws move Oregon's economy toward the future, shield consumers from fluctuating gas prices and pollution from fossil fuels, and feed job growth and innovation. These laws also blaze a trail for other states to follow — and other states are taking notice.
Star-Tribune: Appeals court upholds ruling blocking Minnesota clean energy law
- A federal appeals court Wednesday upheld a ruling that Minnesota’s 2007 clean energy law illegally regulates out of-state utilities, the latest and perhaps final chapter in a five year legal battle between the state and North Dakota.
AP: Environmental Groups to Protest McAuliffe's Energy Policies
- Several environmental groups are calling on Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe to do a better job protecting the environment and promote renewable energy sources.
News & Observer: Judge clears way for Amazon Wind Farm along NC coast
- A Raleigh judge dismissed a legal challenge Wednesday to the Amazon Wind Farm, clearing the way for the largest wind farm in the Southeast to continue with construction along the North Carolina coast.
Charlotte Observer: Senate committee approves new restrictions on NC wind farms
- The measure, which needs approval by the full Senate and House, would allow the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs to recommend whether permits for wind farms should be allowed or denied, based on the farms’ expected impact on military bases.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Agri-Pulse: Wheat genome data released to scientific community
- Wheat breeders around the world now have access to the whole genome assembly for bread wheat, courtesy of the International Wheat Genome Sequencing Consortium.
The Verge: In a Brooklyn aquaponic farm, basil grown with tilapia is the future
- The farm reopened in March 2015 in a 450-square-foot room in the old Pfizer factory, a giant manufacturing plant in Bedford-Stuyvesant that was shut down in 2008 and is now the epicenter of food startups.
Detroit News: USDA increases food aid to Flint
- Nutritional support for Flint families has expanded. The program will provide additional 14-pounds of “nutrient targeted food packages,” filled with foods that are dense in calcium, iron and Vitamin C, which are shown to limit the absorption of lead in the body.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Reuters: UK farmers narrowly favour remaining in EU -poll
- The survey, commissioned by the National Farm Research Unit, showed that 38 percent wanted to stay, 34 percent wanted to leave and 28 percent had not made up their minds.
Bloomberg: ChemChina said to add time for U.S. Syngenta deal review
- China National Chemical Corp. is seeking more time for the U.S. to complete a national security review of its planned takeover of Swiss chemical company Syngenta AG, according to two people familiar with the matter.
Des Moines Register: Farmers invited to join lawsuit against Syngenta
- Attorney Patrick Brau of Mount Pleasant was in Indianola last week convincing local farmers to join a lawsuit 45,000 strong against Syngenta, which sold corn seeds that weren’t approved by foreign markets in 2012 and led the collapse of the corn market.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
NPR: EPA bans disposal of fracking waste water at public treatment plants
- EPA has banned the disposal of hydraulic fracturing waste water at public sewage plants, formalizing a voluntary practice that removed most fracking waste from Pennsylvania plants starting in 2011.
MassLive: Sen. Eric Lesser says rattlesnake protection advocates playing 'convenient politics'
- State Sen. Eric Lesser this week dismissed a national reptile advocacy group, based in Tuscon, Arizona, that's been speaking up against a proposal by Lesser to delay the state's proposed "Rattlesnake Island" program at Quabbin Reservoir.
Jackson County Chronicle (Wis.): Wildlife biologist talks about monarchs, Karner blue butterflies
- “There’s not enough public land or money to have enough habitat for wildlife,” a Fish and Wildlife Service biologist said. “We have to have the private landowner.”
KRCR TV: Group calls for Congress to investigate Calif. water plans
- California Water Alliance has called on Congress to look into regulatory plans announced by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Marine Fisheries Service.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Agri-Pulse: Moran: Immigration reform needed, but should wait until next administration
- Kansas Republican Senator Jerry Moran recently sounded off on the need for immigration reform, but he said this issue is one that will likely have to wait for the next administration.
Indianapolis Star: Vilsack hopes Indiana farm inspires future farmers
- Vilsack traveled Wednesday to Fair Oaks Farms — the nation’s largest agritourism attraction — to preview the farm’s newest exhibit, the “WinField Crop Adventure.”
Albany Times-Union: Pass fair labor act for farmworkers
- (Letter to the editor) Farmworkers should not be exempt from the protections of state and federal labor laws. Passing the Farmworkers Fair Labor Practices Act should be a no-brainer.
Des Moines Register: Eric Branstad to lead Trump's presidential campaign in Iowa
- Eric Branstad, the son of Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad and an advocate for Iowa’s renewable fuels industry, will serve as the Iowa state director for presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.
Post-Bulletin: Kids learn about safety on farm
- Children engaged in activities that taught them how to safely use chemicals, electricity, all-terrain vehicles, big equipment and lawn equipment, as well as fire and animal safety, and a dog demonstration.
Fort Myers (Fla.) News-Press: Farmers markets squabbling over Promenade location
- As a competition between two groups wanting to operate farmers and flea markets in Bonita Springs continues, City Council is split on which group to side with.
9&10News: Leelanau, Grand Traverse County Cherry Farmers Concerned Leading Into Harvest
- Northern Michigan cherries are only few weeks away from harvest.
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