Daily Harvest -- 6/17/2016
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse Daybreak for June 17, 2016
- Food and agriculture groups are eagerly awaiting a final agreement in the Senate on biotech labeling. Also: Philadelphia has become the first major city to approve a tax on soft drinks. House committee chairman seeks contempt charge for White House official; support grows for catfish repeal.
Agri-Pulse: Washington Week in Review: June 16, 2016: GMO labeling and appropriations
- After months of talks, Senate negotiators are still working to finalize an agreement on a GMO labeling proposal. Agri-Pulse's Phil Brasher and Spencer Chase break down the delay and take a look at some important developments in the appropriations process.
Agri-Pulse: Industry wants GMO labeling bill, and they want it now
- (Audio) Representatives from food and agriculture companies spoke to reporters to call on Senate negotiators to wrap up their negotiations on a GMO labeling bill.
Modern Farmer: How Naomi Starkman’s Using Journalism to Change Food Policy
- With all the recent hubbub surrounding the food-and-politics website Civil Eats—which raised $100,000 on Kickstarter in 2013 and snagged the James Beard Foundation’s Best Publication Award the next year—it would be easy to mistake editor-in-chief Naomi Starkman for an overnight sensation.
Agwired: NFU Calls on Lawmakers to Stop Undermining #Biofuels
- House lawmakers met this week to debate the Department of Defense Appropriations Act for FY2017 and one of the provisions up for debate is to exempt the U.S. military from biofuels use.
Platts: Green Plains-Jefferson terminal to have little effect on US ethanol market: sources
- The joint venture between Green Plains and Jefferson Gulf Coast Energy Partners to build an import and export terminal in Beaumont, Texas, is likely to have little effect on the US ethanol market, sources said Wednesday.
DOI Office of Inspector General: Inspection of Scientific Integrity Incident at USGS Energy Geochemistry Laboratory
- The U.S. Geological Survey discovered an issue in its Energy Resources Program’s Energy Geochemistry Laboratory in Lakewood, CO, that had been ongoing since 2008. Specifically, a mass spectrometer operator assigned to ERP’s Inorganic Section had been accused of scientific misconduct and data manipulation
FOOD & NUTRITION
Des Moines Register: Senate lawmakers nearing a deal on GMO labeling
- Senate lawmakers struggling to reach a deal on how to label food containing genetically modified ingredients said Thursday they are making progress, but acknowledged time is running out before Vermont's first-in-the-nation labeling law takes effect next month.
Honolulu Civil Beat: Hawaii’s Legal Battles Over GMOs Could Also Affect The Mainland
- A federal appeals court is weighing whether Hawaii counties have the right to regulate genetically modified crops and impose restrictions on how farmers apply pesticides.
Forbes: Why 'Grocerants' Are The Future Of Food Shopping
- A year after consumer spending on restaurants finally surpassed grocery sales, evidence in two new reports is suggesting that neither restaurants nor grocery stores are the future of food shopping. Instead, what could dominate is a hybrid of the two: “grocerants.”
The Courier: Grassley: Ernst's call on VP bid; Vilsack good Dems choice
- Sen. Charles Grassley will leave it up to Sen. Joni Ernst to decide whether she would accept an invitation to be Donald Trump’s running mate. Grassley also said former Gov. Tom Vilsack, now President Barack Obama’s secretary of agriculture, is among the many Democrats mentioned as a Hillary Clinton running mate.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Agri-Pulse: Scuse seeks T-TIP support in Eastern Europe
- The U.S. will take all the help it can get in pushing forward negotiations on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership with the European Union - and that's one of the reasons USDA Acting Deputy Agriculture Secretary Michael Scuse is in Eastern Europe.
Billings Gazette: Agriculture will be a priority for new Philippine president, ambassador says
- Boosting agricultural trade between the United States and the Philippines will be a priority for new Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, the country’s Ambassador to the U.S. said Thursday.
Reuters: 'Unorthodox' agriculture policies to cost Egypt $860 mln -USDA
- Egypt, the world's top wheat importer, faces $860 million in extra costs and lost export opportunities this year because of "unorthodox agricultural measures," including a zero-tolerance policy on ergot fungus in wheat, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Thursday in a report.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Agri-Pulse: Senate panel OKs EPA bill to block WOTUS rule, species listings
- The Senate Appropriations Committee advanced a fiscal 2017 spending bill that would block the Obama administration's “Waters of the United States” rule, curb work on greenhouse gas regulations and bar some endangered species protections.
The Guardian: France becomes first major nation to ratify UN climate deal
- President François Hollande on Wednesday finalised ratification of the Paris climate accord reached in December 2015, making France the first industrialised country to do so.
Daily Citizen: State wolf population at record high
- Wisconsin's wolf population has reached a record high of nearly 900 animals, state wildlife officials announced Thursday.
Washington Post: The enormous threat to America’s last grasslands
- In the mid-2000s, a perfect storm of conditions led to a decade of grassland destruction in North Dakota’s share of the prairie pothole region.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Capital & Main: The Fight Isn’t Over for Farm Worker Overtime
- For the state’s first hundred-plus years, certain unspoken rules governed California politics. In a state where agriculture produced more wealth than any industry, the first rule was that growers held enormous power.
N.Y. Post: Trump’s warning on immigration and terror is actually sound
- (Opinion) At bottom, the Trump doctrine on immigration is that our policy should serve our values and interests, and the status quo fails on both counts. That said, his proposed Muslim ban is a mistake. It communicates a hostility to all Muslims and, besides, is unworkable.
Santa Maria Sun: The H-2A problem: Santa Maria growers struggle to house foreign farmworkers
- It’s called Broadway Eleven, and it’s a temporary home for 130 men—all from Mexicali, and all employed as farmworkers for Bonita Packing Company (Bonipak) under H-2A, a federal program for foreign farm laborers.
KFYR TV: ND farmers evaluate hemp crop growth
- Earlier this year five farmers were accepted into the state's industrial hemp pilot program, and earlier this month farmers started planting the seeds to see how viable they would be in North Dakota.
KWCH (Wichita): Flooding causes headache for farmers in Harvey County
- It was a downpour that sent farmers in from their fields and may have damaged some crops.
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