Daily Harvest -- 6/20/2016
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse Daybreak for June 20, 2016
- Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership negotiations continue and the pace is expected to pick up in July as the U.S. and EU aim to show solid results. Also: Deputy Secretary Michael Scuse will be keeping Cuba in the spotlight this week. He’s leading a teleconference for U.S. business leaders tomorrow on “the U.S. relationship with Cuba.” And -- hops acreage hits new record.
Agri-Pulse: Washington Week Ahead: Time running out for biotech deal
- Lawmakers are down to their last week to reach a deal to stop the first GMO labeling requirements from taking effect in Vermont on July 1.
Agri-Pulse: Open Mic: Todd Van Hoose, CEO and President, Farm Credit Council
- Van Hoose discusses the troubled spots the industry is facing and says increased demands for government secured loans is a symptom of the challenges some farmers are facing.
Agri-Pulse: So many regulations to write, so many groups to offend
- (Opinion) Missouri Farm Bureau President Blake Hurst says the "sheer volume of regulations, rules, and edicts promulgated in the waning days of Obama will change the way we live more than previous administrations could ever have imagined."
The Oklahoman: Debate in Oklahoma sharpens on state question about agriculture
- Opponents of State Question 777 have raised concerns the ballot measure could strip away the ability to pass new legislation to protect the state's water from agricultural pollutants like animal waste and fertilizer.
Argus Leader: My Voice: Wind, renewable energy to shape S.D. legacy
- (Opinion) I want to thank the Governor for his support of the wind energy industry, while emphasizing renewable energy is a natural reserve for S.D. We must promote its significance to advance the benefits.
Deseret News: Utah energy group pursues nuclear power project
- A Utah energy cooperative sees a future where coal-fired generation is no longer a viable option for baseload power supply and is pursuing a three-pronged strategy that contemplates nuclear power.
Quartz: The price of LEDs is falling so fast it’s profitable to farm in a New Jersey nightclub
- US agriculture has reached a tipping point: It’s now possible to buy greens grown indoors for the same price as those farmed in California fields thanks to the falling price of LEDs.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Agri-Pulse: What is the future for genetic engineering?
- (Audio) Dr. Allison Van Eenennaam recently spoke with Agri-Pulse contributor Jeff Nalley about how she sees genetic engineering and the debate surrounding agricultural biotechnology.
DTN - Progressive Farmer: Soybean Merchandising Council Wins Seed Royalties Lawsuit
- In a case highlighting conflicts of interests in a state checkoff program, Missouri soybean farmers won a major lawsuit Wednesday against a seed genetics company co-owned and managed by a former Missouri state soybean checkoff executive.
The Guardian: We shoppers aren’t to blame for food waste. Guess who is
- Last year, Tesco’s food waste mountain amounted to 59,400 tonnes. If you’re finding that figure hard to envisage, it’s the equivalent of 119m meals, and an increase of 4% on the year before. From this we can deduce that Tesco’s voluble commitment to reducing its edible detritus has yet to yield results. But is Tesco
any worse in this respect than any other supermarket chain?
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Agri-Pulse: OECD chief: Anti-trade forces have upper hand on TPP
- When it comes to rallying public sentiment, anti-trade forces will always have the advantage over those who support massive trade deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership, according to Angel Gurria, secretary-general of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.
Wall Street Journal: ChemChina Details Changes to Structure of Planned Syngenta Purchase
- High-profile $43 billion agriculture deal faces lengthier regulatory review
Farming Life: UK’s arable farmers alienated
- While it was not its intention, the European Commission has alienated already cynical arable farmers across the UK in the run up to the EU referendum vote.
Reuters: Chinese president visits Serbia, trade deals to be signed
- Serbia and China are set to sign at least 20 trade and investment deals this weekend during a visit by President Xi Jinping, as the cash-strapped Balkan country seeks funds for infrastructure projects to spur growth.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Montana Standard: A drop in the pond: Joseph Robertson shrugs off federal pollution charges on faith his landscaping isn't hurting anyone
- Joseph Robertson moved into an old camper down by his ponds about a month and a half ago. His wife Carri is staying up at their cabin. Robertson can't be in their home because he can't be around the firearms there, a condition of his release following a conviction in April on federal charges he polluted waters of the
United States. His sentencing is July 20.
Grand Island Independent: Marestail developing resistance to glyphosate
- The weather for the past couple of weeks has allowed producers to make post-emergence herbicide applications. An issue they may be facing now is the presence of herbicide-resistant weeds.
Grand Forks Herald: Spring survey shows decline in N.D. duck index
- Spring duck numbers in North Dakota are down 5 percent from last year, but the population index remains considerably higher than long-term averages, the Game and Fish Department said. He said he was surprised the decline wasn't larger, given drier spring conditions across the state and continued loss of grassland and
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
L.A. Times: Fairgrounds memorial for farm workers is under renovation
- Nine months after it was officially unveiled during a ceremony at the OC Fair & Event Center, a memorial meant to recognize the plight of farm workers remains a work in progress and needs to be renovated to ensure it is structurally sound.
Merced Sun-Star: Merced County jobless rate falls below 10 percent
- “This is normally the drop we are going to see this time of year,” said Steven Gutierrez, labor market consultant with the Economic Development Department. “The surge of activity in farming and manufacturing will probably continue to add jobs through the summer.”
MagicValley.com: Farm to Cubicle, Idaho’s Workforce has Thousands of Guest Workers
- More than 4,000 people each year work in Idaho’s agriculture, technology, forestry, construction and other industries as guest workers under various U.S. visa programs.
Agri-Pulse: A strong Rust Belt showing could help Trump in November
- A cluster of blue-collar states could be the key to victory if Donald Trump and the Republican Party hope to retake the White House.
Growing Produce: New Effort Highlights The Heralded 4 Rs Of Crop Nutrition
- The Nature Conservancy and The Fertilizer Institute (TFI) have announced a new partnership in support of farm practices that result in clean water. The two organizations signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) aimed at ensuring American agriculture has access to tools to use fertilizer with maximum environmental and economic efficiency.
Inhabitant: Seattle embraces urban farming at ten acre Rainier Beach Urban Farm and Wetlands
- What was once a tree nursery is now home to Rainier Beach Urban Farm and Wetlands (RBUFW), Seattle’s largest urban farm and home to a host of community programs run by Seattle Tilth. Through a community design process, the ten-acre former tree nursery was reshaped into the largest urban agriculture project in the Northwest.
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