Daily Harvest -- 6/22/2015
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Open Mic with Iowa Agriculture Secretary Bill Northey
- (Audio) A downturn in commodity prices and the biggest animal health emergency has taken a financial toll on Iowa agriculture. In this week's interview, Iowa's Agriculture Secretary Bill Northey addresses producers' recovery from avian influenza and their preparation for further challenges from the disease.
Agri-Pulse: Washington Week Ahead: TPA heads to Senate, House targets Obama rules
- Senate Republicans will look to send the fast-track trade bill to President Obama this week, while the House debates a spending measure that would block a wide array of environmental regulations.
Agri-Pulse: Washington Week in Review: June 19, 2015: More TPA action and appropriations process beginning to take shape
- (Video) Washington lawmakers appear to have secured a path forward for key trade legislation to make it to the President's desk. In this video, Agri-Pulse's Phil Brasher and Spencer Chase talk about what that process looks like as well as an appropriations process that continues to unfold on Capitol Hill.
Agri-Pulse: Iowa governor asks Obama for bird flu disaster declaration
- Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad reached out to President Barack Obama to request a major disaster declaration for four counties in his state facing highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) dealing with 33 million infected birds and growing unemployment.
Agri-Pulse: Kelly to join House Ag Committee
- House Agriculture Committee chair Mike Conaway, R-Texas, has announced Trent Kelly, R-Miss., the winner of a recent special election, as the newest member of the panel.
KWWL: Small dairy farms struggle to survive in Wisconsin
- In April, the National Agricultural Statistics Service reported that Wisconsin dropped below 10,000 dairy farms for the first time since such records have been kept for nearly 100 years. The state's smallest dairy farms with less than 49 cows are spiraling down toward the 3,000 mark.
CBS: Schumer: Bird flu crisis will worsen if USDA budget is cut
- Sen. Charles Schumer says a proposal to cut $500 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture budget could hurt the department’s efforts to fight bird flu — and that could mean even higher prices for eggs.
Wall Street Journal: Stabenow Talks Trade, Ex-Im and Shutdown
- The Wall Street Journal’s Gerald F. Seib sat down with Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow to talk about wrangles over the free-trade deal with Asia, the Export-Import Bank and the possibility of a budget showdown.
Des Moines Register: Opinion: Democrats stymied next step in renewable fuels for Iowa
- Listening to Iowa’s Democrats and too many of the media outlets, this past legislative session seemed to have been primarily about education funding — Democrats wanted the state of Iowa to spend more on education, Republicans felt prudent budgeting required the state to spend less.
Duluth News Tribune: New effort supports rural businesses in adopting renewable energy projects
- Now a new program, Renewable Energy for Greater Minnesota, is aiming to help more farmers and rural businesses around the state adopt similar renewable energy systems and improvements.
Jakarta Post: Renewable energy key for mining operators to survive
- In the midst of the government’s 35,000 megawatt (MW) program and in-parallel electricity tariff reform, mining operators in Indonesia are considering self-sufficiency upgrades as well as renewable energy solutions.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Agri-Pulse: Industry speaks out for voluntary federal food labeling law
- (Audio) Supporters of a national standard for food labeling were on Capitol Hill last week making their case.
Des Moines Register: Egg shortage cuts into restaurant profits, menu choices
- Restaurants are struggling to deal with higher egg prices and an inability to get enough eggs and egg products in the midst of a shortage brought about by a bird flu virus that wiped out millions of chickens on commercial farms this spring.
Santa Fe New Mexican: Farmers market program doubles the fresh goods for food aid recipients
- As more and more New Mexicans enroll in SNAP, state and federal agencies are pumping taxpayer cash into a program called Double Up Food Bucks to encourage participants to spend their benefits on fresh fruits and vegetables at farmers markets across the state.
Washington Times: Vermont institute helps schools grow farm-to-school programs
- Vermont has made a name for itself in the national farm-to-school movement getting more locally raised foods into school cafeterias and curriculum about nutrition and agriculture into classrooms.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Washington Post: American food producers see bonanza in Cuba, but steep barriers remain
- Before the U.S. embargo, Cuba bought more American rice than any other country in the world. Now, most Cuban rice comes from Vietnam. Last year, Cuba imported $200 million worth of wheat — virtually all of it from Europe and Canada and none from the United States, the largest global exporter.
Kansas City Star: Demand grows in China for Kansas sorghum
- Kansas typically grows more wheat than any other state and also grows the most milo in the nation. But until recently, none of the state's sorghum, also known as milo, has been exported to China.
Xinhua: More policies to encourage rural startups
- The State Council, China's cabinet, has announced policies to encourage migrant workers, college graduates and discharged soldiers to return to their rural hometowns and start small business.
The Hill: Democrats heap praise on Pelosi for trade moves
- House Democrats are voicing high praise for Rep. Nancy Pelosi's handling of the contentious trade debate, even despite moves to help President Obama pass an agenda that's anathema to her troops.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Wall Street Journal: The Numbers Behind Agricultural Water Use
- Perhaps you’ve noticed—and questioned—recent reports about California’s drought and the surprisingly large quantities of water required to produce foods grown there.
Sacramento Bee: Opinion: Government red tape holds up reliable water supply
- Wells in communities across our state have literally run dry. This drought emergency isn’t a drill – precious lives and whole industries are on the line right now, waiting for state bureaucrats to act.
Associated Press: Drought worsening health crisis in Central California town
- The town of 7,500 people has no central water system and families rely on shallow private wells, which have been drying out as the drought worsens.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Associated Press: Blueberry farm workers file lawsuit for unpaid wages
- About 35 immigrant farm workers have filed a class action lawsuit against Golden Eagle Farms in Snohomish, claiming they planted blueberries last fall but haven’t been paid.
Bloomberg: Migrant Farmworkers Stranded as Computer Glitch Bars U.S. Entry
- More than 3,000 farm workers seeking temporary immigrant visas are stranded outside the U.S. by a government computer glitch that halted security checks more than a week ago.
The Boston Globe: Senator Rubio falls silent on immigration, his signature subject
- Over the first six months of 2013, freshman Senator Marco Rubio shot to national prominence as he took the lead on one of the nation’s most divisive issues, with all the political promise and peril that goes with such a move.
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