Daily Harvest -- 6/22/2016
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse Daybreak for June 22, 2016
- EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy is back on Capitol Hill today for another grilling by Republican lawmakers. Also: GMO labeling negotiations; Southerners fish for catfish inspection backing; Scuse says Cuba measure big for trade; Grassley worries ag giants will abuse foreign immunity; trade talks seen better without Brexit.
Agri-Pulse: Vilsack touts investment possibility in agriculture, rural America
- (Audio) Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack got the attention of a roomful of investors when he offered them an irresistible opportunity.
Indianapolis Star: Purdue joins call for more agriculture funding
- Purdue University is among 13 research institutions in the United States calling for an increase in federal support for food and agricultural research.
Agri-Pulse: Will wind energy survive without tax breaks?
- Wind energy, with its zero fuel cost and zero emissions, is the fastest growing source of electricity in the United States.
Great Falls Tribune: Bullock unveils energy plan in bid for re-election
- Montana Gov. Steve Bullock unveiled a blueprint Tuesday for what he called a balanced and responsible energy future focused on wind, solar and cleaner sources of power. The move could help placate an environmental base wary of Bullock’s overtures to coal interests as he seeks re-election.
Bloomberg: Losing a Nuclear Weapon Against Climate Change
- (Editorial) Some environmentalists are thrilled at Tuesday’s announcement of the planned closing of California’s Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant. They might want to reconsider: Fighting climate change requires more nuclear power, not less.
San Francisco Chronicle: Shutting Diablo Canyon’s reactors reflects California’s energy future
- (Editorial) Nuclear power is finished in California, a turning point for an industry with dreams of revival as an antidote to greenhouse gas-spewing power sources. Just as remarkable as shutting down the state’s last reactors at Diablo Canyon is replacing the lost power with renewable energy.
arstechnica: Tesla wants to buy Solar City, become an integrated sustainable energy business
- On Tuesday, Tesla announced it intends to acquire the solar power business Solar City, provided shareholders of both companies approve the purchase.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Brattleboro Reformer: Vermont's GMO labeling law: DuPont, Syngenta fight disclosure of internal studies
- The Vermont Attorney General's Office is asking a federal judge to force Syngenta Corporation and Dupont to turn over internal studies relating to the safety of genetically modified organisms.
Politico: GMO labeling deal ‘close’
- Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) said she and Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) are “narrowing the issues” surrounding GMO labeling legislation and are “close” to reaching a deal.
AP: Maine governor threatens to halt federal food stamp program
- Republican Gov. Paul LePage is threatening to halt Maine’s administration of the federal food stamp program if he can’t ban recipients from buying products such as Mars bars and Mountain Dew.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Dallas Business Journal: Cuba advocacy group launches Texas Council to support end of trade embargo
- Texas leaders from a wide range of economic sectors, including a few from Dallas, but mostly from the Houston and Austin areas, came together Thursday to form the Engage Cuba Texas State Council under the Cuban advocacy group Engage Cuba, seeking to end the embargo placed on the sovereign state in 1960.
Sydney Morning Herald: Vietnam cattle horror shows Agriculture Department's conflict of interest
- On Thursday night, ABC's 7.30 aired yet another live export exposé - this time involving the abuse of Australian cows in Vietnam. Undercover footage captured by Animals Australia showed Australian cows being bludgeoned to death with sledgehammers in an unapproved slaughterhouse in Hanoi.
Bloomberg: Amid a supply squeeze, Brazil is shipping corn to U.S.
- Corn from Brazil is heading to the U.S., the world's biggest exporter, just as the South American country grapples with a shortfall of the grain.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Austin American-Statesman: Facing lawsuit threat, TxDOT consults with Fish and Wildlife Service
- Facing the threat of a lawsuit from environmental groups over a MoPac Boulevard improvement project, Texas Department of Transportation officials announced Tuesday that they would consult with federal authorities about endangered species in the area before proceeding.
WCAX: Boost in osprey population presents problem for Vt. power companies
- It may be one of Vermont's biggest wildlife success stories. Efforts to bring the osprey back to the Green Mountains. But with that success has come a problem.
AP: Research: California Years Away From Making Drought Recovery
- It could take California four years to recover from the most severe drought on record, even if the next several winters bring above-normal snowfall to the Sierra Nevada, researchers said Tuesday releasing a study.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Reuters: No Criminal Charges For Police In Mexican Farmworker’s Death
- Federal prosecutors said on Tuesday they lack sufficient evidence to file criminal charges against three patrolmen in Washington state for the fatal shooting of an unarmed Mexican orchard worker who threw rocks at them and ran.
Fox: Dairy industry may suffer if Trump is elected, say farmers
- Putting a tight rein on immigration in the United States could have dire consequences.
ABC 30 (Fresno): High heat impacting Valley farmworkers
- The time was twelve o' clock and the sun was beating down. The table grape workers near Tulare were told they had to go home.
Yes!: Female Migrant Farmworkers Push Back Against Machismo and Abuse in California’s Wine Country
- Undocumented women in the field account for approximately 20 percent of California’s agricultural workforce. They are also among the most impoverished and vulnerable people in the United States.
Agri-Pulse: Drones closer to liftoff
- (Audio) On Tuesday, the Obama administration announced a final rule governing small unmanned aircraft systems, clearing a path for their expanded use in agriculture.
Farm Weekly (Australia): Grain industry identity will be missed
- Industry leaders are mourning the sudden death of Grain Trade Australia CEO Geoff Honey.
Washington Post: Why does a strawberry grown down the road cost more than one grown in California?
- Main reason: California has a longer growing season than Virginia.
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