Daily Harvest -- 6/23/2016
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse Daybreak for June 23, 2016
- Senate Agriculture Chairman Pat Roberts has been looking to nail down a deal on GMO labeling before the end of this week that can get the 60 votes to pass the Senate. McCarthy on glyphosate; bankers plead for more rural appraisers; Ryan: Obama ‘screwed up’ TPP; sugar ally Rubio seeking re-election; raisins no longer "midgets."
Agri-Pulse: Down on the 'Adventure' farm
- There are numerous efforts underway to get young people interested in agriculture and ultimately, careers in the industry.
Public News Service: Idaho's Ag-Gag Law Challenged in Federal Court
- An Idaho law that discourages undercover investigations at large-scale livestock farms is headed for a showdown in federal court, in a case that could have implications across the West.
Agri-Pulse: RFS hearing finds new issues to dig into
- There's little that's new about congressional examination of the Renewable Fuel Standard, but a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee gave it another try and found a few unturned rocks along the way.
Motley Fool: Tesla Motors + SolarCity: Is Elon Musk's Clean-Energy Dream Doomed From the Start?
- Combining an automaker with a solar panel installer will be complex, and combining two companies that are currently losing money adds to the risk. Here's why I think this is a marriage that would end in disaster.
Casper Star-Tribune: Why the fracking ruling is now about more than just fracking
- U.S. District Judge Scott Skavdahl’s decision this week to block the Interior Department’s proposed hydraulic fracturing rule set the stage for a fresh battle over Washington’s authority to manage public lands in the West.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Washington Post: For some growers, farmers markets just aren’t what they used to be
- “The customers have changed,” says Lester, who runs Tree and Leaf with his wife, Georgia O’Neal. “A lot of people that walk through markets are not shopping. They’re there to meet. They’re there to socialize.”
Seattle Times: Fortified isn’t automatically better when it comes to food
- Fortification has been a public-health triumph, successfully eradicating diseases that were caused by deficiency of a single nutrient. But the modern nutrition landscape is different now, meaning that some kinds of fortification carry concerns.
Albany Times-Union: Marmite fails as British food specialty store closes in Albany area
- Less than three years after opening, Brits R U.S., a British and Irish specialty food store, is making a "Brexit" from the Capital Region. Owner Alan Greaves in Colinie, N.Y., said this week that while he had many loyal customers, they were not enough to offset the price of importing all of his products and paying the rent.
Des Moines Register: Is it GMO? "Smart labels" aren't enough
- (Opinion) We are in the dark simply because a handful of multinational agribusiness and food companies have spent more than $100 million over the past three years to fight the consumer’s right to know, and now are pushing senators from both sides of the aisle to endorse discriminatory smart labeling.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Agri-Pulse: Senate committee to vote on seed trade treaty.
- (Audio) Today, the Senate Foreign Relations committee is scheduled to vote on a treaty that could help ease movement of materials used in agricultural research.
Baton Rouge Advocate: How Cuba could be an opportunity for one-time top trade partner Louisiana
- Now, with commercial air service expected to resume to the isolated island nation amid normalizing U.S. relations, Louisiana could reap some benefit from ramping up business with its onetime leading trade partner. That’s according to a range of state leaders and experts in Cuba’s aging infrastructure, culture and struggling economy, who spoke at a business summit Wednesday at Gallier Hall.
Chattanoogan: Opening New Markets For American Agriculture
- (Opinion) If you're looking for a growth industry, check out Tennessee’s food and agricultural exports: The number of jobs supported by agricultural exports has been trending upward since the 1990s.
BNA: Brexit Draws Yawns From U.S. Ag Policy Makers
- The decision could have a major impact on trade policy between the U.K. and U.S., but in Washington, agricultural policy makers have been quiet on the issue, commonly known as Brexit. Some analysts, however, say the relatively small agricultural trade with Britain belies a big impact.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Agri-Pulse: EPA glyphosate cancer report raises questions at House hearing
- The EPA report that said glyphosate is unlikely to cause cancer in humans is simply “one step in the process” of the agency's review of the herbicide's health effects, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said today at a House Science, Space and Technology Committee hearing.
Agri-Pulse: BLM blasted over wild horse overpopulation
- The Bureau of Land Management came under heavy fire today from Republicans in a House hearing that focused on the surging overpopulation of wild horses that are damaging rangeland that livestock producers depend on.
Santa Rosa Press-Democrat: Feds say $385 million needed to save California tiger salamander, endangered plants on Santa Rosa Plain
- A federal plan for preserving the endangered California tiger salamander and three wildflower species calls for the purchase of 15,000 acres of land in the Santa Rosa Plain for an estimated $385 million over the next 50 years.
Pueblo Chieftain: San Luis Valley wetlands, riparian habitat study to document change in So. Colo.
- A San Luis Valley consulting firm is undertaking a study of wetlands and riparian habitat that state and federal wildlife officials hope will help their management efforts in the face of climate change and pending groundwater regulation.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
AP: State: Dry California town soon to have running water return
- Families in a poor Tulare County farming community where hundreds of domestic wells have dried up during California’s historic drought will soon have clean water again flowing into their homes, officials said Wednesday.
Business Insider: New poll measures anti-immigration sentiment among Americans
- Nearly half want a ban on immigration from Mexico, while roughly 30 percent were in favor of banning all immigration from Belgium and France. Almost one-quarter of respondents were for banning Canadian immigration into America.
ABC 13 (Houston): Harris County Sheriff to renew controversial federal immigration program
- Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman said he will renew the county's contract with the U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement's 287g program, which utilizes local law officers to identify -- for deportation proceedings -- suspected criminals in the country illegally.
MLive.com: Snopes.com debunks trending Michigan 'Right-to-Farm' story
- A story dated June 20 alleging that Michigan residents"lost their 'right to farm" this week thanks to a new ruling by the Michigan Commission of Agriculture and Rural Development" is as untrue today as it was two years ago, the fact-checking Snopes.com reported Wednesday.
Science Daily: How squash agriculture spread bees in pre-Columbian North America
- Using genetic markers, researchers have for the first time shown how cultivating a specific crop led to the expansion of a pollinator species. In this case, the researchers found that the spread of a bee species in pre-Columbian Central and North America was tied to the spread of squash agriculture.
WSET: Governor McAuliffe announces two new projects for agriculture in Virginia
- Excitement is building over an announcement Tuesday regarding the largest spending plan in the history of agriculture in the state.
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