Daily Harvest -- 6/27/2016
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse Daybreak for June 27, 2016
- (Audio) Your daily preview covers GMO labeling, Brexit, lower food costs, catfish recalled, honeybees and Secretary Vilsack’s prospects as a vice presidential pick.
Agri-Pulse: Washington Week Ahead: Farmers press Senate to OK biotech disclosure standards
- The House is in recess this week, but farm groups and their allies in the food industry are mobilizing calls and emails to press senators to pass the historic agreement on national standards for disclosure of GMOs. The 2016 World Food Prize laureate will also be announced this week.
Agri-Pulse: Open Mic with Wholesome Wave CEO and Founder Michel Nischan
- We recently sat down with the award-winning chef to talk about everything from the best use of SNAP dollars to gardening, preventing Type 2 diabetes, the importance of including fresh and even frozen fruits and vegetables in a healthy diet and more.
Agri-Pulse: Experts react to Hogs and Pigs report
- (Audio) On Friday, USDA reported that total hogs and pigs inventory in the United States was 68.4 million head, a 2 percent jump from a year ago and some experts are predicting problems ahead.
Bowling Green Daily News: Hidden inequality in rural America
- A new report calculates income inequality county-by-county and suggests rural inequality comes in two forms.
Bismarck Tribune: Agricultural lenders learn skills for downturn
- Former Agriculture Secretary Ed Schafer told ag lenders most farmers will be able to handle the downturn but lenders will need to watch land values and farmers will need to tighten their belts.
Agri-Pulse: Senators urge 'strong' RFS for 2017
- In a letter to EPA chief Gina McCarthy, 39 Senators said the final rule should support U.S. jobs, reduce the environmental impact on the transportation and energy sectors and reduce dependence on foreign oil
Fox News: Oil battle pits energy companies vs. tribes, climate activists
- The battle over the Tesoro Savage Vancouver Energy terminal along the Columbia River, which would handle about 360,000 barrels of crude oil a day, unfolds Monday when the parties make their case for or against the terminal before a Washington state energy panel.
Radio Iowa: Branstad expects to influence Trump’s view of ethanol production mandate
- Iowa’s governor predicts both he and his son could have “some real influence” on Donald Trump’s attitudes toward ethanol.
FOOD & NUTRITION
New York Times: Perdue Aims to Make Chickens Happier and More Comfortable
- The nation’s fourth largest poultry producer, Perdue, plans to announce an ambitious overhaul of the company’s animal welfare practices on Monday.
Medium.com: What Farming Isn’t
- After traveling across the Midwest, the writer opines that the idyllic, pastoral daydream we cling to (and pay for) bears no resemblance to farming in the heartland. Or, frankly, to most farming, anywhere.
Bangor Daily News: Food waste in Maine alleviated by new tech and old-fashioned gleaning
- Panelists joined forces to explore innovations yielding improved access to fresh, healthy food.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Farmers Weekly: Dramatic Brexit vote spells huge uncertainty for UK agriculture
- Polls indicated there was strong farmer support for the “leave” campaign, but sources say the vote may result in a decade or more of uncertainty for UK farmers.
Associated Press: First Vessel Passes Through Newly Expanded Panama Canal
- Described as the “route that unites the world,” a Chinese ship carrying more than 9,000 containers on Sunday entered the newly expanded locks that will double the Panama Canal's capacity in a multibillion-dollar bet.
Wall Street Journal: Bayer CEO Takes Risk in Bid for Monsanto
- Less than two weeks after assuming the top job on May 1, Mr. Baumann surprised investors by offering to buy the U.S. agrochemicals company.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Agri-Pulse: Glyphosate authorization in Europe still up in the air
- (Subscriber only) - European Union representatives did not approve glyphosate for continued use last week, leaving the decision up to the European Commission, the EU's governing body
Arkansas Online: New study to require drilling at hog farm
- The state says research shows no evidence that C&H Hog Farms is polluting its surrounding environment in the Buffalo River watershed, but volunteer researchers convinced the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality to do yet another study.
Telegram.com: Deal is sealed to protect Fieldstone Farm in Princeton
- The farm, which has been in continuous production since the 18th century, will be protected thanks to a government and nonprofit collaboration sealed on Friday to buy the property.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Genetic pesticide: Monsanto, startups seek alternatives to manage bugs and weeds
- Monsanto has already signed up 2,500 colonies around the country for trials of its bee health product, which started this year.
Capital Press: Farmer to challenge Clean Water Act tillage ruling
- California farmer John Duarte plans to challenge a recent court ruling that he violated the Clean Water Act by tilling before planting wheat in a former pasture.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Portland Press Herald: Massachusetts farm provides immigrants, refugees with land to grow crops
- Flats Mentor Farm, operated by World Farmers, provides more than 275 immigrants and refugees with land and knowledge to grow fresh crops.
Des Moines Register: Tom Vilsack a 'safe' choice for VP, but the right one?
- Political observers say the U.S. secretary of agriculture and former Iowa governor is eminently qualified to run alongside Hillary Clinton, but may not meet the demands of a personality-driven campaign.
Des Moines Register: Ernst for VP? Reward comes with risks for Iowa senator
- Major news outlets have pegged her as a leading choice but sharing the presidential platform with Trump also carries risks for the first-term Senator.
Atlas Obscura: Scientists Prove Agriculture Has Existed for 25 Million Years
- The team of researchers from James Cook University and Ohio State University have found evidence that termites developed a form of agriculture 25 million years ago, and this development affected termites in much the same way that the development of agriculture affected humans millions of years later.
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