Daily Harvest -- 6/28/2016
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse Daybreak for June 28, 2016
- The push is on for a GMO labeling bill in the Senate, Brexit is bad for pork, the cost of cage-free, trade talks with Canada and Mexico, invasive weeds and former Senator Bob Dole takes to Twitter to weigh in on the Big First congressional race.
Agri-Pulse: Perdue Foods announces new animal welfare policy
- One of the largest poultry companies in the U.S. unveiled a new animal welfare policy that includes larger spaces, windows and worker incentives.
Agri-Pulse: The Global Food Security Act
- Author Marshall Matz explains why we all have a stake in global food security and the importance of passing the Global Food Security Act.
DTN: Ryan Tax Proposal Seen as Good Start for Agriculture
- The leader of a national tax and accounting firm called the proposal a “good-faith start at an effort that could benefit farmers.”
The Atlantic: How to Revive Local Agriculture in the United States
- Speaking at the Aspen Ideas Festival, Rep. Chellie Pingree says she is concerned about regulatory hurdles and the lack of federal investment to help small and medium-size farms.
E & E TV: Biodiesel Board's Steckel talks 2017 RFS proposal, political and legal uncertainty facing industry
- Anne Steckel, vice president of federal affairs at the National Biodiesel Board, explains how she believes EPA should adjust its 2017 RFS proposal to better reflect market trends.
Sacbee.com: Sweeping Public Utilities Commission changes announced
- A deal between Gov. Jerry Brown and lawmakers announced Monday will bring major changes to the oft-criticized California Public Utilities Commission, but the Consumer Watchdog was less than enthusiastic.
Infozine.com: Two Plead Guilty to Multi-state Biodiesel Fraud Scheme
- In a year, the co-conspirators generated at least 60 million RINs that were based on fuel that was either never produced or was merely re-processed.
Farmers Weekly: Future of farm biogas plant in doubt after inspector ruling
- This United Kingdom farm, which provides renewable biogas to 3,850 homes and secures more than 20 local jobs, may have to downsize after an inspector ruled it could not import other farms’ waste or food waste. It’s not happening in the U.S., at least yet.
FOOD & NUTRITION
StatNews.com: Six former commissioners say FDA should be independent agency
- All expressed frustration that decisions had been made at levels above the FDA that were not supported by science and sometimes ran counter to what the FDA’s staff had concluded.
Tech Crunch: With $3 million in new funding, Farm Hill brings its healthy lunches to San Francisco
- The food delivery startup promises its meals will contain absolutely no refined grains, added sugars, or other processed foods or flavorings.
The Guardian: Can Walmart's food labels make a dent in America's $29bn food waste problem?
- In an effort to combat food waste and customer confusion, the company asked suppliers of its private label to use the same standardized date label for non-perishable foods.
USA Today: These 5 food trends are making investors hungry
- Small food companies gathered at the Summer Fancy Food trade show in New York, hoping to get noticed by investors and merchandisers as the next “hot” food trend.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Agri-Pulse: How the Brexit vote will impact T-TIP
- Trade Advisor Paul Drazek explains how the uproar over Brexit may impact the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership negotiations.
Forbes: Meet The 35 Year-Old Entrepreneur Who Owns Nigeria's 2nd Largest Rice Farm
- Knowing that agriculture would become an integral area of focus in Nigeria, this young farmer found ways to invest and learn about rice production from of all places, Google.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
High Plains Journal: Kansas Corn applauds EPA's atrazine comment period extension
- Kansas Corn says EPA’s recommendations set a dangerous precedent when it comes to approving crop protection tools, puts farmers at a great economic disadvantage and would drastically set back conservation efforts.
Biomass Magazine: ASABE announces standard for sustainable agriculture production
- The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers completed a standard establishing a framework for charting progress toward sustainable agriculture production.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Statesman Journal: People concerned after Supreme Court immigration ruling
- An immigrant organizer reflects on last week’s Supreme Court decision on immigration policy and the impact on people picking strawberries and blueberries in the Willamette Valley.
USA Today: Exploding UK immigration helped drive 'Brexit' vote
- Annual legal immigration into the U.K. is now 10 times what it was in 1993, and experts believe this cultural dynamic fed fears of globalization and job losses which drove last Thursday's vote to exit the EU.
Dayton Daily News: Average sale price for Ohio farm land falls
- A new Farmers National Co. agent survey, released Monday, looks at trends around the country.
Idaho Statesman: Wife of Bliss farmer given probation in organic seed fraud case
- Her husband was sentenced to three years in prison in a case involving falsely labeling conventional alfalfa as organic.
Western Farm Press: Stockton Group, Syngenta sign agreements on biofungicide technology
- The Stockton Group signed a major agreement with Syngenta as the exclusive global distributor of new biofungicide technology based on tea tree oil for the control of several diseases in ornamental crops
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