Daily Harvest -- 6/29/2016
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse Daybreak for June 29, 2016
- (Audio) The latest on the biotech labeling bill, Donald Trump does not mince words on trade deals, FDA builds database to track food pathogens, and GOP Senators want to block federal funds aimed at helping countries become more resilient to climate change.
VermontBiz.com: Sanders sticks fork in Senate GMO labeling bill
- Sen. Sanders says the proposal unveiled last Thursday is an improvement over the legislation that the Senate rejected in March but he explains why he put a hold on the new bill.
DTNPF.com: Grassley Asks Vilsack to Fix Crop Insurance, Cover Crops Glitches
- During his weekly call with reporters, Sen. Grassley said he was sending a letter to Sec. Vilsack, expressing concerns about how the agency handles cover crops for crop insurance purposes.
Agri-Pulse: GMO labeling opponents make their case
- (Audio) Advocates for a new biotech labeling bill in the Senate weighed in with a huge amount of support yesterday, hoping for a vote this week. But Senators Leahy and Merkley argued otherwise.
Yahoo.com: Stores Accepting Food Stamps Face Stricter Rules
- Proposal sets up fight between corner stores and big chains like Wal-Mart, Kroger over $74 billion program
Agri-Pulse: BLM planning change raises alarms on Hill over energy development
- (Subscriber only) The oil and gas industry joined livestock producers and Western state governors in challenging a Bureau of Land Management proposal to overhaul the way it develops regional resource management plans.
Des Moines Register: Watch MidAmerican build nation's tallest land-based wind turbine
- Measuring to the blade tips, the super tall turbine reaches to 557 feet, making it taller than the Washington Monument.
Christian Science Monitor: Does California shutdown mean the end of nuclear power? Not so fast.
- Once hailed by some as the future of clean power, the battle over nuclear energy rages on, even as California moves to close the state’s last operational plant.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Agri-Pulse: Four biofortified food scientists share 2016 World Food Prize
- Four scientists affiliated with the World Bank-led agricultural research network will be honored with the 2016 World Food Prize this fall for developing and implementing biofortified food crops to improve nutrition in chronically hungry populations.
Argus Leader: Luring tourists with food
- With more people interested in culinary tourism, South Dakota recently released a guide to the state's most unique eateries and breweries.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Agri-Pulse: Africa's Famine - Will President Obama's Power Africa and Adesina's Light up Africa make a difference?
- The author outlines a famine you may not expect that is putting a damper on food production.
Financial Times: Brexit vote sparks US fears over transatlantic regulation
- (Subscriber only) Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown casts doubt over US-EU initiatives to harmonize transatlantic regulation and warns against a return to a “patchwork” of global rules.
Indian Express: ICAR to work for second Green Revolution: Minister of Agriculture
- Minister Radha asked the Indian Council for Agriculture Research (ICAR) to expedite its activities in the eastern region to bring the “second green revolution” in the country.
Washington Post: Venezuelans are storming supermarkets and attacking trucks as food supplies dwindle
- Crowds form to sack supermarkets and strip mangoes off trees. Protesters take to the streets to decry the skyrocketing prices and dwindling supplies of basic goods. The wealthy improvise, some shopping online for food that arrives from Miami.
IndependentIE: Hogan backs new support package for dairy sector
- European Commissioner Phil Hogan ruled out a private storage plan for pig meat, but says the Commission is working on a support package for the dairy sector.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Agri-Pulse: EC to extend glyphosate approval for 18 months
- While groups like the American Soybean Association said they were still “extraordinarily frustrated by the unscientific approach” in the EU, the European Commission stepped in to extend the authorization before the current one expires June 30.
Los Angeles Times: California has a lot more water than some think, new Stanford study suggests
- A new study said the state has three times more groundwater located in deep aquifers than earlier estimated, but the quality of the water is questionable and desalination might be required
Sacramento Business Journal: Marrone Bio, Israeli company working on "world's first" all-biologic, comprehensive seed treatment
- The two companies say the product would include all biological components to protect seeds against pests and diseases, and reduce the need for fertilizer
Capital Press: EPA says it will take months to hand over What’s Upstream file
- A Washington farm group won’t have to pay a fee, but may have to wait until mid-December for the EPA to fully release its records related to the What’s Upstream billboard campaign.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
U.S. News & World Report: Man gets 15 years for human smuggling, virtual slave labor
- The ringleader of a scheme that smuggled teens into the U.S. and kept them as virtual slaves while forcing them to work at an egg farm and live in run-down trailers was sentenced to just over 15 years in prison.
Good Fruit Grower: Check up on farm labor rules
- An attorney warns growers to double-check Washington’s farm labor contractor rules before putting to work anybody they did not directly hire themselves.
U.S. News: Tom Vilsack for Veep
- In this opinion piece, Will Marshall, President of the Progressive Policy Institute, argues that Vilsack has been the quiet star of Obama's cabinet, turning a once sleepy department into a hub of innovation around housing finance, clean energy and biotech.
The Columbus Dispatch: Prison dairy cattle auctions net $1.3 million for state
- Public records indicate profits and some expenses as the prison agency gets out of the dairy business and shuts down state prison farms.
Chicago Tribune: Monsanto earnings to weigh on prospect of Higher Bayer offer
- If the world’s largest seed company reports another weak quarter on Wednesday, it would undercut its argument that Bayer's proposed $53.7 billion bid is less than adequate.
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