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Daily Harvest -- 6/30/2015
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Agri-Pulse: Bird flu raises fears over vaccine supply, human risk
Link - Lawmakers are raising concerns that the avian influenza outbreak that devastated Midwest poultry producers could threaten supplies of human vaccines and possibly spread to people through swine.

LA Times: PETA sues California over poultry slaughter law
Link - PETA is claiming that California wrongly defers to federal meat inspectors to monitor slaughter practices in poultry processing plants when the federal humane slaughter law does not cover poultry.


Washington Post: Supreme Court blocks administration plan to control toxic emissions
Link - The Supreme Court on Monday blocked the Obama administration’s plan for controlling emissions of mercury and other toxins from power-company smokestacks, saying the EPA should have considered the cost of the rules first.

US News & World Report: Obama foes hope Supreme Court ruling on mercury will be 1st of many undercutting climate rules
Link - The court's willingness to rein in the EPA has emboldened opponents of Obama's climate change agenda, who say SCOTUS had finally woken up to what they call the haphazard and costly nature of Obama’s environmental regulations.

ABC News: New York Formalizes Ban on Fracking, Ending 7-Year Review
Link - New York formalized its ban on high-volume hydraulic fracturing for natural gas on Monday, concluding a seven-year environmental and health review that drew a record number of public comments.

Reuters: Netanyahu buys time to resolve political problems over gas deal
Link - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has won more time to overcome a political hurdle after parliament postponed a vote on authorizing the government to secure a deal on developing Israel's natural gas fields.


Yahoo News: Chobani selected as Greek yogurt provider for school lunches
Link - Public schools across America will soon offer Chobani brand Greek yogurt as a meat substitute in school lunches beginning this fall.

Wall Street Journal: 3G Accelerates Management Shake-Up Ahead of Kraft-Heinz Merger
Link - Kraft and Heinz, which is controlled by Brazilian investment firm 3G Capital Partners LP, on Monday announced several appointments to key leadership positions.

Wall Street Journal: Sysco Shares Down Slightly After Company Calls Off Merger
Link - Sysco Corp.’s shares fell 1% Monday, after the company announced that it would walk away from its deal with U.S. Foods Inc. Alongside that announcement, the company said it would spend $3 billion on share buybacks over the next two years.

New York Times: Amish Country Embraces Farm-to-Table
Link - The simplicity of life in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania has inspired a spate of new businesses including restaurants and art studios doing things the old-fashioned way.

Genetic Literacy Project: Consumer Reports president: GMO labeling ‘makes common sense’
Link - (Opinion) Everyone deserves to know what’s in their food so they can make informed decisions about what to feed themselves and their families.


Agri-Pulse: APHIS finalizes rule allowing Argentine, Brazilian beef imports
Link - USDA's APHIS has finalized a rule that will allow regions of Argentina and Brazil to export fresh beef into the U.S., drawing protests from a prominent congressional food safety critic as well as the National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA).

Agri-Pulse: Obama signs trade bills, warns 'tough' talks ahead
Link - President Obama signed into law a trade promotion bill that ensures new agreements can get through Congress without risk of amendment, but he warned that "tough negotiations" were still ahead before the pending Trans-Pacific Partnership is ready for lawmakers to consider.

Agri-Pulse: Trade focus moves from TPA to TPP
Link - (Audio) With the signing of trade promotion authority by President Obama Monday the focus now moves from TPA and TAA to TPP and TTIP.

Star Tribune: In India, the big drag on economic progress is agriculture
Link - (Opinion) Contributing just 13.7 percent to Indian GDP, agriculture has grown by around 3 percent a year in recent years, far slower than the rest of the economy.

ABC News: In Peruvian Valley, Coca Harvest Means Survival
Link - The more than 600,000 people living in the Apurimac, Ene and Mantaro river valley depend on coca production.

Reuters: Nepal tells U.N. to destroy low quality food meant for quake survivors
Link - The UN must destroy hundreds of tons of substandard food it imported for Nepal earthquake survivors, a senior Nepali government official said on Monday.


Agri-Pulse: Cattlemen, developers take on federal sage-grouse management plans
Link - A coalition of Western counties and organizations filed formal protests over sage-grouse conservation plans, alleging that ranchers could be forced out of business.

Agri-Pulse: States file lawsuit against EPA's 'Waters of the U.S.' rule
Link - Attorneys general from thirteen states filed a lawsuit Monday challenging EPA's new rule defining the waters of the U.S. (WOTUS), asserting that the rule expands the scope of clean water regulations to largely dry areas.

New York Times: Let’s Fix Our National Parks, Not Add More
Link - (Opinion) Adding more land to the federal estate is irresponsible when the government is failing to maintain the parks, forests and grazing lands it currently owns.

LA Times: Lawsuits over California water rights are a fight a century in the making
Link - The drought has highlighted the arcane workings of California's water rights system, one that rewards those who got here first and underpins agriculture's position as the state's dominant water user.

Roanoke Times: Chesapeake Bay Foundation sues state over livestock dung
Link - The lawsuit challenges the state’s regulations for large farm operations, arguing that mandatory fences around streams and rivers should have been part of the 10-year pollution abatement permit rules that apply to dairy, cattle, pig and poultry farms.


Wall Street Journal: U.S. Visa System Back Online
Link - All overseas embassies and consulates are able to issue visas again after a system failure earlier this month disrupted their ability to do so, and resulted in crop losses, primarily in berries.

Politico: President Obama’s immigration actions face skeptical judges
Link - Two judges who dealt a significant blow to President Barack Obama’s executive actions on immigration last month will again play key roles in deciding whether the controversial programs are legally sound.

Washington Times: NY board backing raise for fast-food workers
Link - The three members of a state board considering minimum wage increases for New York’s fast-food workers said Monday the hourly rate should rise, though they planned further discussions before making a firm recommendation.


Agri-Pulse: Roberts to resign as NCBA CEO
Link - Forrest Roberts has announced that he will resign as head the National Cattlemen's Beef Association at the end of July, NCBA said in a release Monday afternoon.

Portland Press Herald: Maine women in agriculture give USDA official food for thought
Link - The number two person in charge at USDA was in Maine on Monday to hear from local farmers – especially female farmers – about their challenges and to get a better understanding of Maine’s agricultural landscape.

LA Times: In Bernie Sanders, an unlikely - but real - threat to Hillary Clinton
Link - Sanders's emerging strength has exposed continued misgivings among the Democratic party's progressive base about Hillary Rodham Clinton.

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