Daily Harvest -- 7/1/2016
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse Daybreak for July 1, 2016
- In today’s morning preview: Vermont’s mandatory GMO labeling bill – in effect today- may be short-lived, but how will food companies react? More on what USDA and FDA say about the biotech bill moving through the U.S. Senate, conservation compliance, a chilling number of farmer suicide rates, Brexit and a top soybean official sails toward retirement.
Agri-Pulse: Washington Week in Review: June 30, 2016: GMO labeling bill clears procedural hurdle
- (Video) The GMO labeling bill received a strong signal of support from Senate lawmakers this week with an impressive margin, but supporters are not willing to declare victory yet.
Agri-Pulse: Nobel laureates bash Greenpeace on GMO stance
- Nobel Laureate Richard Roberts described Greenpeace as a “fantastic organization,” but then encouraged the group to “just admit you made a mistake, go on and do some great things.”
Agri-Pulse: USDA planting report points to bumper corn, bean, cotton crops
- U.S. farmers have once again planted corn and soybeans at or near historic highs, according to Department of Agriculture estimates released on Thursday.
QCOnline: Aging farm population increasing use of managers
- As more non-farm family members inherit property, farm managers can play a significant role in protecting the land and its value.
Fortune: Google Just Bought the Entire Power Output From an Unbuilt Norwegian Wind Farm
- Continuing its commitment to powering operations with renewable energy sources, Google bought the entire 12-year power production from a yet-to-be-built Norwegian wind farm.
St. Louis Post Dispatch: Multistate energy transmission project submits new application for approval in Missouri
- Much to the dismay of some farmers and landowners, the Grain Belt Express – which would bring power from wind farms in western Kansas to Illinois and Indiana - secured an endorsement from Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon this week.
Flathead Beacon: Embracing Montana’s Solar Potential
- The owner of a solar business shares his experience with the growth of solar energy in Montana, where rooftop solar is growing at a rate of 30 percent per year.
E&E TV: NRDC's Cavanagh discusses Diablo Canyon proposal, next steps for Calif. electric power sector
- Ralph Cavanagh, co-director of the Natural Resources Defense Council's energy program and a negotiator for the Diablo Canyon agreement, explains how PG&E's move could affect other regions of the country with existing nuclear facilities.
Star-Telegram: TCU lab tries to save bats from death by wind turbine
- The team watch the bats for four to seven days before releasing them. At night, they use high speed cameras to see how their bats interact with different surfaces in hopes of preventing bat deaths.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Fortune: Hershey Rejects Mondelez's $23 Billion Takeover Bid
- Hershey confirmed it received a cash-and-stock offer totaling $107 per share but added that the board “unanimously” rejected the interest from Mondelez which would have created a major global food giant.
The Atlantic: Why Isn’t Native American Food Hip?
- The shift toward more locally sourced ingredients fits nicely with the hallmarks of Native cuisine. Yet, there are only a few Native American restaurants in the U.S. and most Americans are not familiar with Native American foods.
Forbes: Kellogg's Cereal Café May Represent The Future For Cereal
- Kellogg’s will open a new café in New York City’s Times Square on July 4 and learn if customers will pay up to $8 for a bowl of some of their signature cereals with the addition of some unique ingredients.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Agri-Pulse: Froman: Rejecting TPP would weaken the US
- A rejection of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal would go far beyond just causing U.S. exporters to miss out on lower tariffs, it would also weaken America and hurt the status of the U.S. as an international leader, Ambassador Froman said. Former Ambassador Clayton Yeutter also weighs in on Trump and Clinton.
The Hindu Business Line: Centre to give farm exports an organic booster shot
- India is in the process of framing its own organic products policy with clearly prescribed safety standards, traceability norms, soil certification guidelines and good agricultural practices.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Agri-Pulse: Chlorpyrifos decision needs to wait, EPA tells court
- EPA says it needs until June 30, 2017 to decide whether to cancel the registration of chlorpyrifos and revoke all of the pesticide's food tolerances, as requested in a petition from the Pesticide Action Network.
Casper Star-Tribune: Utah farming family's donation starts new wildlife refuge
- The Bear River Watershed Conservation Area, a 30-acre are easement west of Brigham City became the 565th national wildlife refuge.
SDPB Radio: Leopold Conservation Award Winners Share Ethical Land Practices
- The Leopold Conservation Award is given each year to a private landowner dedicated to ethical land practices.
Bay Journal: Maryland weighs delay, changes in farm pollution regulation
- Officials are weighing the delay or easing a 4-year-old regulation after farmers and municipal sewage treatment plant operators said they need more time to comply – or want out from under it altogether.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
ABC News: OBAMA LEGACY: Immigration Stands as Most Glaring Failure
- He believed his policies would prevail, but despite two campaigns full of promises and multiple strategies, Obama imposed only incremental, largely temporary changes on the immigration system.
Agri-Pulse: Farm Bureau video spotlights farm labor shortage
- There doesn't appear to be any momentum on Capitol Hill on the issue, but that isn't stopping the nation's largest farm group from pointing to the need for reform of the H-2A immigration program
Knoxville News Sentinel: Agriculture secretary announces drug rehab grants at opioid forum
- Speaking at a public forum on opium addiction Thursday, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced five new telemedicine grants to organizations providing drug abuse treatment in rural central Appalachia
Chicago Tribune: Monsanto's Grant seeks partner at dealmaking dance he started
- Monsanto’s CEO is open to a deal at the right price, according to people familiar with the matter, but also holds out hope that Syngenta's deal with ChemChina may fall apart, opening the door for Monsanto to make a third run at buying the company
Agri-Pulse: Deadline approaching to apply for USFRA 'Faces of Farming and Ranching'
- USFRA’s CEO Randy Krotz says consumers trust farmers, they just need to meet more of them. Here’s a chance to connect.
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