Daily Harvest -- 7/5/2016
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Washington Week Ahead: Senate faces historic debate over GMO labeling
- The Senate this week will decide the fate of a landmark compromise on biotech labeling, with food and agriculture looking to preserve the large bipartisan majority that supported a pivotal procedural move to bring up the legislation.
Agri-Pulse: Meet the Lawmaker: Rep. Jim Costa, D-California
- Rep. Jim Costa is one of the top Democrats on the House Agriculture and Natural Resources panels, and he's not afraid to go against the grain of his party. In this interview, he talks with Agri-Pulse about what he wants to do on those committees and changes he's seen in public service.
Agri-Pulse: Open Mic with Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Kansas
- The Kansas Republican was integral in developing his chamber's version of national GMO food labeling policy. In this week's interview, Pompeo discusses the Senate's biotech disclosure proposal and the path that language might find in the House.
Newsday: NY energy czar to recuse himself from LI wind farm meetings
- New York’s chairman of energy and finance will exclude himself from meetings with the world’s largest offshore wind-energy developer about a wind farm off Long Island because of an investment he has in a Goldman Sachs subsidiary that owns a large stake in the company.
Irish Times: US has more oil reserves than Saudi Arabia, says study
- The US holds more oil reserves than Saudi Arabia and Russia, the first time it has surpassed those held by the world’s biggest exporting nations, according to a new study.
WKYT/AP: Murray Energy seeks to lay off thousands in 6 states, including Kentucky
- Murray Energy is the largest privately owned coal miner in the U.S. and now they are warning that big cuts are ahead. WKYT talked to Bill Bissett, President of the Kentucky Coal Association and he says this is just the beginning.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Agri-Pulse: Landmark GMO labeling bill gets a boost
- AFBF's Dale Moore says the letter from more than 100 Nobel laureates asking Greenpeace to abandon its anti-GMO stance could help.
AP: Economic crisis bares hunger problem in Venezuela
- This socialist country is suffering from severe food shortages that are making it hard to get enough to eat, even though Venezuela has the largest oil reserves in the world.
Daily Mail: 'A pizza ad made him want to lick the TV screen'
- Junk food ads make children feel hungry and nag their parents to buy them unhealthy products, a charity has warned.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
BBC: What will happen to the UK's European farm workers?
- Thousands of foreign farm workers come to the UK every year. But in the wake of the UK vote on 23 June to leave the EU, they find themselves in uncertain times.
Jamaica Information Service: Minister Wants Country to Become Major Supplier of Agricultural Products
- Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. J. C. Hutchinson, is encouraging farmers to ramp up production, in order for the country to become a major supplier of agricultural products.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Canadian Broadcasting Corp.: Health report on glyphosate sought by environmental group
- More than six months after the firing of New Brunswick's chief medical officer of health, environmental activists are demanding to see the herbicide report she was working on when she was let go.
Reuters: U.S. Chesapeake Bay blue crab population rising: report
- The summer crab season has begun on the mid-Atlantic seaboard and supplies of the crustaceans in the largest U.S. estuary are improving, according to a survey, meaning crab lovers will enjoy bountiful feasts.
San Bernardino Sun: Why the Monarch butterfly population has declined and what local biologist plan to do about it
- The San Bernardino National Forest aims to plant some 5,800 milkweed plants — the only food source of the monarch in its caterpillar stage, said Deveree Kopp, a botanist with the forest's Fawnskin Mountaintop Ranger District.
Digital Journal: Court rules Monsanto can't dismiss farmer's cancer claim
- A federal judge has refused Monsanto's request to dismiss a claim brought by a former coffee farmer who claims the company's weed-killer, Roundup, caused her cancer.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
AP: Pastor helping to ID farm workers in fatal bus crash
- A Florida pastor said Sunday he is working with authorities to help identify three of the four people killed and 25 injured when a bus carrying Haitian farm workers collided with a tractor-trailer in the Panhandle.
Sacramento Bee: Why are California’s most vulnerable workers denied by Democrats?
- A bill to secure overtime for farm laborers after eight hours of work died on the floor of the Assembly last month. It fell three votes shy of passage, a defeat made possible because eight Democrats voted no and seven abstained. The Legislature still has a chance to make it right, though.
Financial Times: Immigration fears boost Trump far from Mexican border
- The southern Maryland hamlet of Berlin is more than 2,000 miles from the Mexican border. Yet when Donald Trump rallied his supporters here in April, the crowd that filled the local high school broke out into spontaneous chants of “Build that wall. Build that wall.”
Huntington Herald-Dispatch: Processing center a good step to boost agriculture
- (Editorial) Less than 2 percent of West Virginia's economic activity derives from agriculture. But state Agriculture Commissioner Walt Helmick is trying to change that, and Huntington has been tabbed to play a key part in his endeavors. And, small or not, potatoes will play an important role in those efforts.
Bismarck Tribune: Beef industry mixed on what effects of corporate agriculture could be
- The North Dakota Farm Bureau is suing in federal court to do away with the "family-ownership" law in its entirety, which would allow corporations to be involved in any agricultural venture. What impacts such a move could have on the beef industry remain to be seen.
Des Moines Register: Iowa farmer cartoonist returns to paper that fired him
- An Iowa farmer's illustrated cartoons are back in the publication that fired him earlier this year — and he says he's happy to be back.
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