Daily Harvest -- 7/6/2016
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse Daybreak for July 6, 2016
- Senate to decide fate of its landmark biotech disclosure bill today. Also: Chamber makes GMO vote a "key" one; Trump back on the Hill Thursday; Sanders pressing party to disavow TPP; EPA gives more time for atrazine comments.
Agri-Pulse: FSA opens up MPP signup
- (Audio) The Department of Agriculture's Farm Service Agency is now accepting 2017 enrollment for Dairy Margin Protection Program. FSA Administrator Val Dolcini explains the rules of the road.
Agri-Pulse Daybreak for July 5, 2016
- GMO labeling coming up for a vote. Also: Food prices stabilize internationally; ag is in Democratic platform; AFL-CIO weighs in on catfish; Iowa State prepares for FMD.
AP: Divided America: Town and country offer differing realities
- From where Peggy Sheahan stands, deep in rural Colorado, the last eight years were abysmal. Otero County, where Sheahan lives, is steadily losing population. Middle-class jobs vanished years ago as pickling and packing plants closed. She's had to cut back on her business repairing broken windshields to help nurse her husband after a series of farm accidents.
Agri-Pulse: What's preventing a House/Senate energy bill conference?
- The Senate could conceivably vote this week to replace ongoing backroom discussions with a formal House/Senate conference to reconcile the two chambers' very different energy bills.
The Greeley Tribune: Agriculture community also affected by oil and gas slowdown
- Farmers and ranchers often use oil and gas royalties as fallback money when things go wrong, like during natural disasters or when commodity prices fall. But when the royalties are low and commodity prices are low, like now, when they’re both at their lowest in 10 years, that can cause significant struggles.
MyPanhandle: Calhoun Co. property owner speaks out about fracking fears
- The retired microbiology research scientist says his 81-acre property near Clarksville, Florida, is his pride and joy.
Albany Times-Union: Gas prices, renewable energy putting pressure on NY's electric grid
- With an increased emphasis on energy efficient lighting, smart appliances and the rise of home-based solar energy systems, demand for electricity in the Empire State is forecast to fall over the next 10 years after years of tepid growth, according to a new report by the New York Independent System Operator
FOOD & NUTRITION
Modern Farmer: Food, Farming & the 2016 Election: A Conversation with Marion Nestle
- A Q&A with the NYU professor of nutrition, food studies and public health. The first question: Why have food and agriculture been virtually absent from the political conversation during the current election campaign?
NBC News: Do U.S. Food Subsidies Make People Fat?
- Researchers say they have turned up more evidence that U.S. government policies that subsidize foods such as meat, cheese and corn are helping make Americans fatter and unhealthier.
Toledo Blade: City’s food hardship rate tops U.S. average
- Even as the national food hardship rate dropped from 17.2 percent in 2014 to 16.0 percent last year, all of Ohio’s metropolitan areas had rates higher than the average, according to a new report released by the Food Research and Action Center.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
BBC: Brexit: Talks over Wales' farming and agriculture future
- Leaving the EU presents an opportunity for "very Welsh-specific policies" on farming and the environment, Rural Affairs Secretary Lesley Griffith has said.
Financial Times: China: As long as the sale of rural land remains illegal, how realistic is it to expect radical reform?
- Xiaogang village is a living shrine to villagers who defied the party to dismantle disastrous communal farms that left more than 30 million dead from hunger during Mao Zedong’s reign. Almost 40 years on, the tiny community is again in the spotlight, acting as a Petri dish for competing visions of China’s agricultural future.
L.A. Times: No TPP trade deal? Some Japanese farmers say all the better for them
- RIce farmer Takao Terada isn’t following the U.S. presidential election too closely. But there’s one issue that both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton seem to agree on — that the U.S. should not ratify the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact — and that’s music to his ears.
The World Folio: Smart farm technology set to revolutionize Korean agriculture
- South Korea’s rapid industrialization over recent decades has taken its toll on the agriculture sector, which is grappling with an ageing farming population that still relies on basic techniques. Lee Dong-Phil, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, explains how the sector is being revolutionized by the development of smart farm technology, as the country looks to boost its exports of food products and attract more tourists to the countryside.
Bloomberg: Sub-Saharan Africa Agriculture to Rise 2.6% Yearly Through 2025
- “Faster technology adoption associated with the emergence of medium-scale producers and integration of smallholder producers into the value chain” will raise production growth even as area expansion slows, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and the United Nations’ Food & Agriculture Organization said in a joint report Monday.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Agri-Pulse: NRCS soil health effort is deep, impactful and taking root across the nation
- (Opinion) "Rebuilding and regenerating our nation's soil is a huge endeavor, which will require the contributions, ingenuity, and hard work of experts and organization from across the nation," NRCS Chief Jason Weller says.
Agri-Pulse: Government has three years to rule on ESA protection for monarch butterfly
- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service agreed Tuesday to render a decision by June 30, 2019, on whether or not to protect the monarch butterfly under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).
AP: Small farmers accuse district of cheating them of water
- Some northeast Oregon farmers have filed a federal complaint alleging they were cheated out of water that was given to larger operations.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Politico: Immigration reformers eye Gang of 8 revival
- Lindsey Graham doesn't sugarcoat his prediction: Republicans are going to get thrashed in the November election, especially among Latinos. And it’s going to trigger another run at immigration reform in Congress next year, the South Carolina senator says.
Press of Atlantic City: Two charged in stabbings of workers at Mullica farm
- Two farmworkers were stabbed multiple times Sunday at a migrant camp at a farm on Moss Mill Road and two others were arrested, police said.
Emery County Progress: AFBF President Duvall visits Utah County
- He said that as he travels around the country, he hears about farm labor problems and overregulation.
Washington Post: Maryland dairy farmer fought the Justice Department — and (finally) won
- Four years after federal agents showed up at his Frederick, Md., farmhouse and told him that they had seized the money in his bank account, dairy farmer Randy Sowers has gotten it all back.
Reuters: Monsanto, Microsoft to invest in agricultural technology in Brazil
- Monsanto will join a Brazilian investment fund with up to 300 million reais ($92 million), managed by Microsoft, evaluating ideas for new digital tools to be applied to agricultural production in the country, executives said.
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