Daily Harvest -- 7/8/2016
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: GMO labeling compromise wins Senate OK
- Vote was a foregone conclusion after the Roberts-Stabenow compromise easily passed a cloture test on Wednesday. The final tally was 63-30
Agri-Pulse Daybreak for July 8
- GMO bill goes to House; battle of the QR code; House leaders pledge action on Cuba ag trade; GAO: Agencies improperly overlooking unauthorized grazing.
Agri-Pulse: GOP releases tax portion of Ryan agenda
- (Audio) House Republicans recently released the tax plan portion of Speaker Paul Ryan's election year agenda, and agriculture interests are keeping an eye on some of the provisions. AFBF tax adviser Pat Wolfe and senior economist Bob Young discuss the broader strokes.
Agri-Pulse: RMA touts crop insurance statistics
- USDA's Risk Management Agency is trumpeting success in its management of the crop insurance program, including increased offerings and a decreased error rate.
Agri-Pulse: John Block picks a tune for July 4
- (Audio) Just listen -- from sea to shining sea.
Agri-Pulse: Retail Partnerships, New Technologies Will Help to Ensure U.S. Energy Independence
- (Opinion) The president of Syngenta Seeds says that according to DOE's Argonne National Laboratory, ethanol reduces greenhouse gas emissions by an average of 34 percent in comparison to gasoline. Moreover, advanced biofuels have the potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by over 100 percent.
Inside Climate News: Hawaii Eyes Offshore Wind to Reach its 100 Percent Clean Energy Goal
- A federal plan to offer leases for offshore wind power development near the coastline of Oahu could help Hawaii take a big step toward reaching its goal of generating all its electrical power with renewable energy sources by 2045. Stationing giant turbines in the ocean north and south of the island will be a huge engineering challenge.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Agri-Pulse: Danone buying WhiteWave in $12.5 B deal
- Danone CEO Emmanuel Faber said the deal will allow his company to enhance its growth profile “through a broader platform in North America,” adding, “We are convinced that combining with WhiteWave will create significant value for all of our stakeholders.”
Washington Post: Even presumably nutritious foods are often packed with added sugars
- It’s no secret that foods such as soda and doughnuts are packed with added sweeteners. But would you think that the frozen stir-fry dinner you had last night would have the same amount of sugars as 16 gummi bears?
Sacramento News-Review: Low nutrition-assistance enrollment costs Sacramento County millions
- About 80,000 Sacramento County residents who could use CalFresh, the state’s incarnation of SNAP, are not doing so. The low enrollment has cost the local economy $153 million in economic activity, according to an October study from California Food Policy Advocates.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Agri-Pulse: Trump assures GOP lawmakers on trade, regulations
- Donald Trump sought to assure congressional Republicans on Thursday that he will pursue new trade deals and shares their concerns about government regulations.
The Gazette: Trump trade policy would hurt Iowa agriculture, Democrats say
- Presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump’s trade policy would hurt Iowa agriculture exports, Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller said in a Thursday media call organized by the Hillary Clinton campaign.
Christian Science Monitor: Will Bill Gates's 100,000 chickens help Africans cross the road to prosperity?
- Just about anyone living in extreme poverty would be better off with a chicken. That’s the claim of billionaire Bill Gates, who will donate more than 100,000 chickens to impoverished families, mostly in sub-Saharan Africa.
Radio Free Asia: Vietnamese Protesters Fault Government Handling of Fish Kill Disaster
- Thousands of Vietnamese took to the street in the central coastal province of Quang Binh on Thursday to press the government and a Taiwanese conglomerate to help fisherman who lost their livelihoods in mass fish die-off in April.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Agri-Pulse: BLM's Planning 2.0 proposal comes under fire at House hearing
- The Bureau of Land Management should listen to state and local officials who want more time to comment on BLM's proposed land-use planning rule, House lawmakers and representatives of Western states said at a hearing today.
AP: Researchers predict smaller harmful algae bloom on Lake Erie
- Potentially toxic algae is expected to form again this summer in western Lake Erie but should be considerably less severe than the blooms that blanketed the lake and threatened drinking water supplies the previous two years, scientists said Thursday.
Huffington Post: California’s Agriculture Chief: Why Can’t We All Get Along?
- Among Nebraska’s best farm exports may be one of the country’s most important agriculture officials, California’s Secretary of Food and Agriculture Karen Ross. Raised on a Nebraska farm, Ross knows her way around fields and barns, but has spent much of her adult life focused on farm policy, including stints working for a US Senator and the current US Secretary of Agriculture before accepting her current post.
Hoosier Ag Today: USDA Announces $49 Million to Improve Critical Wetlands
- The Department of Agriculture announced a $49 million public-private investment on Thursday to improve what USDA calls critical wetlands in 12 states, including Indiana.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Growing Produce: An Update On Farm Labor
- Growers in California have been faced with the perfect storm of elements leading to a significant reduction in labor. With the drought and fluctuations in wages, many workers in the Golden State are moving elsewhere where work is guaranteed.
Southwest Farm Press: High Court ruling tough news for New Mexico farmers
- A landmark decision from New Mexico's Supreme Court Justices effectively nullifies an 80-year-old law that exempted many of New Mexico's farms and ranches from having to provide workers' compensation coverage to some farm workers.
Daily Press: McAuliffe names new Ag. secretary
- Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has tapped a cattle farmer who specializes in housing and community development as his new Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry.
Journal-Courier (Jacksonville, Ill.): Corn seed lawsuit gathers steam
- Jacksonville-area corn growers had the chance Wednesday to hear the latest information in a large legal action against Syngenta Seeds over the company’s reported role in corn market fluctuations in 2013.
24/7 Wall St: The Most (and Least) Valuable States
- States with generally larger rural areas tended to have a lower value relative to their size, while more densely populated states that contain large urban centers had the highest estimated worth per acre.
GreenBiz: Bayer, DuPont bet $15 million that ag tech is ready to bloom
- Bayer Crop Science, a unit of pharmaceutical giant Bayer AG, and DuPont’s Pioneer unit want to change that. The two have teamed up with agriculture venture capital firm Finistere Ventures and private equity firm Cloud Break Advisors to create a $15 million ag-tech accelerator fund they named Radicle.
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