Daily Harvest -- 7/11/2016
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse Daybreak for July 11, 2016
- All eyes are on the House to see if it follows through and approves the Senate compromise bill on biotech food labeling. Also: ITC says cheap Chinese fertilizer hurts U.S.; strong dollar challenges U.S. wheat; farmworke grants; vending machine calorie labels; Argentine lemons.
Agri-Pulse: Washington Week Ahead: House sets final debate on GMO disclosure
- Farm and agriculture groups will be sending a letter to House members on Monday similar to the one sent to senators June 28 that was signed by well over 1,000 organizations. The House Rules Committee will meet Tuesday afternoon to approve a rule for debating the legislation.
Agri-Pulse: Washington Week in Review: Senate sends GMO labeling bill to the House
- This week was a historic one for agriculture in Washington with important action in both chambers of Congress. Agri-Pulse's Phil Brasher and Spencer Chase have more.
Agri-Pulse: Open Mic with National Milk Producers Federation CEO Jim Mulhern
- In this interview, the milk industry veteran discusses the challenges farmers face despite an amended federal dairy policy. Mulhern sees no guarantee of a new farm bill and says debate over biotech disclosure legislation could be a precursor to upcoming debate over food and farm policy.
Agri-Pulse: USDA assures House chairman on GMO disclosure bill
- House Agriculture Chairman Mike Conaway says the Senate-passed GMO disclosure bill is riddled with ambiguity, but he declared his support for its passage after the Agriculture Department assured him among other things that the legislation would nullify Vermont's labeling law.
The Nation: Democrats Are Not Speaking Loudly Enough to Be Heard in Rural America
- The Democratic Party needs rural votes to secure a decisive victory in the race for the presidency, and to win back the Senate and make real progress in the fight for the House of Representatives.
Des Moines Register: Ethanol fuels the race against climate change
- (Opinion) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Austin Dillon says he is "proud to run American Ethanol in my car, I promise you will be too."
Forbes: Fashion Should Be For Runways, Not Energy Companies
- Predictions of six figure hydrogen fuel cell vehicle sales by 2005 have gone by the wayside, and many shake their heads at the fervor for what was clearly an uncommercial technology, a fervor that infected many who should have known better.
Midland Daily News: Regulation is the best energy policy for Michigan
- (Opinion) For some time, the Michigan state legislature has been debating and discussing how to best provide electricity to the residents, businesses and organizations of Michigan. As it stands now there are two distinct extremes being advanced in Lansing.
Grand Forks Herald: New oil refinery on outskirts of Theodore Roosevelt National Park passes major hurdle
- The organizers of the Davis Refinery project proposed for the Belfield area cleared an early but major hurdle Wednesday at the regular meeting of the Billings County Commission.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Topeka Capital-Journal: With QR codes, Sen. Pat Roberts finds compromise on GMO labeling
- U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts may have found a bipartisan resolution to the nation’s patchwork of GMO labeling laws but that hasn’t extinguished fiery debates over his latest legislation.
Gothamist.com: Hyper-Local Free Range Cricket Farm Coming To Brooklyn Navy Yard
- With plans for the addition of a free range cricket farm that will harvest bugs for human consumption, the industrial waterfront continues on its path to become the most hopping neighborhood in all of Brooklyn.
N.Y. Times: After Food Safety and Drug Scandals, Chipotle Seeks a Fresh Start
- A significant percentage of frequent Chipotle customers “are unlikely to return anytime soon,” according to a recent review by UBS.
Washington Monthly: Liberals and the Science of GMOs
- On scientific issue after scientific issue, it is not objective reality but people’s passions and biases that tend to color the debate.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Agri-Pulse: Impacts of Brexit vote becoming evident
- (Audio) It's been just over two weeks since the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union, and impacts are starting to be observed around the world. U.S. Meat Export Federation economist Erin Borror discusses the changes.
Des Moines Register: Held 'hostage' by Tyson: An Iowa town's dilemma
- City leaders believe they can recruit someone to fill the building Tyson vacated and bring back at least some of the 450 jobs lost when Tyson closed in 2014, but the multinational food company has refused to break its long-term lease on the plant it no longer uses.
Denver Post: TPP will benefit Colorado’s agriculture industry
- State Rep. Jerry Sonnenberg makes the case that TPP is a bipartisan issue that all Coloradans should support.
The Globe and Mail: Trudeau government considers reopening prison farms shut down in 2010
- The 2010 closure of the country’s prison farms by the then-Conservative government was highly controversial because of the life skills taught to inmates. The Liberal government is now studying the possibility of reopening the farms.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
ConservationPetaluma360.com: Petaluma ranch preserved for agriculture
- The Marin Agricultural Land Trust purchased the easement on the Wilson Hill Road ranch, As another example of farmers willing to protect their farmland and preserve open spaces from urban sprawl.
CNBC: These tax credits make land conservation a steal
- Thanks in part to a little-known federal tax incentive for land conservation donations, ranchers and farmers like Michigan farmer Ken Engle can harvest income tax savings on 100 percent of their annual income for 16 years. All other donors can deduct up to 50 percent.
Farm and Dairy: NOAA predicts smaller Lake Erie algae bloom, but still concerned
- The bloom of harmful algae on Lake Erie should be considerably less this year, according to experts at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and university researchers.
Central Valley Business Times: California water conservation grows to 28 percent in May
- Urban Californians reduced residential water use by 28 percent in May, compared with the same month in 2013, the State Water Resources Control Board says.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Charlotte Observer: Animal, farm groups say NC law halts probes
- After planting an employee, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals says it found abuses at a Kinston poultry plant before a new law that now deters the exposure of farm and other workplace conditions, but the company investigated and found no evidence of any abuses.
Press-Democrat: Sonoma County wine industry responds to farmworkers’ plight
- The Sonoma County wine industry has ramped up its efforts to improve social and economic conditions for the estimated 4,000 to 6,000 farmworkers who permanently live here.
Yuma Sun: Agriculture remains the lifeblood of Yuma County
- In the back of everyone’s mind in the agricultural industry is what happens when we no longer have our priceless labor supply.
Minneapolis Star-Tribune: Cargill sells its giant feedlots in Texas
- Cargill is selling its two Texas cattle feedlots as it continues to redefine its protein businesses, the company announced Friday.
La Crosse Tribune: Summer Break: Escape to Rainbow Ridge Farm Camp
- Kids (the human kind) ages 5 to 12 will experience life on the farm for five days, harvesting produce, feeding animals, making crafts and getting their hands dirty during morning farm chores.
Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star: As farmland decreases, farmer travels far and wide to find fields
- Douglas Coleman, 29, grows corn, soybeans and grain sorghum, using many of the same methods as four generations of family members before him. But in terms of where he takes his machinery, he’s anything but traditional.
Duluth News Tribune: For nonfarming heirs who keep land in the family, managers can be an answer
- A 2014 survey by the U.S. Department of Agriculture estimated that more than 2 million acres of Minnesota farmland, most of it used to grow crops, is expected to be transferred during the next five years.
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