Daily Harvest -- 7/12/2016
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse Daybreak for July 12, 2016
- The House Rules Committee is expected today to approve a closed rule for the GMO labeling bill that would not allow consideration of any amendments. Also: FSA employees say more funds needed for farm loans; Vilsack to get his own sandwich; meat plant inspection data to be available online; algae and Chilean salmon.
Agri-Pulse: USDA backs small rural firms with $55M in grants, loan guarantees
- USDA is providing nearly $55 million in grants and loan guarantees to help 821 small businesses in rural areas save on energy costs.
Agri-Pulse: GMO labeling moves on to the House
- (Audio) House Rules Committee to take up the Senate measure prior to a floor vote.
AP: Kansas Farm Bureau backs Roger Marshall against Huelskamp in primary
- U.S. Rep. Tim Huelskamp, a tea party favorite, has been losing support in his mostly rural district since he was kicked off the House agriculture committee by his Republican colleagues. He represents the sprawling 1st District of western and central Kansas in what is anticipated to be the most competitive House race in the
Natural Gas Intelligence: Fracking Foes Win Amendment in Democratic Party Platform
- Fracking opponents were able to get an amendment passed stipulating that the practice should not be performed "where states and local communities oppose it," according to the Sanders campaign. Environmentalists were also reportedly successful in getting support for the pricing of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and continued opposition to the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline.
The Guardian: Leaked TTIP energy proposal could 'sabotage' EU climate policy
- A leak obtained by the Guardian shows that the EU will propose a rollback of mandatory energy savings measures, and major obstacles to any future pricing schemes designed to encourage the uptake of renewable energies.
Triangle Business Journal: Second mammoth wind farm nears public hearing phase in eastern N.C.
- As turbines start to dot farmland near Elizabeth City, part of the in-progress Amazon Wind Farm, the Apex project to the south, dubbed Timbermill Wind, is nearing the public hearing phase.
AP: Nebraska explores use of agriculture waste for biocoal fuel
- Nebraska wants to find out whether its glut of agricultural waste could be processed into a coal-like substance to be used as a renewable fuel for power plants.
E&E Publishing: In fracking turf war, Utes 'don't pick fights to lose'
- The Ute Indian Tribe says BLM's fracking rule has a fatal flaw: It lumps together tribal land and public land, making no distinction between the vast acreage managed by federal agencies and the American Indian reservations and other land managed jointly by tribes and the federal government.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Food Safety News: Just Label It takes a victory lap after losing; opts to move on
- After a 63-30 vote late Friday for a national GMO labeling scheme that was opposed by Just Label It, Stonyfield Farm’s Gary Hirschberg, who chairs the organization, issued a statement taking credit for passage of the Senate compromise bill it had opposed to the bitter end.
N.Y. Times: How Square Watermelons Get Their Shape and Other G.M.O. Misconceptions
- If the House bill is passed, it will move Americans closer to what they have said they want: more transparency about how the genes of foods they are about to eat have been manipulated. But dispelling confusion over so-called genetically modified organisms may be impossible for any labeling scheme. As lawmakers hash out the details, here are some popular misconceptions.
Whole Foods Magazine: Post Holdings Sued for False “Natural” Claims
- Post Holdings, Inc., and its subsidiary, Post Foods, LLC, are being sued by three separate plaintiffs for labeling, marketing and selling Shredded Wheat as “natural” despite testing positive for the herbicide glyphosate.
L.A. Times: U-California commits $3.3m in fight against campus malnutrition
- Four in 10 UC students do not have a consistent source of high-quality, nutritious food, a new survey says
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
DTN/Progressive Farmer: House Leadership Commits to Move Long-Term Cuba Trade Legislation
- Legislation to loosen restrictions on trade with Cuba was dropped from the financial services appropriations bill in exchange for a commitment from House leaders to move stand-alone legislation at a later date, according to Rep. Rick Crawford, R-Ark., who offered the amendment.
Omaha World-Herald: NU's ag outreach is helping Africa
- (Editorial) The University of Nebraska's ag-science and natural resources programs, widely respected for their top-quality work, have stepped up their international outreach in recent years.
Farm Forum: Rapid City to host international rural nursing conference
- Approximately 250 health-care researchers, educators and practitioners from 35 states, including 30-plus international guests will be attending the International Rural Nursing Conference in Rapid City, July 19-21 at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
AP: Columbia River fishing agreement to set allowances
- Federal authorities are working on a plan aimed at deciding how much sport, commercial and tribal fishing for salmon and steelhead will be allowed in the Columbia River and its tributaries as part of a long-term agreement starting in 2018.
Magic Valley (Id.) Times-News: Novinger named Conservation Farmer of the Year
- Bill Novinger and his wife, Dianna, grow alfalfa, grain, corn, wheat and native pasture. As president of the Robertson Ditch Co., he manages water allocations and maintenance of the 13-mile-long canal.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Silicon Valley Business Journal: Feds give San Jose nonprofit biggest grant from farmworker job training program
- On Thursday, the U.S. Department of Labor awarded $81 million in grants to 63 organizations for the purpose of providing underemployed migrant and seasonal farmworkers with job training programs and other support. The biggest recipient? San Jose's Center for Employment Training, which received $7.8 million.
Kern Golden Empire: Kern County farmworkers and their dependents to benefit from USDA grant
- Employers' Training Resource was awarded $2.2 million from the National Farmworker Jobs Program to assist farmworkers and their dependents to move from farm labor into other employment opportunities.
Belleville News-Democrat: Farm worker briefly trapped in grain silo
- A farm worker was temporarily trapped in a grain silo outside Troy Monday afternoon. “The grain is like sand; it probably collapsed on him,” Troy Police Chief Brad Parsons said, but added, “It looks like he’s going to be okay.,”
Breitbart: Poll: Midwest Has Strongest Opposition to Cheap-Labor Immigration
- Donald Trump may be hoping to win the 2016 election by sweeping the Midwest states — and that’s the region which is most worried about losing jobs and wages to cheap-labor immigration, according to a new survey by Morning Consult and Vox.com.
DTN/Progressive Farmer: Ag Presence at Political Party Conventions
- Farm and agribusiness groups are planning their traditional celebrations at the Republican and Democratic conventions this month, but they will have competition at each convention from Plate of the Union, a coalition of groups close to the Environmental Working Group, which is planning events to highlight a radically different vision of the future of American agriculture.
Deseret News: Farm income is the lowest since 2002. Here's why you should care
- American farm income is projected to drop 3 percent this year and 56 percent from its 2013 high, to $54.8 billion, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. There are several reasons Americans should take note.
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