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Daily Harvest -- 7/16/2015
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Agri-Pulse: Four state Farm Bureau presidents announce candidacy for AFBF president
Link - Four state Farm Bureau presidents have thrown their name in the hat to be considered as the next president of the American Farm Bureau Federation, seeking to replace current President Bob Stallman who announced yesterday that he will not seek re-election.

Agri-Pulse: Villwock announces candidacy for AFBF president
Link - Indiana Farm Bureau President Don Villwock announced his candidacy for president of the American Farm Bureau Federation today, seeking to replace current President Bob Stallman who announced yesterday that he will not seek re-election.

Agri-Pulse: House clears five-month extension of highway funding
Link - Up against a looming July 31 deadline, the House approved a bill that would avoid halting construction projects across the country and give Congress another five months to develop a long-term funding extension.


Agri-Pulse: Corn farmers rally for higher RFS volumes
Link - More than 300 corn farmers and ethanol industry leaders rallied on Capitol Hill today to protest the Obama administration's proposed Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) requirements.

Agri-Pulse: Corn congress focus on RFS and WOTUS
Link - (Audio) Hundreds of corn growers went to Capitol Hill this week to talk with issues important to them, especially the Renewable Fuel Standard.

Las Vegas Sun: Poll: 75 percent of Nevada voters want state to promote renewable energy
Link - Nearly 75 percent of respondents in a new poll said it would be appropriate for the government to promote the development and use of renewable energy, such as solar, wind and geothermal power.

The Anniston Star: Alabama Power proposes increase in renewable energy to lure industry
Link - Alabama Power Company is trying to beef up its ability to provide renewable energy in a bid to meet the demand of industries that require power from sources like wind, water and the sun.

Clean Technica: Amazon Announces Largest Renewable Energy Project To Date
Link - Amazon Web Services has announced its largest renewable energy project to date, a 208 MW wind farm that will supply current and future Amazon cloud data centers.

Ag Week: Valero expands into ethanol export market for first time
Link - Valero Energy Corp., one of the biggest U.S. oil refiners, is preparing to sell ethanol for export for the first time, the company said, betting on the $2 billion overseas market as U.S. demand remains plagued by political uncertainty.


Los Angeles Times: Audit finds mismanagement, ethical breaches in L.A. Unified food services
Link - Los Angeles Unified's massive food services program is riddled with mismanagement, inappropriate spending and ethical breaches, according to an internal audit released Wednesday.

Wall Street Journal: Strawberry Grower Charges $8 Each for Jumbo-Size Fruit
Link - The berry is the pride of Ichigo Co. and weighs about 40 grams, or roughly an ounce and a half. For comparison, an extra-large strawberry is typically measured at 27 grams for nutritional calculations. It is roughly the size of a large egg, said the company’s Shouichi Igarashi.


Agri-Pulse: Yeutter sees 'slim' prospects for TPP agreement at Hawaii session
Link - Former U.S. Trade Representative Clayton Yeutter said he thinks chances are “slim” that the U.S. and 11other nations trying to forge the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) will reach agreement during the upcoming negotiations in Hawaii in late July.

Bloomberg: Obama Official Sees Momentum to Conclude Asia-Pacific Trade Pact
Link - The 12 nations negotiating a Pacific trade pact are “keenly focused” on reaching an agreement as ministers prepare to meet in Hawaii this month, according to U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman.

Wall Street Journal: How Russia Could Become a Food Superpower
Link - The effect on Russian agriculture has been deleterious, as the “import-substitution,” promised by the Kremlin, failed to materialize. Herein lie great opportunities for American and other international agricultural and food companies.

Reuters: Congo looks to insect farming in fight against hunger
Link - There is no shortage of protein in Kinshasa's Gambela Market, from cows to antelope and snakes. But it is the blue and silver bowls brimming with twitching crickets, termites and slithering mealworms that do the briskest trade.

Washington Post: Thai farmers told to wait for rain, save water for public
Link - Thailand’s prime minister on Wednesday told farmers to stop using water in agriculture to save it for public consumption, as the capital remained spared from the worst drought in decades.

Bloomberg: Fonterra Cuts Jobs as Milk Rout Threatens New Zealand Growth
Link - Fonterra Cooperative Group Ltd. will cut 523 jobs as the world’s largest dairy exporter grapples with a slump in prices that’s threatening economic growth in New Zealand.


Agri-Pulse: Enrollment for grasslands in USDA's CRP opens soon
Link - The Agriculture Department announced Wednesday that farmers and ranchers interested in enrolling their working grasslands in the voluntary Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) may submit their applications starting Sept. 1.

Washington Post: House GOP set to pass another California water bill
Link - House Republicans are making another push to pass legislation designed to bring more water to California’s farm belt despite criticism from the White House and congressional Democrats.

Des Moines Register: Des Moines water quality suit slated for trial in 2016
Link - The Des Moines Water Works lawsuit against three northwest Iowa counties over water quality is scheduled to be heard by a federal trial judge, beginning Aug. 8, 2016, unless a continuance is sought, a court document indicates.

Reuters: Genetically modified diamondback moth offers pest control hope
Link - Scientists in Britain say they have developed a way of genetically modifying and controlling an invasive species of moth that causes serious pest damage to cabbages, kale, canola and other similar crops worldwide.

Washington Post: Study finds contaminants in California public-water supplies
Link - Nearly one-fifth of the raw groundwater used for public drinking water systems in California contains excessive levels of potentially toxic contaminants, according to a decade-long U.S. Geological Survey study that provides one of the first comprehensive looks at the health of California’s public water supply and groundwater.


Wired: How Better Tech Can Make the Immigration Process Suck Less
Link - There’s no single answer to the question of how to fix the U.S. immigration system. It’s an issue so thorny that politicians on either side of the aisle seem incapable of even agreeing on a definition of what fixing the U.S. immigration process really means. And don’t even get us started on Donald Trump.

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