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Daily Harvest -- 7/17/2015
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Agri-Pulse: Panel OKs GMO salmon labeling, ban on horse slaughter
Link - A ban on horse slaughter would be extended another year and genetically engineered salmon would have to be labeled as GMO under provisions that have been added to a Senate spending bill for the Agriculture Department and Food and Drug Administration.

Agri-Pulse: EPA's McCarthy defends WOTUS, RFS at Corn Congress
Link - Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy went before a meeting of the nation's corn growers today in an attempt to reassure the farmers about her agency's implementation of the “waters of the United States” rule.

Agri-Pulse: Washington Week in Review: July 17, 2015: Pompeo bill headed for House floor
Link - (Video) The House Agriculture Committee cleared a key piece of legislation that would preempt state GMO labeling efforts this week, setting up a potential floor vote next week. Agri-Pulse's Phil Brasher and Spencer Chase discuss that and more in this week's video.

Agri-Pulse: Wet weather pounding Midwest crops
Link - (Audio) Many areas of the Midwest from Missouri to Ohio have experienced as much as twice the normal rainfall for this time of year and that’s taking its toll on the crops.

Reuters: U.S. lawmakers consider fresh challenge to sugar support program
Link - U.S. lawmakers are readying for the next battle against one of the country's most powerful farm lobbies, seeking to limit the government loan program for sugar.

Washington Post: USDA: Many factors considered amid animal disease outbreaks
Link - The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Thursday that it considers many factors when determining ways to euthanize large numbers of animals during a disease outbreak, and said it was reviewing an animal rights group’s criticism of a recent proposal for fighting any future outbreaks of bird flu.

Des Moines Register: Bird flu: Suffocation plan faces criticism
Link - The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Thursday that it considers many factors when determining ways to euthanize large numbers of animals during a disease outbreak, and said it was reviewing an animal rights group’s criticism of a recent proposal for fighting any future outbreaks of bird flu.


Agri-Pulse: USDA announces funding to boost production of biobased fuels, products
Link - USDA said it's now accepting applications for funding under a program that supports the production of advanced biofuels, renewable chemicals and biobased product manufacturing.

Des Moines Register: China to license DuPont technology to build ethanol plant
Link - DuPont said Thursday it will license its technology to construct the largest cellulosic ethanol manufacturing plant in China.

CBS News: U.S. making major gains in energy efficiency
Link - A U.S. group that was born out of necessity, following the Arab oil embargo of the 1970s, says that while America's energy consumption has increased dramatically over the past four decades, the nation's energy efficiency has also radically improved.

Christian Science Monitor: How long until renewable energy powers the US?
Link - The current, largely unofficial, U.S. renewable electricity target is 20 percent by 2030. The Energy Information Administration is less optimistic and projects that renewable generation won’t surpass 20 percent until 2040, and only if oil prices rebound and remain high (greater than $100 per barrel).


Bloomberg: Why Falling Food Prices Around the World Aren't Helping U.S. Consumers
Link - As world food prices reach an almost six-year low, don't expect American consumers to reap the benefits at restaurants or grocery stores anytime soon.

Reuters: Restaurant food not much healthier than fast food
Link - Home cooking is still the best way to control the calories, fat, sugar and other nutrients that families consume, a new U.S. study suggests.

Powell Tribune: A domino effect: Anti-GMO activism threatens Big Horn Basin sugar beet production
Link - Big Horn Basin farmers rely on genetically modified crops to make sugar beet farming more profitable and easier to do. But the region’s seeds come from Oregon, where efforts are ongoing to ban genetically modified organisms, or GMOs.

Slate: Unhealthy Fixation
Link - The war against genetically modified organisms is full of fearmongering, errors, and fraud. Labeling them will not make you safer.


Agri-Pulse: Treaty on product names angers lawmakers' ire
Link - Recent changes to an international agreement on intellectual property will unfairly undermine the U.S. dairy industry's effort to use common food names such as parmesan and feta, say leaders of key congressional committees.

Agri-Pulse: Lawmakers say Canada risks ouster from TPP unless it opens access to dairy market
Link - A bipartisan group of 21 House members is warning Canada that it may not be included in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) if it continues to resist increasing access to its dairy market.

Reuters: Chinese billionaire buys Australian cattle stations
Link - A Chinese billionaire has bought two large Australian cattle stations for A$47 million ($34.62 million), in at least the third deal this year involving a Chinese investor buying into the country's farmlands.

Reuters: Dry spell wilts Indian crops, stokes food inflation concerns
Link - Farmers in India run the risk of planting too much, too fast in the current monsoon season as an unexpected dry spell starts to wilt crops across the country, raising fears of lower yields and surging food prices in a mostly impoverished nation.

Wall Street Journal: Fonterra Sheds Jobs as Global Dairy Slump Deepens
Link - Hurt by the worsening slump in global dairy prices, New Zealand’s Fonterra Co-Operative Group Ltd. said it would shed 523 jobs—or 3% of its workforce—in an attempt to shore up profit.


Agri-Pulse: Witnesses decry 'fire borrowing' at Senate hearings
Link - A pair of Senate hearings today reviewed 11 separate bills aimed at addressing problems facing the nation's forests, including how to pay for the ever-increasing threat of fire.

Agri-Pulse: House Republicans pass drought relief bill despite veto threat
Link - House Republicans ignored a White House veto threat and passed a drought relief bill that's sure to face staunch opposition in the Senate. The vote was 245-176 with only five Democrats voting for approval.

Washington Post: California flexes muscles in water tussle with farmers
Link - California water regulators flexed their muscles on Thursday by ordering a group of farmers to stop pumping from a branch of the San Joaquin River amid an escalating battle over how much power the state has to protect waterways that are drying up in the drought.

Daily Mail: Demand for 'sustainable' food has increased greenhouse gas emissions
Link - Scientists have found that rather than reducing the amount of greenhouse gas emissions released, organic farming may actually be increasing them.

Los Angeles Times: Federal pollinator plan needs a billion milkweed plants for monarch butterflies
Link - If it succeeds, the plan would rescue pollinators considered vital to a healthy environment, and in five years the number of monarchs that travel 3,000 miles every year from the Midwest to the mountains of Mexico and then back again, would increase by nearly tenfold.


KOMO News: State Supreme Court: Farmworkers entitled to break pay
Link - Farmworkers who are paid by how much they pick are entitled to separate, additional pay for their rest breaks, the Washington Supreme Court said Thursday in a unanimous opinion that could have major implications for the state's agriculture industry - as well as other businesses where workers are paid by task rather than by time.


The Guardian: Urban agriculture: introducing the office farm
Link - As the occupation of office buildings declines, new technologies in LED lighting could fill the empty space and make city farming possible.

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