Daily Harvest -- 7/18/2016
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse Daybreak for July 18, 2016
- Ag supporters look for changes in Trump's trade position; Vilsack still being discussed as VP candidate; USDA in Havana; T-TIP and TPP; La. catfish recall.
Agri-Pulse: Trump VP pick draws rave reviews from agriculture
- Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has tapped Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as his running mate, much to the delight of those who have worked with Pence on ag issues.
Agri-Pulse: Open Mic: Pam Bailey, President and CEO of the Grocery Manufacturers Association
- Bailey says GMA members are committed to providing the information consumers want and shares how digital disclosure will meet the needs of today's modern shopper.
Agri-Pulse: Conaway wants Trump ag policy to revolve around food cost
- This week, Republicans from across the country will gather in Cleveland for the party's national convention and to rally around presumptive nominee Donald Trump.
KSNW: Agriculture issues the focus of Kansas 1st Congressional district race
- Kansas First District Congressman Tim Huelskamp is in a tough primary fight this election year. His opponent is Roger Marshall, a physician in Great Bend. The Kansas Farm Bureau has endorsed Marshall for the House seat, and says Huelskamp’s dismissal from the Agriculture Committee was a major factor.
Houston Chronicle: For Republicans, clean energy boom, shifting alliances test climate change stance
- The seeming contradiction of endorsing government research into clean technology while arguing against one of its fundamental reasons for being - climate change - is not uncommon in Washington these days.
Bloomberg: Energy Veteran Betting on LNG Bounce Sees Future Floating at Sea
- Delfin LNG applying to be first U.S. floating LNG project
Bluefield Daily Telegraph: All-of-the-above approach: Energy bill important step by lawmakers
- For the first time in more than a decade, Congress is considering a common sense, all-of-the-above energy bill that includes a renewed focus on clean-coal technology.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Agri-Pulse: John Block talks about GMOs
- (Opinion) How long have we been listening to the relentless insinuations that genetically engineered crops may not be safe?
N.Y. Times: Organic Valley Traces Milk Back From Table to Farm
- Jana McClelland, a third-generation dairy farmer in Petaluma, Calif., expects 600 to 1,200 people to visit her family’s farm this fall as part of an outreach strategy from Organic Valley, which bills itself as the largest cooperative of organic farmers in the United States.
Slate: Unhealthy Fixation
- The war against genetically modified organisms is full of fearmongering, errors, and fraud. Labeling them will not make you safer.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Agri-Pulse: South Korea lifts ban on US poultry
- South Korea has agreed to lift the ban the ban it placed on U.S. poultry in reaction to outbreaks of avian influenza last year and earlier this year.
Gulf Times: Venezuelans pour into Colombia to buy food
- Thousands of Venezuelans again poured into the Colombian city of Cucuta yesterday, profiting from the brief reopening of a long-closed border to buy food and medicine.
The Guardian: From food supplies to coastal defences, the UK is ill-prepared
- It is written like a school report – “could try harder” – although the phrase that recurs through the UK Climate Change Assessment released last week is “more action needed”. Subjects like flooding and soil loss need “new stronger or different government policies” to deal with them.
Reuters: UK farmers union complains over supermarkets "fake" farm brands
- Britain's farmers union has formally complained to the country's National Trading Standards Institute over the use by supermarkets, including market leader Tesco, of "fake" farm branding on some food products, it said on Sunday.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Argus-Leader: Payment denied for crop loss from sewer discharge
- Sioux Falls turns down claim of soybean farmer whose crop was damaged by untreated sewage.
Des Moines Register: Iowa's loss of millions of trees is hurting water quality, experts say
- Report: Record-high corn, soybean prices in 2012 drove farmers to clear many of 97,000 acres of lost Iowa forests.
Daily Journal of Commerce: $2.8M expansion starts at seven-acre urban farm in Rainier Beach
- The Rainier Beach Urban Farm and Wetlands is expanding so Seattle Tilth can grow more food and teach more people about urban agriculture and environmental stewardship.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
GoSkagit: Sakuma Bros. Farms, labor group meet to talk farmworker union vote
- Maru Mora Villalpando, a spokeswoman for Familias, also called the meeting positive and productive. She said no decisions were made, but the union looks forward to continued discussion.
NPR: Inside The Lives Of Farmworkers: Top 5 Lessons I Learned On The Ground
- Number 2: The big difficulty is not so much low wages — it's sporadic work.
Washington Times: Trump’s immigration rhetoric, white supremacist stumbles help foes play race card
- The likely Republican presidential nominee’s blunt rhetoric about illegal immigration and the threat of radical Islamic terrorism, as well as his clumsy handling of supporters with white supremacist ties, has made it easier for Democrats to call him a racist and even provoked members of Mr. Trump’s own party to admonish him.
Agri-Pulse: Judge rejects challenge to USDA scientific integrity policy
- Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility failed to demonstrate legal standing in a challenge USDA's Scientific Integrity Policy, a federal judge ruled today.
NPR: Where did agriculture begin? It's complicated
- The earliest farmers lived in the Fertile Crescent, a region in the Middle East including modern-day Iraq, Jordan, Syria, Israel, Palestine, southeastern Turkey and western Iran.
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