Daily Harvest -- 7/20/2016
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse Daybreak for July 20, 2016
- An aggies-for-Trump effort is expected to be announced today at the Great American Farm Luncheon, an event organized by agribusiness companies and organizations near the convention site. Also: Pence; Plate of the Union; trade concerns; prairie-chicken off the ESA list; more.
Agri-Pulse: GOP platform suggests splitting nutrition programs from farm bill
- The Republican platform levels a broad attack on the Obama administration's regulatory agenda but offers a more mixed message on trade and seems to suggest dividing nutrition programs from the farm bill.
Orlando Sentinel: Maxwell: It's time for Florida to ax elected Agriculture post
- (Opinion) The position is little more than a taxpayer-subsidized version of the Jolly Green Giant, a marketing tool designed to promote produce. And we don't need to elect someone for that.
Agri-Pulse: Iowa Governor trusts Trump on RFS
- (Audio) The Republican party platform paid little attention to renewable fuels and ethanol, but Iowa Governor Terry Branstad still believes the industry would be important to presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump.
Agri-Pulse: Higher ethanol blends: Great potential but strong opposition
- The battle over the amount of biofuels that will be blended into the U.S. gasoline supply is intensifying as the Environmental Protection Agency moves closer to the Nov. 30 deadline to set 2017 volume requirements under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).
Agri-Pulse: New White House initiative aims to boost access to solar
- The Obama administration on Tuesday announced a new cross government partnership - the Clean Energy Savings for All Initiative - to increase access to solar energy and promote energy efficiency across the country, particularly in low- and moderate- income communities.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Grist: The world’s biggest seed companies are wooing
- Why are all these companies attracted to each other all of a sudden? And if the Big Six turn into the Big Three, what would that mean for farmers and the environment?
Citylab: How a Mobile Market Will Boost Access to Healthy Food in Flint
- A partnership between the Downtown YMCA, the Neighborhood Engagement Hub, and Flint Food Works, the mobile market will carry fresh wares from the farmer-run Local Grocer; available stock will rotate in response to requests from customers, and the operation will accept food-stamp vouchers through programs like WIC and SNAP.
Wall Street Journal: Bunker Food: Not Just for the Apocalypse Anymore
- With a new menu of gluten-free, organic meals, dehydrated Greek yogurt and fruit snacks, companies hope to draw a wider group of customers who will dig in well before doomsday.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Missouri Times: Blunt Opposes Trade Policies Missouri Farmers View as Crucial to Success
- (Opinion) Missouri Democrats criticize the Republican senator's trade positions.
(Bismarck) Prairie Star: European buyers tour Golden Triangle’s pulse fields, companies
- Pea and lentil crops that European buyers and Montana Department of Ag reps saw during a three-day trade mission in June “looked great, with still a few blooms on them.”
The Press & Journal (UK) Soil Association accused of ‘mischief making’
- A leading organic certification body has been accused of “mischief making” after it wrote to leading supermarkets and bread companies asking them to stop using wheat which has been treated with glyphosate ahead of harvest.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
National Geographic: Why These Rare Species Are Targeted by the GOP
- The GOP's platform calls out three species in particular: the sage-grouse, lesser prairie-chicken, and the gray wolf, saying: "There is certainly a need to protect certain species threatened worldwide with extinction. However, the Endangered Species Act (ESA) should not include species such as gray wolves and other species if these species exist elsewhere in healthy numbers in another state or country."
N.Y. Times: How Renewable Energy Is Blowing Climate Change Efforts Off Course
- Is the global effort to combat climate change, painstakingly agreed to in Paris seven months ago, already going off the rails? Germany, Europe’s champion for renewable energy, seems to be having second thoughts about its ambitious push to ramp up its use of renewable fuels for power generation.
Austin American-Statesman: TxDOT sued over proposed MoPac underpass project in South Austin
- The state’s highway expansion plans in southwestern Travis County have attracted a second federal lawsuit, this one filed Monday asking a judge to stall the “MoPac intersections” project until its effects on endangered species have been thoroughly vetted.
AP: Judge: Wisconsin must levy environmental protections on farm
- A Dane County judge has ruled the Department of Natural Resources can't retract a previous decision and must continue imposing environmental protections on a large dairy farm expansion.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
The Salinas Californian: Labor pains prevail but grower concerns don’t end there
- Farm labor availability, immigration reform, employment and labor law compliance, farmworker housing, farmworker safety and employee health care are just a few of the challenges confronting growers and shippers on the Central Coast.
AgWeb: Finding Optimism in Cotton Country for Farm Equipment
- While livestock producers' interest in equipment has waned lately, it's the row and specialty crop sectors that are gaining strength today.
Wisconsin Ag Connection: AFBF Releases Video on Ag Labor, Border Security
- For farmers and ranchers, immigration reform must balance agriculture's need for a dependable supply of agricultural labor with enhanced security at our nation's border. A new video produced by the American Farm Bureau Federation highlights those issues.
ABC 30 (Fresno): Local college student making waves with new app he helped create jobs.
- Alex Avalos is a sophomore at West Hills College in Coalinga and he hopes to completely change how farm workers find jobs.
Agri-Pulse: Monsanto rejects latest Bayer offer
- Monsanto Co. has rejected Bayer Ag's latest takeover bid, saying its board views the $125 a share offer as “financially inadequate and insufficient to ensure deal certainty.”
AP: Tom Vilsack: A rise from orphanage to Cabinet secretary
- Tom Vilsack’s political story already reads like a modern Horatio Alger tale: a humble beginning at an orphanage in Pittsburgh, a rise to governor of Iowa and then to the nation’s secretary of agriculture.
Des Moines Register: King says he's defending white men from liberal attacks
- Iowa Congressman Steve King said Tuesday he has no regrets about again making national news with racially charged comments.
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