Daily Harvest -- 7/21/2016
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse Daybreak for July 21, 2016
- Donald Trump will be addressing what is sure to be a huge national audience tonight when he makes his acceptance speech to the Republican National Convention. Trump still has some work to do in unifying the party, which was made clear last night when Texas Sen. Ted Cruz was booed off the stage after a speech in which he failed to endorse Trump. Also: More from the convention on Vilsack as VEEP and the farm bill.
Agri-Pulse: Trump campaign auditioning for 'all-star' cast of ag supporters
- Donald Trump's campaign, looking to shore up its rural support in key swing states, is organizing an “all-star cast” of agribusiness leaders behind the campaign and rolling out in coming days its farm policy agenda.
Agri-Pulse Delegate of the Day: Aubrey Bettencourt, California
- In this video, California's Aubrey Bettencourt talks about the unique challenges and issues facing California agriculture and why she thinks the Republican ticket would be better positioned to tackle them.
Agri-Pulse: SNAP language in platform is a guide, Conaway says
- (Audio) The lawmaker tasked with producing the next farm bill says language in the Republican platform will serve as a guide, but not as gospel, for the next farm bill.
Mother Jones: There's Something Disturbing About One of Hillary's Top VP Picks
- If Hillary Clinton picks Vilsack and the ticket wins (the polling site 538 gives Clinton a 63 percent chance to prevail in November), the country will have its first vice president to be plucked from the USDA since Franklin Roosevelt tapped Vilsack's fellow Iowan Henry Wallace in 1940.
Omaha World-Herald: 6 major farm groups say priority for state agriculture is property tax reform
- Leaders of six major farm organizations have joined forces to declare property tax reform, not a constitutional protection for a “right to farm,” as the key priority for keeping Nebraska agriculture strong.
Reuters: POLL-When it comes to ethanol, U.S. drivers don't really care
- U.S. farming and oil lobbies have spent over a decade battling over a government program that requires that renewable fuels are blended with gasoline, but a recent survey showed motorists largely don't know or care what goes into their gas tanks .
Burlington Free Press: VT slows down on renewable energy incentives
- Sunny skies for the nation’s solar power industry may be turning partly cloudy, as state regulators begin cutting back on subsidies and incentives.
Politico: Trump's energy whisperer
- Harold Hamm, an Oklahoma oilman with a flair for showmanship, takes the stage at the GOP convention for a prime-time speaking slot.
HuffingtonPost: Google Just Figured Out A Futuristic Way To Slash Its Energy Bill
- Google is getting a lot smarter about how much electricity it uses.
Fox Business: Murray Energy CEO: Coal Industry is Virtually Destroyed
- Murray Energy CEO Robert Murray weighed in on the increasing amount of regulations on the coal industry, President Obama and presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s support of green energies.
FOOD & NUTRITION
TechInsider: 10% of the food you buy might not be what you think it is
- It's estimated by the industry group Grocery Manufacturers of America that up to 10% of food products contain an adulterated or fraudulent ingredients — something that's not what people think they are buying.
Politico: The next GMO-labeling battleground: USDA
- Over the next two years, the Department of Agriculture will be the new battleground in the GMO-labeling war as it implements the nationwide labeling requirements.
Sacramento Bee: Buying directly from a farmer has an outsized impact on the local economy: UC Davis
- Study finds farms that sell food to customers make up 4 percent of Sacramento’s $1 billion ag industry.
NPR: Wal-Mart, America's Largest Grocer, Is Now Selling Ugly Fruit And Vegetables
- Starting this week, America's largest grocer says it is piloting sales of weather-dented apples at a discount in 300 of its stores in Florida.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Agri-Pulse: Obama signs Global Food Security Act
- The law is is designed to help developing nations expand their agricultural capacity and get on a path to self-sufficiency.
Nebraska Radio Network: Former Gov. Heineman impressed by Trump’s trade talk
- Of the many Nebraskans in Cleveland this week attending the GOP National Convention, former Governor Dave Heineman is there supporting his party. Heineman says he is very impressed on Donald Trump’s view on trade.
PigWorld (UK): Brexit trade solutions seen as key to pork sector
- Future trade issues relating to non-EU countries are important for the pork sector following the Brexit vote, according to the second specialist post-referendum report issued by AHDB.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Judge: DNR must impose water protection rules on dairy farm expansion
- A Dane County judge has ruled the Department of Natural Resources can't backtrack from an earlier decision and must proceed with imposing environmental protections on a large dairy farm expansion.
Minnesota Farm Guide: Minnesota Farm Recognized for Outstanding Environmental Stewardship
- Stoney Creek Farm in Redwood Falls, Minn., has been selected as one of six regional honorees of the Environmental Stewardship Award Program.
GardenCenter: NACD, NRCS announce $2 million for urban agriculture conservation
- The National Association of Conservation Districts, in partnership with USDA’s Natural Resource Conservation Service, has awarded $2 million in grants to 42 conservation districts in 25 states to boost technical assistance capacity for urban agriculture and conservation projects.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Quad Cities News: Farm workers near McClean treated for pesticide exposure
- Officials in central Illinois say about 60 farm workers have been treated after being exposed to pesticides.
GreenBiz: From GMOs to robots, the fight over the future of food is here
- Area farmers and industry associations contend that their operating models are threatened by increasing global commodity competition, unresolved immigration discord and rising wages — not to mention increasing environmental hazards such as droughts, floods and fires. Amid all this, a range of technology providers are rushing to supply drones, sensors, data analytics tools and robots.
NBC 24: Mercy Health, UTMC partner with FLOC to provide medical care to migrant farm workers
- Taking your temperature, a rather routine service. However, if you're a migrant farm worker, you may be missing out on even this most basic of medical care.
Wall Street Journal: Bayer Investor Floats Idea of Hostile Bid for Monsanto
- “Such a move would be seen as hostile but could put pressure on Monsanto’s management to grant Bayer access to its books,” Markus Manns of Union Investment told old The Wall Street Journal.
AP: Central US braces for ‘heat dome;’ heat indexes to top 100
- High temperatures and humidity will bake much of the central U.S. this week, making it feel as hot as 115 degrees in some places and leading some cities to open cooling stations and take other precautions.
Cedar Rapids Gazette: Charles City farmer convicted in USDA loan scheme
- A Charles City area farmer pleaded guilty Monday to selling more than 90,000 bushels of corn that was pledged as collateral on federal Farm Service Agency loans for more than $196,000.
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