Daily Harvest -- 7/22/2015
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: DeLauro, Aderholt want assurance on catfish inspections in TPP
- U.S. Reps. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., and Robert Aderholt, R-Ala., are calling on U.S. negotiators at the Trans-Pacific Partnership talks in Hawaii to commit publicly that their negotiating position on catfish will not conflict with existing U.S. law.
Des Moines Register: First Iowa farms hit by bird flu nearing restocking time
- One of the first Iowa turkey farms where bird flu was found is getting close to the time at which birds can be restocked, but most of the 77 farms affected are still weeks away from introduction of new flocks, Iowa Department of Agriculture officials said Tuesday.
The Olympian: Project brings broadband to parts of northern New Mexico
- More than two dozen communities in northern New Mexico will now have broadband service thanks to one of the largest communication projects ever funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Development office.
National Journal: New Highway Bill Hits a Roadblock
- Democrats voted against advancing McConnell's transportation blueprint because they didn't have enough time to read it, and some Republicans dislike the details.
Agri-Pulse: Renewal of expensing allowance, biofuel incentives advances in Senate
- The Senate Finance Committee advanced a two-year extension of a higher Section 179 expensing allowance and tax incentives for wind power and biofuels.
Washington Post: Why airlines keep pushing biofuels: They have no choice
- The number of global fliers is expected to more than double in the next two decades. In order to carry all those extra passengers, airlines are turning to a technology very few can make work on a large scale: converting trash into fuel.
Forbes: This Time Is Different: Chesapeake Energy Scraps Dividend Amid Oil And Gas Plunge
- Shale oil and gas driller Chesapeake Energy is scrapping its common stock dividend in order to maintain capital expenditure amid a sharp slump in energy prices.
Ethanol Producer Magazine: EIA proposes to expand biofuel data collection activities
- In July, the U.S. Department of Energy published a notice in the Federal Register inviting public comments on proposed revisions to certain information collection forms, including several focused on biofuel. Comments are due Sept. 8.
The Guardian: Solar power subsidies to be cut under plans to reduce green energy costs
- The government has unveiled sweeping plans to cut subsidies to the renewable energy sector, saying costs are out of control and the consumer must be protected from soaring bills.
FOOD & NUTRITION
NPR: A 3-D Food Lab And Restaurant Wants To Turn Yuck Into Yum
- These days, the tech geeks, chefs, and curious folk that inhabit the lab are focused on 3-D printing. Instead of spouting plastic doodads, the printers exude chocolate.
The Hill: Opinion: Bill informs consumers, protects consumer choice
- Pamela Bailey: As anti-Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) campaigners continue their crusade to mandate GMO labeling, it is clear that their efforts are not geared to advance the public interest but rather to work against it.
Boston Globe: Let Americans decide for themselves on GMOs
- Jim McGovern and Chellie Pingree: It’s alarming that Congress could soon pass a bill that aims to keep consumers in the dark when it comes to foods with genetically modified organisms, or GMOs.
Financial Times: Changing tastes spur Nestlé to take fresh approach to frozen food
- (Subscriber only) Frozen — and the food business in general — is facing tough times in the US amid a consumer revolution in eating habits that has helped trigger a wave of consolidation in the sector.
New York Times: Food Writer Seeks Story and Finds It Buried in the Sand
- There are also certain beds of hot sands called fumarole — where, it turns out, the temperature of the sand is perpetually about 350 degrees. Imagine yourself on any beach at the end of a sunny day: The top layer is hot, but dig your toes in and there is cool, wet sand underneath. At a fumarola, the top layer of sand is hot, and the layers underneath hotter still.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Agri-Pulse: Jindal wants trade promotion authority, just not for Obama
- “I'm not opposed to fast track authority for presidents, Republican or Democrat. I'm opposed to fast track authority for this president,” Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said today.
Bloomberg: Australia’s Drought Bringing the Beef to McDonald’s, Carl’s Jr.
- Australia’s dry spell and a strengthening El Nino are proving a boon for U.S. hamburger lovers. Queensland’s most widespread drought ever is sending a near record number of cattle to feedlots as ranchers cull cows at the fastest pace in more than three decades.
Bloomberg: France Seeks to Allay Farmers Blocking Cities, Tourist Sites
- France’s government pledged aid for farmers following an emergency meeting Tuesday, as meat and dairy producers halted traffic and blocked tourist sites in several regions to protest low prices.
Bloomberg: Dutch Flower Sellers Say Russia’s Ban Threat May Have MH17 Link
- The Netherlands’ biggest agricultural group said a Russian threat to ban flower imports from the country may be linked to efforts to investigate the downing of a Malaysian Airlines plane over eastern Ukraine in which 198 Dutch citizens were killed.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
New York Times: California Farm District Accused of Diverting Water
- California water regulators cracked down Monday on a rural irrigation district accused of illegally diverting water in the midst of the state’s drought emergency, proposing a record $1.5 million fine in what they said would be the first of many penalties like this.
Reuters: Australian weather bureau sees El Nino continuing into 2016
- The El Nino in the Pacific Ocean is growing and expected to continue, raising temperatures and reducing rainfall into next year, Australia's Bureau of Meteorology said on Tuesday.
Bloomberg: Canada Now Says Wheat Output to Fall, Not Rise, Amid Dry Weather
- Canada, one of the world’s top wheat exporters, scrapped a forecast for an increased crop this year and said it now sees production slumping 8.8 percent as dry weather hampers yields.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
WKBW: A WNY solution to the lack of labor on farms
- Farm labor has been an issue at farms in Western New York for years. This year new problems are making that issue even worse. But there may be a homegrown solution to the problem of not enough hands on the farm.
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