Daily Harvest -- 7/22/2016
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse Daybreak for July 22, 2016
- In an acceptance speech that went on for well over an hour, GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump promised what he called a “new, fair trade policy” and said that under his administration “Americanism, not globalism, will be our credo.” Also: Trump farm leaders defend his trade talk; the rural vote; voters pessimistic, Frank Luntz tells Iowa delegates.
Agri-Pulse: Washington Week in Review: July 21, 2016: Recapping the Republican National Convention
- Amidst the flurry of the Republican National Convention, a group of ag stakeholders is forming to rally around GOP nominee Donald Trump. Agri-Pulse's Phil Brasher and Spencer Chase have more from Cleveland.
Agri-Pulse: Crop insurance: Steady as she goes
- The federal crop insurance program is financially sound and growing, but continues to look for ways to expand its offerings and reduce its already low improper payment rate, Risk Management Agency Administrator Brandon Willis said today at a meeting with reporters.
Ag Week: Great American Farm Luncheon touts GOP, quiet on Trump
- A series of high-ranking Republicans July 20 urged farm leaders to be unified in supporting the Republican ticket this fall, but they barely mentioned the name of GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump, leaving the pitch for him to a Nebraska farmer and agribusiness executive who will chair Trump’s farm and rural committee.
U.S. News & World Report: No Appetite for Corporate Welfare
- Before leaving town for their six-week party nominating convention vacation, lawmakers filed a flurry of new legislation. One good proposal came from Sens. Mike Lee, R-Utah, and Cory Booker, D-N.J., in the form of S. 3201, "The Commodity Checkoff Program Improvement Act of 2016." This bill is a common sense effort to bring transparency and accountability to an often overlooked bastion of corporate welfare and cronyism.
Reuters: Oil down 2 percent as record U.S. stockpiles heighten glut worry
- Oil prices fell 2 percent on Thursday, as the market took a closer look at U.S. government data that showed growing inventories of gasoline and other oil products pushed total petroleum supplies in the No. 1 oil consumer to record highs.
CNN Money: America's biggest oil boom came under Obama
- Believe it or not, Obama has presided over the biggest increase in oil production in American history, even if he can't take direct credit for it all.
Detroit Free Press: Enbridge hit with a $177M bill for Michigan, Illinois oil spills
- Canadian oil transport giant Enbridge has reached a $177-million settlement with the U.S. Justice Department and Environmental Protection Agency over 2010 oil spills in Marshall and Romeoville, Ill.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Agri-Pulse: USDA finalizes rules for Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act
- USDA today announced final rules implementing the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 that officials say will improve access to healthy food and insure consistent standards for food marketed and served to students.
The Independent: Ants invented farming 60 million years ago after ditching hunter-gatherer lifestyle, scientists discover
- After the age of the dinosaurs came to an end some 65 million years ago, a ‘tribe’ of ants known to scientists as the Attini decided to give up life as hunter-gatherers and become farmers instead, according to a new genetic study.
Seattle Times: Feds issue public-health alert over salmonella in whole roasting pigs
- Federal food-safety regulators issued a public-health alert late Wednesday for whole roasting pigs supplied by a Pierce County slaughterhouse after the pork was linked to an outbreak of salmonella — the second in a year.
Wash. Post: People want GMO food labeled — which is pretty much all they know about GMOs
- A new Annenberg Science Knowledge survey suggests that most Americans don’t have a solid understanding of the science behind GMOs at all.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Agri-Pulse: NPPC wants Trump to come around on TPP
- (Audio) When Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump talks trade, he usually voices his displeasure with the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a multi-lateral trade agreement that is very popular in agricultural circles.
DTN Progressive Farmer: Washington Insider: Those Secret Trade Talk Committees
- A quick monitor of Washington farm and trade policy issues from DTN's well-placed observer.
Australian Broadcasting Corp.: Australia's agriculture exports losing market share
- A rural think tank is warning Australia's agriculture export performance is waning in the face of stiff competition from rising agricultural producers.
Financial Times: Brazil keen to open trade talks with UK
- Brazil will push for immediate trade talks with the UK under the auspices of South America’s trading bloc, Mercosur, once Britain’s new foreign secretary Boris Johnson has settled into the job, Brazil’s foreign minister José Serra said.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Detroit Free Press: Parched fields, stressed crops leaves mid-Michigan farmers concerned
- With mid-Michigan locked in a dry spell, the situation is becoming worrisome for area farmers.
Arizona Daily Star: Feds suspend crucial permit for big Benson development
- Federal officials have suspended a crucial permit for a 28,000-home development planned in Benson, to the relief of opponents who fear the project will dry up the San Pedro River and harm federally protected wildlife that depend on it.
AgNetWest: Lessons from Six California Soil Care Farmers
- Despite the growing interest in soil health in many parts of the country, the notion hasn’t captured the imagination of most farmers in California.
Pioneer Press: St. Paul mayor" Climate change, extreme weather costing Mississippi River cities
- St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman said the heat wave that is growing across 21 states is an indication of extreme weather trends that will continue to endanger lives and livelihoods, while hitting Mississippi River cities in the pocketbook.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
The Record: Migrant farm workers hope for improvements to program
- Treavor Morris, of Jamaica, can be heard singing over the loud whirs and grinds of a tractor as he weeds rapini crops with a scuffler machine at Pfenning's Organic Farms. He hopes for changes to the temporary foreign worker program he was hired under.
KIMA TV: Over $1 million settlement to be given to farm workers involved in class-action suit
- Yakima Valley farm workers involved in a class-action lawsuit since 2012 against a management company for wrongful firing will receive their settlement payments Sunday according to a news release from Columbia Legal Services.
PolitiFact: Do all strawberries consumed by Congress pass through hands of undocumented workers?
- The evidence says that about 50 to 70 percent of farm workers in the United States are undocumented. While most data and experts agree that the figure is higher for the strawberry industry, there is no clear way to deduce a solid estimate that would back Rep. Luis Gutiérrez’s claim. Since PolitiFact puts the burden of proof on the speaker, we rate this claim Half True.
Orange County Register: Realistic immigration reform not found in Republican platform
- Those looking for reasonable solutions to the nation’s fractured immigration system won’t find them in the Republican Party. Under the banner of “Make America Safe Again,” this year’s Republican National Convention highlighted and gave prominence to a populist, more knee-jerk approach to immigration that is not only harmful but counter to what actually makes America great.
Des Moines Register: 8 things to know about Tom Vilsack
- Vilsack was elected to the Iowa Senate in 1992 and re-elected in 1994. In 1998, Vilsack was elected Iowa’s first Democratic governor in 32 years, succeeding Republican Terry Branstad.
Christian Science Monitor: Why a small agriculture tech company is big business
- Indigo, an agriculture technology start-up, has received a record $100 million in funding, the largest single financing round in the history of the private ag-tech sector, says the company. Investor interest in Indigo centers around something very, very small: microbes that make seeds more resilient to water shortages – a trait that could help agriculture fight the global trend toward a hotter (and drier) climate in coming decades.
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