Daily Harvest -- 7/25/2016
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse Daybreak for July 25, 2016
- Democratic Convention kicks off in Philly with drama around Sanders' supporters; Vilsack vet to be chief of staff for Kaine; platform stresses rural needs; Glickman: Don’t forget rural voters.
Agri-Pulse: Clinton taps Kaine as running mate, passing over Vilsack
- The Virginia Farm Bureau Federation said it would have no comment on Kaine's record involving agriculture during his time as governor.
Agri-Pulse: Hydroponic task force sends organic issue to NOSB
- Hydroponic growing systems that do not use soil should nonetheless be considered for organic certification if they can achieve “equivalent soil functions,” a new report prepared for USDA's National Organic Standards Board recommends.
Agri-Pulse: Meet the Lawmaker: David Valadao, R-Calif.
- California Republican David Valadao has taken a leadership role in addressing California's water issues. In this interview, he talks with Agri-Pulse about his legislative priorities and what he'd like to change about Congress.
Agri-Pulse: John Block talks about the ticket
- (Audio) "As a Republican, I tell you that Donald Trump is officially our Presidential candidate and Gov. Mike Pence is the Vice Presidential running mate."
Delta Farm Press: NCC continuing to seek a path for cottonseed 'other oilseed' designation
- National Cotton Council President and CEO Gary Adams says the NCC is still planning to seek a legislative vehicle for approval of the cottonseed as an other oilseed later this fall if the opportunity arises.
Morning Consult: Energy Brief: Week in Review & What’s Ahead
- Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) said Republican energy policies would try to “stop the bleeding” within the coal industry and that the Republican presidential nominee would encourage clean coal technologies.
Petroleum World: Husky Energy pipeline Leaks crude oil into major Canadian river
- Attempts to stop a pipeline oil spill from flowing down a major river in Saskatchewan failed Friday and new steps were being taken to try to contain the slick.
Bloomberg: These Clean Energy Projects Pollute More Than Coal Power Plants
- Geothermal wells usually provide a steady supply of clean energy flowing from the natural heat of the Earth. In Turkey, because of a quirk in the geology, some of those wells pollute as much as coal-fired power plants.
Midwest Energy News: Minnesota mayor doesn’t share legislators’ alarm over coal shutdown
- The mayor of a Minnesota town that state lawmakers have warned would be negatively impacted by the Clean Power Plan says he supports plans to shut down two units at a coal plant there.
San Diego Union-Tribune: Solana Beach looks for energy provider
- Solana Beach could become the first city in San Diego County to create its own power company, with the goal of moving to 100 percent renewable energy.
FOOD & NUTRITION
The Gazette: A different crunch: Benton County couple launches state's first cricket farm
- At Iowa Cricket Farmer, the “livestock” reside in blue barrels in a carefully controlled environment and eventually are to be sold to Utah-based Chapul, a company that uses cricket flour to make granola bars and protein powder.
Sentinel-Tribune (Bowling Green, OH): Nutrition projects feed winners
- 4-H members from around the county participated in 4-H Food and Nutrition Judging held on July 12, at the Junior Fair building on the Wood County fairgrounds.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch: St. Louis is at the center of a multi-front fight against obesity
- America is fat and not getting any thinner. For the first time, there are more women who are obese than men.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Agri-Pulse: Farm, food issues not top priority for Philadelphia Democrats
- Thousands of Democrats will crowd Philadelphia this week to nominate Hillary Clinton for president, adopt a platform and - even with the prominence of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack in her vice presidential sweepstakes - hold their quadrennial convention with hardly a second thought given to food and agricultural matters.
Agri-Pulse: EU approves three biotech soybean traits
- After a long delay, the European Union has approved three biotech soybean traits for import and processing, according to the U.S. Soybean Export Council.
Agri-Pulse: Trade experts leery of campaign talk
- Donald Trump doubled down against bad trade deals in his acceptance speech at the GOP convention. But renegotiating NAFTA and torpedoing the Trans-Pacific Partnership may not be easy or in the nation's best interest, trade experts say.
Financial Times: Syngenta chief points to Brexit boost for UK’s crop regulations
- The UK’s planned exit from the EU would allow it to break with “politicised” European regulation in agriculture and take swifter advantage of scientific breakthroughs, the chief executive of Switzerland’s Syngenta agribusiness has said.
Bloomington (Ind.) Pantagraph: Reed: Family farmers need the Trans-Pacific Partnership
- Jim Reed, a corn and soybean farmer in DeLand, who is a past president of the Illinois Corn Growers Association, says that with TPP, U.S. agriculture exports will grow significantly, particularly for pork and beef. That’s important not just to livestock producers, but also to us as corn farmers, because 40 percent of the U.S. corn crop goes to livestock feed.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Sacramento Bee: Will the Delta tunnels get built? Plan enters critical make-or-break phase
- Still swirling in controversy, Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed $15.5 billion re-engineering of the troubled Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta is heading into a critical phase over the next year that could well decide if the project comes to fruition.
Lancaster Farming: Farmers Face New Realities in Stormwater Management
- For farmers, the save-the-bay drumbeat since the 1980s has been all about keeping sediment and manure runoff out of the Susquehanna River and its tributaries.
AP: Farmers abandon crops as drought grips Northeast
- At Lavoie’s Farm in New Hampshire, beans and corn haven’t broken through the ground yet and fields of strawberries are stunted.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
N.Y. Times: Trump Rules Out Immigration From Pretty Much Everywhere
- (Opinion) People complain that Donald Trump changes his positions as often as he touches up his comb-over. But he is consistent about at least one thing: When he says something unhinged from reality and is confronted about it, he doubles down.
Hanford Sentinel: Ag app to increase farm worker safety and productivity
- A team of college students has developed a new app aimed at increasing safety and productivity for farmers and farmworkers by using climate sensors.
Boise Weekly: The Workers Who Pick Your Summer Berries Are Asking You Not to Buy Them
- The conflict came to a head last week in Washington state, when farmworkers and their families marched alongside hundreds of supporters on a usually sleepy country road about an hour north of Seattle.
The Hutchinson News: Docking poll: Marshall is a toe ahead of Huelskamp
- Great Bend doctor Roger Marshall has a sliver of a lead and the wind at his back in his race against U.S. Rep. Tim Huelskamp, Fowler/Hutchinson, according to a just-released poll.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Bayer and Monsanto still seem far apart on price
- Two months after Bayer went public with its offer for Monsanto, the deal doesn’t seem any closer to happening.
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