Daily Harvest -- 7/26/2016
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse Daybreak for July 26, 2016
- Sanders veers from platform text on Dems' TPP opposition. Also: Vilsack, Redding head agribiz event; Blumenauer criticizes crop insurance; freight rail probes; more.
Agri-Pulse: Open Mic: Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-MN
- Senator Klobuchar challenges suggestions that nutrition programs be separated from the farm bill, discusses the need for global trade and offers specific reasons why the Cuban embargo must be lifted.
Agri-Pulse: Time running out on inaugural wheat yield contest
- (Audio) The National Association of Wheat Growers is reminding producers that the application deadline is looming for its inaugural wheat yield contest.
Des Moines Register: Wright County weighs $8M in Prestage plant tax breaks
- Wright County supervisors are considering giving Prestage Farms an $8 million tax break over a decade if the North Carolina company builds its proposed $240 million pork processing plant south of Eagle Grove.
National Hog Farmer: Legislation would make checkoffs voluntary
- Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) has introduced the “Check-Off Program Participation Act” that would make federal checkoff programs voluntary. The legislation would give any farmer or rancher the right to opt-out of USDA checkoff programs.
Reuters: Federal government seeks options as farm loan funds run out of cash
- The U.S. government's $2.65 billion operating loan program to help farmers keep their businesses going has already run out of cash, officials said Monday.
DTN/Progressive Farmer: Kaine’s Ag Resume: For 2014 Farm Bill, against TPP
- Though U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack would have been considered a home run for agriculture as Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s running mate, Sen. Tim Kaine’s, D-Va., resume suggests a mixed bag for farmers and ranchers.
Fortune: How Warren Buffett & Elon Musk Both Compete and Contrast on Energy
- Two of the world’s best known billionaires, Elon Musk and Warren Buffett, have made major bets on the future of energy, and how generating power, and transportation will evolve over the coming years.
Washington Times: Democrats strike ‘all-of-the-above’ energy policy from platform
- Say good-bye to the Democratic Party’s long-standing support for “all-of-the-above” energy, and hello to “some of the above.”
Syracuse.com: Judge tosses NY's new rules against energy marketers as 'irrational'
- A state Supreme Court judge today struck down New York's attempt to clamp down on independent energy service companies with strict new rules, calling the effort "arbitrary'' and "irrational.''
The Guardian: Australia's first hybrid wind-solar farm to be built near Canberra
- Australia’s first large-scale hybrid wind and solar farm is set to be built near Canberra, with the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (Arena) providing a $9.9m grant.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Agri-Pulse: Leading food activist calls GMO bill a 'good compromise'
- A leading critic of federal food and agriculture policy believes the GMO disclosure bill passed by Congress this month is a fair compromise that is likely to have little impact on consumer food choice.
Daily Mirror: Drunk people, screaming foxes and our food are just some of the things Americans hate about the UK
- The thing that seemed to come up the most was our food - with Cornish pasties, Marmite and beans on toast all being declared as big no nos.
Refinery29: Please Don't Freak Out, But The Next Superfood May Be Cockroach Milk
- The milk produced by a certain species of cockroach may be four times more nutritious than cow's milk, according to a new study.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
New Orleans Times-Picayune: Port of South Louisiana officials return from Cuba trade trip
- Last week, Port of South Louisiana Executive Director Paul G. Aucoin along with Commission President D. Paul Robichaux, Commission Treasurer P. Joey Murray, III, and Commission Secretary Stanley Bazile returned from a 94-member trade mission to Cuba led by Louisiana Commissioner of Agriculture, Mike Strain.
The Packer: Potato council joins Cuba trade group
- The National Potato Council has joined a group that hopes to expand trade with Cuba.
Daily Trust: Nigeria: Agriculture Nigeria's 'New Oil'
- Agriculture is the "new oil" for Nigeria and the only way to get the country out of the present economic downturn, the Director General, Budget Office of the Federation, Ben Akabueze, has said.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Louisville Courier-Journal: Indiana animal refuge triumphs in USDA case
- Indiana's well-known exotic animal refuge Wildlife in Need claimed another victory this month when a federal administrative law judge upheld a previous decision saying the federal government did not have grounds to terminate owner Tim Stark's exhibitor's license.
Slate: The Climate Change Election
- Hillary needs to realize—soon—that her chances of becoming president hinge on climate voters.
AgriNews (Illinois): New program links specialists, farmers
- Farmers on the fence about what conservation practices are best for their farm now have new resources available to guide them. The Precision Conservation Management program was fittingly rolled out at the annual Indian Creek Watershed Project/Soil Health Partnership field day and now is open to enrollment.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Yakima Herald: Lower Valley farm workers gather in Granger to celebrate victory in lawsuit, receive payments
- More than 300 farm laborers crowded into a downtown Spanish-language radio station to celebrate victory in a class-action lawsuit affirming their rights as workers and to receive payments from a $1 million settlement in the case.
Corpus Christi Caller: 1966 labor march to be celebrated Sunday
- Daria Vera's anger was discouraged by César Chávez as she walked by his side during a farmworkers march in 1966. "No quiero violencia," Vera, now 69, recalls Chávez saying. "I don't want any violence.
Vox: Big GOP donors like Trump's immigration rhetoric
- Analysis finds that harsh immigration policies do have support among some of the wealthiest — and most powerful — political actors in American politics.
Dayton Daily News: Brewery gets ‘hyper-local’ through collaboration with farm market
- A local brewery has formed a collaboration with a nearby farm market to offer some of the farm market’s fruits and vegetables in the brewpub’s food menu — and, soon, in some of its beers.
Salem Statesman-Journal: Second mega-dairy proposed for Oregon
- The proposed Willow Creek Dairy would house 30,000 animals. It would be the second-largest Oregon dairy, after Threemile Canyon, with 70,000 animals, said Wym Matthews, who oversees confined animal feeding operations (CAFOs) for the state Department of Agriculture.
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