Daily Harvest -- 7/27/2015
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Washington Week Ahead: Heat on Canada as U.S. tries to wrap up TPP talks
- With a series of agricultural issues still hanging, the Pacific Rim trade negotiations heat up in Hawaii this week as U.S. negotiators try up to wrap up a deal that they can send to Congress for approval.
Agri-Pulse: Washington Week in Review: July 24, 2015: Pompeo Bill, tax extenders, and COOL
- (Video) It was a busy week in Washington as the House and Senate worked to finish final projects before the August recess.
Agri-Pulse: Open Mic with Senator Chuck Grassley
- (Audio) In this interview, Grassley talks possible tax reform and Country-of-Origin Labeling, and says Congress needs to take action to protect poultry farmers from avian influenza.
Agri-Pulse: Deputy Agriculture Secretary returns to her roots
- (Audio) Deputy Agriculture Secretary Krysta Harden went home this week to talk with members of the Southern Peanut Farmers Federation in Georgia Friday.
Agri-Pulse: Meet the Lawmaker: Mike Pompeo, Kansas' 4th District
- (Video) Despite not serving on the House Agriculture Committee, Kansas Republican Mike Pompeo quickly became a major player in ag policy when he introduced a bill that would preempt state GMO labeling laws.
Agri-Pulse: Equipment sharing leaves farms vulnerable to bird flu, USDA finds
- A USDA analysis has determined that the common practice among poultry farms of sharing equipment such as feed trucks and live haul loaders makes farms more vulnerable to highly pathogenic avian influenza.
Agri-Pulse: Gov. Christie shares thoughts on USDA, EPA and why he vetoed bill to ban gestation crates
- If New Jersey Governor Chris Christie makes it through the crowded Republican field of GOP presidential candidates and on to the White House, Iowa Governor Terry Branstad will likely be on his speed dial for all things agricultural.
Des Moines Register: Farmers restocking their flocks as bird flu winds down
- Three months after bird flu wiped out two of Greg Langmo's flocks, he's among the first to start raising turkeys again.
Wall Street Journal: Arch Coal’s Future Gets Darker
- Big Coal is at once a faint shadow of itself, yet still vital economically. Mainly used for power generation and metallurgy, the percentage of U.S. electricity from coal-fired plants recently fell to 30%, just below the share from natural gas.
Nasdaq: Miners Shed Thousands of Jobs as Commodities Prices Slide
- The world's biggest miners are hemorrhaging jobs as the price for almost everything they dig up - from gold to aluminum to copper - slides relentlessly downward.
CNBC: Oil prices slide on China stocks rout, supply glut
- Oil prices fell to near four-month lows on Monday after a steep drop in Chinese stock markets and on more evidence of a global oil supply glut that has halved prices over the past year.
Bloomberg: Apple, Goldman Among Companies in $140 Billion Climate Pledge
- Executives from 13 major U.S. corporations will announce Monday at least $140 billion in new investments to decrease their carbon footprints as part of a White House initiative to recruit private commitments ahead of a United Nations climate-change summit later this year in Paris.
Wall Street Journal: Hillary Clinton Previews Plans to Combat Climate Change
- Hillary Clinton sought to elevate the issue of climate change in the 2016 political debate Sunday as she announced two “bold national goals” to expand clean-energy production.
The Hill: Gov: Mississippi might not comply with climate rule
- Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant (R) has told the Environmental Protection Agency his state might not comply with a forthcoming Obama administration rule on carbon emissions from power plants.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Agri-Pulse: FDA wants labeling for added sugars, daily limit
- In an effort to get Americans to cut sugar consumption, the Food and Drug Administration is proposing to require nutrition labels to disclose the content of added sugars as a percentage of a recommended daily limit.
New York Times: Americans Are Finally Eating Less
- Calories consumed daily by the typical American adult, which peaked around 2003, are in the midst of their first sustained decline since federal statistics began to track the subject, more than 40 years ago.
Fortune: How Microsoft and the USDA are trying to solve the sustainable food problem
- USDA and Microsoft on Friday launched the USDA Innovation Challenge, a contest designed to help researchers look into how climate change will affect the food system in this country and come up with ways to make food sources more resilient to climate change.
Wall Street Journal: Five things to know about palm oil
- Controversy has surrounded the palm-oil industry, even as demand for the cheap and widely consumed vegetable oil has surged in recent years.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
The Hill: Finance panel to Canada: Trade deal depends on dairy access
- Senate Finance Committee leaders on Friday said their support for a sweeping trans-Pacific pact hinges on Canada's willingness to expand market access to U.S. dairy exports.
New York Times: ‘Sea slaves’: Forced labor for cheap fish
- Thai men who have fled servitude on fishing boats recount beatings and worse as nets are cast for the catch that will become pet food and livestock feed.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Agri-Pulse: Saving the Sage Grouse through voluntary conservation
- (Opinion) Voluntary conservation efforts have helped protect and restore habitat for the sage grouse on more than 4.4 million acres since 2010 through NRCS partnerships with owners of private working lands.
The New Yorker: Can desalination counter the drought?
- California has eight hundred and forty miles of coastline adjoining the world’s largest ocean — an oversupply of brine at a time when drought has left fallow more than half a million acres of farmland, claimed some twenty thousand jobs, and cost the economy billions of dollars.
Washington Post: Why everyone who is sure about their food philosophy is wrong
- (Opinion) Food is a constant tug-of-war between people and planet. We can’t feed ourselves without doing environmental harm.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
LA Times: GOP and Latinos: On immigration, history shows the way
- (Opinion) On the question of immigration, the Republican Party is at a crossroads.
LA Times: Judge says immigrant families should be released from detention: What happens now?
- A federal judge has ruled that hundreds of immigrant women and children held in U.S. detention facilities should be released because their detention violates conditions of a 1997 court settlement that put restrictions on how migrant children are held.
Seed World: Dow Expresses Interest in Syngenta Seed Unit
- Dow chief executive officer Andrew Liveris reveals the company would be interested in Syngenta’s seed business if Monsanto were to acquire its Swiss rival.
Wall Street Journal: 5 Things to Know About Monsanto and Syngenta
- Biotech seed giant Monsanto Co. and its pesticides-focused rival Syngenta AG continue to spar over Monsanto’s $45 billion takeover offer, with Syngenta this week touting its standalone strategy.
Minneapolis Star Tribune: Two arrested in 2013 mink-freeing spree that hit Minnesota
- Two animal-rights activists have been charged in California with terrorizing the fur industry during cross-country road trips — including in Minnesota — two years ago in which they released about 5,740 mink from fur farms and vandalized the homes and businesses of operators.
Wall Street Journal: George Pataki Is Wearing Two Hats: Presidential Candidate and Cattleman
- The former New York governor and current presidential candidate operates South Farm at Abingdon Square Greenmarket in Manhattan.
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