Daily Harvest -- 7/27/2016
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse Daybreak for July 27, 2016
- Vilsack stumps for Hillary in Philadelphia speech. Also: More coverage from the convention from Sara Wyant and Phil Brasher, including Clinton's planned rural push. Finally: Huelskamp challenger gets wheat growers' endorsement.
Agri-Pulse: Despite rhetoric, Block thinks TPP still has a chance
- (Audio) Many Obama administration initiatives have been under attack during the 2016 presidential race, but perhaps no policy has been more maligned than the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
Reuters: U.S. seek 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, as requests for federal financial assistance grow amid the worst agricultural downturn in more than a decade, U.S. officials told Reuters on Monday.
Agri-Pulse: Ethanol industry sees cellulosic ready for RFS-fueled takeoff
- Cellulosic ethanol is being produced at commercial scale today.
ABC7: Solar Impulse 2 lands in Abu Dhabi, marks 1st round-the-world flight
- The world's first round-the-world flight to be powered solely by the sun's energy made history on Tuesday as it landed in Abu Dhabi, where it first took off on an epic 25,000-mile (40,000-kilometer) journey that began more than a year ago.
AP: Advocates seek more disclosure on fracking chemicals
- Landowners, environmentalists and health advocates petitioned Montana regulators on Tuesday to require companies to more fully divulge which fracking chemicals they use to produce oil and gas.
FOOD & NUTRITION
San Antonio Express-News: GMO food labeling good for consumers
- (Editorial) Federal legislation approved earlier this month requiring food labels to indicate if a product contains genetically modified ingredients is a positive step in the right direction, though the information won’t be found on labels for at least two years.
N.Y. Times: When Will Food Issues Be on Politicians’ Plates?
- Rep. Lamar Smith, when asked at the GOP convention whether food issues were gaining traction among lawmakers, and whether the nation’s food system may get any attention in the presidential election: “I’m going to disappoint you. I don’t know anything about that. The barbecue is good, though.”
HuffingtonPost: 6 Big Nutrition Myths, Debunked By Experts
- Food is not just fuel. Also, it's OK to eat after 7 o'clock at night.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Agri-Pulse: Better seed for a better life: the Senate should ratify the plant genetics treaty
- (Opinion) Another area of opportunity where the Senate can achieve a bipartisan consensus on alleviating global food security while at the same time enhancing US economic potential is the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture.
Rappler: Philippines SC reverses earlier ruling on Bt talong, GMOs
- The Supreme Court on Tuesday, July 26, reversed its December 2015 ruling which temporarily stopped the field testing, propagation, commercialization, and importation of genetically modified organisms.
Food & Beverage Industry News: Chinese business to set up food and ag investment fund
- Beijing-based investment management company Tsing Capital plans to establish a $1 billion fund for specialist food and agriculture investment in Australia.
The Irish Times: Ministers ‘keen to secure’ best post-Brexit Irish agriculture deal
- In the wake of the Brexit vote, farming interests in Northern Ireland are anxious to work with the Republic to secure the best deal for exports, according to Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Raleigh News & Observer: Christine Lawson: DEQ monitors hog farm operations
- Contrary to recent reports that ignore the facts about the industry, North Carolina operates transparently, under strict oversight and with safeguards in place to protect the environment. Since the early 1990s, the state environmental department has been responsible for regulating livestock farming.
Loveland (Colo.) Reporter-Herald: Loveland seeks input on Sunset Vista trail, natural area
- Two potential trail routes are being considered to wind through Sunset Vista Natural Area in addition to the portion of the Long View Regional Trail that will connect Loveland to Fort Collins — one that stretches through farming areas and offers broader views or a second tucked into the more protected wetlands and grasslands that are home to wildlife species.
The Eatonville (Ore.) Dispatch: Habitat help for endangered Oregon spotted frogs
- Critical habitat designated in Washington and Oregon for the amphibian.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Fox News Tech: Farmers fight for the right to repair their own tractors
- Farmers in Nebraska, Minnesota, Massachusetts, and New York are staging something of a mechanical revolt. They're attempting to get legislation passed in their states that would enable them, for the first time since the 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act, to repair their own tractors or get an independent mechanic to help.
Minneapolis Star-Tribune: Meet the one farmer in the DFL delegation to the Democratic National Convention
- It is called the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party, but the farmers who support it are getting harder and harder to find.
Minneapolis Star-Tribune: Labor is key to a Democratic victory, Minnesota delegates say
- Ken Martin probably never thought he would have to fight so hard to hold on to the “L” in the DFL. But as Democrats converge in Philadelphia to nominate Hillary Clinton as their presidential nominee, the chairman of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party is concerned about losing working-class labor voters who formed the heart of the Democrats’ coalition for decades but are now up for grabs.
The Street: DuPont Delivers Ahead of Dow Chemical Merger
- Most of the attention surrounding chemicals giant DuPont (DD) is understandably focused on its $130 billion merger with Dow Chemical (DOW) . But the company on Tuesday provided a fresh reminder of what it is capable on its own, reporting results that topped expectations.
Forbes: Technology Is Making Huge Changes In The World Of Agriculture
- Earlier this month, Forbes held its second AgTech Summit, showing off the varieties of technologies that are changing the future of farming, from big data to robots to satellites to machine learning to benevolent fungi.
Science Daily: DNA analyses reveal genetic identities of world's first farmers
- Conducting the first large-scale, genome-wide analyses of ancient human remains from the Near East, an international team of scientists has illuminated the genetic identities and population dynamics of the world's first farmers.
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