Daily Harvest -- 7/28/2015
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Opinion: The Hoeven-Stabenow COOL compromise, the only path forward for food labeling
- Unfortunately, mandatory Country-of-Origin Labeling (COOL) - the popular consumer food labeling law that identifies the national origin of meat, poultry and many fruits, vegetables and nuts in the U.S. - is a dead man walking.
Reuters: Funds flow into agriculture as El Nino threatens crops
- Funds are flowing back into agricultural commodities for the first time since 2012 as investors look to capitalize on cheap prices, bullish demand and the threat of crop damage from an El Nino weather pattern.
The Hill: R.I. offshore wind farm starts construction
- The developer of the nation’s first commercial-scale offshore wind farm installed the first steel foundation for the project off Rhode Island’s coast.
Wall Street Journal: BP Looks to the Future After Settling Deepwater Horizon Claims
- As BP prepares to report on Tuesday its first financial results since settling all federal and state claims over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico spill, investors say they want to know how the company plans to move forward.
Wall Street Journal: Prefab Nuclear Plants Prove Just as Expensive
- Building nuclear reactors out of factory-produced modules was supposed to make their construction swifter and cheaper, leading to a new boom in nuclear energy. But two U.S. sites where nuclear reactors are under construction have been hit with costly delays.
Nasdaq: Norfolk Southern Profit Falls as Coal Weighs on Rail Sector
- Norfolk Southern Corp. reported a 23% plunge in second quarter profit and said declining revenue from coal, crude oil and fuel surcharges will pressure results for the rest of the year even as certain sectors' volumes increase.
MarketWatch: Alstom to drop prices of energy assets in GE sale
- Alstom said Monday it would lower the price for the sale of most of its energy assets to General Electric Co. as it seeks to support concessions the two companies are working on to win European Union approval for the deal.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Agri-Pulse: Florida Congressman pleased with food labeling bill passage
- (Audio) Congressman Ted Yoho of Florida, a member of the House Ag Committee, told the Southern Peanut Growers that the House’s passage of the GMO food labeling act was a positive development.
University of Vermont News: New Study: Consumers Don't View GMO Labels as Negative 'Warnings'
- A new study reveals GMO labeling would not act as warning labels and scare consumers away from buying products with GMO ingredients.
Wall Street Journal: Wendy’s Testing Antibiotic-Free Chicken Products
- Wendy’s is starting to test new chicken products raised without antibiotics in the latest industry shift away from drugs in the U.S. meat supply chain.
Washington Post: How Americans can lose a lot of weight without giving up a single calorie
- A new mathematical model assesses why French and Japanese are much thinner than Americans and how much thinner Americans could be if they changed their eating habits.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Wall Street Journal: Nontrade Concerns Cloud Obama’s Push for Pacific Deal
- The Obama administration’s push to clinch a sweeping Pacific trade deal this week faces stiff opposition over concerns—ranging from human trafficking to antigay laws—that have little to do with trade.
New York Times: Issues Mount as Negotiators Gather to Wrap Up Trans-Pacific Trade Pact
- Given the challenges, the prospect of concluding a deal by Friday — the goal of the Maui conference — is far from certain.
Reuters: India to reinstate wheat import duty after big deals
- India has decided to introduce an import duty of 10 percent on wheat after a gap of eight years to curb overseas purchases when domestic stocks are ample.
LA Times: Indian state's ban on cattle slaughter is driving farmers to ruin
- The slaughter of cows has been forbidden in Maharashtra for four decades, and now the prohibition has been extended to bulls and bullocks, dramatically reducing demand for cattle and worsening the plight of small farmers.
Wall Street Journal: Palm-Oil Migrant Workers Tell of Abuses on Malaysian Plantations
- Among the workers is Mohammad Rubel, 22 years old, who said he has been working seven days a week, without receiving any pay, since he arrived from Bangladesh in December under the auspices of human smugglers.
Boston Globe: French farmers turn back trucks with foreign meat, cheese
- French farmers angry over low prices turned back hundreds of trucks at the German border Monday, looking for cargos of foreign meat and milk products.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Agri-Pulse: Internal docs said to undermine WOTUS rule
- Internal memos that the Army Corps of Engineers turned over to a Senate committee undermines the scientific and legal basis for the new rule that re-defines the jurisdiction of the Clean Water Act, the panel's chairman says.
EurekAlert: Greenhouse gas source underestimated from the US Corn Belt
- Estimates of nitrous oxide emissions in the central U.S. have been as much as 40 percent too low, a new study led by University of Minnesota scientists shows.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
LA Times: Immigrants' attorneys say they were 'locked out' of detention centers after raising concerns
- Pro bono attorneys working at the country’s two largest immigrant family detention centers in Texas said Monday they had been "locked out" after raising concerns that officials were forcing immigrant mothers to sign legal papers without consultation.
Santa Cruz Sentinel: Farmworker housing plan makes sense
- (Opinion) A farmworker housing proposal in Monterey County, which comes to the Monterey County Planning Commission Wednesday, could provide a model for large-scale growers and food producers through the region.
The Packer: Farm workers, Pacific Triple E agree to new contract
- The agreement would make the 450 California employees of Pacific Triple E, one of the largest U.S. tomato grower-shippers, the highest paid tomato workers in the U.S., according to a union news release.
Civil Eats: Clean Weed: Inside an ‘Organic’ Marijuana Farm
- Conventional marijuana is grown with pesticides. The Clean Green label hopes to help consumers and farmers find a chemical-free alternative.
LA Times: Hatch green chile fever ready to heat up in Southern California
- It’s almost time for Southern California to once again be blanketed with the perfume of roasting green chiles — Hatch chiles, to be specific.
Des Moines Register: New food truck turns toast into a delicacy
- To say Dwight Lykins and Jesse Lankford are committed to and passionate about their food truck business — Let's Toast — is an understatement.
New York Times: Farming Had an Earlier Start, a Study Says
- Farming may have originated 23,000 years ago, thousands of years earlier than previously thought, according to a new study.
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