Daily Harvest -- 7/28/2016
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse Daybreak for July 28, 2016
- Obama speaks of Kansas grandparents' values; Vilsack says Trump a danger to US; Obama expected to sign GMO bill Friday; more.
Agri-Pulse: Meet the leaders of Trump's ag team
- (Video) Charles Herbster and Dave Heineman are taking a leadership role in the agriculture and rural issues advisory team for Republican candidate Donald Trump. The Nebraska duo talks with Agri-Pulse about what they see ahead for the committee and the campaign.
Agri-Pulse: Which presidential candidate can capture Pennsylvania's rural vote?
- Donald Trump has his eyes set on Pennsylvania and voters in its small towns and rural areas as he looks to win the state in November, but he may have to overcome the farm sector's concerns about his trade and immigration policies.
Daily Yonder: New Drone Rules Could Make Monitoring Crops Easier
- The Federal Aviation Administration new rules on commercial drones change the way farmers monitor the health and water needs of their crops.
Sacramento Business Journal: Pacific Ethanol's second-quarter profit rises as sales almost double
- Sacramento-based Pacific Ethanol Inc.'s second-quarter profit rose more than five-fold from a year earlier as its sales almost doubled.
Des Moines Register: Alliant to spend $1B on new wind farm
- Alliant Energy says it will invest $1 billion over the next five years to add 500 megawatts of wind energy to an existing farm in north central Iowa.
Reuters: Investors eye signs of improvement in U.S. energy earnings
- Investors reeling from several quarters of declines from U.S. energy companies are optimistic that a recent oil rebound may help boost results of exploration and production companies reporting in the coming days.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Agri-Pulse: General Mills expands flour recall
- General Mills is expanding its recall of raw flour to include flour produced on more dates after new illnesses possibly linked to the product were reported. This is the third time that the recall, first announced in May, has been expanded.
Agri-Pulse: USDA rulemaking on GMO bill could take longer than expected
- (Audio) Now that the GMO labeling bill has passed through Congress and looks to be headed for presidential approval, attention now shifts to the Department of Agriculture.
Forbes: How GMOs Can Help Protect Our Habitats And Ecosystems
- Despite the myths that abound in our food culture, GMOs play a meaningful role in protecting our land, habitats, water and air.
TechInsider: This is the most surprising thing Monsanto is working on — and it's already changing the way you eat
- The agriculture giant made a big investment in data science with its purchase of Climate Corporation a few years ago, and perhaps more surprisingly to most people, it's also leaning heavily on traditional breeding — that is, non-GMO crops.
AdWeek: Kashi's New, Simpler Packaging Highlights the Farmers Who Produce It
- As more consumers gravitate toward organic and seek to know more about where their food comes from, Kashi is rolling out a new brand identity and package design that tells those stories and puts its food front and center.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Agri-Pulse: OECD outlook signals 'era of high prices is likely over'
- The decline in prices for food and feed crops, livestock and fish products in 2015 signals that “an era of high prices is quite likely over for all sub-sectors,” economists at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development say.
Herald & Review: ELLIS: Platforms could hurt ag trade
- (Opinion) International trade is so important to agriculture, yet, for some reason, it has become a political flash point in the platforms of both political parties this year. And any farmer concerned about the price of the commodities produced on his or her farm is keeping abreast of what is happening.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
KTIC Radio: New NSB Video Shows Farmer’s Commitment to Water Conservation
- Recent hot, dry weather has many Nebraska soybean farmers using irrigation to keep their crops on track during a critical stage of development for soybean plants. But it’s not as simple as turning on a faucet. A new video produced by the Nebraska Soybean Board (NSB) explains how one Nebraska farm family uses technology to conserve water, a priority for farmers throughout the state.
YubaNet: Buy-out program successfully protects imperiled California species
- Through cooperative agreements with farmers in California’s Central Valley, a historic one hundred percent of rare Tricolored Blackbird colonies on agricultural fields were protected during the 2016 harvest season.
WMUR: For New Hampshire farmers, drought spells trouble for summer crops
- Farmers are working around the clock to save their crops, and some face the possibility of losing hundreds of thousands of dollars.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Capital Press: WAFLA says 2016 wage survey better than last year’s
- The Washington State Employment Security Department has done a good job engaging the industry in drafting an agricultural wage and prevailing practices survey but key issues about survey questions remain unresolved, says the farm labor association WAFLA.
CBS Chicago: Labor Secretary Calls Clinton ‘Most Famous Unknown Person In America’
- The U.S. Secretary of Labor dropped in on Illinois delegates to the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday, urging them to work hard so Hillary Clinton can help working people.
The New American: Kaine: Clinton Will Push “Immigration Reform” During First 100 Days
- Democratic vice-presidential candidate Tim Kaine, speaking during an interview with the Spanish-language TV network Telemundo on July 25, stated: “Hillary is going to [push for immigration reform] in the first 100 days of her administration.” As part of that “reform,” Kaine suggested that many children coming here illegally from countries such as Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala “could have a chance at asylum.”
Libertarian Republic: New Poll Reveals Majority of Voters Support Free Trade, Immigration
- Maybe Trump’s scare tactics are not so effective after all. A new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll shows that a majority of American voters support free trade and immigration. The national poll comes in light of incessant attacks from both the left and right on the merits of free-trade, and the fear-mongering from Republicans about the horrors of immigration.
Des Moines Register: Vilsack sits with Bill Clinton at DNC
- Vilsack had reportedly been considered by Hillary Clinton to be her vice president pick in her campaign, before she selected U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va.
AP: Whole Foods says Key Sales Figure Falls Again
- Whole Foods says quarterly sales at established locations declined again as it fights to distinguish itself from competitors that are also offering organic and natural foods.
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