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Daily Harvest -- 7/30/2015
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Agri-Pulse: Conaway: No increase for CFTC without Dodd-Frank reforms
Link - House Agriculture Chairman Mike Conaway pledges to fight any increase in funding for the Commodity Futures Trading Commission until Congress agrees on a new authorization law.

Agri-Pulse: Highway bill extension makes desired amendments unlikely
Link - (Audio) The Senate is poised to pass a short-term extension of the highway bill yet again, meaning there will be no amendments desired by some on the Ag Committee.

Washington Post: 37 million Americans don’t use the Web. Here’s why you should care.
Link - Who are these people? Mostly they're poorer, older and undereducated, according to the Pew Research Center's latest figures.

Green Bay Press Gazette: Large farm expansion under attack in Kewaunee County
Link - Seventeen people spoke against Augustian Farms plans to grow from roughly 450 milking cows to about 900 milking cows during a public hearing at the DNR’s offices in Howard, Wisconsin.

The Effingham Daily News: 4-H builds skills that go beyond agriculture
Link - Since 4-H began in 1902, the program has transformed into an organization that focuses on far more than farming.

The Effingham Daily News: FFA helps change the world of agriculture careers for young people
Link - Many things in the agriculture industry are changing with the times. And many agree that changes in the National FFA Organization are for the better.


Agri-Pulse: Climate measure ditched as panel seeks bipartisan energy bill
Link - The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee rejected a climate change proposal from Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., today while it continued markup on a broad energy bill.

Wall Street Journal: Saudi Arabia to Pull Back Production After Summer
Link - The world’s top crude-oil exporter, Saudi Arabia, is planning to pull back from record-high levels of production at the end of the summer when domestic energy demand subsides.

Wall Street Journal: Renewable Energy Powers Up Rural India
Link - A small field of solar panels on the outskirts of a rural district in India was built to generate energy for a cellphone tower, but is now suppling electricity to local residents in need.

New York Times: UPS Agrees to Buy 46 Million Gallons of Renewable Diesel
Link - On Wednesday, UPS announced that it will buy as much as 46 million gallons of renewable diesel over the next three years, helping the company reach a goal of displacing 12 percent of the petroleum-based fuels in its ground fleet by 2017.


The Hill: Study: School Lunches Now Healthier at Racially Diverse Schools
Link - First Lady Michelle Obama’s prized healthy school lunch standards have given students at smaller and racially diverse schools access to healthier lunches, a new study from a heath and health care advocacy group found.

Grist: To make meat greener, make it more efficiently
Link - (Opinion) Meat consumption is increasing around the world as countries become wealthier, leaving us with a practical question: What’s the best way to produce all this meat?


New York Times: Congress Should Reauthorize the Export-Import Bank
Link - (Opinion) Closing down the bank has been an obsession with some conservatives who falsely insist that doing so would curb corporate welfare.

Wall Street Journal: Sugar Industry Sour on Trade Talks
Link - TPP appears all but certain to allow more sugar imports into the U.S., putting pressure on farmers and potentially disrupting a carefully balanced government program that protects the industry, American growers say.

Wall Street Journal: The Sugar Scandal
Link - (Opinion) Americans pay nearly twice as much per pound as foreigners do for sugar, thanks to U.S. import restrictions and subsidies. We’ve tilted at this corporate welfare for decades, but new political forces are aligning to take another run.

The Times: Environmentalists, unions protest Pacific trade pact in Maui
Link - Protesters blew conch shells in Native Hawaiian fashion to let people know something important was to occur. "Today is a call to attention, to join together against this attempt to put profits over people," said event organizer Trinette Furtado.

Reuters: Old and tired, some Japan farmers see trade pact jolt as only answer
Link - Far from dreading the prospect of a Pacific trade deal that would open up Japanese markets to higher grain and meat imports, rice and pig farmer Kazushi Saito embraces it.


Agri-Pulse: John Block on Honey Bees
Link - (Audio) The number of commercial honey-producing colonies managed by beekeepers is the highest it's been in 20 years.

Wall Street Journal: California Farmers Aren’t the Water Hogs
Link - (Opinion) The worst thing about California’s drought is the suffering it has caused ordinary people. The second-worst thing is how farmers are bearing most of the blame.

Business Insider: Californians Divided Along Party Lines on Combating Climate Change
Link - Two-thirds of Californians link the state's ongoing catastrophic drought to climate change, and most support Governor Jerry Brown's efforts to combat it – but that's also because most Californians are Democrats, a new poll shows.

Reuters: Obamacare case to be turned against government on emissions rule
Link - Opponents of President Barack Obama's soon-to-be-implemented policy to cut carbon emissions from power plants are planning to use an unlikely and potentially potent weapon against him: the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision that saved Obamacare.


Washington Times: Ahold USA joins initiative on farmworker pay
Link - A major U.S. grocery company joined an initiative Wednesday that requires its Florida tomato suppliers to increase farmworker pay and protect workers from forced labor and sexual assault.

Washington Post: Will there ever be an organics label for worker rights?
Link - It's been a lot harder to create a market signal for farmworker welfare than it has been for being pesticide-free.

Capitol Press: Lawsuit blames insecticide for farm worker’s death
Link - The family of a 39-year-old deceased farm worker has filed a lawsuit blaming his terminal lung cancer on the pesticide aldicarb, which is produced by Bayer Cropscience and is being discontinued.


In These Times: Vatican Country: American Farmers on the Agricultural Message of Pope Francis
Link - (Opinion) While reading Laudato si’, Pope Francis’s recent encyclical on climate change, it became clear to me that moving forward this pope will be an essential ally to the environmental movement.

Modern Farmer: Here’s Your Chance to Snag a Farm in a National Park
Link - Think you’re ready to quit your current job for a 60-year lease on a farm, surrounded by luscious natural beauty?

Wall Street Journal: Pilgrim’s Pride Profit Rises Sharply, as Cost-Cutting Offsets Sales Decline
Link - Pilgrim’s Pride Corp.’s second-quarter profit rose sharply, as the chicken producer slashed costs to offset a sales decline.

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