Daily Harvest -- 7/31/2015
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Washington Week in Review, July 31, 2015: COOL, other topics will have to wait
- (Video) In this video, Agri-Pulse's Phil Brasher and Spencer Chase take a look at the many key agricultural issues left unresolved this week and what lies ahead in fall.
Agri-Pulse: Vaccination could save birds but stall poultry exports
- The Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is furthering its efforts on a vaccination to better prevent the spread of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI), but poultry exports could dramatically drop as a result.
Agri-Pulse: Opinion: NAMI responds to NFU's COOL commentary
- National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson's recent commentary which appeared July 27, 2015 on www.Agri-Pulse.com regarding mandatory Country-of-Origin Labeling (COOL) gets the story only half right.
M Live: Saginaw gets $1 million state grant for farmers market project
- The Saginaw Downtown Development Authority will receive a $1 million grant to help develop a group of downtown properties into an indoor-outdoor farmers market from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality's Brownfield Grant program.
MIT Technology Review: As Patents Expire, Farmers Plant Generic GMOs
- Monsanto no longer controls one of the biggest innovations in the history of agriculture.
State Impact, NPR: Why Solar Energy is Growing Slowly in Oklahoma
- Oklahoma is synonymous with energy, but has been slow on solar, and experts say that’s because of state policy — not the sun.
Wall Street Journal: Solar-Power Fight Hits Home in Arizona
- Arizona, the epicenter of a nationwide fight between solar companies and utilities, is introducing new rules for firms that offer solar panel leases, which consumers increasingly prefer to buying the rooftop systems outright.
Wall Street Journal: EPA Emissions Rule Sticks to Tough Targets
- Final EPA regulations to cut emissions from U.S. power plants are expected to maintain ambitious emission-reduction targets included in a draft proposal released last year but give companies more time to meet them, according to people familiar with the rule.
New York Times: Royal Dutch Shell Profits Continue to Fall, Prompting Layoffs
- Royal Dutch Shell said on Thursday that its profit fell sharply in the second quarter as a strong performance in marketing and refining failed to offset the brunt of lower oil and gas prices.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Rapid City Journal: 'Locavore' put to the test
- Eating food found nearby was a way of life for us. We had a garden, regularly forged for wild fruit, visited U-pick farms and often ate wild game.
Forbes: Is This The End Of Whole Foods' Organic Growth?
- Whole Foods was the pioneer of organic, natural food, so it had a tremendous first mover advantage. But other retailers are now catching up.
Columbia Journalism Review: A Politico investigation could change the way you look at food safety
- The focus of Evich’s narrative is the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) passed in 2010, after major outbreaks of illness caused by contaminated food killed several Americans and sickened thousands more.
NewsMax Health: Best Workout Drink Is Milk, Study Finds
- Got milk? If you do, you've got the best possible drink to help you recover from an intense workout.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Agri-Pulse: Lawmakers could delay beef imports for 'years,' White House says
- Imports of beef from Brazil and Argentina could be blocked for years by requirements that lawmakers are trying to impose on the Agriculture Department, the White House says.
IRIN News: US food aid: Charity begins at home
- More than 60 years after the US Food for Peace program was launched, vested interests continue to hinder reforms to allow for more local sourcing of food aid.
Financial Times: TPP: US holds out on dairy, stalling deal
- Progress on TPP appears to be stumbling as the U.S. holds out on opening up its protected dairy sector, frustrating a push by Australia and New Zealand to sell more milk, cheese and butter into the lucrative American market.
Wall Street Journal: Thirsty for Growth, Liquor Giant Taps African Market
- International spirits companies are expanding across Africa, targeting even the poorest consumers with liquor made locally and sold at dirt-cheap prices.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Agri-Pulse: Memo warns of 'fatal' flaws in WOTUS rule
- Internal documents released by a House committee show the Army Corps of Engineers questioning the legal and technical basis for the Obama administration's Clean Water Act rule just weeks before its release.
Agri-Pulse: Twelve lawsuits brought against EPA's Clean Water Rule to be heard together
- A dozen lawsuits brought in protest against the Obama administration's newly finalized "waters of the United States" (WOTUS) rule are scheduled to be heard together as one case before the 6th Circuit Court based in Cincinnati, Ohio.
LA Times: Sen. Dianne Feinstein introduces $1.3-billion California drought-relief bill
- Sen. Dianne Feinstein filed her long-awaited legislative response to California's water crisis on Wednesday, hoping to broker a compromise that has eluded Congress through four years of fallow fields and brown lawns.
Live Science: NYC Light Show Aims to Raise Awareness About Endangered Species
- Getting people to pay attention to a huge, global problem is easier when you have an enormous billboard at your disposal.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
KSBW News: Controversial farmworker housing approved
- A controversial housing project that could house up to 800 farmworkers received the green light from the Monterey County Planning Commission Wednesday afternoon.
Growing Produce: United Farm Workers Turns Up Heat On California Growers
- This week, as high temperatures in parts of California’s Central Valley are expected to hover around 110 degrees, United Farm Workers (UFW) has been filing notices of intent to take access with the state Agricultural Labor Relations Board (ALRB).
Agri-Pulse: Women in ag look to find ‘CommonGround'
- (Video) A group of volunteers is working to use a unique perspective to promote agriculture to consumers. Agri-Pulse's Spencer Chase has more.
Agri-Pulse: Georgia Farm Bureau president on why he wants to lead AFBF
- (Audio) Zippy Duval has been president of the Georgia Farm Bureau for nine years.
Agri-Pulse: Prieto confirmed as USDA's top lawyer
- Jeffrey Prieto has taken over as general counsel at the Department of Agriculture, having won Senate confirmation.
Wall Street Journal: Cargill’s Black River Asset Management Shutting Four Hedge Funds
- A firm owned by Cargill Inc. plans to shutter four of its hedge funds and return more than $1 billion to investors over the next several months, the latest agricultural giant to reassess its investment ambitions.
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