Daily Harvest -- 8/1/2016
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse Daybreak for 8/1/2016
- Today’s Daybreak looks at GMO labeling, Clinton on deportations, Trump challenged on immigration, rice could benefit from Brexit, wheat in Venezuela and Agri-Pulse on the road.
Agri-Pulse: Open Mic with Tom Sleight, President of the U.S. Grains Council
- Sleight counters much of the "trade bashing" that's been taking place on the presidential campaign trail, pointing out that the U.S. has lost more jobs to technology than to trade.
Agri-Pulse: Obama signs historic GMO labeling bill
- One day after the Democratic National Convention was completed, President Barack Obama quietly signed into law legislation that prevents states from requiring on-package labeling of genetically modified ingredients.
Tulsa World: Battle over 'Right to Farm' heats up
- State Question 777 is called “Right to Farm” by supporters and “Right to Harm” by critics as the battle is heating up prior to the Nov. 8 vote.
Agri-Pulse: Cattle herd expansion expected to continue
- The nation's cattle inventory could be on track to grow by nearly 700,000 head by the end of 2016, according to CattleFax Senior Analyst Kevin Good.
Fresno Bee: The quest to keep San Joaquin Valley’s wine industry growing
- The writer profiles an extension advisor focused on vineyard sustainability and trying to learn how some new varieties can flourish or fail in the central San Joaquin Valley.
Agri-Pulse: Crop Insurance: Priority #1
- In this opinion piece, the authors argue that, in the next farm bill, no issue is more important than defending and improving Federal crop insurance.
Des Moines Register: Standing Rock Sioux sues Corps over Bakken pipeline permits
- The tribe argues that the pipeline would impact drinking water and sacred sites on its 2.3-million acre reservation straddling the North Dakota-South Dakota border.
The Guardian: Can America's first floating wind farm shake off environmental concerns?
- Offshore wind development already has taken off in Europe and other parts of the world, but still in its infancy in the U.S.
The Washington Times: Developers plan crop waste ethanol plant in North Dakota
- New Energy Investors is looking to develop a 13-million gallon, cellulosic ethanol plant near Jamestown.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Agri-Pulse: CSPI announces Xtreme Eating awards
- For the 10th straight year, the Center for Science in the Public Interest is out with its Xtreme Eating Awards honoring restaurant meals with shockingly high calorie counts.
New York Daily News: Sen. Schumer calls out FDA for taking too long to issue food recalls
- Schumer called for the Food and Drug Administration to overhaul its food recall process, saying potentially dangerous food can remain on sale for months before the agency issues mandatory recalls.
Food Science Institute: Jeffrey Smith admits GMO labeling was never his
- In a letter, an anti-GMO activist says labeling GMOs was a tactic in a campaign to make it easier for shoppers to make healthier non-GMO choices.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
New York Times: Russia’s Acres, if not its Locals, Beckon Chinese Farmers
- The vast majority of China’s 300 million peasants have barely two acres so being able to lease large sections of land in Russia offers a big opportunity for many hardworking Chinese.
CNN Money: Venezuela's new decree: Forced farm work for citizens
- Venezuelan officials indicated that public and private sector employees could be forced to work in the country's fields for at least 60-day periods in an attempt to address the country’s severe food shortages.
BBC: Why young Africans are swapping the office for the farm
- Young African men and women are giving up their day jobs in the U.S. to start farming, but find it difficult to get funding for equipment.
BBC: 'Food crisis' hits 10,000 laid-off Indians in Saudi Arabia
- Growth has slowed in Saudi Arabia as the country suffers the effect of lower oil prices and Indian leaders appealed on Twitter for the three-million-strong Indian community in the country to "help your fellow brothers and sisters".
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Agri-Pulse: Unapproved wheat found in Washington state
- On Friday, USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) confirmed that 22 plants were discovered by a farmer “in an unplanted agricultural field in Washington State.”
Agri-Pulse: EPA appeals board upholds cancellation of Bayer's Belt
- EPA's Environmental Appeals Board has upheld the cancellation of flubendiamide, a Bayer CropScience insecticide sold under the trade name Belt, but will allow existing stocks to be sold by retailers.
Casper Star Tribune: In Meeteetse, ferret fans welcome endangered species home
- Black-footed ferrets were released on the Pitchfork and Lazy BV ranches, the same place their last-surviving wild ancestors were captured in the 1980s.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Fortune: Hispanics See Shift in Trump's Immigration Rhetoric
- Trump’s focus may now be on “removing the violent undocumented” instead of mass deportations.
Latino Fox News: U.S. senator says immigration reform depends on election results
- Sen. John McCain does not dismiss the possibility that in 2017 the Senate will again move forward with the immigration reform bill
Bend Bulletin: Gaps in 4G network hinder high-tech agriculture
- A consultant is trying to make it easy for wine-grape producers, plus other crop growers, to practice precision irrigation, but the system won’t work without a high-speed, or 4G, cellular connection.
USA Today: Schools nurture students’ agriculture interests
- Many elementary, middle and secondary schools are integrating some form of farming or gardening into their classrooms and cafeterias, according to USDA’s 2015 Farm to School Census.
TheState.com: SC hop farm hopes to fuel East Coast craze for craft beer
- Inspired by the success of hop growers in the Pacific Northwest, a South Carolina farmer is converting just over an acre and a half of clear pasture into a thriving hop farm to supply a growing number of local microbreweries.
Fortune: These New Yorkers Quit Their Desk Jobs to Run a Farm—On a Brooklyn Rooftop
- The CEO and co-founder of the 2.5-acre enterprise, is considered a pioneer in urban farming circles for his system of growing food using existing green roof technology.
Philly.com: 'Agritainment' saves the family farm in Montco
- Agriculture plus entertainment equals "agritainment," which has meant survival for endangered family farms the likes of Freddy Hill nationwide.
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