Daily Harvest -- 8/2/2016
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse Daybreak for August 2, 2016
- McDonald’s advances antibiotic-free; USDA, Brazil reciprocate on beef trade, White House hosts drone workshop; perspectives from the International Sweetener Symposium and more.
Agri-Pulse: Conaway, Stabenow vow support for U.S. sugar policy
- The American Sugar Alliance's (ASA's) annual Sweetener Symposium got off to a rousing start Monday morning with a strong show of support for U.S. sugar policy from two lawmakers who will play crucial roles in forging the next farm bill.
Agri-Pulse: U.S. and Brazil agree to let the beef flow
- After more than a decade of negotiations, the U.S. and Brazil have agreed to allow access to each other's beef markets but some producer groups aren’t happy with the decision.
AEM/Agri-Pulse host Rural Infrastructure Summit
- With an all-star list of panelists, the Summit will address how we develop new, innovative ideas to solve the infrastructure challenges that rural America faces today and in the future. Register now.
Agri-Pulse: Key Illinois waterway lock in need of attention
- (Audio) Associate Editor Spencer Chase takes a close look at some of our nation’s infrastructure needs, including a key lock that’s in need of repair.
Capital Press: Congress calls for dairy assistance
- Sixty-one members of Congress — including several from California, Washington and Oregon — are calling on Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to do whatever he can to provide relief for struggling producers.
Mother Jones: Here is the mysterious high roller Donald Trump wants to put in charge of our food
- Like Trump, Charles Herbster is an unconventional business titan with political ambitions.
Minnesota West Central Tribune: U.S. House Agriculture Committee chairman visits Minnesota
- When it comes to working on the 2018 Farm Bill, U.S. Rep. Mike Conaways says he’ll be thinking about moms on food stamps and how changes in farm policy will affect their food costs.
Reuters: U.S. crude edges back over $40, but oversupply still weighs
- Oil prices edged up on Tuesday after U.S. crude broke below $40 per barrel the previous session, but traders said fuel markets continued to be dogged by surplus production.
New China: Construction of great corridor catapults Pakistan into fast track
- With an investment of 46 billion U.S. dollars and scores of infrastructure projects, the ongoing construction of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is one of the largest endeavors now taking place on the planet and includes a new coal-fired plant built by PowerChina.
MASS Live: Massachusetts Legislature passes renewable energy compromise bill
- The Massachusetts Legislature sent to Gov. Charlie Baker a compromise energy bill that would require the state to purchase significantly more energy from offshore wind and other renewable sources.
The DC: On biomass energy, green activists miss the forest for the trees
- Opinion: Environmental leaders have stood alongside the Obama Administration on virtually every issue since day one, but on biomass energy, the two groups couldn’t be further apart.
Bloomberg: Nuclear-free zone: Britain weighs energy options without Hinkley
- The two giant reactors planned for a site overlooking the Bristol Channel in southwest England would provide about 7 percent of the country’s electricity, enough to supply about 6 million homes – if allowed to proceed.
The Washington Times: BLM released mining, conservation plans for eastern Alaska
- BLM announced plans to open up about one-quarter of the 6.5 million acres it manages in eastern Alaska to possible mining or oil and gas development.
FOOD & NUTRITION
National Review: Michael Pollan and His Faddish Foodie Followers, Ten Years After The Omnivore’s Dilemma
- Penguin Books is releasing a special tenth-anniversary edition of The Omnivore’s Dilemma, by Michael Pollan, with a new foreword by the author. Missouri Farm Bureau’s Blake Hurst weighs in.
The Wall Street Journal: McDonald’s to remove high-fructose corn syrup from sandwich buns
- McDonalds wants to simplify its ingredients to satisfy increasingly conscientious consumers.
US News & World Report: Vending machine candies get more time for calorie labels
- FDA announces vending machines have 19 more months to comply with calorie labeling rules.
Forbes: Sorry Food Industry, The Historic GMO Food Labeling Bill Is Anything But
- Many of the food trade associations are thrilled with the result issuing statements that this move will eliminate confusion and help consumers understand more fully what GMOs are and are not. But in this opinion piece, the “Supermarket Guru” is not so sure.
Food and Wine: This At-Home 3D Food Printer Could be a Game Changer in the Kitchen
- A professor at Columbia University is developing a coffeemaker-sized 3D food printer that has practical applications in the home kitchen, for nutrition and health benefits, and for special needs populations.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
DevEx: New forums, opportunities push inclusion of science, data in SDGs
- Nearly a year after world leaders adopted the broad-reaching Sustainable Development Goals, leading scientists, innovators and civil society actors are turning their attention to the first phase of how to achieve them.
Los Angeles Times: With nearly half its food imported, who will feed Britain after 'Brexit'?
- “Brexit” has sown deep uncertainty in Britain’s food system.
Politico: Trade deal's supporters counterattack
- Advocates remain steadfastly optimistic, insisting the agreement still has a shot at approval despite being opposed by both major-party presidential candidates.
All Africa: Nigeria: Ministers adopt Africa's roadmap for water security, sanitation
- More than 30 African water ministers and high- level delegations have adopted a sustainable water roadmap.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
NPR: Crime In The Fields: How Monsanto And Scofflaw Farmers Hurt Soybeans In Arkansas
- More than 100 farmers in Missouri have filed formal complaints with the state's Department of Agriculture and in Arkansas, 25 complaints have been filed as investigators will decide whether a farmer has sprayed dicamba illegally.
News Deeply: Despite drought, California farming prospered
- Industry continues a strong growth trend, but total earnings aren’t the whole picture.
The New York Times: Climate change divide bursts to forefront in Presidential campaign
- The climate change issue becomes visible in the 2016 elections.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Minnesota Pioneer/Journal: Higher minimum wage, new laws begin Aug. 1 in Minnesota
- Minnesota's minimum wage rose Aug. 1 and several new laws will hit the books.
Corpus Cristi Caller Times: People remember spark that led to Chicano farm workers movement
- Supporters remember the 50th anniversary of the 1966 Farm Workers March.
Omaha World Herald: How would Costco treat the chickens at its proposed Fremont plant
- The Fremont, Nebraska plant will face scrutiny from activists and Costco shoppers alike, as Costco makes its first move into owning and slaughtering its own livestock.
Bloomberg: Crouching Tiger, Hidden FMC
- While its biggest rivals compete for deals, insecticide maker FMC Corp. is biding its time.
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