Daily Harvest -- 8/3/2016
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse Daybreak for Aug. 3
- Kansas Rep. Tim Huelskamp, the firebrand conservative who was kicked off the House Agriculture Committee over his challenges to the Republican leadership, has lost his GOP primary race to physician Roger Marshall. Also: Obama talks TPP; farm groups and immigration; Bishop and LWCF; climate and agencies.
Agri-Pulse: Niemeyer: Waterway infrastructure a quiet driver in grain market
- (Audio) A quiet factor is playing a big role in the U.S. grain market. Garry Niemeyer, a former president of the National Corn Growers Association, tells Agri-Pulse that waterways infrastructure that gets grain to market plays a huge role in what the producer can collect for their crop
Agri-Pulse: The Democratic divide over how to best address climate change
- Democrats will be campaigning on a platform that makes the party's most forceful case ever for taking major new steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
KRDO: Rural areas pay more for health insurance
- Colorado state insurance regulators say that rural health care is simply more expensive.
Iowa Public Radio: Clinton vows to electrify rural economies
- Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton says if she’s elected, she’ll bring diverse economic development to rural communities.
CNBC: Activist investors have got their eyes on energy stocks
- After a rebound in commodity prices and amid subsiding sector worries, some think billion-dollar hedge funds will look for investments in the energy sector.
World Nuclear News: New York approves Clean Energy Standard
- The New York State Public Service Commission (PSC) approved a Clean Energy Standard (CES) that recognizes the zero-carbon contribution of nuclear power plants.
The Hill: Trump: Wind power ‘kills all your birds’
- The GOP presidential nominee has stated his preference for coal and natural gas, and has previously said that solar power is unreliable and wind turbines are unsightly and harmful to wildlife. Advocates have a different spin.
The Daily Nonpareil: Clinton makes nod to Iowa's wind energy turbines during Omaha stop
- Clinton credited Iowa’s nation-leading production of wind energy for both creating jobs and promoting a sustainable source of electricity for its residents.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Food Safety News: BPI v. ABC scheduled for jury trial in June 2017 in tiny SD town
- A tentative date of June 2017 has been set for the start of the jury trial in a South Dakota state court over the “pink slime” dispute known as BPI v. ABC.
Deccan Chronicle: This nutrition model may be new weapon against obesity
- A new model - nutritional geometry - may assist health professionals, dietitians and researchers to better understand and manage the complexities of obesity.
National Post: A blind taste test of six sports drinks and their nutrition facts: Do they fuel or fool athletes?
- The sports-drink market was recently estimated at $6.81 billion, but are these drinks healthy?
Powder & Bulk Solids: Nestlé, Samsung to collaborate on digital nutrition and health
- Nestlé and Samsung will collaborate on a new digital platform. The companies will explore the potential of nutrition science and digital sensor technologies to provide new insights into healthy living.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Agri-Pulse: USTR's Vetter pushes sugar industry for TPP support
- The United States' top agricultural trade negotiator warned Monday that if Congress fails to ratify the Trans-Pacific Partnership during its lame-duck session following the presidential election, it could be years before the trade deal wins approval - if ever.
The Wall Street Journal: Obama, Singapore's prime minister vow to push for trade pact
- President Obama met with with Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong-- and says the two leaders are still committed to the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal.
All Africa: Tanzania: Why small-scale farmers are the real heroes
- Prof. Marjorie Mbilinyi explores examples of rural community organizing and action in Africa.
Stabroek News: Property rights for world’s poor could unlock trillions in ‘dead capital’
- About two billion people have full rights to the property they live in and the land they farm, but for the 5.3 billion who do not have such rights, the implications are stark.
The Times of India: Gov’t to accelerate rural road building pace to 133 km/day
- Indian government aims to build 50,000 new roads.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Agri-Pulse: 2018 Farm Bill: What about CRP?
- (Opinion) Bruce Knight writes, "Although the presidential debates are ahead of us, the debate on increasing the Conservation Reserve Program acreage cap has already begun. My concern is that we don't expand conservation on idle lands at the expense of environmental protection on working lands
East Oregonian: Our View: State of Oregon owes rural counties
- Linn County, Oregon officials are suing the state, where changes in natural resource management rules have resulted in less economic activity and tight budgets.
ABC News: California water conservation returns to local leadership
- State officials begin returning conservation efforts to local cities and water districts following a near-average amount of winter rain and snowfall that eased the dry spell, mostly in Northern California.
Bloomberg via AgWeb: Paul Ferraro: When conservation efforts end up using more water
- A new study looked at how farmers in the Ogallala aquifer of the Great Plains changed their water use after being subsidized to adopt more efficient irrigation technology and results are striking.
Wisconsin Ag: USDA continues to quantify Ag conservation effects
- A NASS national survey of farmers and ranchers intends to measure the environmental benefits associated with implementation and installation of conservation practices on agricultural land.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Slate: Good crop, bad crop
- Workers picking America’s produce that fall victim to wage theft can use U.S. law designed to stop it: the “hot goods provision.”
Daily Yonder: Rural employment stagnate during President Obama’s second term
- BLM says that nearly half of the nation’s rural counties have lost jobs over the last four years.
Bloomberg: No one's actually talking about immigration
- Establishing criteria for immigration – and discussing the path forward, with numbers.
Washington Post: London eatery stages immigration sting, gets carpet-bombed with cockroaches
- A crowd of activists furious at the restaurant for complying with the British government and assisting in the arrest of 35 of its undocumented workers released thousands of cockroaches in two London restaurants.
The Kansan: Remembering rural life
- Folks gather in Goessel, Kansas, to celebrate the history of agriculture and rural life at the annual County Threshing Days, held Friday, Aug. 7 through Sunday, Aug. 9.
The Guardian: Environmental records shattered as climate change 'plays out before us'
- NOAA’s State of the Climate report spells out implications for humans and other species.
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