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Daily Harvest -- 8/4/2016
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Agri-Pulse Daybreak for August 4, 2016
Link - Pushback on Marshall’s primary victory in Kansas over Rep. Huelskamp, another look at immigration reform, Clinton on the RFS, new milk storage methods and USDA’s environmental review policy.

Agri-Pulse: Appeals court to rehear FOIA case on Texas egg producer
Link - (Subscriber only) A federal appeals court will hear arguments for a second time on whether FDA should release detailed information on egg production in Texas. And this time around, the result could be different.

Agri-Pulse: When it comes to waterway infrastructure, what happened?
Link - (Video) The nation's waterway infrastructure is still being used more than 30 years past its designed lifespan. So how did U.S. river transportation go from the envy of the world to being in need of serious repair?

MassLive: Removal of hundreds of abused, neglected animals from Westport farm could cost millions, take days
Link - Describing it as the worst case of animal cruelty they've encountered, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals said the removal of hundreds of animals from a 71-acre tenant farm in Westport, Massachusetts could take days and cost millions.

Columbia Daily Tribune: Missouri Department of Agriculture seizes assets of Fayette grain business
Link - The Missouri Department of Agriculture has seized assets of a rural Fayette grain business.

Chicago Tribune: Pigs were kicked 'all over': How confinement farming can lead to abuse
Link - The state has regularly discounted or dismissed such worker complaints, a Tribune investigation has found after reviewing thousands of pages of bureau records.


Reuters: Clinton campaign studying alternative to U.S. ethanol mandate
Link - Hillary Clinton's campaign solicited advice from California regulators on how to revamp a federal regulation requiring biofuels like corn-based ethanol be blended into the nation's gasoline supply, say campaign and state officials.

Wisconsin Public Radio: Wisconsin manufacturers gear up for wind farm orders from other states
Link - Jobs from massive energy projects in other states will filter into Wisconsin, according to Justin Barrett, wind energy technology instructor at Lakeshore Technical College in Cleveland, Wisconsin.

The Daily Caller: Inhofe takes On Obama’s latest global warming order: ‘No authority’
Link - Oklahoma Republican Sen. Jim Inhofe is challenging the White House’s latest order on how federal agencies take global warming into account in reviews of government actions or projects.


Natural Products Insider: Everything you need to know about the nutrition labeling revisions
Link - The modifications to the decades-old nutrition label reflect updated scientific information and the most recent dietary recommendations from expert groups.

Techcrunch: Powerplant Ventures closes $42 million fund to back “plant-centric” food and tech startups
Link - Investors and entrepreneurs from tech, food and the restaurant industry have launched a firm to invest specifically in “plant-centric” and “better for you” food and tech companies.

NWI Times: Rolling out the new products: Land O' Frost debuts food truck
Link - Land O’ Frost recently debuted its new vehicle for showcasing products and introducing consumers to its brand.

Wall Street Journal: Consumer advocates wary of digitally coded food labels
Link - If nutrition labels require a smartphone app to unlock, will consumers read them?


Grassley sees a long shot chance for TPP
Link - (Audio) President Obama makes a renewed push for the Trans-Pacific Partnership, but Iowa Sen. Grassley says he’s not sure how to interpret presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s winks at the deal.

Reuters: Indian farmers cotton on to new seed, in blow to Monsanto
Link - Thousands of cotton farmers across the north of India, the world's biggest producer and second largest exporter of the fiber, have switched to the new local variety, spelling trouble for seed giant Monsanto in its most important cotton market outside the Americas.

MyJoyOnline: Ghana loses $2.6bn annually over child under-nutrition
Link - In Ghana, Africa, the economy loses an estimated $2.6 billion of its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) annually due to child under-nutrition, an insufficient intake of energy and other nutrients in children.

NBC News: Italy Sets Example on Reducing Food Waste as U.S. Tosses $161 Billion Worth a Year
Link - Italy's Senate overwhelmingly gave final approval this week to millions of euros of tax incentives to encourage businesses, shops and restaurants to donate their unused food to charities and nonprofits.

Augusta Free Press: New funding for agriculture, forestry export promotion efforts
Link - Virginia will invest $850,000 over the biennial budget to expand its international trade initiatives promoting Virginia’s agriculture and forestry products around the world.


Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: DNR reviews farm regulations
Link - The Department of Natural Resources on Wednesday took the first steps in a state rule-making process aimed at making manure-spreading practices safer in areas prone to water contamination.

The Guardian: Wildlife-friendly gardens may be more deadly to birds, report shows
Link - New research shows that more birds die from collisions with windows in gardens that provide better bird habitat.

The Columbus Dispatch: Pig farm arrives with stench Fairfield County neighbors can't stand
Link - The Ohio Department of Agriculture regulates only larger livestock farms, including those raising more than 2,500 head of swine. No state or local regulations govern odors from livestock operations.

Des Moines Register: Turning Iowa farmland into butterfly, bee habitat
Link - Over the past four years, Iowa farmers have enrolled 127,005 acres in a federal conservation reserve program designed to sustain butterflies, bees, wasps, birds and bats.


Politico: Bloomberg-led group launches 2017 immigration reform drive
Link - A pro-immigration advocacy group led by Michael Bloomberg launched a new campaign focused on making the economic case for overhauling the immigration system.

Detroit Free Press: State report says immigrants boost Michigan economy
Link - A new report says immigration boosts Michigan's economy, helping the state emerge from a lengthy recession, and suggests many of the estimated 126,000 undocumented immigrants in Michigan should be made legal.

Lincoln Journal Star: Immigrant role in Nebraska growing
Link - Nebraska's growing immigrant population plays a vital role in the state's economy says a new study, as civic and cultural leaders launched a new campaign for federal immigration reform.


RI-NPR: Providence's Olneyville Neighborhood Welcomes New Urban Farm
Link - The fifth urban farm created by nonprofit Southside Community Land Trust opens in Providence, Rhode Island.

The Advocate: LSU program offers students in-depth look at agriculture
Link - The fifth urban farm created by nonprofit Southside Community Land Trust opens in Providence, Rhode Island.

Forbes: How Farm Life Helped Ron Carson Become Nebraska's Best Wealth Advisor
Link - Ron Carson may not have realized it as a kid growing up on a farm in Tekamah, Nebraska, but harvesting corn, soybeans, alfalfa and wheat was the perfect precursor to a career in wealth management.

Los Angeles Times: Amish kids help scientists understand why farm life reduces the risk of asthma
Link - By studying the blood, genes and environmental dust of 30 Amish children from traditional farming families in Indiana, scientists were able to zero in on the innate immune system as a key player in thwarting asthma and the allergic reactions that can trigger it.

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