Daily Harvest -- 8/5/2016
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse Daybreak for Friday, Aug. 5.
- Legal challenge emerges for GMO labeling, few farms to get MPP payments, means testing, food prices ease and today’s big question: Is a hot dog a sandwich?
Agri-Pulse: Dairy program to pay $11 million on dip in margins
- Dairy producers will receive $11.2 million in federal payments because of tightening margins in May and June, but only a small amount of production nationwide will qualify for the payments.
Agri-Pulse: US wheat exporters hope GMO find won't hurt sales to Japan, South Korea
- As USDA officials are trying to figure out how the experimental genetically engineered wheat sprouted up on a Washington farm, the U.S. Wheat Associates is hopeful there will be no business lost.
KDUZ/KARP: Early farm bill?
- Congressman Collin Peterson, top Democrat on the U-S House Agriculture Committee, says the current bill is not an adequate safety net because it was written in a time of high prices.
Agri-Pulse: Clinton looks into an LCFS
- (Audio) Hillary Clinton's commitment to the Renewable Fuels Standard is being questioned after her campaign confirmed it spoke with California officials about the state's low carbon fuel standard. RFA’s Bob Dinneen comments.
Agri-Pulse: EPA's plan to limit methane pollution draws lawsuits
- At least fifteen states have filed lawsuits against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to try and block the agency's rule on methane emissions in the oil patch.
Agri-Pulse: US, Mexico see nuclear power agreement by year's end
- The U.S. and Mexico say they intend to conclude a bilateral nuclear cooperation agreement by the end of 2016. The agreement will “provide an enhanced basis for the transfer of technology, fuel and other major nuclear components between the two countries.”
CNBC: Two signs energy may have found a bottom
- Crude oil has fallen 21 percent from its recent high, causing many investors to pump the brakes on the energy sector, but as the commodity nears four-month lows, some traders apparently think the sell-off might be overdone.
Agriculture.com: U.S. ethanol industry finds sweet deals in Brazil as sugar prices soar
- U.S. ethanol plants and traders are rushing to sell biofuel to Brazil as tightening supplies and logistics in the South American market give the world's top producer a rare opportunity to ship south during the peak sugar cane harvest, sources said.
CNBC: US layoffs rise to 45,346 in July as cuts in energy sector spike
- The pace of layoffs announced by U.S.-based companies rose for a second-straight month in July, as the energy sector once again shed thousands of workers.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Bloomberg: Hampton Creek Ran Undercover Project to Buy Up Its Own Vegan Mayo
- The startup undertook a large-scale operation to buy back its own mayo, which made the product appear more popular than it really was, but CEO Josh Tetrick says the primary purpose of the purchases was to check the quality of the mayonnaise.
Paste: Gardening as therapy, even for PTSD
- Therapeutic garden programs, some with the help of the USDA, provide people with a chance to engage in a calming and peaceful activity and focus on the subject of healthy eating and nutrition.
NPR: When food firms cut the salt, what do they put in instead?
- This June, the Food and Drug Administration released a draft of sodium-reduction targets for dozens of foods, aiming to reduce Americans' average salt consumption over the next decade.
The Washington Post: Small food companies ponder response to new GMO labeling law
- The new GMO law has small and medium-sized manufacturers facing some big decisions.
CNBC: Food deflation good for consumers, but pinching grocers
- From breakfast to dinner, your favorite meals at home may be coming down in price, but that's bad news for food retailers as deflationary conditions pinch sales and create added competitive threats.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
TruthDig: Irish agriculture faces emissions dilemma
- Ireland is facing a classic conflict, pitching economic growth targets against the need for action on climate change.
The Guardian: National Trust calls for complete reform of British farm subsidies
- The British National Trust has called for complete reform of the British farm subsidy system after Brexit, by ending payments for owning land and only rewarding farmers who improve the environment and help wildlife.
Reuters: China money, market spur Canadian blueberry deluge
- The same wave of Chinese wealth that has fueled real estate booms in cities like New York, Sydney and San Francisco and stoked the art market worldwide also has contributed to an unexpected glut of blueberries.
Japan Times: Big business creeps into agriculture as farmers dwindle
- Corporations are increasingly entering the agriculture sector, taking advantage of an updated law allowing them to lease farmland across the country.
CNBC: House Speaker Ryan: No point in lame duck vote on TPP deal
- In an interview with Wisconsin Public Radio, Ryan said he saw no point in bringing up an agreement only to defeat it.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Los Angeles Times: Jerry Brown launches committee for possible 2018 ballot measure on climate change
- A top aide to Gov. Jerry Brown, insists California's landmark cap-and-trade program will be extended "one way or another."
Seattle Times: State to kill some wolves to stop attacks on cattle
- Wildlife managers are planning to kill some wolves in a northeastern Washington pack after its members killed at least four cattle this year.
Sentinel & Enterprise News: State helicopters will drop 'cover crop' on Fitchburg farm to protect soil through winter
- A helicopter from the Massachusetts Agriculture Department will start making flights across the state this month, dropping seed over farmland in the hopes of producing a "cover crop" to protect soil through winter.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Argus Leader: Report: Immigration boosts S.D. economy
- Immigrants in South Dakota bolster the tax base and the workforce, a new report says, and more welcoming laws could help foreign-born workers respond to the state’s labor shortage.
Washington Examiner: ICE union blames Speaker Ryan for ‘national immigration crisis’
- The National Immigration and Customs Council that represents 7,000 U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers claims that House Speaker Paul Ryan is playing a role in the national immigration crisis.
Los Angeles Times: Trump's wife facing questions about her own immigration history
- Melania Trump says she followed the law, but new questions have emerged about when she first entered the U.S. and whether she was legally permitted to work during her earliest days here.
The Verge: This startup uses machine learning and satellite imagery to predict crop yields
- Relying on satellite imaging data and a machine learning algorithm to figure out how healthy the corn crop is from space, Mark Johnson wants to beat the USDA at its own game: predicting yields of America's crops.
U.S. News & World Report: Harvest college cash with agriculture scholarships
- Groups such as the Iowa Pork Producers Association and Farm Bureau help students turn their passion for animals and working outdoors into money to pay for college.
Bloomberg: Bayer Reviews Monsanto’s Accounts, Weighs Higher Bid
- Sources say that Bayer has signed confidentiality agreements to conduct due diligence on Monsanto, a process that is expected to last a few more weeks, as it weighs the size and timing of a new bid.
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