Daily Harvest -- 8/8/2016
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse Open Mic with Rep. Jim McGovern
- U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern, who serves Massachusetts’ 2nd district and is a member of the House Committee on Agriculture, believes farmers play an important role in enhancing U.S. national security and addressing hunger in the U.S. This is a “must listen” to interview for anyone interested in food and nutrition policy and work on the next farm bill.
Cavalier County (N.D.) Republican: NDSU, ND Soybean Council conduct research on soybeans
- Dr. Ted Helms, a professor at NDSU specializing in soybean breeding and genetics, headed the breeding and research program that is now showing some very promising benefits for producers in the Cavalier County area.
KEYE TV: Sid Miller says he's joining Trump's agriculture team
- The Texas Agriculture Commissioner said Friday he is working with GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump’s campaign to help lead an agriculture team.
USA Today: Green energy growth fuels an urge to merge
- The planned marriage of Tesla Motors and SolarCity is causing a stir in energy markets, with two of the most innovative companies in electric cars and solar energy aiming to take a commanding lead in green energy in the U.S.
Newsday: NY readies release of wind-energy draft blueprint
- New York State is set to release a draft blueprint for its offshore wind-energy ambitions in a matter of days or weeks, a plan that could ultimately result in 1,430 power-producing turbines spinning in federal waters from New Jersey to Rhode Island, including two potential sites directly off Long Island.
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Utilities rely on technology, energy efficiency, conservation to beat summer heat
- Power outages during the dog days of summer are becoming less common as Pennsylvania utilities invest hundreds of millions of dollars in smart technology to keep the electric system running smoothly.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Agri-Pulse: Hampton Creek 'mayo' at center of new food fight
- Hampton Creek, the San Francisco-based startup whose eggless Just Mayo product has been the source of controversy since it was first released nearly three years ago, is once again at the center of a food fight.
Washington Post: How eggs became a victory for the animal welfare movement
- In the past two years, nearly 200 U.S. companies – including every major grocery and fast-food chain – that together buy half of the 7 billion eggs laid monthly have pledged to use only cage-free eggs by 2025.
The Independent: The app that lets you order cheap food from restaurants that would be thrown in the bin
- Eating food from one of the best Japanese restaurants in the country for less than £4 is now a possibility thanks to a new app which is aiming to “save the planet” by cutting food waste.
NPR: Food Manga: Where Culture, Conflict And Cooking All Collide
- In Japan, nearly every interest has a manga dedicated to it, whether it's sports, music or shooting pool. So it's no wonder that food, which has always been tied to Japan's cultural identity, has skyrocketed as a genre of manga, which represents about 40 percent of all books published in that country.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Agri-Pulse: West Coast port union to vote on possible contract extensions
- West Coast union dockworkers will vote next week on whether or not they're willing to discuss an early extension of their contracts, a development that would be very welcomed by agriculture exporters.
Reuters: Korea reports no GMO in US wheat imports
- South Korea has not detected any genetically modified wheat in tests on imports of wheat and flour from Washington state, after the discovery of unapproved GM wheat in the U.S. state prompted Japan and South Korea to suspend certain U.S. imports.
Lincoln Journal-Star: Farm & Food: No trade? No kidding
- (Opinion) You know it’s a presidential election year when the U.S. Department of Agriculture issues late summer press releases where nearly half the ink touts the Obama’s Administration’s past ag successes even as it announces actual news.
Jennings Daily News: Looking toward the future: Local businesspersons promote agricultural trade in Cuba
- Seven local businesspersons recently traveled to Havana, Cuba, representing Jeff Davis Parish (JDP) to discuss the possibility of agricultural trade with the people of Louisiana.
Financial Times: British farmers prepare for end to direct subsidies after Brexit
- The future of farming after Britain leaves the EU is likely to see an end to direct subsidies to farmers, many of whom are calling instead for measures to support a profitable market.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Agri-Pulse: NCGA not happy with EPA atrazine action
- (Audio) A recent Environmental Protection Agency draft report on atrazine ignores a large body of scientific evidence affirming the herbicide's safety, according to the National Corn Growers Association.
Washington Post: Iowa farmers ripped out prairie; now some hope it can save them
- “The reason why we have the best soil, making it possible to have the world’s best food production, is prairie,” said Lisa Schulte Moore, an Iowa State professor known around the state as the prairie guru. “And we’re killing it.”
NPR: Saving The Tricolored Blackbird
- The tricolored blackbird population in California has declined to a point that it's a candidate for the California Endangered Species List. But efforts are underway to keep the bird from disappearing.
Casper Star-Tribune: Mead: Wyoming dead serious about sage grouse conservation
- (Opinion) Wyoming govwenor Matt Mead says that Erik Molvar of WildEarth Guardians "plays loose with the numbers and information to justify litigation brought by WildEarth Guardians. I have taken steps to ensure its survival in Wyoming and the West."
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Santa Maria Times: Escalating labor shortage forces farmers to consider options
- It's expected there will be 12,000 guest laborers employed in California at some point this year under the federal program, according to statistics from the U.S. Employment Development Department, which also ranks California among the top four users of H-2A workers last year.
Cecil (Md.) Whig: Tour gives insight into controversial chicken farm proposal
- As a similar operation proposed for the Horst Farm at England Creamery Road in Zion draws controversy from the surrounding community, the Meck Farm gives a glimpse of what the Horst Farm may someday look like if the project is approved. But while the Meck Farm has only two houses, the Horsts plan to build four.
San Angelo Standard-Times: Workforce programs hard-pressed to meet needs
- Existing federal agricultural workforce programs are not meeting farmers' needs. More than 61 percent of respondents to a survey conducted by North Carolina Farm Bureau indicated that they have had difficulty hiring qualified, domestic employees. Nearly 54 percent have had difficulty retaining qualified employees.
Ag Web: Precision Agriculture Careers Get Four-Year Boost
- The first four-year precision agriculture degree program in the United States is set to kick off at South Dakota State University (SDSU) in September 2016.
Kansas City Star: Democrat Chris Koster wins Missouri Farm Bureau endorsement in governor’s race
- Koster supported many of the group’s initiatives as Attorney General and now the Missouri Farm Bureau has endorsed Democrat Chris Koster for governor, the first time the organization has ever endorsed a Democrat running for statewide office.
Muscatine Journal: Local dairy farm uses robotic milking system
- The cows are implanted with a microchip, which allows the machine to know which cow is in the milking stall. Cows line up when they are ready to be milked, and are let into the stall when the cow ahead of them has finished.
Washington Post: Watch a sunflower dance in the sun: Now scientists know how it’s done
- Young sunflowers follow the sun, their still-green buds arcing from east to west across the summer sky as dawn turns to noon turns to dusk. Each night they reverse their dance, swinging from west to east in order to be the first to see the sun when it crests over the horizon at daybreak.
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