Daily Harvest -- 8/9/2016
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Trump economic plan would kill WOTUS rule
- Seeking to seize back some campaign momentum, Donald Trump outlined an economic plan today that calls for rescinding the Obama administration's “waters of the United States” rule as well its limits on carbon emissions from electric utilities.
Agri-Pulse: No matter who wins in November, AFBF wants tax certainty
- (Audio) No matter who is chosen as the next President of the United States and what their economic approach will be, the American Farm Bureau Federation wants to see some clarity, says tax advisor Pat Wolff.
HuffingtonPost: The Urban-Rural Divide: Deep Roots In American History
- The difference is no longer where people live, it’s about how people live: in widely-dispersed, open rural areas with plenty of privacy or in high population density, diverse urban areas where tolerance becomes almost mandatory among its residents.
SDPB Radio: Dakota Midday: Paula Hawks Takes On Agriculture
- Paula Hawks, Democratic nominee for the U.S. House of Representatives in South Dakota, cites country-of-origin labeling and loss of USDA's Conservation Reserve Program acres as major issues in state agriculture.
Tulsa World: Right to Farm stays on November ballot, state high court rules
- A state question seeking to enshrine the rights of farmers and ranchers in the state constitution will stay on the ballot, according to an opinion released Monday by the Oklahoma Supreme Court.
N.Y. Times: How to Give Rural America Broadband? Look to the Early 1900s
- For years, such communities have largely been left out of the digital revolution because they had only intermittent internet access, often through a patchwork of satellite, dial-up or wireless service.
Washington Post: What Trump gets wrong about energy in America
- The most striking thing about the plan is that it seems premised on a world in which these energy sources don’t have this major environmental drawback called climate change.
Gizmodo: A Fact Check of the Department of Energy's Fact Check of Stranger Things
- The Department of Energy plays a dark role in Netflix’s new series, Stranger Things, but the real DoE wants you to know it’s nothing like its sinister fictional counterpoint. If we’ve learned anything from the show, though, it’s to be wary. Which is why we fact-checked the DoE’s Stranger Things fact-check for you.
N.Y. Times: Colorado Activists Submit Petitions for Referendums on Fracking
- In an effort to halt the advance of the oil industry in Colorado, environmental activists said they submitted enough signatures on Monday to place on November’s ballot two initiatives aimed at severely limiting hydraulic fracturing.
The State Journal-Register: Plans for Sangamon County wind farm revived with project sale
- Backers of the first major wind farm proposed in Sangamon County say they would like to start construction next year after sale of the project to one of the nation's largest wind-energy developers.
Dayton Daily News: Champaign County wind farm to push on after court ruling
- A U.S. Appeals Court ruling provided mixed results for a proposed wind farm in Champaign County, but the project’s developers said they believe they can resolve concerns and push it forward.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Agri-Pulse: Celebrating National Farmers Market Week
- This is National Farmers Market Week (Aug. 7-13), a great time to visit a farmers market and celebrate your local farmers, ranchers and food producers.
Florida Times-Union: Fact Check: Did Monsanto buy out Whole Foods?
- This old rumor was not true back in 2011 and, although it is getting another hearing on social media in 2016, it still has no basis in fact.
Washington Post: Ensuring the integrity of the food stamp program
- (Letter to the editor) "Expanding SNAP to the online marketplace presents risks and challenges that we are working hard to overcome," USDA undersecretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services Kevin Concannon says.
NPR: The Roca Brothers, Famous For Fusing Food And Tech, Hit The Road
- The Roca brothers — Joan, Josep and Jordi — are the chef-proprietors of El Celler de Can Roca, a restaurant in northeast Spain that's among the top-rated in the world. To international foodies, the Rocas are rock stars of haute cuisine.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Agri-Pulse: South Korea lifts restrictions on US wheat
- South Korea has lifted its hold on stores of U.S. wheat after testing the grain for the presence of unapproved genetically modified organisms, U.S. government and industry officials said.
The New Times (Rwanda): Gov't moves to review policy to integrate agriculture insurance
- Effects of climate change such as drought and flooding on agriculture, coupled with crop diseases, have continued to ravage crops in recent years, causing losses on farmers’ investments.
Irish Examiner: Minister Michael Creed faces Brexit storm clouds over agriculture sector
- Preparing for his summer break, Agriculture Minister Michael Creed knows the daunting challenges that will face him and the Government when ministers return to Leinster House in the autumn.
DTN/Progressive Farmer: Projections of China's corn stocks range widely
- The fallout from China’s policy of stockpiling corn could put a significant dent in global trade for feed grains in the coming years and a new Rabobank report raises questions about just how much corn China is holding.
The Nation: Grassroots Democrats Are Making the TPP a Big Issue in Congressional Races
- The dwindling circle of Democratic incumbents with records of support for free-trade agreements, such as Wisconsin's Ron Kind, are getting an earful from constituents.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Sun-Sentinel: Big Agriculture choking our waterways
- (Opinion) It is imperative that state and federal leaders stop bowing to industry pressure and start enforcing our clean water laws. Clean water and agriculture can go hand-in-hand, but not if we continue to allow agribusiness to pollute our nation's water with impunity.
Agriculture.com: Why Monsanto says it moved forward with Roundup Ready 2 Extend soybeans
- Off-target movement of dicamba has damaged thousands of soybean acres in the bootheel of Missouri, Arkansas, and Tennessee. The damage is linked to Monsanto’s Roundup Ready 2 Xtend soybeans that tolerate dicamba.
Madison-St. Clair Record: Lawsuits mount over alleged cancer-causing ingredients in Roundup
- Several law firms in Illinois are mounting a case against a multinational agrochemical manufacturer, claiming one of the ingredients in its herbicide product causes cancer.
North Country Now: Schumer urges USDA to ready for drought claims from St. Lawrence County, state
- New York U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer has called on the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to issue a disaster declaration to help upstate New York farmers who suffer major losses and crop damage from the severe drought this summer.
Washington Post: The drought no one is talking about in the southeastern United States
- Crops are wilting in the fields in several states in the southeastern United States from an extreme drought that has crept up under the radar of most people living outside the region.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Grand Forks Herald: N.D. ag commissioner takes aim at animal cruelty training for law enforcement
- North Dakota's top agriculture official warned Monday that training provided by the Humane Society of the United States on how to handle animal cruelty cases poses a threat to the state's livestock industry, but an HSUS spokesman said that's untrue and trainers are only going where invited.
Herald Times: Sen. Gardner hears ag concerns on trip to Meeker on Tuesday
- Asked about the presidential election, the Colorado senator said he has been telling folks that “anyone who tells you they know what’s going to happen, they’ve obviously had a little too much of Colorado’s latest homegrown product!”
Capital Press: Immigration: How organization would improve system
- A New York-based group that released state-by-state reports on immigrants’ economic contributions said it favors a broad range of immigration reforms. In an email, Partnership for a New American Economy Executive Director Jeremy Robbins said the organization wants secure borders and a simplified system for supplying seasonal labor and verifying employment eligibility.
AP: New Zealand farm company to stop using palm oil products
- New Zealand’s state-owned farming company said Monday it will stop using palm kernel products to feed its animals as it seeks to take better care of the environment.
Washington Examiner: 13 counties to watch in the presidential race
- Some counties matter more than others — especially those in states whose electoral votes are up for grabs. This year's presidential nomination contests did not proceed according to form, with far more votes cast for Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders than almost any expert predicted.
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