Daily Harvest -- 8/11/2015
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: APHIS to lead 'nationally coordinated program' to manage feral swine
- The Agriculture Department is moving ahead with a plan to attack the feral swine problem with a strategy that will vary by state and require help from state and local governments.
Des Moines Register: 1st restocked Iowa turkey farmer talks lessons from bird flu
- Thousands of small young turkeys ran around the barns on the Moline family farm Monday near Manson, the first Iowa farm to restock birds after a bird flu outbreak decimated flocks in the Midwest.
Associated Press: 13 states ask judge to delay new federal water rule
- Thirteen states led by North Dakota asked a federal judge on Monday to delay a new rule that gives federal authorities jurisdiction over some state waters.
Bloomberg: Corn Crop Conditions Seen Worsening in Satellite Images
- Daily infrared images of U.S. farmland captured by satellite indicate worsening conditions for this year’s U.S. corn crop, according to one data-analysis company.
Agri-Pulse: New REAP loans and grants benefit rural America
Washington Post: The U.S. wind energy boom couldn’t be coming at a better time
- The Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan, released last week, requires the country to use a lot more renewable energy by the year 2030 — and a lot less coal. And right on time, two new reports published Monday by the Department of Energy find that one key renewable sector — wind — is booming, a development that can only help matters when it comes to reducing carbon emissions.
Associated Press: Methane-Powered Tractor Could Cut Farmers' Costs, Emissions
- Luca Remmert's dream of running a self-sustainable farm is within sight. He produces energy from corn and grain near the northern Italian city of Turin and hopes in the not too distant future to run all of his eight tractors on methane generated at the farm.
Reuters: Brazil Sao Martinho net income falls due to sugar-ethanol stocking
- Brazilian sugar and ethanol group Sao Martinho said on Monday its net earnings fell by more then half in the financial first quarter, to 28.3 million reais ($8.2 million) from 60.7 million reais a year ago.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Agri-Pulse: McGovern-Dole feeding kids in new countries
- The McGovern-Dole school feeding programs is expanding to two additional countries and adding new projects in four others.
Global Meat News: US meat industry prepares for antibiotics controls
- US meat businesses are preparing for antibiotics measures set to be implemented by the end of December 2016 by the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA).
Bloomberg: Pork Belly Prices Sizzle
- Bacon is finally getting a bump as Americans add the fatty strips to everything from corn dogs to french fries, boosting demand while inventory shrinks.
Wall Street Journal: Dean Foods’ Sales Drop as Investors Wonder About a Resignation
New York Times: Growing Vegetables in Space, NASA Astronauts Tweet Their Lunch
- On Monday, after watching a batch of “Outredgeous” red romaine lettuce grow under a purplish glow in the microgravity of space, NASA astronauts aboard the International Space Station harvested their own fresh produce.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
BBC: Scotland to ban GM crop growing
- Scotland is to ban the growing of genetically modified crops, the country's rural affairs secretary has announced.
South Bend Tribune: Farmers, traders spar over beef ban
- Where ranchers in Minnesota and across the country see a problem, trade experts see a product that is safe and a ban that has been in place for far too long. The USDA says the areas approved for trading have been disease-free since 2007.
Reuters: UK farmers protest over fear of financial ruin from low milk prices
- British farmers warned on Monday they were facing financial ruin with falls in the price of milk forcing many out of work and spurring others to blockade distribution centres and walk cows through supermarkets.
Washington Post: In India, water problems run deep and wide
- The troubles besetting India’s water ecosystem are as complex and intertwined as the arms of its infamous Ganges River.
Bloomberg: Food of Czars Made in Italy as Caviar Is Spared Putin Ban
- Vladimir Putin is determined to make European exporters pay for the West’s opposition to his Ukraine policy. Up to a point.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Agri-Pulse: Court orders EPA to act on chlorpyrifos
- A federal appeals court has ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to act by Oct. 31 on a petition calling for a ban on the insecticide chlorpyrifos.
Associated Press: Heat Wave in Poland Causing Electricity Shortage, Drought
- A heat wave in Poland on Monday forced the national supplier to cut electricity to factories for several hours, and Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz appealed to people to save energy during the day.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
CBS: What would John Kasich do with immigration policy?
- Ohio Gov. John Kasich said Sunday that he backs a path to legal status for undocumented immigrants in the U.S., stating that many of the roughly 11 million undocumented immigrants living in America "contribute a lot" to the country.
Gallup: U.S. Support for Increased Immigration Up to 25%
- The U.S. public demonstrates no clear preference on what U.S. immigration levels should be. On this contentious issue, 40% say levels should remain where they are, but only slightly fewer (34%) advocate a decrease in the stream of immigrants. One-quarter of the country prefers an increase in immigration levels, the sole response of the three to see a general increase in support over the past 15 years.
Des Moines Register: Meet Arlette, the Iowa State Fair queen of food contests
- Say “Arlette” and Iowa State Fair stalwarts know you mean the woman who has not just presided over the Food Department for 30 years — she has transformed it into the gladiatorial pinnacle for all Iowans who do battle with a spatula and measuring cup.
San Francisco Chronicle: Possible medical marijuana vote includes hemp growing
- A Wyoming lawmaker says he'll sponsor his own bill legalizing hemp growing in the state if a medical marijuana referendum fails to get on the November ballot, or if a legislative committee fails to introduce a proposal of its own.
Washington Post: Rogue drones a growing nuisance across the U.S.
- Rogue drone operators are rapidly becoming a national nuisance, invading sensitive airspace and private property — with the regulators of the nation’s skies largely powerless to stop them.
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