Daily Harvest -- 8/11/2016
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Experts named to six FFAR advisory councils
- The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) has taken another big step toward its goal of supporting innovative science addressing today's food and agricultural challenges by naming experts to six advisory councils.
Agri-Pulse: Farm to Fork Politics: Elections, Economics and the next Farm Bill
- Agri-Pulse will present a special daily program, “Farm to Fork Politics: Elections, Economics and the next Farm Bill” during the upcoming Farm Progress Show near Boone, IA. The program will be run from 12-1 pm on Aug. 30, 31 and Sept. 1 in the Case IH exhibit, located at Lot 102.
Platts Agriculture: Early tumble in RIN prices leaves market looking for answers
- "No idea," said one broker when asked what was behind the decline. Another source described the market Wednesday morning as "volatile and not sure why."
Washington Post: Big Oil’s master class in rigging the system
- (Opinion) Sens. Whitehouse and Warren say that instead of applauding state AGs for doing their jobs, their investigation of Exxon has drawn the wrath of congressional Republicans — and a swift effort to shut down the investigation before any evidence becomes public.
Washington Post: New York state just rescued a nuclear plant from oblivion. Why that’s a very big deal
- Exelon said it would pay $110 million to the plant’s current owner, Entergy, for the operating license and would refuel the James A. FitzPatrick plant in Scriba, N.Y. in January. Exelon said the roughly 600 people working there would keep their jobs. The plant’s license, renewed in 2008, does not expire until 2034.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Agri-Pulse: Organic watchdog asks DOJ to probe Danone-White Wave merger
- The Cornucopia Institute has filed a complaint with U.S. federal regulators alleging that French dairy giant Danone's proposed acquisition of White Wave Foods is anti-competitive and a threat to the American organic dairy market.
Agri-Pulse: Non-browning Fuji apple set to gain APHIS approval
- Developed by Okanagan Specialty Fruits in Washington state, the NF872 cultivar has been bioengineered to be resistant to enzymatic browning. It would be the third in the company's Arctic Apple line to gain APHIS approval; the first two are Granny Smith and Golden Delicious varieties.
National Hog Farmer: 21 land-grant universities create animal feed database
- Twenty-one land-grant institutions and partner organizations are collaborating to provide researchers, Extension professionals, regulators, feed industries and producers with up-to-date, research-based information on the nutrient needs of agricultural animals.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Agri-Pulse: Opinion: Trade Agreements: Good or Bad?
- Mark Edelman says, "We appear to be blaming trade agreements for many problems that have nothing to do with trade." Barry Flinchbaugh agrees.
Agri-Pulse: Poor Brazil corn harvest may open door for U.S. exports
- Brazil's Ministry of Agriculture, desperate to open up new feed supplies for the livestock industry, is asking the country's biotech regulatory agency to temporarily lift restrictions on corn imports from the U.S., according to USDA's Foreign Agricultural Service.
Nebraska Radio: Nebraska agrees to $405M agricultural trade deal with Taiwan
- Gov. Pete Ricketts says the state agriculture director will travel to Taiwan next week to formally sign the agreement.
Reuters: China backs GMO soybeans in push for high-tech agriculture
- China will push for the commercialization of genetically modified soybeans over the next five years as it seeks to raise the efficiency of its agriculture sector, potentially boosting output of the crop by the world's top soy importer and consumer.
Agfax: Cotton: Enlist Technology Gains Significant Foreign Approval
- South Korea has approved Enlist cotton for food use. The South Korean Ministry of Food and Drug Safety ruling has given full feed and food import approval for cotton varieties containing the Enlist trait. The ruling allows use of cottonseed oil and products in the country’s food system.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Minnesota Public Radio: Farmers, scientists seek common ground on going green
- Scientists view cover crops as a not-so-secret weapon in the fight to cut farm pollution and boost soil health. But it's been a challenge convincing farmers the benefits outweigh the risks. A short northern growing season rarely leaves time to plant a second crop after harvest, so farmers have been reluctant to plant cover
Oregon Public Broadcasting: Lawsuits Target Controversial Forest Plan For Western Oregon
- Just days after the Bureau of Land Management finalized two forestry plans for Oregon, conservation and timber interests have each filed lawsuits in federal court.
Courthouse News: Polluted Stormwater Isn't Owned by Bay Area Cities, Monsanto Says
- Whether a landmark environmental lawsuit moves forward may hinge on who owns the rain, Monsanto says in fighting a lawsuit from Oakland, Berkeley and San Jose.
The Guardian: Agriculture and overuse greater threats to wildlife than climate change – study
- Joint research published in the journal Nature on Wednesday found nearly three-quarters of the world’s threatened species faced these threats, compared to just 19% affected by climate change.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Lex18: Making A Difference: Non-Profit Helps Farm Workers In The Bluegrass
- One Lexington non-profit is working to improve the lives of thousands of farm workers in the bluegrass. Farm workers make the Commonwealth’s world-renowned Thoroughbred industry possible.
Skagit Valley Herald: No new meeting set in Sakuma Bros. Farms negotiation
- Sakuma Bros. Farms and a labor group met nearly a month ago to discuss the potential unionization of farmworkers, but have yet to schedule a second meeting.
State Journal-Register: Sen. Kirk breaks with Trump on immigration
- Two Illinois Republicans considered among the nation's most vulnerable congressional incumbents are breaking from their party and its outspoken presidential nominee, Donald Trump, to push laws that would include a path to citizenship for people living in the country illegally.
Topeka Capital-Journal: Pat Roberts says he still supports Donald Trump: 'He's unique, that's for sure'
- During a town hall meeting Wednesday, U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts was asked several times about his support of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, responding that he still supports the divisive business mogul.
Toronto Globe & Mail: Urban agriculture may be inefficient, but it’s a model for a sustainable future
- The burgeoning urban and near-urban agriculture trend in North America and around the world exemplifies how many small-scale, entrepreneurial businesses are inherently inefficient in how much labour they use. But this is something we should encourage and recognize as important for both economies and societies.
Des Moines Register: USDA says Iowa farmland values, rents decline in 2016
- Farmland values and rents paid by producers have fallen in Iowa, but some in agriculture say the decline isn't big enough to help farmers deal with low commodity prices.
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