Daily Harvest -- 8/12/2016
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: AFBF asks USDA for more aid for dairy farmers
- The American Farm Bureau Federation is asking USDA to provide emergency assistance to U.S. dairy farmers - including purchasing millions of pounds of cheese for government nutrition programs - to help producers in the face of plummeting farm-level milk prices and cash receipts for milk sales.
Agri-Pulse: Soybean producers observe international impact
- (Audio) A group of 10 producers on the soybean checkoff's “See for Yourself” tour is on the way back from Central America after learning about how their product is impacting consumers around the world.
NPR: How Rural Farming Communities Are Fighting Economic Decline
- The number of farm jobs in the U.S. plummeted by 14 percent between 2001 and 2013, according to the Department of Agriculture.
Radio Iowa: Federal candidates in Iowa air concerns about Farm Credit System
- Federal office holders from Iowa and their General Election challengers are raising questions about the Farm Credit System, a nationwide network of banks established by the federal government in 1916 to help farmers.
AP: Three years into nation’s hemp experiment, crop’s future is hazy
- Authorized for research and experimental growth in the 2014 Farm Bill, hemp is being grown this year on only about 6,900 acres nationwide, according to industry tallies based on state reports.
Agri-Pulse: Energy companies sue BLM for failing to hold lease sales
- Oil and gas companies are suing the Bureau of Land Management for failing to conduct quarterly land lease sales as required by law.
Fox61 (Conn.): Ex-dairy farm in Norwich reintroduced as state’s largest solar energy site
- The 15-acre plot was formerly home to a dairy farm operated by seven generations of the Stott family. Now there are more than 15,000 solar panels on the land that are expected to produce enough electricity over the next two decades to power more than 8,400 homes for a year.
Huffington Post: Alberta Could Turn Abandoned Oil Wells Into Green Energy Sources
- As the province's oil industry continues to slump there's been debate over whether government or corporations should pay for the clean up of so-called orphan wells. The Living Energy Project pilot project is working to convert an abandoned oil well to one that captures geothermal energy.
ABC 7 News (San Francisco): Federal jury finds PG&E guilty of obstructing investigators
- A federal jury has found PG&E guilty on six charges related to the San Bruno pipeline explosion that killed eight people and destroyed 38 homes.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Agri-Pulse: John Block: GMO labeling becomes a reality
- (Audio) The legislation provides three different ways a consumer can scan the product to determine if it is genetically modified.
USA Today: Secret video prompts Tyson to retrain chicken plant workers
- In the face of new allegations of ghastly animal abuse by its employees, Tyson Foods says it's retraining all of its live poultry workers on the company's animal welfare policies.
Agri-View (from Illinois Farmer Today): Panel discusses GMO transparency
- There is a lot to say about food from genetically modified organisms. During a recent panel discussion, a scientist, a food-company spokesman and farmers agreed they want to keep the research and the conversations going.
Food & Environment Reporting Network: Why the GMO-labeling movement fell short
- In the past year, major food companies have trumpeted the changes they are making in how they produce food — rolling out long-term plans to remove antibiotics from livestock production, reformulating favorites like mac-and-cheese to get rid of artificial ingredients, and in some cases vowing to improve the lives of animals destined to be eaten.
Hartford Courant: Blumenthal Wants Repeal Of New Federal GMO Law
- A new federal law on labeling of foods containing GMOs — genetically modified organisms — is "fundamentally anti-consumer" and needs to be repealed, U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., said Thursday.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Wall Street Journal: EU Opens Antitrust Probe on Dow Chemical, DuPont Merger
- The European Union’s antitrust authority opened a full-blown investigation into the proposed merger of Dow Chemical Co. and DuPont Co. , which could require the companies to make bigger concessions to clear their blockbuster deal.
Siouxland Matters: Bill Northey on the effects of the TTP on Iowa's agriculture industry
- Iowa's top agriculture official says he is concerned about both major presidential candidates not in favor of trade agreements.
Politico: EU fires warning shot over agrichemical mega-mergers
- Brussels has issued a stark warning to the world’s leading agrichemical companies that they will need to make significant concessions in the coming months if they want to complete a wave of mega-mergers. Margrethe Vestager, the EU’s competition commissioner, on Thursday opened an in-depth investigation into the proposed $130 billion tie-up between Dow and DuPont.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Bloomberg: Climate Change May Be Doubted by Some, But Now It’s the Law
- A federal appeals court in Chicago gave a thumbs-up this week to an obscure regulatory practice that helps the U.S. government account for projected costs of climate change. The decision comes less than a week after the White House issued guidance to all federal agencies about how they can build carbon accounting into their decision-making.
EurekaAlert: Surveys of corn and soybean fields reveal implications for pollinator conservation
- Although corn and soybeans do not need insects for pollination, they do offer floral resources that are used by insect pollinators. So what kind of insects are commonly found in corn and soybean fields? The answer to that question can be found in a new article published in Environmental Entomology.
Reuters: California's rare island fox returns from brink of extinction
- Three groups of California's rare island fox were removed from the U.S. endangered species list on Thursday, and a fourth was downgraded to threatened, marking the fastest recovery yet for an American mammal once deemed to be on the brink of extinction.
The Berkshire (Mass.) Eagle: Helicopters drop seeds on Berkshire Co. farm fields to save topsoil
- It's not quite pennies from heaven, but an aerial cover crop-seeding program could make a difference to local farmers challenged by topsoil erosion.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
IndyWeek (Raleigh-Durham): Sen. Brent Jackson's Farm Under Investigation by U.S. Labor Dept.
- The INDY has learned that there is an open investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division into N.C. state senator Brent Jackson's farm, the Jackson Farming Company in Autryville.
IndyWeek (Raleigh-Durham): Durham Co-op Continues to Sell Driscoll's Berries, Tells Customers to "Shop Your Values"
- The Co-op was asked to boycott the berry distributor in light of some not-so-great farm labor practices at two of its partner farms.
NPR: In South Texas, Fair Wages Elude Farmworkers, 50 Years After Historic Strike
- Since 2010, the McAllen, Texas, district office of the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division has filed more than 650 cases against growers and farm labor contractors affecting nearly 2,500 workers.
Yahoo Finance: Monsanto Company Sets Webcasts for Whistle Stop Investor Tour Event
- Monsanto Company (MON) announced it will hold a webcast in conjunction with its eighth Whistle Stop tour investor event scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 17 and Thursday, Aug. 18 in St. Louis, Mo. During the webcast, company executives will discuss Monsanto’s financial targets, drivers of innovation, research and development pipeline and other matters related to the company’s business.
U.S. News & World Report: Millennials Look to Job Opportunities in Farming
- Seth Squires is a second-generation dairy farmer in upstate New York. At 18, he is part of a new trend in farming: Millennials who are choosing to continue a family tradition of farming.
Des Moines Register: Steve King: Clinton 'is somebody I can work with'
- The admission came as almost an aside within a speech full of praise for Trump and VP nominee Mike Pence.
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