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Daily Harvest -- 8/14/2015
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Wall Street Journal: Farmland Prices Steady to Lower in Much of Central U.S.
Link - Farmland values were flat to lower in parts of the U.S. Midwest and Great Plains in the second quarter, according to Federal Reserve reports Thursday, reflecting the continued impact of lower grain prices on farmers’ incomes and the broader agricultural economy.

Los Angeles Times: U.S. growers worry over China's economy
Link - California's growers are casting a wary eye toward China, their third-biggest trading partner, because the devaluation of its currency is expected to make pistachios, almonds and other farm products more expensive.

Agri-Pulse: O'Malley pledges to fight mergers, Webb backs Keystone as Democrats stump Iowa
Link - Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley promised to fight agricultural mergers if he's elected president, and also touted his efforts to clean up the Chesapeake Bay, which has agricultural runoff issues similar to those facing Midwest states.

Agri-Pulse: Long-shot presidential candidate believes in protecting farms
Link - Although he hails from the nation's smallest state, Lincoln Chafee insists that living in Rhode Island and representing the state in the U.S. Senate gave him an appreciation of the land and working knowledge of farm policy.


Agri-Pulse: Huckabee defends biofuels, digs at Clinton
Link - Republican Mike Huckabee pressed his populist pitch as he worked the crowd at the opening of the Iowa State Fair, kicking off the parade of presidential hopefuls who will appear at the event during its 11-day run.

Minnesota Public Radio News: Report: MN on track to exceed clean energy targets
Link - An analysis released Thursday shows Minnesota is the only state in the Midwest on track to exceed federal targets aimed at reducing climate change.

Bloomberg: ‘Submerging’ Island Leader Calls for End to Coal Mining
Link - The world should stop developing new coal mines to step up the fight against climate change, according to Anote Tong, president of the Pacific island-nation of Kiribati that’s slowly being swamped by rising seawater.

Politico: Barack Obama’s quiet war on oil
Link - The oil and gas industry is in the crosshairs of the administration’s eco-agenda, even if Shell gets its Arctic drilling permit.


Bloomberg: Russian Bakers Want Change to Wheat Duty That Tries to Help Them
Link - Russia should change a levy on wheat exports that led to a slump in shipments last month, according to the local bakers and pig farmers the policy is trying to help.

Associated Press: New director of Michelle Obama's childhood obesity program knows benefits of healthy eating
Link - Debra "Deb" Eschmeyer and her new husband, Jeff, were preparing to move to Ecuador as Peace Corps volunteers when her high school sweetheart was diagnosed in February 2004 with Type 1 diabetes. The trip was scrapped and Eschmeyer's life took a different course.

Fox CT: Sen. Blumenthal, consumer activists blasts federal efforts to ban GMO labeling
Link - Connecticut advocates are who pushed for mandatory labels on genetically modified food are dismayed by a proposed federal law that would essentially undo the efforts that resulted in a state law.


Agri-Pulse: WTO to consider propose COOL retaliation next month
Link - (Audio) The dispute settlement body of the WTO will hold arbitration meetings next month to consider Canada and Mexico’s proposed retaliatory tariffs against the United States.

Daily Nation: William Ruto says ban on GMOs to be lifted in two months
Link - The Kenyan government will lift the ban on genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in two months, Deputy President William Ruto has said.

Associated Press: Russia Expands Its Food Imports Ban to Some Non-EU Nations
Link - Russia's prime minister says he has signed an order banning imports of agricultural products from several non-EU European nations that have joined the European Union's sanctions against Russia.

Bloomberg: Russian Bakers Want Change to Wheat Duty That Tries to Help Them
Link - Russia should change a levy on wheat exports that led to a slump in shipments last month, according to the local bakers and pig farmers the policy is trying to help.

Politico: Cuba: Now comes the hard part
Link - In 1961, Washington severed diplomatic relations with Havana. More than 50 years later, embassies in Washington and Havana have officially reopened. And today, Secretary of State John Kerry travels to Havana to raise the American flag over the embassy.


Agri-Pulse: Regional farmers live in uncertainty due to EPA mine spill
Link - A toxic spill caused by workers employed by the Environmental Protection Agency shut down major irrigation sources for farmers in the region, fueling more animosity toward the agency and triggering lawsuits.

Agri-Pulse: Potential El Nino might bring relief to California drought
Link - A potentially historic El Nino event could be helpful to those in Southern California facing historically dry conditions, but experts say it's too early to tell how much assistance - if any - the system will give the drought-stricken state.

Topeka Capital-Journal: After years of drought, Arkansas River Run event runs again
Link - After having to call it quits years ago because of longstanding drought and low water levels, organizers have rekindled a floating event on the Arkansas River, which once again actually has water in it thanks to recent rains around the region.


Associated Press: New Mexico green chile growers want new guest worker program
Link - Green chile farmers in New Mexico are advocating for new guest worker program to boost temporary immigrant labor force, provided by mainly Mexican immigrants, in order to halt the decline of the production of the vegetable.

Agri-Pulse: OSHA fines poultry processor for hazardous working conditions
Link - Employees at a large chicken supplier are in danger of multiple and consistent hazards, including amputation, electrocution and hazardous falls, according to the Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Delta Farm Press: Sweet potato leader says: Agriculture needs Congress to resolve labor issues
Link - Labor issues remain a challenge for U.S. agriculture, and particularly for sectors that are labor-intensive such as fruits and vegetables, says Kay Rentzel.


WLKY: UK shows off hemp plots at research farm
Link - Wolfe County agricultural extension agent Daniel Wilson sees hemp as a potential substitute for lost tobacco production in the Appalachian foothills of Kentucky.

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