Daily Harvest -- 8/15/2016
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Size of bump in corn yield forecast surprises analysts
- (Audio) USDA is predicting bin-busting corn and soybean harvests this year, with record yields - and lower prices -- projected for the nation's two most valuable crops.
Agri-Pulse: USDA lowers price expectations
- (Audio) On the heels of bin-busting production estimates, the Department of Agriculture seems to think that producers can expect to receive less for their harvests this fall.
Agri-Pulse Open Mic: John Keeling, Exec. VP National Potato Council
- (Audio) In many ways, the nation's potato growers opposed the biotech disclosure bill recently signed into law by President Obama. Keeling voices grower concern over the country's shift in labeling philosophy and ideas on future litigation and legislation on food labels.
Agri-Pulse: Meet the Lawmaker: Rep. Sanford Bishop, Georgia's 2nd District
- Georgia Democrat Sanford Bishop is currently serving in his 12th term in Washington, including time on chamber's agricultural authorization and appropriations committees. In this video, he talks with Agri-Pulse about how he sees agriculture's importance to Georgia's 2nd district.
Agri-Pulse: Meet the Farmhands: Jim Webster
- In the inaugural video of the Meet the Farmhands video series, Agri-Pulse's Jim Webster talks about his career in Washington and the origins of "Farmhands on the Potomac." Stay tuned for more videos from some of D.C.'s top agricultural influencers.
Courthouse News Service: Court Upbraids EPA for Delays on Pesticide Ban
- Final action on EPA's proposal to revoke tolerances for the insecticide is due on March 31, 2017.
Bellingham Herald: Washington’s ‘use it or lose it’ law hinders farm water efficiency
- Fred Likkel, executive director of Whatcom Family Farmers, says "our family farmers are hard at work addressing real water and environmental issues."
Denver Post: Work program trains unemployed oil and gas workers in solar technology
- In Delta County, one organization is targeting unemployed coal miners in the hope of transitioning them into the solar industry — and leaving politics out of the conversation.
USA Today: Army heeds Obama call, attacks high energy bills
- The U.S. Army surpasses the $1 billion mark in responding to a 2014 challenge by President Obama to all federal agencies to achieve $4 billion in energy savings performance contracts by December.
The Hill: Obama to roll out new climate change measures
- “In the weeks and months ahead, we’ll release a second round of fuel efficiency standards for heavy-duty vehicles. We’ll take steps to meet the goal we set with Canada and Mexico to achieve 50 percent clean power across North America by 2025,” Obama said.
FOOD & NUTRITION
N.Y. Times: Celebrity Chefs Turn Wasted Olympics Food Into Meals for Homeless
- Consider what it takes to keep all those Olympian machines nourished and hydrated for one meal at the Rio Games: 250 tons of raw ingredients to fill the bellies of 18,000 athletes, coaches and officials in the Olympic Village.
NPR: Indoor Shrimp Production Opens New Possibilities For Food
- Americans love shrimp, but stories about slave labor and environmental issues have raised concerns about the way shrimp is currently produced. One man in New York is trying a new method — indoors.
The Telegraph: Shoppers waste millions of pounds of food due to 'misleading' freezing instructions
- Supermarkets are encouraging shoppers to throw away millions of pounds of fresh food each year by labeling half of products with incorrect freezing instructions, a Government-funded report will say.
Pamela Geller: USDA Ignores AFDI Petition to Require All Halal Meat Be Labeled as Such
- (Opinion) A great deal of meat sold in this country is halal but is not labeled is such. It’s a scandal — but an established practice: meat packers generally do not separate halal meat from non-halal meat, and do not label halal meat as such.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Minneapolis Star-Tribune: Minnesota businesses uneasy with campaign's anti-trade rhetoric
- As Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump makes sacking two of the country’s biggest free-trade agreements a part of his economic plan, Minnesota’s business community finds itself at odds with the top candidate of a political party that once was a reliable supporter of open markets.
Inews: The bright side of Brexit: we could end unequal and unnecessary farming subsidies
- Here is an an opportunity to stop subsidising rural fat cats at the expense of poorer farmers, consumers, wildlife and developing nations. So face down a loud lobby, ditch the subsidies, reform the system – and let the farmers’ chickens come home to roost.
AgriLand: ‘We need to get trained young professional people involved in farming’
- Speaking at the Tullamore Show, Minister of State for Food, Forestry, and Horticulture Andrew Doyle said that farming needs to be an attractive lifestyle for those coming into the sector.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
WND: South Dakota farmers sue feds for rigging wetlands process
- A husband and wife farming land in South Dakota that has been in their family for more than a century are suing the U.S. Department of Agriculture after the federal agency determined their land contained wetlands – by looking at another parcel 33 miles away.
Montrose (Colo.) Daily Press: Grouse plan amendment released, criticized
- Conservation groups slammed as “weak” the Bureau of Land Management’s proposed amendments to its range-wide management for the Gunnison sage-grouse.
Emissourian: Residents Sue County Over Endangered Bat
- An endangered species of gray bat has been found near the site of two gravel mining operations near St. Clair.
Scoop (NZ): Agcarm welcomes review confirming glyphosate safety
- Glyphosate, a herbicide widely used in agriculture and by gardeners, is unlikely to cause cancer in people, according to a new safety review by the Environmental Protection Authority.
Bismarck Tribune: NRCS tackles backlog of wetland determinations
- The NRCS in North Dakota and other states with substantial wetland areas have struggled to keep up with wetland determination requests.
Bloomberg BNA: Trump Open to Local Action to Address Sea Level Rise
- Local communities should feel free to take action to adapt to rising sea levels, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said, while maintaining his position that human activity is not a primary driver of climate change.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Visalia Times-Delta: Ag’s major needs are water and workers
- Phil Martin in UC-Davis's Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources forecasts warmer winters ahead as an important issue in the supply of water to irrigate crops.
Santa Maria Times: Challenges, Changes, Future of H-2A program
- In a state where rentals are in short supply and affordable housing is virtually nonexistent, especially in coastal and rural areas, providing a place for the workers to reside that meets H-2A program regulations and mandates is difficult to do, if not impossible.
Ventura County Star: Robert Roy: No evidence of farm wage theft in Ventura County
- (Letter to the editor) "It remains clear the Ventura County Star is biased in favor of the unsubstantiated claims of alleged "wage theft" against Ventura County farmers," saays Robert Roy, a labor and employment lawyer, and president and general counsel of the Ventura County Agricultural Association.
Philadelphia Inquirer: At war with the weeds, and the products we use to kill them
- The most commonly used herbicide, glyphosate - a major ingredient in many products, perhaps most notably Monsanto's RoundUp - has been the subject of debate for years.
Slate: Farming Simulator 17 Is the Newest Game to Let Players Live Out Their Blandest Fantasies
- Farming Simulator 17 is the eighth game in the series (“17” refers to the year) and the first Farming Simulator game to include pigs and trains.
CBS Local; Some Florida Farmers Eyeing Hops As Next Niche Crop
- With the state’s iconic citrus industry reeling due to a so-far incurable bacterial disease, some Florida farmers are eyeing a new niche crop that can tap into the country’s burgeoning beer-brewing business: hops.
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