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Agri-Pulse: Clinton gets her 'ag' on during Iowa State Fair, as Trump, other contenders rally supporters
Link - Two frontrunners in the 2016 presidential campaign, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, took the obligatory taste of Iowa agriculture today. They capped back-to-back visits to the Iowa State Fair by sampling pork chops on a stick at the Iowa Pork Producers Association.

Agri-Pulse: Clinton gets her 'ag' on during Iowa State Fair, as Trump, other contenders rally supporters
Link - Two frontrunners in the 2016 presidential campaign, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, took the obligatory taste of Iowa agriculture today. They capped back-to-back visits to the Iowa State Fair by sampling pork chops on a stick at the Iowa Pork Producers Association.

Agri-Pulse: Bush attacks regulations as he seeks Iowa breakout
Link - Jeb Bush is attacking the Obama administration's regulatory agenda, including its new Clean Water Act rule, as he struggles to find a message to shore up his lagging race in Iowa.

Agri-Pulse: Appellate court reverses previous dismissal of HSUS case against NPPC
Link - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia is breathing new life into a previously dismissed lawsuit alleging pork checkoff funds were indirectly used to benefit the lobbying efforts of the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC).

Agri-Pulse: Open Mic with Jeff Broin, Executive Chairman of POET
Link - (Audio) In this interview, Jeff Broin shares the direct and indirect benefits of the Renewable Fuels Standard and warns of the domestic and global implications if Washington steps back from its commitment to renewable fuels.

Agri-Pulse: Meet the Lawmaker: Congressman Sam Farr, California's 20th District
Link - As a veteran of the California Legislature and the Peace Corps, California Democrat Sam Farr brings a unique perspective to public service. Farr also serves as the ranking member of the House committee responsible for agricultural appropriations, giving him an opportunity to shape agricultural policy.

Wall Street Journal: Tyson to Cut 400 Jobs, Citing Shrinking Cattle Supply
Link - Tyson Foods Inc. said it would permanently close an Iowa beef processing plant, the latest move by a major meatpacker to scale back operations because of diminished U.S. cattle herds.

Reuters: Bird flu aftershocks to drive U.S. turkey, egg prices higher
Link - Limited supplies of baby poultry and barn space to house them will hamper U.S. farmers' efforts to rebuild ravaged egg supplies after the nation's worst-ever outbreak of bird flu.

Washington Examiner: In Iowa, Carson calls for phasing out agriculture subsidies in 10 years
Link - Ben Carson isn't pandering to voters in Iowa, telling them Sunday that he would phase out agricultural subsidies if elected president.

Des Moines Register: Farmland values dip in Midwest
Link - Midwest farmland values edged lower in the second quarter, as low corn and soybean prices put further pressure on agricultural producers, according to a survey released this week by the Federal Reserve.

Des Moines Register: Green Fields: Face-off likely over farmland rents
Link - Tumbling commodity prices are expected to prompt a face-off between Iowa producers and landowners over farmland rents, which remain about 50 percent higher than they were seven years ago, agriculture experts say.

Washington Post: Agritourism growth sparks concerns over safety, liability
Link - As more farms open themselves up to visitors for apple picking, hay rides and some extra income, experts are advising owners to take steps to prevent accidents — be they small or fatal.


Agri-Pulse: Candidates questioned about renewable support in Iowa
Link - (Audio) If they don't mention it, most presidential candidates speaking on the Des Moines Register soapbox at the Iowa State Fair are being asked about their committment to ethanol and the Renewable Fuel Standard.

Alaska Dispatch News: How new ways to power remote Alaska villages could spread clean energy worldwide
Link - On a July day, a barge was loaded up with supplies, perhaps to transport to even more remote communities -- atop the stack of bulk goods was an all-terrain vehicle.

Crain's Detroit Business: Clean energy expected to power up more jobs in Michigan
Link - The wind and solar energy industries in Michigan are expected to continue steady growth and add hundreds of jobs over the next decade — regardless of what state legislators and Gov. Rick Snyder come up with in a final energy bill package this year.

Argus Leader: South Dakota’s ethanol boon could fade
Link - A decade-old congressional mandate to spur investment in renewable fuels has helped turn South Dakota into one of the country’s biggest ethanol producers. But growth is uncertain as opponents of the mandate push for overhaul or repeal of the Renewable Fuel Standard.

Market Watch: Why gas prices are rising as oil falls to 6-year lows
Link - Crude-oil prices haven’t been this low in nearly 6 1/2 years, but motorists in some parts of the country have seen a significant rise in prices at the gas pump this week.


NPR: A Muscle Drug For Pigs Comes Out Of The Shadows
Link - In the coming months, a few shoppers will encounter a new and unfamiliar phrase when looking at packages of pork: "Produced without the use of ractopamine."

Washington Post: Minimum-wage offensive could speed arrival of robot-powered restaurants
Link - The industry could be ready for another jolt as a ballot initiative to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour nears in the District and campaigns to boost wages gain traction around the country.


Bloomberg: Chicken War With U.S. Shows Free Trade Threat to Vietnam Farmers
Link - Hanoi chicken farmer Nguyen Huu Tuyen blames inexpensive poultry imported from the U.S. for the loss of almost $14,000 this year.

Bloomberg: Zimbabwe Stocks Shelves With Corn That Millions Struggle to Buy
Link - In January, Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe’s government reversed a ban on private imports of corn as a drought looked set to slash harvests. Poor Zimbabweans like Jessica Musoni will struggle to afford it.

Wolves, Resurgent and Protected, Vex Swedish Farmers
Link - Electric fences surround his sheep, two large dogs stand guard and a neighbor monitors the adjacent forest from a security camera.


Agri-Pulse: Western Lake Erie basin states to receive extra $5 million to fight algal bloom
Link - USDA will make another $5 million of Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) funding available to Ohio, Michigan and Indiana producers who commit to limiting growth of toxic algal blooms in Lake Erie.

Denver Post: New Mexico, Utah drop water restrictions after Colorado mine spill
Link - New Mexico officials on Saturday night dropped San Juan County's restrictions on using the Animas and San Juan rivers for drinking water following a ban after a major mine wastewater spill in Colorado this month

New York Times: How California Is Winning the Drought
Link - In 2014, the state’s economy grew 27 percent faster than the country’s economy as a whole — the state has grown faster than the nation every year of the drought.

USA Today: To save bees, some states sting pesticide use
Link - The orange groves in Fort Myers, Fla., have turned to poison for David Mendes' honeybees. The onetime winter havens for bees have been treated with a popular pesticide that he says kills his livelihood.

Associated Press: A look at the pollution reduction plan for Lake Champlain
Link - Vermont state officials are working on long-term plans to meet pollution reduction goals for Lake Champlain set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.


Agri-Pulse: Trump calls for mass deportation, national E-Verify
Link - Donald Trump, the frontrunner in the Republican presidential race, is calling for mass deportation of illegal immigrants and nationwide use of the E-Verify system to check the legal status of workers.

Capital Public Radio: Advocates: Enforcement Of Heat-Illness Prevention Rules For Farm Workers Falling Short
Link - The triple-digit temperatures expected this weekend will once again raise the risk for heat-related illness for farm workers in California's Central Valley. Farm workers and growers don't agree on how safe the fields are, and the numbers don't provide a clear picture.


Agri-Pulse: CFTC Commissioner Wetjen plans to resign
Link - Commodity Futures Trading Commissioner (CFTC) Mark Wetjen announced his resignation today, saying he plans to step down August 28, 2015.

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