Daily Harvest -- 8/18/2016
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Vilsack 'hopeful' about future for beginning farmers, ranchers
- Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack awarded almost $18 million in funding for projects impacting beginning farmers and ranchers on the heels of a roundtable discussion in his home state with producers who are just getting started.
Agri-Pulse: Meet the Farmhands: John Gordley, Gordley Associates
- Combine time in the White House, the office of the Senate Majority Leader, and almost 30 years at the helm of his own lobbying group, and John Gordley is one of the most experienced ag lobbyists in Washington. In this interview, he talks with Agri-Pulse about his time in Washington and what he likes to do when he isn't on the job.
Agri-Pulse: USDA forums to assist in post-election transition - 8/18/2016
- On Wednesday, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Fall Forums on university campuses in six states -- both to gather information for the post-election transition and to highlight the Obama administration's accomplishments. Campuses in Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Florida, North Carolina and New Hampshire will play host to Vilsack or other USDA officials over the next few weeks.
AP: South Dakota delegation denounces federal rules at farm show
- The growth of expensive regulations from unelected bureaucrats in Washington, D.C. is costing American families and burdening farmers, South Dakota's Republican congressional delegation said Wednesday at an agricultural forum.
Reuters: Texas utility Energy Future pushes bankruptcy exit plan in trial
- Energy Future Holdings Corp., Texas' biggest power company, urged a U.S. bankruptcy court on Wednesday to allow the bulk of its operations to exit Chapter 11, in the largest U.S. bankruptcy since the financial crisis.
Ethanol Producer: EU cannot ignore ethanol’s high GHG savings
- (Opinion) The head of the European Renewable Ethanol Association says "there has been mounting evidence of the sustainability and climate benefits of ethanol (and) it has been proven that increased ethanol demand in Europe does not alter food prices or undermine food security."
Las Vegas Review-Journal: NV Energy neutral on measure to give Nevadans energy choices
- NV Energy announced Tuesday it is neutral on a measure on the Nov. 8 general election ballot to amend the state constitution to open Nevada’s electricity markets to competition.
FOOD & NUTRITION
N.Y. Times: The Movement to Define Native American Cuisine
- The moon was full and the chokecherries were ripe in the southeastern corner of North Dakota. “It’s the one smell that shoots me back to being young,” said Sean Sherman, as the berries boiled under a red-veined froth.
National Law Review: FDA Issues Final Rule on Food Ingredients that May Be Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS)
- FDA’s new regulation provides the information FDA believes a company should have to make a GRAS determination or conclusion
Telegraph: Theresa May abandons plans to curb junk food advertising and ban sweets from store checkouts
- The PM will instead challenge supermarkets and manufacturers to cut the amount of sugar in their products by a fifth.
Time: Michelle Obama Got Aly Raisman to Clarify Her Stance on Junk Food
- The Final Five took to Twitter for a question-and-answer session on Wednesday, responding to the #AskFinalFive hashtag.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Time: China May Not Have Enough Arable Land to Feed Its People. But Big Changes Are Coming
- Faced with a growing food security crisis, China is reforming its agriculture industry in what could be the biggest change since the Great Leap Forward.
The Herald: Boost for command agriculture
- Fertilizer and maize seed producers yesterday assured the nation of adequate inputs for the forthcoming season to support Government's $500 million command agricultural program.
IOL (Zambia): Use urban agriculture to grow the economy
- (Opinion) Urban agriculture leads to higher employment. Due to the fragmented nature of small farming lots in urban settings, methods are more labour intensive and hardly make use of automated technology. Employment per tonnage produced is higher than conventional farming.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Agri-Pulse: Once again, FWS lists Idaho plant as threatened
- Slickspot peppergrass, a plant that lives on about 60,000 acres of sagebrush-steppe habitat in southwestern Idaho, will once again be considered a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act.
Farm and Dairy: Pennsylvania calls on conservation districts to help with inspections
- As Pennsylvania continues its push to reduce the loading of farm nutrients into the Chesapeake Bay, the state is now calling on the 41 county conservation districts in the bay watershed to conduct on-farm inspections.
AP: Lawmakers, governor debate climate-change spending
- Democratic legislative leaders and Gov. Jerry Brown are divided over whether to divvy up more than $1 billion collected from carbon auctions or retain it as an enticing bargaining chip while they struggle to win support for extending California's climate programs.
N.Y. Times: Louisiana flood: Is this what climate change looks like?
- Climate change is never going to announce itself by name. But this is what we should expect it to look like. That’s what many scientists, analysts and activists are saying after heavy rains in southern Louisiana have killed at least 10 people and forced tens of thousands from their homes, in the latest in a series of extreme floods in the United States during the last two years.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Fla. Sun-Sentinel: Farmer pleads guilty to animal cruelty offenses
- Now all eight men arrested in law enforcement raids of three Loxahatchee farms Oct. 13 have had their cases resolved, pleasing a Miami animal rights group that secretly recorded the videos.
Reuters: Monsanto's Climate Corp to expand digital farming platform
- The company is building a network of in-field sensors to expand the scope of soil, weather and other data flowing into its digital agriculture tools that help farmers increase crop yields and reduce costs, the company said on Wednesday.
Sacramento Bee: Overtime bill bad for farmworkers and for farmers
- (Opinion) Jeff Merwin, president of the Yolo County Farm Bureau, says farmworkers can earn up to 50 percent more in a week than non-agricultural employees because they can work as much as 60 hours a week.
Reuters: Monsanto gives Bayer limited access to its books: sources
- U.S. seed company Monsanto has given German suitor Bayer AG limited access to its books after turning down a sweetened $64 billion takeover offer last month, two sources familiar with the situation told Reuters.
Stillwater News-Press: Elk City school board votes to rescind Long's name from agriculture building
- Retired agricultural teacher Larry Long has been under fire since word leaked out about an Aug. 2 incident at the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education’s summer conference, when he presented a white robe and hood, symbols commonly associated with the Ku Klux Klan, to a black agriculture teacher in front of a crowd of 500.
Lane Report: Judge donates 534-acre farm to Murray State Foundation
- Long-time District Judge, attorney and farmer, Jimmy Don Robinson, donated his 534-acre farm and two homes in Ballard County, known as Eagle Rest Plantation, to the Murray State University Foundation, Inc. to benefit the Hutson School of Agriculture, students, faculty, staff, and regional and state agricultural initiatives.
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