Daily Harvest -- 8/19/2016
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Trump and Agriculture
- (Audio) John Block says the ag industry has done an excellent job communicating its views to both presidential campaigns.
Waterloo Cedar-Falls Courier: Vilsack to state leaders: Develop water quality plan soon
- During the 2016 legislative session, Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad and Republicans in control of the Iowa House made separate proposals to create funding for water quality programs. Democrats in control of the Senate discussed various plans, but took no action.
Bloomberg: Trump Agriculture Team Lets Lobbyists Know Who to Cultivate
- The makeup of the committee shows that farm policy in a Trump administration would be largely guided by the pro-agribusiness, anti-regulation farm "establishment," rather than outsiders who might do things like, oh, separate the farm bill from food stamps, as called for in the Republican Party platform.
UW Today: From White House to Tacoma, WA, urban agriculture is growing
- Sally Brown, a research associate professor in the University of Washington’s School of Environmental and Forest Sciences, and collaborators have published the most extensive compilation to date explaining how to grow urban agriculture, and how doing so could save American cities.
Agri-Pulse: EPA has not met statutory requirements on RFS reports, OIG says
- The Environmental Protection Agency has been taken to the woodshed by its Office of Inspector General, which said the agency has failed to provide legally required reports to Congress.
GreenBiz: Ag carbon credits go to market, just as cap and trade is questioned
- Rice farmer Mark Isbell changed how he nurtures rice plants on 70 acres of his Arkansas farm. Letting the fields temporarily dry has reduced the methane released by 50 percent, compared to an adjacent field that was flooded all through the growing season, according to measurements taken by the University of Arkansas.
Bloomberg: Chile Energy Auction Gives Bachelet a Success to Boast About
- The biggest auction of electricity supply contracts in the country’s history Wednesday saw the average price slump 40 percent from the previous auction last year as renewable energy producers dethroned many of the country’s incumbent energy suppliers.
FOOD & NUTRITION
KMSP (Minn.): Research draws link between heart disease and fresh food accessibility
- A lack of access to fresh foods in nearby grocery stores, for the first time, has been established as a link to the early onset of heart disease, according to the American Heart Association.
Vox: Americans should eat less meat, but they’re eating more and more
- The American way of gorging on meat, it seems, isn’t budging anytime soon.
GrubStreet: England Orders Food Industry to Slash Added Sugars by 20 Percent
- England is adding more teeth to an already-serious effort aimed at curbing the country’s hefty sugar consumption. On top of a tax that’s about to be levied on soft drinks, the government announced today that it also wants the entire food industry to cut one-fifth of the added sugars from nine types of food.
Forbes: Message To Food Companies: Food Activists Are Your New Brand Managers
- (Opinion) Food industry marketers no longer have the sole power to shape consumer tastes and fuel demand for their products. That power has been largely hijacked by new influencers—public health activists, celebrity nutritionists, politicians, food bloggers—who have their own agendas and can influence public
sentiment as never before.
Food Safety News: E. coli cases have Oregon officials investigating non-fair food, fair livestock
- A number of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) illnesses are being investigated following last month’s Washington County Fair in Hillsboro, OR.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Regina Leader-Post: Saskatchewan ranch wins national environmental award
- Miles Anderson believes there is space for every animal — no matter what species — on his ranch.
Financial Times: Brexit Briefing: Agriculture anguish
- For years, British farmers have been big beneficiaries of EU subsidies, receiving £2.9bn of EU money in 2014-15. The UK’s impending withdrawal from the Common Agricultural Policy is therefore causing some anguish in parts of the farming community.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Agri-Pulse: Louisiana farmers still being hit hard by flooding
- From underwater fields to drowned cattle, the damage to Louisiana farmers and ranchers from the recent storms and continued flooding is extensive, but state officials say they are doing what they can to prevent losses.
Des Moines Register: Finney: I fouled up nitrates column
- High nitrate levels are not a health threat to adults, he says, adding, "I didn’t meet my own standard of recognizing the complexity of any issue and writing in a way that brings clarity rather than contributes to the shouting."
Quartz: Every month this year has been, on average, hotter than any other in recorded history
- Every month this year has been, on average, hotter than any other in recorded history
Capital Press: Nothing easy about conservation easements
- Rancher Roger Ediger has no problem giving up the ability to subdivide his nearly 2,700-acre property near Mount Vernon in Eastern Oregon. Development is the biggest threat to agriculture, wildlife and open space, Ediger believes, which is why he decided to place a conservation easement on the land that will preserve its
current condition in perpetuity.
Lowell Sun: Baker urges water conservation as Bay State drought widens
- Gov. Charlie Baker and other state officials on Thursday urged Massachusetts residents to conserve water and support their local farmers in the face of a widespread and significant drought.
Sacramento Bee: Watchdog group sues to force UC Davis to turn over public records
- Specifically, U.S. Right to Know is asking for correspondence between 10 UC Davis professors and businesses in the agrochemical industry. The group has sent similar requests to universities across the country, Ruskin said. The organization is trying to uncover collusion between the agrochemical industry, the food industry, universities and faculty members, he said.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
News10: EPA discusses revised standards to protect farm workers’ health
- EPA Regional Administrator Judith Enck visited Indian Ladder Farms in Altamont to talk about the importance of the updates as well as the dangers of exposure to pesticides.
Washington Post: Latino advocate in Virginia found guilty of defrauding immigrants
- The leader of a Virginia organization for Latino immigrants was found guilty of fraud Thursday after a jury found that she had cheated two clients out of several thousand dollars while posing as a licensed attorney.
Breitbart News: Poll: Americans, Immigrants Back Donald Trump’s Immigration Vetting Policy By More Than 2 to 1
- Americans and immigrants support Donald Trump’s calls for the ideological vetting of would-be immigrants by more than two-to-one, according to a new poll from Morning Consult.
Illinois Farmer Today: Websites benefit farms large and small
- Good farm websites haven’t been made obsolete by the fun and glamour of social media. They still play a role in a farmer’s mix of communication.
Creighton U.: Rural Mainstreet Index Below Growth-Neutral for 12th Straight Month
- Farmland prices remained below growth neutral for the 33rd consecutive month.
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