Daily Harvest -- 8/20/2015
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Kasich says bipartisanship key to solving America's problems
- After days of back-to-back performances by presidential candidates at the Iowa State Fair, Ohio Gov. John Kasich on Tuesday tried to set himself apart from the pack as someone who cares about his fellow man - both here and abroad - and encourages others to do the same.
Agri-Pulse: Perry: This is going to be a show me, don't tell me election
- Texas Governor Rick Perry made a forceful pitch for changing politics as usual - getting rid of the “crap” in Washington, D.C. - and returning more power to the states on the Des Moines Register's soapbox for presidential candidates today.
Agri-Pulse: Few candidates are commenting on ag at the Iowa State Fair
- (Audio) The Iowa State Fair is seeing more presidential candidates this year than any year before, but while most are visiting the butter sculpture and eating pork, few are commenting on agriculture.
Agri-Pulse: John Block on the presidential candidates
- (Audio) I have resisted the temptation to talk about the presidential campaign. But it has become so wild and entertaining, I can’t help myself.
Agri-Pulse: Industry fighting expanded antibiotics reporting
- The Food and Drug Administration's plan to require reporting on animal antibiotic sales species by species is running into strong industry opposition.
Minneapolis Star Tribune: USDA seeking bids from animal health companies for production of bird flu vaccine
- Companies may use a government-prototype seed strain or create their own that could be mass produced for a vaccine if needed.
Wall Street Journal: Crop Tour Predicts Indiana Corn, Soybeans will Miss Last Year’s Harvest
- Indiana’s corn crop will pale in comparison to last year, according to an average of survey results collected in the state by scouts on a closely watched crop tour.
Washington Post: Officials eye loan to poultry company for wastewater plans
- Delaware officials are close to signing off on a request by poultry producer Allen Harim Foods for some $11 million in state loans. About $8.3 million would come from the Clean Water State Revolving Fund to upgrade and expand the wastewater plant at its Harbeson processing facility.
Wall Street Journal: Likelihood of US Oil Sliding to $30 a Barrel Is Increasing
- As U.S. oil fell to a new six-year low below $41 a barrel on Wednesday, an increasing number of analysts and traders are saying prepare for crude dipping into the $30s, and soon.
The Atlantic: The EPA's New Methane Rules for the Oil and Gas Industry
- The Environment Protection Agency is proposing a new rule that would reduce methane emissions from oil and natural-gas drilling by 40 to 45 percent of 2012 levels by 2025.
Reuters: Clinton parts with Obama administration on Arctic drilling
- Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Tuesday staked out her opposition to Arctic oil exploration, putting her at odds with the Obama administration one day after it approved drilling off Alaska.
LA Times: Why the absence of oversight on California's clean energy job fund?
- (Opinion) It's too soon to tell if the clean energy program will meet the expectations of voters, but there is one aspect that so far has been a bust: oversight.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Wall Street Journal: Hormel Foods Posts Stronger-Than-Expected Earnings
- Hormel Foods Corp. reported stronger-than-expected quarterly earnings and raised its full-year outlook, as improved profitability in its meat products offset avian influenza-driven struggles in its turkey operations.
Wall Street Journal: Fast Food’s Big Challenge: Fresh Ingredients
- It will have taken three years and a search involving more than 30 growers for Wendy’s Co. to procure enough blackberries for a new salad it plans to offer next summer.
Market Watch: Coca-Cola Buys Minority Stake in Suja Life
- Coca-Cola Co. said Wednesday it acquired a minority stake in Suja Life LLC, a small but fast-growing maker of organic, cold-pressed juices.
Washington Post: Scientists want to use this trick to make your tomatoes tastier
- Tomatoes are picked green, artificially ripened, and stored in the cold -- but giving them a hot bath first could improve the flavor.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Agri-Pulse: Opinion: Building on commitments to improve food and nutrition security in Ethiopia
- During President Barack Obama's recent historic visit to Africa, he said that the continent is on the move and that a new Africa is emerging. It is true.
New York Times: China’s Carbon Dioxide Emissions May Have Been Overstated by More Than 10%
- Scientists may have been overestimating China’s emissions of carbon dioxide, the main greenhouse gas driving global warming, by more than 10 percent, because of inaccurate assumptions about the country’s coal-burning, according to a study published on Wednesday.
LA Times: Police bust $30 million contraband cheese ring in Russia
- Russian police said Tuesday they have busted an international ring involved in producing contraband cheese worth about $30 million, arresting six people.
Reuters: Invasive plants spread fast in billion-dollar threat-study
- Many of the world's plants are turning "alien", spread by people into new areas where they choke out native vegetation in a worsening trend that causes billions of dollars in damage, scientists said on Wednesday.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
New York Times: Losing Water, California Tries to Stay Atop Economic Wave
- The drought that has overrun California — forcing severe cutbacks in water for farms, homeowners and businesses — has run up against a welcome economic resurgence that is sweeping across much of the state after a particularly brutal downturn.
The Business Journal: NASA Report: Drought causing Valley to sink
- The California Department of Water Resources today released a new NASA report showing land in the San Joaquin Valley is sinking faster than ever before, nearly two inches per month in some locations.
Washington Post: With a stunning 7 million acres burned so far, the U.S. wildfire situation is looking dire
- Some 30,000 firefighters and supporting personnel are now battling across the United States, and that's still not enough to put out at least 50 active fires.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Washington Times: California farmworkers rebel against union founded by Cesar Chavez
- Fifty-three years after Cesar Chavez founded the United Farm Workers in California, the labor union is facing resistance from laborers at the largest U.S. peach farm, who are rallying against union representation and the state bureaucrats who refuse to count their votes to decertify the collective.
Oregon Live: Migrant workers sue Sauvie Island farm, claiming they were fired for wanting water break on hot day
- Three migrant farmworkers who say they were fired from The Pumpkin Patch on Sauvie Island after they complained they needed a water break on a hot summer day have filed a lawsuit against their former employer, seeking $5,500 a piece.
Wall Street Journal: For Hispanic Conservatives, Alarm Over Immigration Debate
- These are troubling days for many people trying to promote the Republican Party and conservative ideals to Hispanic voters.
Wall Street Journal: Marco Rubio Rejects Birthright Citizenship Repeal
- Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio on Tuesday said he is “not in favor” of repealing birthright citizenship and criticized GOP frontrunner Donald Trump’s immigration plan, drawing a distinction with at least two of his rivals who have said in recent days that they favor denying U.S. citizenship to children of illegal immigrants.
Reuters: Craft brewers tap down resistance to Wall Street investors
- The craft beer industry is booming, buoyed by deregulation and the increased buying power of its largely millennial customer base.
Yahoo News: Tree pluribus unum: Many fruits stem from artists' grafts
- Plums, peaches, nectarines and cherries all grow on just one of Sam Van Aken's fruit trees in Syracuse, New York.
Des Moines Register: Creepy, composting crawlers to be featured on the Warren County Farm Tour
- One farm, north of Indianola, is creating a unique product - organic fertilizer created by hybrid African night crawlers.
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