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Daily Harvest -- 8/25/2015
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Agri-Pulse: Ben Carson likes his burgers - and his bees
Link - Ben Carson says that, despite reports, he has nothing against red meat. The retired neurosurgeon and Republican candidate for president, who reportedly embraced vegetarianism decades ago, denies that's the case and says he actually enjoys a good meat dish now and then.

Agri-Pulse: Consumer Reports points to bacteria in ground beef, while USDA and other groups deny danger
Link - A new study from Consumer Reports (CR), the organization known for investigating and rating all sorts of consumer goods from cars to countertops, found high levels of what they deemed “dangerous” strains of bacteria in American ground beef. But federal officials and trade associations deny the danger.

U.S. News & World Report: Farm Follies
Link - (Opinion) Taxpayers are shortchanged by a misguided way of assessing agricultural land value.


Agri-Pulse: NCGA concerned about demand loss if EPA refuses to fix RFS
Link - (Audio) The latest corn production forecast this year from USDA calls for more corn bushels than many expected.

Bloomberg: Obama Adds $1 Billion in Loan Guarantees for Clean Energy
Link - President Barack Obama will announce on Monday a $1 billion increase in loan guarantees for renewable energy projects as part of a series of steps to promote development of clean energy.

Star Tribune: California-based AquaMetals breaks ground on $30M battery recycling plant in Nevada
Link - A California company has broken ground on a $30-million battery recycling plant in Nevada that federal officials say will be the first of its kind in the world.

New York Times: U.S. Unveils Measures to Encourage Solar Power Use
Link - The Obama administration on Monday announced a slew of small measures designed to encourage the use of solar power hours before President Obama was scheduled to fly to Nevada to speak at the National Clean Energy Summit there.


The Hill: Dems to FDA: Help small farmers comply with new food safety rules
Link - Congressional Democrats want the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to help small farmers comply new food safety laws due out in spring 2016.

Des Moines Register: Hunger group: More people have access to food in Iowa
Link - Fewer people living in Iowa and across the United States are struggling to afford the food they need, according to an anti-hunger group.

New York Times: Small Food Businesses Tap Into Changing Appetites
Link - New companies are flourishing, encroaching on market share and gaining national distribution as shoppers reach for products that tout themselves as novel, local, rarefied or containing better ingredients.

Wall Street Journal: How Fast-Food Chains Cook Up New Menu Items
Link - When it comes to introducing new menu items, fast-food chains say it’s important to keep one basic truth in mind: For every Egg McMuffin, there are plenty of Pastrami Burgers.

Wall Street Journal: Chipotle Plans One-Day, 4,000-Worker Hiring Binge
Link - Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. plans to hire 4,000 employees in a single day next month, seeking to counter a tightening market for restaurant labor by dangling the possibility that high-performing recruits could someday earn six-figure salaries and stock in the burrito chain.

Washington Post: Are you risking cancer when you put that meat on the grill?
Link - The researchers found that those who reported the highest consumption of meat cooked at high temperatures had a 70 percent greater risk of developing pancreatic cancer than those with the lowest intake; colorectal and prostate cancer have also been linked to grilled meat consumption.

Civil Eats: Are Food Tech Companies Promising Too Much Too Fast?
Link - Concerns about food safety may prompt the question: Should food companies be operating in the tech sphere?


USA Today: Iowa could be hurt by China economic slowdown
Link - The looming slowdown in China’s enormous economy has Iowa business, farm and state leaders watching closely, concerned the country’s voracious appetite for the state’s products — nearly tripling to about $1 billion over the last five years — could be curbed.

Reuters: Germany starts move to ban GMO crops - ministry letter
Link - Germany has initiated a move to stop the growing of genetically modified crops under new European Union rules, documents seen by Reuters showed on Monday.

Reuters: Number of Ethiopians Needing Food Aid Surges to 4.5 Million After Failed Rains
Link - The number of Ethiopians who will need food aid by the end of this year has surged by more than 1.5 million from earlier estimates due to failed rains, United Nations agencies said on Monday.


NPR Vermont: The 30,000-Foot View: Why It's So Tough To Keep Nutrient Pollution Out Of Lake Champlain
Link - More than two-thirds of the problematic phosphorus overload in Lake Champlain comes from Vermont. But there is no simple fix for keeping pollution out of the lake, in part due to the state’s vast network of waterways, hilly landscape and unique geography.

Wall Street Journal: Water Fight Stirs Up Old Rivalries in Colorado
Link - Front Range, where most Coloradans live, and Western Slope, where much of the rain and snow falls, jostle for position as state draws up new water plan.

Washington Post: Navajo farmers reject use of water after mine spill
Link - One of the largest communities of Navajo farmers along the San Juan River has voted to keep irrigation canals closed for at least a year following a toxic spill at a Colorado gold mine.

LA Times: The drought's hidden victim: California's native fish
Link - If the drought drags on for another year or two, wild populations of some of the state's most prized fish are likely to vanish.


Boston Globe: Bush assails Trump on immigration
Link - On his own visit to the Mexican border Monday, Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush denounced Donald Trump’s immigration plan as unrealistic and expensive. And he did it mostly in Spanish.

Pew Research Center: What Americans want to do about illegal immigration
Link - Among the public overall, there is little support for an effort to deport all those in the U.S. illegally, but surveys in past years have found greater support for building a barrier along the Mexican border and for changing the Constitution to ban birthright citizenship.

U.S. News & World Report: Man pleads guilty to taking immigrant teens from US custody, forcing them to work on egg farm
Link - The thousand-mile journey to the Texas border was supposed to bring the Guatemalan teenagers to a better life. Instead, it was the beginning of a terrible ordeal: Prosecutors say they were fraudulently plucked from U.S. custody by conspirators posing as friends or family who forced them to work as virtual slaves.


Agri-Pulse: United Suppliers, Land O'Lakes approve merger
Link - The owners of United Suppliers, Inc. and members of Land O'Lakes, Inc. overwhelmingly approved the merger of United Suppliers with Land O'Lakes' crop inputs business. The two organizations announced their intent to merge on June 29.

Agri-Pulse: Agri-Pulse welcomes Jodi Delapaz as editorial coordinator
Link - Agri-Pulse is pleased to welcome Jodi Delapaz as our new editorial coordinator, based in Camdenton, Missouri.

Des Moines Register: State Fair attendance sets new record
Link - The Iowa State Fair drew 1,117,398 people this year, setting an all-time attendance record.

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