Daily Harvest -- 8/25/2016
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse Daybreak for Aug. 25, 2016
- Donald Trump is shifting sharply on the immigration issue, but he isn’t pulling his punches on trade policy. Also: GOP voters on trade and rural broadband.
Agri-Pulse: Broadband may be key to revitalizing rural Main Streets
- The Obama administration is hoping to use broadband service to help revitalize main streets in 10 small towns in six Appalachian states.
Agri-Pulse: Farm Problems
- (Audio) John Block We are looking at record crops of corn, soybeans, and wheat this year. Dairy farmers are suffering with the lowest prices since 2009. We have too much milk – not just here in the U.S. but in Europe also. Yet the prospects of passage for TPP are bleak.
Daily Yonder: Politics & Elections: Rural-Urban Voters' False Dichotomy
- A recent wave of political stories seeks to explain the “rural” appeal of presidential candidate Donald Trump. But the analysis is marred by a fuzzy and often flat-out wrong definition of rural. Rural voters trend Republican, but in 2014, so did all voters except those in the largest metro areas.
Business Insider: There's a good reason GE picked Rhode Island for America's first offshore wind farm
- In 2014 (the most recent data available), Rhode Island and Vermont were the only two states in the US that didn't use any coal at all.
Eagle Tribune: Pipeline ruling could lead to higher energy bills, industry says
- The state Supreme Judicial Court ruled last week that passing along infrastructure costs violates a 1997 law meant to "shield ratepayers from bearing investment risks."
Portland Press Herald: Spectra Energy to stick with natural gas pipeline expansion despite setbacks
- The loss of utility partners and a damaging court ruling in Massachusetts apparently have failed to kill the $3 billion Access Northeast natural gas pipeline project, which proponents consider critical to lowering power costs in Maine and New England and environmental groups have been fighting hard to defeat.
PBS: Tribe will have to wait on Dakota Access Pipeline fate
- Judge James E. Boasberg from the United States District Court for the District of Columbia said he will make a decision about the $3.7 billion Dakota Access Pipeline on or before September 9.
Denver Post: WSJ: Donald Trump energy adviser walks back candidate’s comments on fracking
- Donald Trump’s top energy adviser on Tuesday sought to play down the Republican presidential candidate’s recent comments in Colorado that he could support local efforts to ban hydraulic fracturing, The Wall Street Journal reported.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Agri-Pulse: Pork packers headed for capacity issues
- )Audio) Don't look now, but big hog supplies could spell big problems for pork producers for the rest of the year.
FastCoexist: In Jackson, Wyo., A New Vertical Farm Keeps Fresh Produce Local
- In winter, most of the vegetables consumed on dinner plates in this remote resort town have to come through steep canyons or over mountain passes, from as far afield as Florida, California, and Mexico. But a new vertical farming experiment in the heart of downtown is poised to turn that equation on its head, at least in
Time: U.S. Approval of Syngenta Deal Brings GMO Food a Step Closer to China
- The deal has been controversial in the U.S. for national-security implications, but it has arguably been more controversial in China: Syngenta has pioneered the manufacture of genetically modified (GMO) crops, and ChemChina’s interest is seen as spurred by the Beijing government eyeing Syngenta’s valuable GMO-seed patents.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Reuters: Monsanto pulls new GM cotton seed from India in protest
- A letter sent by Monsanto's local partner in India, the conglomerate's biggest market outside the Americas, strongly objects to a government proposal that would force Monsanto to share its technology with local seed companies.
Motley Fool: Will Bayer's Purchase of Monsanto Cause a Shareholder Revolt?
- Henderson Global Investors, one of Bayer's 20 largest investors with a 0.7% stake, has called the merger an "immediate destruction" of value for Bayer and is seeking a shareholder vote on the deal.
Reuters: Zimbabwe abolishes 8,000 jobs in agriculture ministry to cut wages
- Zimbabwe's government plans to abolish about half the jobs in the agriculture department, a government official said on Wednesday, as President Robert Mugabe's administration struggles to pay public service wages.
Reuters: Trump ramps up rhetoric on China trade
- Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump threatened on Wednesday to slap tariffs on Chinese products to show Beijing that the United States is "not playing games anymore" when it comes to leveling the field on trade.
National Hog Farmer: Brexit decision not likely to have significant impact on U.S. agricultural trade
- Long-term economic consequences are possible but not necessarily definite as a result of Brexit, according to Vincent Amanor-Boadu, professor of agribusiness economics and management at Kansas State University.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
AgNetWest: Citrus Growers, Packers Discuss Disease Asian citrus psyllid
- What will California citrus growers and packers prepare to do to eradicate a pest most have never seen themselves, and fight a disease they have only read about?
HuffingtonPost: Bill Nye Rips CNN For Having ‘Climate Change Denier Meteorologist’
- Nye didn’t mention any names, but appeared to be referring to CNN meteorologist Chad Myers, who has a track record of making comments on climate change that run counter to established science.
San Jose Mercury News: Judge dismisses Bay Area cities' suit against Monsanto for polluting Bay with PCBs
- U.S. District Court Judge Edward J. Davila, however, left the door open in his ruling Monday for the cities to amend and re-file the complaint.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Politico: Obama’s immigration critics say he’s no Trump
- As Trump softens his hardline immigration talk, he is suddenly sounding simpatico with his bitter enemy in the White House.
The Californian: Taylor Farms looks to new technologies to attract millennial workers
- Over the past three years Taylor has seen a growing number of younger workers in their 20s and 30s, specifically for its automated machine crews.
Omaha World-Herald: In settlement with Labor Department, Daniels Produce will pay penalty, back wages
- The business will pay a $20,000 penalty and will reimburse 89 workers from Mexico and Guatemala a total of $250,000 in back wages, the Labor Department said in a press release this week announcing the March settlement.
CBSSports: Ohio farm honors LeBron, Cavs' championship with corn maze
- Using seven acres of farm land, Mapleside Farms in Brunswick, Ohio created a giant corn maze which includes the face of James and the Larry O'Brien trophy along with the city of Cleveland's beloved moniker, "Believeland."
Fox News: Italian town destroyed in quake was preparing food festival
- In three days, the rugged residents of the medieval Italian hill town of Amatrice had planned to hold one of their most joyful events of the year: the 50th edition of a food festival celebrating their beloved Amatriciana pasta dish, which is made from local ingredients.
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