Daily Harvest -- 8/26/2016
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse Daybreak for Aug. 26, 2016
- USDA forecasts more exports. Also: Trump's shift on immigration; rural vets seek relief from VFD electronic records requirements.
Agri-Pulse: Meet the Farmhands: Randy Russell
- As a food and agriculture lobbyist with 30 years of experience, Russell has been entrusted with advocating for many causes on Capitol Hill, including the GMO labeling debate. In this video, Randy talks with Agri-Pulse about his time in Washington and how it all started with a desk in the hallway.
Agri-Pulse: Analyst sees only modest insurance claims on 2016 corn crop
- Revenue insurance claims on corn are likely to be modest this year except in eastern areas of the Corn Belt that have been hurt by dry weather, a leading analyst says.
Agri-Pulse: USDA to buy $11.7 million of shell eggs to ease surplus
- A USDA spokeswoman said the products will go to various food nutrition assistance programs, and to charitable institutions. The actual dollar amount spent will depend on bid prices received after a formal solicitation is published, the department's Agriculture Marketing Service says on its website.
Agri-Pulse: How government can regain voters' confidence
- (Opinion) Blake Hurst reflects on "a government program that works. Back in 1984, Missouri voters approved a one tenth cent sales tax, with the proceeds to be split between state parks and a program to reduce soil erosion."
Agri-Pulse: Drone rules go into effect Monday
- (Audio) UAS must yield the right of way to manned aircraft such as ag aviators.
Western Farm Press: Top 6 issues agriculture faced five years ago
- Numbers one and two: Supplying the growing global demand for commodities arising from developing economies and world population growth and availability and price of land for expansion.
Des Moines Register: 22 percent of Iowa pipeline already built, Dakota Access says
- The Iowa Utilities Board voted 3-0 Thursday to reject a plea by Iowa landowners to block pipeline construction on 17 parcels of their property until a judge can rule on a lawsuit challenging the use of eminent domain to condemn land for the project and other issues.
Austin American Statesman: Proposed Austin Energy rates would save average customer $20 a year
- he $42.5 million in cuts Austin Energy accepted in a compromise with its biggest customers would mean dramatic reductions in electric rates for commercial uses and cuts for many residential customers, new figures from the city-owned utility show.
The Guardian: A Texas startup's big energy idea: storing electricity underground
- In a field in Central Texas, Aaron Mandell and his crew are running pumping equipment to bring a former oil and gas well back to life. But they’re not trying to extract black gold. Instead, they are developing a way to turn abandoned oil and gas wells into vaults for storing electricity.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Bloomberg: Is a Granola Bar "Natural" If There's a Pesticide in It?
- Stroll down your supermarket's aisles, and you may notice some new words on the cereal and snack boxes. "Natural," once the descriptor of choice, is being crowded out after years of lawsuits. In its place: "Honest." "Simple."
Bustle.com: Make Healthy Food Taste Better By Making It Smell Like Junk Food, Scientists Say
- French researchers have built a device that makes healthy food taste better by adding junk food smells to it.
Washington Post: ‘Healthy’ sweeteners, protein-powerhouse quinoa and other nutrition myths, debunked
- Is agave really better than white sugar? Will cleansing help my body detoxify? We all hunger for nutrition advice, but not all the advice you hear is worth believing. Here are the truths behind five common nutrition myths.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Agri-Pulse: USDA forecasts $6 billion jump in farm exports in FY 2017
- U.S. agricultural exports will total $133 billion in the fiscal year starting Oct. 1, up $6 billion from the revised forecast for the current year, USDA said today in its first projection for FY 2017. After two years of declines in exports, the department said the forecasts indicate farm exports have begun to rally again.
Science Daily: Climate change: Trade liberalization could buffer economic losses in agriculture
- Global warming could create substantial economic damage in agriculture, a new study finds. Around the globe, climate change threatens agricultural productivity, forcing up food prices. As the additional expenditure for consumers outweighs producers' gains, increasing net economic losses will occur in the agriculture and food sector towards the end of the century. However, economic losses could be limited to 0.3 percent of global GDP -- depending on agricultural trade policies.
St. Louis Post Dispatch: Argentine soybean growers worry that proposal on royalties favors Monsanto
- Argentine soybean growers fear they will get shortchanged under a proposal they say would favor Monsanto Co. by forcing them to pay royalties on seeds grown on their own farms using the company’s genetically modified technology.
Dawn.com: Agriculture ‘most protected, least integrated’ sector in South Asia
- Agriculture has been the most protected sector in South Asia, and at the same time is also the ‘least integrated’ in terms of intra-regional trade and investments, results of a joint study carried out by the Asian Development Bank and UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) say.
AP: Romania, Kuwait agriculture ministers injured in car crash
- Romania’s health ministry says the agriculture ministers of Romania and Kuwait are receiving hospital treatment for minor injuries after being involved in a car crash in Bucharest.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Bandera County Courier: Smith on Farm Bureau, EPA & bees Guess which two items he prefers?
- During his remarks, Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, mentioned that he had been a beekeeper since the 1970s when he had come across the book, “The Gentle Art of Beekeeping.”
Bellingham Herald: Wolf advocates outraged that state preparing to kill wolves
- This is the second time in four years that a pack of endangered wolves has received the death penalty because of the grazing of privately owned cattle on publicly owned lands, the Center for Biological Diversity said. Washington is home to about 90 wolves, and killing the 11 members of the Profanity Peak pack would
amount to 12 percent of the population.
Deseret News: Groups challenge oil and gas development on Western lands
- A pair of environmental groups is suing the Obama administration to overturn all federal oil and gas leases issued in Utah and two other Western states since 2015, insisting impacts of climate change are being ignored.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Agri-Pulse: Trump softens stance on illegal immigrants
- After repeatedly calling for mass deportations of illegal immigrants, Donald Trump now appears to support providing a path to legal status for many if not most undocumented workers, a shift that could allay farmer fears about losing workers.
L.A. Times: Emotions flare over legislation to expand overtime pay for California farmworkers
- Tensions flared at the state Capitol on Thursday after the state Assembly abruptly adjourned without taking up its most anticipated piece of legislation of the day: a bill that would expand overtime pay for thousands of California farmworkers.
Huffington Post: U.S. Farmers Risk Losing Everything Because Of Absurd Immigration Rule
- Three years ago, Fishkill Farms owner and operator Joshua Morgenthau found himself facing a situation that is every farmer’s nightmare. It was time to prepare his 100-acre fruit and vegetable farm’s cherries and strawberries for harvest, but the workers he’d hired for the job weren’t there to help. His employees were many miles away in Jamaica, waiting for the green light to enter the U.S. and get to work .
Denver Post: Colorado State Fair in Pueblo bursts at the seams with food, fun
- The Colorado State Fair kicks off Friday in Pueblo with its 144th annual exhibit of sideshows, games, cuisine, competitions, prizes, music, dance, arts, rodeo, livestock, heritage, culture, agriculture and education.
Feedstuffs: Ag retailers face tighter margins
- Accounts receivable at farm supply cooperatives and other agricultural retailers are growing, and so are their challenges, according to a new report from CoBank. After an extended run of impressive financial performances, retailers are adjusting to a tougher economic environment accompanying the downward phase of the current agricultural commodity cycle.
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