Daily Harvest -- 8/29/2016
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse Daybreak for Aug. 29, 2016
- Arkansas rice farmers have been hit hard by the recent rains and flooding, but with more rain expected, it’s difficult to evaluate the damage. Also: avian flu found in Alaska; Scuse to speak about beginning farmers; G20 summit; Brazil and dairy; Agri-Pulse in Iowa this week.
Agri-Pulse Open Mic: Leif Magnusson, Chair Association of Equipment Manufacturers
- This interview addresses the status of an industry bearing the burden of a significant fall in US net farm income and the equipment manufacturers' perspective on global trade agreements.
Agri-Pulse: USDA releases export forecasts
- (Audio) The general U.S. agricultural trade scenario looks "a little bit better," according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's chief economist. Rob Johansson says the recent export forecast from USDA shows an increase in exports next year.
AP: Plaintiffs join suit challenging anti-corporate farming law
- The number of plaintiffs suing to abolish North Dakota's anti-corporate farming law has expanded and now includes people and companies with ties to four U.S. states and a former Soviet republic.
Greeley Tribune: Not Your Grandpa's Farm: Hemp industry faces growing pains in Colorado
- As the director of agronomy with Colorado Cultivars at TLC Farms in Galeton, Damian Farris said he has to explain the difference to curious people all the time, because they think hemp is just an excuse to grow marijuana. Farris said the failure to make this distinction is, in fact, one of the biggest barriers in the growing hemp industry.
Iowa Farmer Today: Farm equipment makers eye U.S. infrastructure needs
- Infrastructure is important to farmers and also important to equipment-makers, and those companies are working on long-term projects to improve the infrastructure in the United States.
The Mercury News: More electric cars, more solar power expected as state struggles to reach tough new climate standards
- Under a landmark bill sent to Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday requiring far steeper reductions in greenhouse gas emissions than anything the state has ever attempted, the next 15 years will likely see big changes for California residents.
Wall Street Journal: Which State Is a Big Renewable Energy Pioneer? Texas
- The Lone Star state still embraces its oil and gas, leading a revolution in innovative “fracking” technology. Yet an equally startling energy bonanza here has gone almost unnoticed—the rise of renewables.
Alaska Dispatch News: Don Young’s ownership in family farm, with gas leases, wasn’t disclosed for years
- U.S. Rep. Don Young failed for 25 years to disclose his inherited one-third interest in a family farm in California that netted him at least $250,000 when he sold it last year.
Montreal Gazette: Amid controversy, hearings on Energy East pipeline start in Montreal
- A group of farmers went from being completely against the project to 90 per cent satisfied with the new route.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Washington Post: In a fight between environmentalists and farmers, the bees lose. And that stings.
- Bees have become pawns in the ag wars, the subject of dueling bee-death narratives.
CNBC: 'Quantitative cheesing': Weak dairy prices led to a mini government bailout
- The seeds of the current crisis were sown two years ago, when high prices encouraged domestic farms to expand production, making investments in handling bigger capacity.
AP: Listeria concerns prompt vegetable recall from stores in Southeast
- Fresh-cut vegetables are being recalled from grocery, discount and convenience stores across the Southeast because the food may be contaminated with potentially fatal Listeria bacteria.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
The Globe and Mail: Wheat plummets to decade low on supply glut
- Wheat futures traded in Chicago dropped to their lowest prices in nearly a decade on Friday, pressured by ample supplies.
Reuters: Canadian canola exporters book China sales, roil trade dispute
- Canadian exporters are making small sales of canola to China under Beijing's stricter terms, an industry group and three sources said, possibly undermining Ottawa’s hardline negotiating stance with the world’s top market for the oilseed.
AP: German economy minister says EU-US trade talks have failed
- Free trade talks between the European Union and the United States have failed, Germany's economy minister said Sunday, citing a lack of progress on any of the major sections of the long-running negotiations.
Reuters: In about turn, Egypt bans ergot fungus in wheat again
- Egypt reinstated on Sunday a controversial ban on wheat shipments containing even the slightest amount of a common grain fungus, baffling traders who had returned to the Egyptian market just last month when the ban was lifted.
Daily Trust: Jigawa targets commercial agriculture through cluster farming
- To achieve food security and transform the state from subsistence farming to commercial agriculture, the Jigawa State government in Nigeria has adopted a cluster farming technique.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Minneapolis Star-Tribune: Dayton issues bee-friendly rules limiting insecticide use
- Under Dayton’s order, farmers and nursery owners who want to use one of the compounds, known as neonicotinoids, will have to prove to the Department of Agriculture that they face “imminent danger of significant crop loss” without them.
Sacramento Bee: This wealthy farmer is taking on Sacramento: ‘God help you if you disagree with him’
- Proposition 53, into which Cortopassi and his wife, Joan, have poured about $4.5 million, is in one way a referendum on Brown’s $15.5 billion plan to build two tunnels to divert water around the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to the south.
Billings Gazette: Accidental release of forbidden GMO wheat in Huntley could have been catastrophic
- The writer delves into the mystery behind how Monsanto’s “Roundup Ready” wheat, which was never federally approved, unexpectedly sprang up at MSU’s Southern Agricultural Research Center in Huntley a decade later.
USA Today: Obama expands protected waters off Hawaii, creating world's largest reserve
- Obama will more than quadruple the size of the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument, to 582,578 square miles — more than 50 times larger than the land area of the Hawaiian Islands themselves.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Politico: Trump to give immigration speech this week
- After postponing an immigration speech he was going to make last week, Donald Trump tweeted he will instead make a speech on the subject this Wednesday in Arizona.
Fresno Bee: Farm work overtime is small price to pay
- (Editorial) The exploitation of farm labor is one of California’s oldest and most regrettable stories. And it persists, despite hard-won change.
Law360: Farm Operator Ordered To Pay $1M In H-2A Worker Case
- A U.S. Department of Labor judge on Thursday ordered the former operator of Fernandez Farms to pay more than $1 million for various violations of the H-2A visa program, including requiring H-2A workers to pay illegal kickbacks.
HuffingtonPost: U.S. Farmers Risk Losing Everything Because Of Absurd Immigration Procedures
- A number of farmers in Georgia reported six-digit losses this year due to delays in visa processing. Another farmer, in California, watched as one-third of his Napa cabbage rotted in the field while he waited for the H-2A workers to arrive.
Burlington Free Press: Dairy farmers offset beleaguered workforce with robots
- The robots are coming to Vermont dairies, replacing what farmers call a problematic and unreliable workforce that includes undocumented immigrants and reluctant locals who are sometimes struggling with drug addiction.
Bucyrus Telegraph-Forum: Pickwick Place featured in Farm Bureau magazine
- The property was once a dairy farm, until then-owner Walter J. Michael decided to swap his herd of cows for a stable filled with standard-bred race horses used for harness racing. The farm produced some of the finest race horses in the country until the mid-1970s.
Vermont Biz: Saturday's 'Vermont Breakfast on the Farm' gave public taste of farm life
- On Aug. 27, the Rowells opened their farm to over 1,000 visitors for Vermont’s 3rd Breakfast on the Farm. The free, public event included a pancake breakfast, self-guided tours of the dairy farm and a peek into the life and business of dairy farming in Vermont – home to over 850 dairy farms that make 63% of the milk for
New England, according to USDA data.
Wall Street Journal: Farm-Equipment Makers Face Challenge at Industry Show
- Equipment makers’ tightening purse strings are becoming apparent at the Farm Progress Show this week, even if the organizers expect to match last year’s record 600 exhibitors.
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