Daily Harvest -- 8/30/2016
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Agri-Pulse, AEM take a look at rural infrastructure
- On Monday, Agri-Pulse and the Association of Equipment Manufacturers hosted the Rural Infrastructure Summit in Ames, Iowa, on the campus of Iowa State University. With such a small percentage of the population that actually uses the infrastructure and the low awareness of it, how can stakeholders push the need for improved infrastructure?
Agri-Pulse Daybreak for Aug. 30, 2016
- The National Association of Wheat Growers is now distributing its Farm Bill Survey to member farmers to get a sense of direction on what is needed in the next farm bill. Also: FDA and salt; Peru, aquaculture and soybeans; research grants to NC A&T; and Agri-Pulse at Farm Progress Show.
Agri-Pulse: Sky's the (400-foot) limit as new drone rules take effect
- Companies that want to employ the devices to help farmers check out crop conditions or hunt for missing livestock can do so without going through a ton of red tape. While the regulations require operators to be certified, there is no need for them to get a commercial pilot's license, as had been the case.
Grand Forks Herald: Heidi Heitkamp: How I'm gearing up to fight for a strong Farm Bill
- (Opinion) Brushing aside cattails and wading into a wetland last week, I thought about how Congress would work better if members got out in the field more.
Garden City Telegram: A tough year for agriculture in Kansas
- After many harvested one of the best wheat crop in years, farmers felt good. That’s when the reality of low sale prices for this commodity set in.
Bismarck Tribune: New court battle brewing on different pipeline
- This project involves Paradigm Energy Partners, a company that is installing two pipelines under Lake Sakakawea that will be owned by Sacagawea Pipeline Co.
Palm Beach Post:: Florida’s solar energy future is bright
- (Opinion) With pro-solar constitutional amendments on ballots this year, it’s a good time to talk about the state of clean energy in Florida. Contrary to the fear-and-loathing narrative that portrays the Sunshine State as a clean energy laggard, the reality is Florida’s energy landscape is bright.
ThinkProgress: Al Gore: The Clean Energy Revolution Is ‘A Dramatic New Reality’
- Gore believes we are in a turning point in the fight against climate change. The latest version of his “Inconvenient Truth” slideshow, which helped win him a Nobel Peace Prize and an Academy award, is chock-full of charts, factoids, and quotes on the unprecedented revolution in clean energy technologies.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Grist: Americans love genetically modified mosquitoes much more than other GMOs
- A poll out this week found that 60 percent of Florida residents support tweaking mosquitoes’ genes to fight diseases, while 30 percent opposed. Conventional wisdom has been flipped on its head. Disdain has morphed into support.
Self: 49 Million Americans Are Food Insecure—Here’s How One Company Is Trying To Fix That
- Food insecurity is a massive national problem, affecting more than 49 million Americans. That means roughly 1 in 6 people in the U.S. don’t have access to enough food for a healthy lifestyle.
The Hill: FDA extends comment deadline on salt guidelines
- The FDA issued draft guidelines in June that recommended food manufacturers and restaurants take steps to lower the amount of sodium in their food. But the agency is extending the comment period to give the public more time to consider the changes. The move has the potential to slow down the process.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Reuters: Trade dispute, policy divisions hang over Trudeau trip to China
- Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visits Beijing this week seeking deeper ties with China but a dispute over canola exports, government divisions over China policy and the case of a detained citizen look set to limit his gains.
Times of India: Field trials complete for GM mustard, but experts sound caution
- Field trials of GM mustard are complete and an application from Delhi University's Centre for Genetic Manipulation of Crop Plants is pending before the government. If approved, GM mustard will become the first genetically modified food crop to be grown commercially in the country.
BusinessDay (West Africa): Way out of recession: Keep the focus on agriculture and manufacturing
- Speaking of Nigeria, the columnist Mazi Sam Ohuabunwa says "the major economic challenge we have is not shortage of dollars or foreign exchange but low productivity."
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
St. Albans (Vt.) Messenger: St. Albans farm testing reduced tillage
- Ignoring early-afternoon showers, farmers explored the cornfields at the Bess View Farm Thursday, discussing and seeing first hand the variety of spring tillage methods used by the Bessette family.
Sandusky Register: Soil: It's where our food begins
- We walk on it every day and grow things in it every year. It provides our food and fiber, filters our water, and provides for the creation of varying ecosystems that support plants and animals. Simple, yet complex, soils are more important than we tend to think. Soil is one of our hardest working servants. It’s a resource we really can’t live without.
The Guardian: New York governor sparks anger after killing shark
- Andrew Cuomo and his news anchor brother Chris are being criticized after posing next to a they killed on a fishing trip.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
RecordNet: Mixed feelings as Legislature approves farmworker OT
- Farmworkers in California would be entitled to more substantial overtime pay under a historic and controversial bill approved by legislators on Monday.
Des Moines Register: Trump delivers hard-edged immigration speech at Ernst's Roast and Ride
- Donald Trump delivered a hard-edged speech on immigration Saturday in Des Moines, capping a week of speculation that he’s softening his previously tough stance. And he also talked about agriculture, the RFS and WOTUS.
Washington Post: U.S. weighs pullback from use of private immigration detention
- The Department of Homeland Security on Monday said it would reexamine the use of private operators for detention facilities, signaling a potentially major change in U.S. immigration policy.
N.Y. Times: Cow Dung Goes High Design
- Since 2007, Castelbosco farm in Italy has been entirely powered by energy produced on the premises, from the cows’ excrement; Locatelli sells the electricity he does not use.
The Motley Fool: 3 Stocks that Turned $7,000 into $63,000 in 10 Year
- CF Industries (NYSE:CF) has returned 800% in the last decade. CF relies exclusively on nitrogen fertilizer sales, which has resulted in an even steeper drop in its stock price -- 56% in the last year -- than those suffered by its more-diversified peers.
Denver Post: Colorado farmers use new tools to teach public about agriculture industry
- For farmers who would much rather be in a field of cantaloupes than in front of a crowd, that means stepping outside their comfort zone and getting better at telling their farm’s story — something that became increasingly important for Hirakata Farms in the aftermath of a 2011 listeria outbreak traced to Rocky Ford cantaloupe grown on another farm in the area, he said
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