Daily Harvest -- 9/1/2015
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: USDA survey shows limited access to land for new farmers
- A new survey of land ownership in the lower 48 states illustrates some of the difficulties would-be farmers face in acquiring farmland.
Wall Street Journal: On the Farm: Startups Put Data in Farmers’ Hands
- Farmers and entrepreneurs are starting to compete with agribusiness giants over the newest commodity being harvested on U.S. farms—one measured in bytes, not bushels.
New York Times: Replacing Pesticides With Genetics
- Every spring, diamondback moths blown in from the South threaten rows of cabbages to be sold for slaw and sauerkraut in New York.
ABC News: Growers See Strong Apple-Picking Season in Region
- According to the U.S. Apple Association, the six-state harvest is expected to be about 14 percent higher than last year's and 18 percent above the region's five-year average.
The Aspen Times: Aspen is third U.S. city to reach 100% renewable energy
- The shift to energy that is generated from natural resources — including wind power, solar power and geothermal heat — follows a “decade-plus” city goal, said city Utilities and Environmental Initiatives Director David Hornbacher.
Computer World: As energy push accelerates, battery costs set to plunge 60%
- The study suggests all battery technologies will drop in price. However, the largest reductions are forecast for Li-ion and flow-battery technologies, which are expected to plummet by 60% and 40%, respectively by 2020.
Providence Journal: Clean energy industry supports 10,000 jobs in R.I.
- A report released Monday found that the sector added 613 jobs over the last 12 months, bringing the total to 9,832, and projected that another 1,600 positions in energy efficiency, renewable energy and related fields would be created over the next year.
News-Miner: Rural energy offers U.S. chance for Arctic leadership
- (Opinion) We applaud the administration’s emphasis on energy for remote communities and look forward to actions and projects that will emerge from the Conference on Global Leadership in the Arctic this month.
Washington Post: The surprising way that birds and wind turbines can coexist
- A paper by researchers from Colorado and Ontario says avian mortality can be sharply reduced through better decisions about where future wind farms are built.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Eater: Chipotle Sued for Using GMOs After Declaring Its Food GMO-Free
- Popular burrito chain Chipotle, which proudly declared it is completely GMO-free in April, is being sued over alleged use of GMOs.
LA Times: Amazon is testing farmers market produce delivery
- A trial program for a new business model that could be expanded nationally in the near future, promises to bring customers high-quality locally grown produce even if they can’t get to a farmers market every week.
CBS News: Blue Bell resumes selling ice cream after listeria recall
- Blue Bell Creameries resumed selling its products at select locations Monday, four months after the Texas-based retailer halted sales due to listeria contamination.
Washington Post: This protein may be the key to slow-melting ice cream
- Scientists claim to have found a solution for dripping ice cream cones: a protein that keeps the treat from melting.
Wall Street Journal: Inside Kellogg’s Effort to Cash In on the Health-Food Craze
- Years before natural and organic foods exploded in popularity, cereal behemoth Kellogg Co. acquired one of the segment’s pioneers: Kashi Co.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Agri-Pulse: US ag exports projected lower
- (Audio) Agricultural exports are down this fiscal year and expected to be even lower in the coming year, according to USDA’s latest estimates.
RTE News: Around 2,000 farmers protest in Dublin over falling food prices
- Farmers from all sectors gathered outside the EU Commission's office on Dublin's Mount Street, accompanied by a cow, some pigs and a trailer of grain, in an appeal to the European Union to intervene and protect farm incomes.
The Globe and Mail: Community agriculture goes corporate with new agrihood housing developments
- The agriculture-based developments, or so-called agrihoods, have already sprung up across the U.S. and now they’re starting to take root in Canada.
Global Post: Vietnam, Venezuela vow to boost ties in agriculture, energy
- Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang and his Venezuelan counterpart Nicolas Maduro have vowed to further boost ties between the countries' agriculture and energy sectors.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Agri-Pulse: Administration asked to suspend WOTUS enforcement nationwide
- Some producer groups are asking the Obama administration to suspend enforcement of its new Clean Water Act rule nationwide until a court case is resolved.
Agri-Pulse: National Forests on the brink
- (Opinion) It's another hot, dry summer, and another several million acres of public forests are going up in flames.
Agriculture.com: Buffer regulations, benefits, and challenges
- Buffer is not a four-letter word, but in Minnesota, it might as well be one. Governor Mark Dayton’s campaign last winter and spring for mandatory 50-foot buffers along streams, lakes, and ditches brought a lot of heat to this northern state.
New York Times: When the Wells Run Dry: California Neighbors Cope in Drought
- Farming in Tulare County brought in $8.1 billion in 2014, more than any other county in the nation, according to its agricultural commissioner. Yet 1,252 of its household wells today are dry — more than all other California counties combined.
LA Times: Sonoma County residents' battle with wineries is about more than water
- When state water regulators this summer announced emergency drought restrictions to protect salmon in vulnerable watersheds, residents were shocked to find that agricultural properties faced no water cutbacks.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
LA Times: 244 immigrants arrested in four-day sweep across Southern California
- More than 240 people were taken into federal custody last week across Southern California after a four-day sweep for immigrants in the country illegally with criminal records, authorities announced Monday.
Economic Times: Immigration shift in US shows India, China outpacing Mexico
- US Census Bureau research shows immigrants from China and India, many with student or work visas, have overtaken Mexicans as the largest groups coming into the US.
San Francisco Chronicle: Fast food reinvented? Eatsa, a fully automated restaurant opens
- The future is now. Or it certainly feels that way when you walk through the doors at the flagship location of Eatsa, a new high-tech fast food restaurant that opened Monday in San Francisco.
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