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Daily Harvest -- 9/1/2016
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Agri-Pulse Daybreak for Sept. 1, 2016
Link - In a long-awaited speech, Donald Trump said his enforcement priorities focus on illegal immigrants who had committed crimes, been arrested or had recently come into the country. Also: Trump visits in Mexico; Clinton and immigration; stopgap funding on House agenda; migrant worker case to proceed; APHIS grasshopper control.

Agri-Pulse: Dykes tabbed to head IDFA
Link - Michael Dykes, VP for government affairs at Monsanto for 19 years, will replace Connie Tipton as president and CEO of the International Dairy Foods Association.

Agri-Pulse: Farm leaders encourage their members to be politically engaged
Link - (Audio) Leaders of the soybean and pork industries talk about the presidential campaign at the Farm Progress Show in Boone, Iowa.

Agri-Pulse: Labor Day and Tough Times
Link - (Audio) John Block honors the everyday workers -- with some help from George Jones -- because without them where would we be? Farmers are facing hard times, but he says low prices always bring high prices--but it's painful.

Des Moines Register: Fact check: Trump wrong on Clinton's plans for family farms
Link - Clinton wants to shut down family farms? There is no evidence this is true.


Oregonian: State sues solar energy consultant seeking return of $11.8 million
Link - Martin Shain, the Seattle consultant accused last week of forging documents to preserve state tax credits for a large solar power installation at two Oregon colleges, got paid at least $2.4 million for his role in the project.

KOCO (Oklahoma City): Magellan Midstream Partners takes steps to prevent future fuel errors after large recall
Link - The company behind a massive fuel recall is taking steps to prevent future mix-ups, company officials said Wednesday. As KOCO 5 previously reported, Magellan Midstream Partners distributed 450,000 gallons of gasoline that had excessive levels of ethanol to more than 100 retailers across the state.

UPI: U.S. funding tidal energy research programs
Link - Ten organizations were selected by the Energy Department to share more than $20 million in funding for projects meant to explore options for generating electricity from ocean waves and tidal currents.

Columbus Dispatch: Report says oil and gas production will exacerbate asthma in children
Link - About 30,000 children in Ohio, including 7,000 in the Columbus area, will suffer asthma attacks each year by 2025 because of smog created by oil and gas operations, according to a new report. The report, released Wednesday by the Boston-based Clean Air Task Force, also quantified the average days of school missed and hours spent inside due to air pollution.


AndNowUKnow: United Fresh Announces Ambassador Darci Vetter as Keynote Speaker for Upcoming Washington Conference
Link - Taking place on Tuesday, September 13, in Washington D.C., this year’s Washington Conference will bring attendees face-to-face with key members of Congress, their staff, top regulatory officials, and now, the most up-to-date information on major trade negotiations from Vetter herself.

Forbes: Food Prices Are Down. But There's An Upside For The Food Industry.
Link - Lower prices mean consumers have more money to spend at restaurants.

Salt Lake Tribune: Food stamp fraud trial postponed amid disputes over polygamists’ religious beliefs
Link - A federal judge on Tuesday postponed the trial for 11 members of a polygamous sect who are accused of misusing food stamp benefits.


Agri-Pulse: NGFA to 'carefully examine' STB rail rate review proposal
Link - The National Grain and Feed Association will be taking a close look at a Surface Transportation Board proposal to develop a new rail rate review process designed to make it easier for grain shippers to challenge unreasonable rates.

Guardian: France demands an end to TTIP talks
Link - François Hollande, the French president, raised doubts about TTIP and said France would not support a deal this year. In a speech to French ambassadors, Hollande said: “The negotiations are bogged down, positions have not been respected, it’s clearly unbalanced.” He said he would withhold support from any agreement reached before the end of Barack Obama’s presidency in January.


Agri-Pulse: Companies, green groups partner for soil health
Link - Several major agricultural and food companies are combining resources with environmental groups to support on-farm conservation and improve soil health.

KCRA: Obama addresses climate change, conservation at Tahoe summit
Link - (Video) President Barack Obama spoke Wednesday at the Lake Tahoe Summit about the challenges of climate change and the importance of conservation.

ABC10: Will climate change affect your cup of coffee?
Link - Climate change is predicted to cut the global area suitable for coffee production by as much as 50 percent by 2050, according to a new study released by The Climate Institute. This finding could pose a major problem given the fact that about 2.25 billion cups of coffee are consumed a day worldwide. This makes coffee a global key crop--and is the second most valuable commodity exported by developing countries. The industry was worth about $19 billion in 2015.

News Tribune (Illinois Valley): Large Princeton farm embraces wetland project
Link - Taking advantage of government environmental programs, Bonucci Farms will be the proud owners of a 4.8-acre wetland located outside of Princeton by the end of the week.

L.A. Times: Hemmed in by freeways and human development, L.A.’s mountain lions could be near extinction in 50 years
Link - About 15 pumas survive in the Santa Monica Mountains, cut off from the rest of their species by a host of man-made obstructions. With almost no new cats able to enter the area, the gene pool among local lions has stagnated — and without more genetic diversity, they will be vulnerable to extinction.

Morning Consult: HHS Denies FOIA Request on Carcinogen Study
Link - The Department of Health and Human Services denied a conservative advocacy group’s Freedom of Information Request about communications on glyphosate, a herbicide at the center of a debate over potential carcinogens.


Sacramento Bee: Countdown for Jerry Brown
Link - It’s been nearly 80 years since many classifications of workers were granted the right of overtime pay after eight hours of work. California farmworkers will finally gain that right if Brown signs AB 1066, passed Monday by the state Assembly.

KIMA: Lawsuit involving 600 Yakima Valley farm workers to go to trial
Link - Mercer Canyons, one of the largest fruit and vegetable growers in the state applied for a federal temporary agricultural worker program called H-2A that allows employers to bring in foreign workers if they can prove that there are no local or U.S. workers that can do the job.

KIMA: Yakima fruit company hosts Mexican diplomat, talks farmworker issues
Link - As part of Labor Rights Week, a Yakima fruit company hosted the new head of the Mexican consulate for Washington state to discuss farm workers' issues.


Agri-Pulse: The Bridger-Teton National Forest
Link - (Commentary by Marshall Matz) As we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service this year, let's not forget the Forest Service and the 154 national forests they manage. The National Park Service and the Forest Service have different mandates and different rules for management but both are protecting important national resources . . . resources that are more interconnected than often realized.

Agri-Pulse: Justice sues to block Deere acquisition of Precision Planting
Link - Deere & Co. and Precision Planting LLC say they plan to fight the Justice Department's attempt to block the farm equipment giant's acquisition of Precision Planting on antitrust grounds.

Reuters: Monsanto's Climate Corp seen profitable by 2020: CTO Fraley
Link - Monsanto Co's digital agriculture platform should begin generating revenue for the seed and chemical company by 2020 as paid subscriptions for data-driven farm management and planting advice services expand, a top executive told Reuters.

AP: SEC: Former Monsanto exec to get $22.5M as whistleblower
Link - A former Monsanto Co. financial executive who tipped off regulators about the agribusiness giant's accounting practices involving rebates for its Roundup weed-killer will get nearly $22.5 million as a whistleblower, federal securities regulators announced Tuesday.

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