Daily Harvest -- 9/2/2015
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: August in Missouri
- (Opinion) I started the month with a quick trip north for the Minnesota Farmfest. I had a great time as I walked the rows of shiny new machinery. Farm shows are where hopes are born.
Forbes: The Agriculture Bubble Is Bursting : Corn, Pork & Beef Prices Will Sink With It
- (Opinion) We’re at the beginning of a multi year retrenchment (collapse in prices) in the agriculture sector as a result of the corn ethanol mandate, a policy that diverted 40% of the corn crop away from the food supply, and the nasty 2012 drought.
Kansas City Star: Energy and agriculture weigh on region’s economy
- The Midwest’s economy hit a slump in August as energy and agricultural activities weighed on the region, a survey of purchasing managers across nine states found.
Politico: Farmers: Trump 'terrible for agriculture'
- Even before real-estate mogul Donald Trump called undocumented immigrants "rapists and murderers" who "have to go," farmers were struggling to hire enough farm workers. Now farmers fear Trump's talk about erecting a "big beautiful wall" at the border and deporting millions could make it nearly impossible.
Agri-Pulse: Where the jobs are - from fossil fuels to renewable energy
- (Subscriber only) If current federal and state support for the wind industry continues, jobs in the sector - currently at 73,000 -- could more than triple by 2030 (to 265,000) and increase by nine-fold (to 670,000) by 2050.
Forbes: U.S. Military Is Saving Lives By Allying With Clean Energy Developers
- (Opinion) The New Energy Economy is boasting an old ally — the U.S. military, which is increasingly employing renewable energies and high technologies.
Washington Times: Cuomo: Long Island plant will turn food waste into energy
- The so-called anaerobic digester project is slated for a 62-acre site in Yaphank and will be operated by American Organic Energy at its compost facility. It’s expected to be completed in August 2016.
Wall Street Journal: Russia Says It Won’t Cut Oil Production to Support Prices
- Russia won't cut crude-oil production in order to support prices, although output may fall if prices remain low for a sustained period, Russian news agencies quoted Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich as saying Tuesday.
Wall Street Journal: Huge Purchases by Chinese Oil Trader Raise Prices, Confusion
- A Chinese oil-trading company bought record volumes of oil on a regional cash market for Middle Eastern crude last month, pushing up benchmark prices and causing confusion among crude buyers and sellers in Asia about the company’s motives.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Fox News: Regulations may make kids' fast food meals healthier
- Regulating fast food kids' meals that include toys may end up making the meals healthier, according to a new study.
Christian Science Monitor: World Health Organization study proves need to regulate fast food industry
- Fast food might be convenient, but it’s weighing eaters down in the long run, according to the World Health Organization.
Huffington Post: Unemployed People Are Getting Kicked Off Food Stamps
- In another sign of eroding sympathy for the jobless amid a tepid economic recovery, states are restricting benefits for the unencumbered unemployed. Indiana is next.
Civil Eats: Is Your Grass-Fed Beef for Real? Here’s How to Tell and Why it Matters
- What exactly do we mean when we say “grass-fed”? And is all grass-fed beef the same? It’s all in the finishing.
NPR: Denmark Might Be Winning The Global Race To Prevent Food Waste
- According to a recent report from the Danish government, Danes now throw away 25 percent less food than they did five years ago.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
National Review: Rubio: Our national security depends on sugar subsidies
- You may not know this, but Brazilian sugar is a threat to U.S. national security. At least, that is the view of Senator Marco Rubio (R., Fla.).
Wall Street Journal: Palm Oil’s Slide Looks Set to Continue
- Palm oil hasn’t escaped the rout in commodities markets, hitting a six-year low last week. And with demand weakening and output looking healthy, analysts say the price could yet have further to fall.
Gates Notes: Who Will Suffer Most From Climate Change? (Hint: Not You)
- (Opinion) The world’s poorest farmers show up for work each day for the most part empty-handed. That’s why of all the people who will suffer from climate change, they are likely to suffer the most.
Bangkok Post: FPO pushes wider crop insurance cover
- To expand crop insurance coverage in Thailand, the country’s Fiscal Policy Office (FPO) is suggesting the government cut compensation to farmers for crop damage and increase compensation through crop insurance.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Agri-Pulse: EPA reaction to injunction muddies Waters of the US rule
- (Audio) Agricultural organizations are concerned about the EPA’s Clean Water Rule, formerly known as waters of the United States, or WOTUS.
CQ Roll Call: Voluntary Conservation Works Across Party Lines
- (Opinion) In a season where Republicans and Democrats find themselves on opposing sides of almost every issue, there’s something on which we both agree: the value and effectiveness of voluntary conservation programs to improve water quality, protect the soil, and preserve and increase habitat for wildlife.
LA Times: Unintended consequences of conserving water: leaky pipes, less revenue, bad odors
- Under orders to slash water use amid a historic drought, cities and towns across the state saved about 75 billion gallons in July, but water agencies say the unprecedented savings — 31% in July over July 2013 — are causing or compounding a slew of problems.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
USA Today: Report: More than half of immigrants on welfare
- More than half of the nation's immigrants receive some kind of government welfare, a figure that's far higher than the native-born population, according to a report to be released Wednesday.
Wall Street Journal: AFL-CIO’s Trumka Touts Biden, Criticizes GOP Candidates on Immigration
- The country’s top labor leader praised Vice President Joe Biden, who is considering a presidential bid, but he slammed Republican candidates and chided Hillary Clinton for not taking clearer stands on some issues important to workers.
Monterey Herald: Spreckels farmworker housing project gets go-ahead
- Praised by supporters as a model for the agricultural industry, Tanimura & Antle’s 800-bed farmworker housing project in Spreckels, California, has the green light, just in time for next year’s harvest season.
Des Moines Register: Deere cuts 180 workers in Quad Cities
- Deere & Co. said it will lay off 180 workers in the Quad Cities due to a slowdown in the farm economy that has cut demand for tractors, combines and other equipment.
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