Daily Harvest -- 9/2/2016
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse Daybreak for Sept. 2, 2016
- Hurricane Hermine hits South today. Also: Congress urged to move on farm bill next year; Weller announces CSP changes; NFU concerned about potash merger; obesity declines; Dole endorses Marshall.
Agri-Pulse: ASA wants a new farm bill, and fast
- (Audio) Richard Wilkins wants to see a farm bill written in 2017, before the 2018 mid-term elections come along, is the best way to go.
Radio Iowa: Sen. Ernst says opening Farm Bill could do more harm than good
- “We know that once we open the Farm Bill, anything goes and I tend to believe that would be more harmful to our farmers than beneficial,” Ernst says. “We’ll have to sort through that. We’ll talk with other members and see what they think but I want to protect where we are right now.”
Bloomberg: Key question for the U.S. farm economy: How bad is it, really?
- Farmers got good news from the government this week — and not just in the form of cheese. Two USDA reports showed increasing exports and less-than-expected decreases in this year’s farm net-income.
Agri-Pulse: Think ethanol doesn't work in boats? Think again
- The ethanol industry is out to correct misperceptions. Part of that involves showing how ethanol-powered performance boats can go fast . . . really fast.
The Hill: Feds finalize sage-grouse protection plan
- BLM Thursday published its final guidelines for how it will work to protect the greater sage-grouse from harms like oil and natural gas drilling.
Wall Street Journal: Enbridge Energy Partners Shelves Sandpiper Pipeline Project
- Canadian pipeline operator Enbridge Inc.’s Enbridge Energy Partners LP is calling off for now plans for a 616-mile pipeline that was intended to carry crude oil from North Dakota to Wisconsin, citing the recent drop in oil prices.
Slate: The Most Impressive State for Clean Energy
- One of the states that’s had the most success getting the most electricity from renewable sources is neither an island nor a coastal liberal bastion. It’s Iowa.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Forbes: Junk Food Makers Market Look-Alike 'Smart Snacks' In Schools To Mislead Kids, Study Claims
- These snacks, which are slightly healthier versions of packaged foods like Pop Tarts, Rice Krispie Treats, Cheetos, and Doritos, are only sold in schools, yet are packaged similarly to unhealthier versions sold in stores.
FastCoexist: Take A 3D Tour Of A Vertical Farm Packed Inside A Shipping Container
- In a huge warehouse just outside downtown Los Angeles, a startup turns recycled shipping containers into vertical farms. A new digital tour shows what the farms, which are each equivalent in size to a four-acre outdoor field, look like inside.
Bloomberg: Campbell Learns Health Food's No Picnic
- It turns out trying to remake yourself into a "healthy" snack-food company is harder than it looks.Shares in Campbell Soup dropped 6 percent on Thursday after the company reported quarterly earnings that missed expectations and warned next year's results would disappoint, too.
Brattleboro Reformer: Parties in Vermont GMO labeling lawsuit agree to dismissal
- In documents filed with the United States District Court for the District Of Vermont, the Vermont Attorney General has agreed to dismiss with prejudice the proceedings related to the Green Mountain State's GMO labeling law.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Agri-Pulse: Japan resumes buying US wheat after GMO-related disruption
- Japan has resumed purchases of U.S. wheat, lifting restrictions imposed in late July after a farmer found unapproved genetically modified plants growing in a field in Washington state.
BBC: Croc of gold: Kenya's booming crocodile farm industry
- Led by demand for crocodile meat from China, but also rising domestic sales to the restaurants of upmarket tourist hotels, business has never been better.
Yahoo News: Nigeria targets officials accused of stealing food from Boko Haram victims
- ABUJA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered police to arrest and make an example of government officials accused of stealing food aid intended for victims of Boko Haram in northeast Nigeria, the president's spokesman said on Thursday.
AP: Swiss seed giant to sell Hawaii operations
- A Swiss agrochemicals company caught up in legal battles over its farming of genetically modified crops in Hawaii is planning to sell its operations in the state.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
AP: FWS to decide on ESA protections for fisher, 8 other species
- The U.S. government agreed Tuesday to decide over the next several years if federal protections are needed to help a small, fanged predator of the Northern Rockies, massive alligator snapping turtles in the South and seven other troubled species that in some cases have awaited action for years.
Reuters: Washington state begins killing wolf pack for preying on livestock
- State biologists fatally shot two members of the so-called Profanity Peak wolf pack from a helicopter on Aug. 5 after confirming five fatal wolf attacks on livestock in that area. Further lethal-control efforts were later called off.
National Hog Farmer: 5 hog-appealing things found at Farm Progress Show
- Photo gallery summarizes some of the innovations and other news from the Farm Progress Show.
Financial Times: Farming ‘hotspots’ carry air pollution risk, Dutch study finds
- The air around farming “hotspots” can be as risky to breathe as that in a traffic-choked city, according to Dr Lidwien Smit, the senior author of a year-long government-funded study in the Netherlands.
NPR: How GMOs Cut The Use Of Pesticides — And Perhaps Boosted It Again
- In the ferocious, sprawling brawl over genetically modified crops, one particular question seems like it should have a simple factual answer: Did those crops lead to more use of pesticides, or less? Sadly, there's no simple answer.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Agri-Pulse: Trump immigration plan may let some workers stay but offers little else for farms
- Many undocumented workers would be allowed to stay in the country under a legal shadow, but Donald Trump's 10-point immigration plan otherwise offers few assurances to farmers worried about maintaining access to a foreign labor force.
Wall Street Journal: Farm Show Visitors Marvel, Scoff at Self-Driving Tractor
- A driverless tractor stole this year’s premier farm equipment show, drawing throngs of onlookers and some skeptics of automation’s continuing creep across the farmyard.
S.F. Chronicle: California farmworkers await decision on historic overtime bill
- Obdulia Salinas is the oldest on her field crew and has 35 grandchildren. But even as the 65-year-old Santa Rosa resident, originally from Mexico, pushes long hours in the vineyards of Sonoma County, often outlasting her younger peers, she struggles to pay the bills, like many of her fellow 800,000 farmworkers in California.
TechCrunch: Blue Apron’s “Farm Egg” makes me question everything
- “Farm Egg” may just be another ridiculous, hilarious symbol of Silicon Valley’s disconnect with the world’s most pressing dilemmas. Maybe. “Farm Egg” may also be a truly fitting symbol for the way the tech world approaches global problems with a holistic perspective.
Engadget: Google AI builds a better cucumber farm
- Artificial intelligence technology doesn't just have to solve grand challenges. Sometimes, it can tackle decidedly everyday problems -- like, say, improving a cucumber farm.
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