Daily Harvest -- 9/6/2016
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse Daybreak for Sept. 6, 2016
- More money for loans gets cheers from farmers. Also: Bayer and Monsanto; Vilsack on fire funds; crops and predictions; Duvall at cattle event.
Agri-Pulse: Washington Week Ahead: Congress returns to budget issue, energy talks
- Lawmakers return to the Capitol for the first time since mid-July for a month-long session in which they must pass a stopgap bill to keep the government running until when the new fiscal year starts Oct. 1.
Agri-Pulse: Fall looking quiet for ag on Capitol Hill
- Congress returns to Washington this week after seven weeks back home. Avoiding a government shutdown is sure to take up a good deal of time before the fiscal year comes to a close at the end of the month.
Agri-Pulse Open Mic: Dan Oh, President, CEO, Renewable Energy Group
- This informative program focuses on a discussion on the value of RIN credits, the advantage of producer tax credits, crude oil prices and the new frontier of renewable chemicals.
Agri-Pulse: Highlights from the Rural Infrastructure Summit
- (Video) At the Rural Infrastructure Summit hosted by the Association of Equipment Manufacturers and Agri-Pulse, topics ranged from the current state of rural infrastructure to what will be needed in the future. Here's a recap of the day's key moments.
Agri-Pulse: Meet the Farmhands: Martha Scott Poindexter, Bunge North America
- A 25-year veteran of Capitol Hill, Poindexter has worked for two wildly different committees: Agriculture and Intelligence. In this video, she talks with Agri-Pulse about her extensive Capitol Hill experience and the transition to the private sector.
Agri-Pulse: USDA boosts funding for farm operating loans to ease credit crunch
- USDA's Farm Service Agency announced today that it is offering some much-needed relief to financially stressed farmers by making an additional $185 million worth of direct and guaranteed loans available in the short remainder of this fiscal year.
Des Moines Register: Farm downturn doesn't mean the end for beginning farmers
- Getting started in farming has always been difficult, but the recent collapse in corn and soybean prices makes it that much harder, experts say. ISU senior Mitchell Hora and others featured.
Financial Times: US food versus fuel: a debate losing its rage
- The “food versus fuel” debate raged in Washington a few years ago, but with lower corn prices and a record US crop on the way, some argue that it’s time to reconsider.
Crains Detroit: Michigan Legislature's fall agenda: energy laws, driverless cars, marijuana bills
- The Republican-led Michigan Legislature returns for voting this week after a three-month summer break, with plans for an abbreviated calendar before the crucial November election determines which party controls the House.
Denver Post: In Colorado, a bold step forward on renewable energy
- (Opinion) Last month, Colorado took a bold step to avoid the continued strife and inaction that has stifled innovation and renewable energy business growth in other states.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Modesto Bee: Foster Farms sees new kind of comfort food
- The Livingston-based poultry company has launched a “comfort food” campaign that urges people to try lighter alternatives to recipes laden with fat and starch.
The Guardian: Kids' school packed lunches still full of junk food, research finds
- English parents are still packing their children’s school lunchboxes with junk food, despite high-profile awareness campaigns on childhood obesity and guidance provided by consumer groups, research has found.
CBS News: American shoppers enjoying streak of falling food prices
- That’s good, if you’re buying a shopping cart full of groceries, but it’s not so good for farmers.
Cincinnati Enquirer: Kroger expands cage-free egg offerings
- As consumer demand for humanely produced eggs rises, Kroger is launching a store-branded line of cage-free eggs this fall.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Agri-Pulse: Japan resumes buying US wheat after GMO-related disruption
- Japan resumed the tender process for U.S. white wheat this week, purchasing 58,000 metric tons - about 2.13 million bushels - for delivery in October, U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) and the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) said today in a release.
LA Times: Officials call for action on cargo delivery crisis at ports
- Officials gathered at the Port of Long Beach on Sunday to call for the flow of cargo to Southern California to resume, days after South Korea’s Hanjin Shipping Co., which declared bankruptcy Wednesday, threatened local union workers’ jobs and merchants’ access to goods.
Reuters: Bayer board to discuss Monsanto bid on September 14: Rheinische Post
- Bayer declined to comment, but German daily Rheinische Post reported the upcoming meeting, citing company sources.
Times of India: Use less water for agriculture: Experts
- While discussing 'Minimizing water use in agriculture' here at the ICAR-Indian Institute of Water Management (IIWM), the agricultural scientists expressed concern over declining per capita availability of surface and groundwater resources in India.
Nyasa Times: Malawi govt to introduce measures against fake seeds, says Agriculture Minister
- A government official says that for agriculture to be meaningful, there is need to have the right type of seeds especially at this time when we are dealing with El Nino.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
N.Y. Times: Rare Harmony as China and U.S. Commit to Climate Deal
- President Obama and President Xi Jinping of China formally committed the world’s two largest economies to the Paris climate agreement here on Saturday, cementing their partnership on climate change and offering a rare display of harmony in a relationship that has become increasingly discordant.
Lancaster Farming: Cover Cropping Best Practices to be Discussed at Virginia Farm
- Farm managers Casey Gustowarow and Stacey Carlberg are committed to on-farm conservation and soil-building practices at The Farm at Sunnyside, with a comprehensive cover cropping and crop rotation regime among many other innovative practices.
High Country News: The Fish and Wildlife Service’s endangered species triage
- Buried in petitions to list new species, the Fish and Wildlife Service proposes a system for prioritizing who gets help first.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
San Antonio Express-News: Labor Day this year honored farm workers who marched 50 years ago
- While Labor Day is celebrated across the country, this year’s holiday was especially significant to the people of South Texas. It was the 50th anniversary of the 1966 protest and march that started in Starr County at Rio Grande City and stopped in San Antonio before ending in Austin on Labor Day.
Yakima Herald: Farm worker survey gets a redesign after 2015 results spark probe
- The voluntary survey, which seeks to estimate prevailing wages so that the federal contracts for H2-A guest workers can be set in line with those rates, was launched this week by the state Employment Security Department.
Fresno Bee: Why I replaced 22 farmworkers with machines
- (Letter to the editor) Those good-intentioned politicians who live in big cities and know little about our rural way of life should consider asking those 22 former employees of mine if they would rather be working for $12 an hour or unemployed at $15?
Capital Press: Oregon Ag Dept. investigating Japanese beetle outbreak in Portland
- The state Department of Agriculture says 265 beetles were caught in traps this summer near Northwest Saltzman and Northwest Thompson roads. Others were found feeding on homeowners’ roses.
Futurism: The Future of Farming: Meet The Driverless Tractor
- At Iowa’s Farm Progress Show last week, Case IH showed off some remarkable tech. It’s tech that they assert will, one day, culminate in a fleet of driverless tractors.
The Times-Tribune: Wayne County cheese supports farm, grows in popularity
- Her father, Bill Bryant, said he has seen fellow farmers struggle to survive and be forced to cease operations. As milk prices tanked and costs grew, his daughter found a way to help the farm.
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