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Daily Harvest -- 9/7/2016
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Agri-Pulse Daybreak for Sept. 7, 2016
Link - Grassley sets date for merger hearing. Also: Hunger in America numbers due; USDA targets aid to rural businesses; agribusiness women on trip to Hong Kong, Shanghai; House GOP seeks spending pact; McCarthy confident about November.

AgWeb: Are Your Grain Deals at Risk? Lessons from a $27 Million Ponzi Scheme
Link - Cathy Gieseker’s deals with farmers were never in writing. Farmers blindly accepted this as a good business practice, even though the arrangement involved selling crops 3 years in advance and rolling up prices with no cost and no downside risk.

AgWeek: PATES: Noem's switch might not have received approval
Link - Rep. Kristi Noem, R-S.D., was first elected to Congress in 2010. She made the switch from Agriculture to Ways and Means in 2015 and said she had received support from all of the farm organizations. Now, Doug Sombke, the embattled president of the South Dakota Farmers Union, denies he ever gave Noem any approval.

Village Voice: Beef Is When the Government Makes You Pay for Your Factory-Farm Competition's Advertising
Link - In a filing last month, the government noted that USDA was now acknowledging that for two decades it has been wrongly informing ranchers they were required to turn their money over to private state councils that control many of the meat advertisements. The agency said it will soon issue new rules which would allow ranchers and farmers to steer their money into publicly controlled USDA hands.


Agri-Pulse: Fireworks may mark kickoff of Energy Bill conference.
Link - The House and Senate hold a kick-off conference meeting Thursday to launch the process of reconciling sharp differences between competing versions of the energy bill that Congress hopes to finalize this year. You can watch the potential fireworks on the Web starting 9:30 a.m. Washington time.

Morning Consult: Energy Bill Supporters: Don’t Expect a Deal Before Election
Link - There are several factors working against a final bill this month. First, it’s just a matter of time. Lawmakers haven’t been in Washington since July, and some issues can’t be negotiated by staffers. Also, supporters of the Senate bill’s language on energy efficiency say House Republicans don’t seem motivated to pass those measures.

The Hill: Overnight Energy: Judge issues short-term halt to ND pipeline work
Link - A federal judge on Tuesday issued a temporary restraining order against construction work on a North Dakota pipeline project this week. The ruling prevents developers from doing clearing work on a section of the Dakota Access Pipeline route between a state highway and an area west of a lake in the state.

Engadget: Indian researchers recycle fish scales into energy nanogenerator
Link - Fish scales have collagen fibers containing piezoelectric properties: Stress them and you generate a charge.

CNBC: Trump's energy plan overstates benefits of more drilling: economists
Link - Donald Trump has promised to roll back regulations and unleash an energy revolution in America — but economists have their doubts about the plan.

Ethanol Producer: New York proposes updated fuel regulations allowing for E15
Link - On Aug. 24, the New York Department of Agriculture and Markets published a proposed rule in the New York State Register proposing to update the statement’s fuel regulations to allow for the sale of E15 in model year 2001 and newer vehicles.

AP: Judge Puts Hold on Plan to Open California Lands to Fracking
Link - A federal judge on Tuesday tentatively rejected a plan by the federal Bureau of Land Management to open more than 1,500 square miles of lands in central California to oil drilling and fracking.


Reuters: 8th Circuit upholds attorney fee contribution from $92 M GMO settlement
Link - A federal appeals court has ruled that plaintiffs' lawyers leading federal multidistrict litigation against Bayer CropScience over genetically modified rice are entitled to 10 percent of a $92 million settlement the company struck with a farmers' co-op in state court.

FeedNavigator: Fortune favors the brave and…Novozymes, Nestlé and Nike
Link - Feed enzyme innovation and a tie-up with Monsanto on corn and soy yield enhancement are said to have propelled Danish firm, Novozymes, into the top ten of Fortune magazine’s list of 50 companies ranked for their sustainability efforts.

Auburn (Calif.) Journal: Auburn chefs connect farm and fork with crops, orchard, livestock
Link - Eric Alexander creates French-inspired cuisine at Carpe Vino in Old Town Auburn. His wife, Courtney McDonald, tills crops and tends animals at their Four Tines Farm near Hidden Falls Regional Park.


Agri-Pulse: Bayer wants predictability in approval processes
Link - (Audio) The German-based input company is getting vocal about its frustration with product approval processes in the European Union.

Deutsche Welle: Bayer raises offer to buy Monsanto
Link - Bayer raised its offer to $127.50 (114.26 euros) per share, which would bring the deal's total to around $66 billion including debt from Monsanto, though neither concern confirmed the overall sum.

Reuters: Global dairy prices push higher in overnight auction
Link - International milk prices rose in the overnight Global Dairy Trade auction as the dairy sector continues to show signs of improvement.

Creamer Media's Engineering News: Big bet on agriculture pays off for African nations
Link - A decade of paying intense attention to farming has generated “the most successful development effort” in African history, according to a report released by the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) at the UN’s African headquarters on Tuesday.

EurActiv: Agriculture market crisis hits machinery sales
Link - Affected by the ongoing crisis in EU agricultural markets, the European agricultural machinery industry is expected to face further losses this year, after suffering a decline in sales in 2015.

The Telegraph: Scotland food and drink industry 'bullish' about Brexit despite SNP warnings
Link - Scotland’s iconic food and drink industry is “bullish” about its prospects after the Brexit vote led to an increase in confidence and growth expectations, according to a major new report.


PBS: When industrial-scale farming is the sustainable path
Link - (Opinion) A story by Environmental Defense Fund's Miriam Horn about a Kansas farmer who uses no-till, crop rotation, cover cropping and Roundup to achieve higher levels of microbial diversity in his soils.

Alaska Dispatch News: NOAA to remove Endangered Species Act protections for most humpback whales
Link - NOAA issued a final rule designating 14 distinct population segments of humpback whales and removing listing for nine of those segments. The ruling will go into effect in early October.


Visalia Times-Delta: Trump’s immigration plan must include Bracero Program
Link - (Opinion) In the past, US guest worker programs were shown to be beneficial by reducing poverty in Mexico.

(Opinion) Salinas Californian: Developing a workforce from the ground up
Link - The California Strawberry Commission created a program that exists nowhere else. More than 3,000 employees are trained annually through regular workshops and field days for ranch managers, crew supervisors and farmers.

Windsor Star: Migrant farmworkers on 1,500-kilometre caravan to Ottawa
Link - Fifty years after Canada began flying in seasonal workers to help out on the farm, a group is rallying to have the program’s participants granted permanent immigration status.


Equipment World: USDOT proposes requiring speed limiting devices on heavy haulers
Link - The U.S. Department of Transportation has released a proposed rule that would require trucks weighing more than 26,000 pounds to be equipped with speed limiting devices (also known as speed governors or speed limiters), but the regulatory body did not propose a speed to which trucks would be limited.

KSHB: Heavy traffic shuts down Grinter's Sunflower Farm in Leavenworth County, Kansas
Link - Never before has Grinter’s Sunflower Farm been closed by the sheriff, but it happened Monday when too many people tried to get to the fields.

Billings Gazette: Montana farmers welcome designation as 2016 Year of the Pulses
Link - With its designation, the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization seeks to highlight the benefits of pulse crops — which include peas, beans and lentils — which Montana farmers have been planting in abundance.

High Country News: New Mexican farmers struggle to stay on the land
Link - State tax law makes idling land an expensive proposition.

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