Daily Harvest -- 9/8/2015
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Washington Week Ahead: Spending, school nutrition head long congressional to-do list
- Congress returns to work with a long list of unfinished business to deal with this fall, including the budget, a long-term highway bill and a reauthorization of child nutrition programs.
Agri-Pulse: Open Mic with Monsanto’s Dr. Robb Fraley
- Dr. Fraley discusses his company’s failed bid to acquire Syngenta and plans for the future with both genetically-modified crops and other new innovations.
Agri-Pulse: Ag groups urge House to pass long term transportation bill
- Farm and trade groups share views on the importance of passing a longer-term transportation bill.
Agri-Pulse: Farm program signup deadline approaches
- Farm Service Administrator Val Dolcini explains the process for the upcoming farm program signup for major crops and dairy.
TimesDaily.com: Budget cuts threaten agriculture industry
- Alabama Agriculture and Industries Commissioner John McMillan last week joined the chorus of state agency leaders warning budget cuts would mean a loss of services.
Grand Island Independent: Schools see record crop of new ag education programs
- In Nebraska, 13 schools added ag education and FFA programs — the biggest single-year jump since the 1950s and maybe earlier.
Forbes: The Big Surprise in Home Energy Consumption: Gaming PCs
- The typical gaming computer consumes as much power each year as approximately three refrigerators, according to a study.
Portland Press Herald: Community solar farms growing around Maine
- Unlike rooftop solar arrays, community solar farms allow anyone in the electricity utility coverage area to invest in the project.
The Blaze: Aspen, Colorado, Just Became the Third U.S. City to Reach 100 Percent Renewable Energy
- The city reached its goal about 10 years later than planned.
FOOD & NUTRITION
New York Times: Food Industry Enlisted Academics in G.M.O. Lobbying War, Emails Show
- Both sides in a fight over genetically modified crops have relied on scientists to lend their authority, while providing financial support in return.
Kansas City Star: Your food has been, perhaps forever, genetically modified
- Even with revived shopper anxiety over yet-to-be-confirmed dangers of genetically-modified seeds, farmers like Kansan Ken McCauley remain more sold than ever on biotechnology.
Casper Star Tribune: Lawmakers to consider resolution asking government to create GMO labeling policy
- Wyoming lawmakers are considering a proposal asking the federal government to create a national labeling policy.
New York Times: Children Tossing School Lunch Fruits and Vegetables
- Researchers videotaped children during school lunch to see how they fared before and after new USDA rules were imposed.
Los Angeles Times: Food deserts may play little role in obesity, Rand study says
- New research indicates that obesity is much more complicated, with food choices being affected by several factors.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
CNN: Why milk is cheaper than water in Europe
- Thousands protested in Brussels Monday, blocking streets with their tractors, and showering police with hay and eggs as Europe drowns in milk.
The Irish Times: We have enough food to end world hunger, says Bono
- The rock star said it is not the lack of food but rather the lack of will to distribute the food that is the problem, during an event organized by the Irish and Italian Ministers for Agriculture.
Wall Street Journal: China Plows Big Money Into Australian Agriculture
- Australian deal makers are swapping hard hats for cowboy hats as Chinese investors increasingly explore a new natural-resource boom: agriculture.
Al Arabiya: Egypt arrests agriculture minister over corruption allegations
- Egyptian authorities have arrested the country's agriculture minister over corruption allegations on Monday, just after his resignation was announced.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Agri-Pulse: California agency issues intent to list glyphosate as carcinogen
- California's EPA announced a notice of intent to list glyphosate, one of the most widely-used herbicides in agriculture, and three other chemicals to a list of carcinogens under the state's Proposition 65 law.
Bradenton Herald: Bees feel the squeeze as cropland consumes habitat
- Researchers are in the middle of a three-year project to learn how bee health is connected to land use in the Midwest.
Capital Press: Ecology: ‘Uncontrollable’ dust storms shouldn’t count against state
- Washington’s Dept. of Ecology argues that agricultural controls were in place, but the wind was overwhelming at times.
Santa Barbara Independent: Nasty bug appears as county slashes top pest, plant jobs
- A citrus pest that threatens California’s lemon and orange industry was found at three locations last month as potential cutbacks loom for ag pest specialists.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Sacramento Bee: The grape strike that transformed a nation, 50 years later
- Filipino and Mexican American activists flowed into the Central Valley town of Delano where 50 years ago, they launched the grape strike that altered the course of American history and farm labor negotiations.
TribLive.com: Machines thin migrants' ranks in Maine
- Maine's blueberry harvest attracted more than 5,000 migrant farmers 10 years ago and it's down to about 1,500 today.
Agri-Pulse: Dupont hires former USDA official Gutter
- Karis Gutter, a former USDA deputy undersecretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services (FFAS), will join DuPont.
The Tennessean: Fast Pace clinic chain brings care to rural areas
- Rural areas and small towns face several challenges in getting access to health care but these clinics aim to fill the gaps.
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