Daily Harvest -- 9/9/2015
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Vilsack calls on Congress to keep healthy school meal standards
- The pressure is on Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and others to lobby Congress to reauthorize the Obama administration's Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act before it expires at the end of the month.
Agri-Pulse: Plenty of farmland facts in newly released surveys
- One tenth of all farmland is expected to change hands in the next five years. That’s one of several discoveries in USDA’s new survey and a report from Illinois Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers.
Farm Futures: Soy Checkoff develops five-year plan for soy innovation
- United Soybean Board Chairman and Kansas farmer Bob Haselwood said soybean farmers have had a good few years, but they're looking toward long-term profitability, which will look different in the future.
Chicago Tribune: Aurora group gets green light to build large urban farm in city
- An Aurora-based nonprofit, best known for its youth mentoring programs, is in the process of retrofitting a warehouse that’s expected to produce 100,000 pounds of organic fruits and vegetables a year.
Agri-Pulse: (Subscriber only) Where is the role for nuclear power in cutting carbon emissions?
- The Obama administration’s rush to cut carbon emissions by replacing coal power plants with natural gas, wind and solar, seems to ignore some of nuclear power’s reliability and zero-emissions benefits.
Utility Dive: Solar face-off taking shape in Michigan as new bill would expand net metering
- A bipartisan group of Michigan lawmakers want to expand the state's net metering program, dropping limits they say are holding back renewable development
FOOD & NUTRITION
PBS: The next food movement? Maybe garbage-to-plate dining
- PBS talks to Chef Dan Barber who showcases how good food could be created from ingredients we normally toss out.
Portland Press Herald: Millennials lead food industry toward greener territory
- Although the number of vegetarians in the U.S. is still small, more restaurants offer vegetarian dishes than ever before - driven in part by the millennial generation’s fondness for vegetarian meals.
ModelMedia: Fighting food insecurity in Detroit
- How Michigan programs and their Detroit counterparts are working to ensure the youngest eaters are putting wholesome and healthy food into their bodies
Christian Science Monitor: Here's why industrial food is deceivingly cheap
- The folks behind Food Tank pierce together several different unrelated studies to argue that conventional agricultural production really isn’t cheap.
Riverbender.com: Durbin Questions GMO Labeling Movement
- Sen. Dick Durbin finds it odd that people angered by the scientific consensus on climate change being ignored are themselves ignoring the lack of evidence backing up claims that GMO foods are unsafe.
TechCrunch.com: Amazon Launches A Food Delivery Service Via Prime Now, Starting In Seattle
- Amazon announced that it’s making restaurant delivery an option via its one-hour delivery app PrimeNow, but no word on whether or not drones will be involved.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Agri-Pulse: Building a food-secure world helps America prosper
- In this opinion piece, Tjada D'Oyen McKenna, with USAID and Feed the Future, says we've made an enormous difference thus far and must continue to make investing in agriculture a long-term priority.
Farmers Weekly: Half of UK dairy producers set to quit industry
- Almost half of Britain’s dairy farmers are scheduled to leave the sector, according to an intentions survey, and most of the remaining half who plan to continue dairying put their expansion plans on hold.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Statesman Journal: Drought, wildfires among Western issues facing Congress
- A number of Western issues are likely to surface, including the ongoing drought and wildfires, when Congress returns this week.
Courthouse News: Major California Climate Bills Hinge on Moderate Democratic Holdouts.
- The Democratic holdouts, mainly representing smaller Central Valley economic districts, say the bills will decimate agriculture, which depends on petroleum.
Forbes: A New, Bizarre Activist Scam: Formaldehyde In GMO Soybeans
- The authors attempt to debunk a new report, noting that scientists occasionally forsake the scientific method—often for notoriety or economic gain–and opt instead to promulgate propaganda to a public that lacks expertise but is hungry for information.
Cattle Network: Cargill begins second phase of beef cattle sustainability assessment initiated last December
- The yearlong effort to identify criteria, establish measurement metrics and define target improvement goals, is in collaboration with consulting and accounting firm K·Coe Isom.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
U.S. News & World Report: Ben Carson calls Donald Trump's plan to deport undocumented immigrants impractical
- In a jab at GOP frontrunner Donald Trump, Dr. Ben Carson told a California audience that mass deportation, would be expensive and impractical, and crippling to the hotel and agriculture industries.
NPR The Salt: 4 Labor-Intensive Crops Farmers Wish They Had Robots To Harvest
- Machines have replaced human hands for a lot of farm jobs, but many fruit, vegetable and nut farmers still rely heavily on people to plant, maintain and harvest their crops.
Reuters: Perdue Farms to buy Chipotle pork supplier Niman Ranch
- The two companies announced Tuesday that Perdue Farms will buy natural meat maker Niman Ranch, which is Chipotle Mexican Grill's biggest pork supplier and a brand name on U.S. restaurant menus.
Reuters: France's Maisadour, Terrena plan to combine seed businesses
- French farm and food cooperative groups Maisadour and Terrena plan to combine their seed activities with the aim of becoming a leading player on the European market.
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