Daily Harvest -- 9/10/2015
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: (Subscriber only) Farm payments face nearly 7-percent sequestration cut
- Unless Congress intervenes, the new price support programs created by the 2014 farm bill -- Agriculture Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage -- will be subject to sequestration cuts.
Agri-Pulse: USDA announces more price options, elections for organic producers
- USDA's Risk Management Agency (RMA) will offer expanded price options and elections on organic crops in 2016, helping organic producers purchase higher crop insurance policies.
Agri-Pulse: (Subscriber only) Pay for food, farm, environmental and energy CEOs keeps climbing
- Life at the top of major nonprofit trade organizations appears to be improving once again - at least when it comes to compensation packages that Agri-Pulse tracks in our annual CEO reports.
Agri-Pulse: Oil industry study says statutory RFS levels 'not feasible'
- A new study commissioned by the American Petroleum Institute says compliance with statutory blending requirements under the Renewable Fuel Standard “will result in severe economic harm” but renewable fuels leaders said API’s reports are “completely divorced from reality.”
Los Angeles Times: Gas reduction dropped from California climate change bill
- California Gov. Jerry Brown faced a cascade of setbacks Wednesday as climate change legislation was stripped of his targets for reducing gasoline use.
The Hindu: Railways to use bio-diesel in a big way
- Southern Railway has decided to use bio-diesel in a big way in its fleet of diesel locomotives to reduce fuel consumption and cut down its oil bill.
Solar Industry Magazine: Renewable Energy Training Field Opening In Chicago
- The National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) of Chicago and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 134 have created the Renewable Energy Training Field to prepare electricians.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Agri-Pulse: McDonald's switching to cage-free eggs
- McDonald's says it will switch to cage-free eggs in the United States and Canada over the next 10 years, a decision hailed by animal welfare activists as a landmark move because of the company's buying power.
Bloomberg Politics: New York City Requires Chain Restaurants to Post Warnings on Salty Food
- The Board of Health on Wednesday unanimously approved the rule for food establishments with at least 15 locations nationwide.
Agri-Pulse: Household food insecurity unimproved in 2014 despite economy
- Despite the improving economy, there was no meaningful decline in household food insecurity again last year.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Agri-Pulse: Lawmakers yet to be sold on increased exports to Cuba
- Some House members aren't sold on the idea of increased agricultural trade with Cuba, saying it wouldn't do anything to relieve human rights abuses in the communist country.
Agri-Pulse: USTR cites progress in recent TPP negotiations
- USTR says negotiators at the recent Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) talks in Hawaii made “substantial progress” on rules related to trade in agriculture and other issues, bringing the “high-standard trade agreement” one step closer to completion.
Agri-Pulse: Senate yet to consider COOL fix
- With the WTO scheduled to meet next week to consider potential retaliation by Canada and Mexico over Country-of-Origin Labeling, Senators Grassley and Roberts share their views.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Agri-Pulse: Mixed rulings seen boosting WOTUS critics
- A GOP senator says mixed court rulings on the Obama administration's new Clean Water Act rule should motivate more Democrats to support repealing the measure.
DelawareOnline: Tentative OK for costly Port Penn farm deal
- A farmland preservation bid to preserve land owned by a former state Farm Bureau president is criticized for its locally unprecedented price, but has received tentative federal approval.
NBCMiami: Oriental Fruit Fly Threatening South Florida's Agriculture Industry
- Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez and Agricultural Commissioner Adam Putnam said the insect is one of the most damaging pests in the world for agricultural commodities.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Agri-Pulse: Dairy farmers increase reliance on immigrant labor
- Milk producers are becoming increasingly dependent on immigrant workers, who now account for more than half the labor on dairy farms, a study shows.
NPR: Conservative Latino Group Pens Letter Opposing GOP Immigration Rhetoric
- The conservative Libre Initiative, which is funded by the Koch brothers, wrote a letter criticizing policies that "are not in line with our principles and are not in the best interest of the country."
Agri-Pulse: Heitkamp nixes 2016 N.D. governor's race
- U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp says she won't run for North Dakota governor in 2016, dashing the hopes of some Democrats who saw her as their best hope for claiming the state's top office.
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