Daily Harvest -- 9/12/2016
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse Daybreak for Sept. 12, 2016
- USTR and USDA are expected to announce a major WTO trade suit this week against China’s support policies for corn, wheat and rice. Also: NFU fly-in; drought gets better for some; Senate Ag to consider fire legislation; U.S. rice in U.K.
Agri-Pulse: Washington Week Ahead: GOP nears deal on CR, farmers lobby on TPP
- Farmers will be lobbying Congress on issues ranging from agribusiness mergers to the Trans-Pacific Partnership this week, and lawmakers appear to be near a deal to keep the government running into the new fiscal year.
Agri-Pulse: Farm groups headed to Washington
- (Audio): Members of several food and ag groups will be in Washington this week for legislative fly-ins.
Agri-Pulse Open Mic: Rep Steve King, R-Iowa.
- Fresh from a five-week tour of the fourth district, King identifies the top concern among farmers and business leaders alike. King is keeping a watchful eye for debate on the Trans-Pacific Partnership and says despite mounting congressional opposition, the U.S. should not give up on the ideals of the global accord even if negotiations must take other forms.
Agri-Pulse: Appeals court sides with farm groups on CAFO info
- EPA violated the Freedom of Information Act by releasing personal information, including phone numbers and email addresses, of the owners of concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs), a federal appeals court ruled today.
NewsPressNow: Four states offer ideas for ag economy
- A wrap-up session was held in St. Joseph and brought together agricultural leaders from Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, and Iowa. That meeting was hosted by Missouri Department of Agriculture Director Richard Fordyce and Dr. Scott Brown of the University of Missouri. Information collected from each state was disseminated at the forum.
The Hutchinson (Kan.) News: Marshall, LaPolice differ on next farm bill's priorities
- Continuing federal crop insurance support in the 2018 farm bill “is the Holy Grail to every farmer I talk to,” said 1st Congressional District Republican candidate Roger Marshall, Great Bend. “It’s important, but it’s not the Holy Grail. It’s just barely in the top three for me,” said the congressional race’s independent candidate, Alan LaPolice, Clyde.
USA Today: Army Corps halts work at lake near Sioux tribe despite judge's order
- A federal judge on Friday denied an attempt by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe to stop construction of the four-state Dakota Access oil pipeline near their North Dakota reservation, saying the tribe hadn't adequately shown the project will destroy "sites of cultural and historical significance." But the Justice Dept. stepped in, saying U.S. Army Corps of Engineers would not authorize building the pipeline on Corps land until it reviews environmental issues surrounding the project.
Financial Times: Ethanol mandates leave food industry vulnerable
- (Letter to the editor): Gregory Meyer’s article “US food versus fuel: a debate losing its rage” (Sept. 6) suggests that higher yields and “beneficial weather” have enabled the market to absorb the increased demand for corn brought about by US ethanol mandates. In other words, the impact of mandates on the food industry is negligible. I beg to differ. Such mandates leave the food industry and feedstock vulnerable to a range of factors that can cause prices to fluctuate.
Australian Financial Review: Why Oklahoma earthquakes are sending tremors through big shale
- There was an earthquake in Oklahoma last week. Not much new in that though. Over the past five years Oklahoma has become one of America's shakiest states. But the one that shook Pawnee was big. It was 5.8 on the Richter Scale. While no one was hurt and damage to property was minor, this was the biggest quake ever recorded in the state.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Agri-Pulse: Lawsuit on organic substances moves forward
- A federal judge has cleared the way for a lawsuit challenging the way substances are removed from the list of those allowed in organic agriculture.
Sacramento Bee: Mandatory GMO labels are coming to your cereal aisle: What you need to know
- Here’s a look at the new law and what kind of label you might be seeing soon.
National Review: Make America 'Plate' Again?
- In the weeks before Election Day, food trucks will roll into battleground states such as Ohio and Iowa to serve up local fare with a side dish of liberal politics. The trucks are sponsored by the “Plate of the Union” campaign, a group of elite foodies who insist the “next president prioritize fixing our broken food system.”
Daily Mail: Junk food damages blood cells leaving burger fans more at risk of cancer than their vegetable-eating friends
- People who do not eat enough antioxidants - which are found in fresh foods - produce red bloods cells that are damaged, scientists at Swansea University found.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
KMUW: Kansas Senator Calls TPP Trade Deal Crucial – But It's Mired In Presidential Politics
- Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts says the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal is crucial for farmers wanting access to new and growing markets. But in the midst of the presidential campaign the deal faces an uphill battle.
The East African: Kenya Pledges U.S. $500 Million for Agriculture
- Kenya has committed to invest more than $500 million in agriculture in the next five years to support farmers through granting them access to fertilisers, finance and markets.
SciDev.Net: ICT platform for agriculture in the works
- Three international development institutions are working together to design an information and communications technology (ICT) platform for agricultural development in line with the G20’s latest call to facilitate sustainable agricultural development during their meeting in Hangzhou, China (4-5 September).
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
AgriNews: PrecisionAg Vision Conference gains support
- The Coalition to Advance Precision Agriculture, comprised of trade associations and organizations representing a range of sectors within the agriculture industry, announced its official support and endorsement of the first-ever PrecisionAg Vision Conference to be Oct. 18-20 in Phoenix.
Topeka Capital-Journal: Herbicide-resistant weeds challenge farmers' bottom lines
- Hardy weeds that have developed resistance to herbicides are challenging Kansas soybean and corn farmers to adapt their chemical applications, and some have added tillage back into their control methods.
AP: Ag secretary says private investment needed to help sage grouse
- U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced grants on Thursday for a pair of programs that will attempt to use private financing to conserve land across the Western U.S. as part of a sweeping effort to restore the greater sage grouse's habitat.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Fresno Bee: Farmworkers don’t need help from UFW
- (Letter to the editor) Thousands of Central Valley farmworkers earn more than their United Farm Worker brethren for the same job. These workers, at Gerawan Farming, don’t need the UFW -- three years ago, they voted to decertify the UFW, but Sacramento officials still won’t count the ballots.
Akron Beacon-Journal: Build a wall’ resonates in Ohio, but why?
- Support for Trump is strongest in the counties where immigrants are least likely to be found — if not leaving.
PolitiFact: Donald Trump's False claim veterans treated worse than illegal immigrants
- Veterans are entitled to several more benefits that are not offered to civilians, much less undocumented immigrants. We rate Trump’s statement False.
Los Angeles Times: The craft beer project that grew from Masumoto Family Farm's peach trees
- Many American craft brewers are dusting off the traditional techniques of Belgian brewers who’ve long created complex, fruit-flavored brews.
Bloomberg: Bayer Said Close to Monsanto Tie-Up With Deal Seen Next Week
- Bayer’s supervisory board is scheduled to discuss the deal on Wednesday and Monsanto’s management board is set to gather next week, the people said. Negotiations are ongoing and could still fall apart.
Washington Post: Hop growers look to new parts of US to slake thirst for crop
- Americans’ growing thirst for bitter, flavor-packed styles of beer has brought an unprecedented demand for hops, so growers are looking to new places to harvest its flowers.
Global News: Lethbridge Corn Maze turns to solar energy
- Theo and Esther Slingerland have owned their farm and corn maze for over 20 years and recently decided to make it even greener by taking advantage of southern Alberta’s sunshine.
Illinois Farmer Today: Neighbors team up to help a farmer friend
- Neighbors and friends of Bill Watts gathered Aug. 25 in Eastern Illinois to talk about plans for harvesting his soybeans and to share positive thoughts for him. Watts was having liver cancer surgery miles away in Texas that same day.
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