Daily Harvest -- 9/13/2016
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse Daybreak for Sept. 13, 2016
- Congress is moving toward passing a stopgap funding bill that would ensure that the government stays open through the election. Also: Vilsack addresses safety net, GMO labeling with NFU; FDA and antiobiotics; House Ag personnel; DeLauro and Chipotle;
Agri-Pulse: USDA reports show "too much grain"
- USDA reports released today did little to provide price support to American grain producers as signs still point to bin-busting crops.
Agri-Pulse: US infrastructure and rural prosperity: Are we falling behind?
- When it comes to the sectors of the nation's infrastructure in need of repairs, an overwhelming majority of registered voters say that roads (92 percent), bridges (89 percent), water pipelines (88 percent), energy grids (80 percent), railways (80 percent) and dams (76 percent) are all in some to extreme need of repairs.
N.Y. Times: Donald Trump’s Rough Rider
- To those who concede that the Republican nominee, Donald J. Trump, is not entirely prepared for the presidency but argue that he would — of course! — surround himself with admirable advisers, I have one name for you: Sid Miller.
HeraldNet (Everett, Wash.): Commentary: Finding common ground that sustains our future
- The “resource lands” of Snohomish County — the farms, forests, natural habitat, open space and parks — that make this such a productive and beautiful place to work and live are facing historic challenges.
Houston Chronicle: Gas stations challenge oil industry orthodoxy on ethanol
- A number of national gas station chains, including RaceTrac, Murphy USA and Sheetz, are preparing to sell E15 in an affront to the dogma of a "blend wall" -- the point at which ethanol concentrations have detrimental effects on conventional engines.
Biomass Magazine: EPA grants Pacific Ethanol pathway approval for Edeniq technology
- Edeniq Inc. has announced the U.S. EPA has approved a cellulosic fuel pathway for Pacific Ethanol Inc.’s Stockton, California, plant using Edeniq’s Pathway Technology, allowing the facility to generate D3 cellulosic renewable identification numbers (RINs) for its cellulosic output under the renewable fuels standard (RFS)
Houston Chronicle: More signs point towards hesitant expansion in oil and gas
- In another positive sign for the Houston economy, the pace of decline continued to slow in August, according to a broad monthly survey of businesses known as the purchasing manager's index.
FOOD & NUTRITION
N.Y. Times: How the Sugar Industry Shifted Blame to Fat
- Internal sugar industry documents, recently discovered by a researcher at the University of California, San Francisco, and published Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine, suggest that five decades of research into the role of nutrition and heart disease, including many of today’s dietary recommendations, may have been largely shaped by the sugar industry.
PBS: One college turns its football field into a farm and sees its students transform
- The Tigers of Paul Quinn College lost more football games than they won on this field. So, nine years ago, when the historically black college on the South Side of Dallas was in financial crisis and had a 1 percent graduation rate, a new president turned everything over, including the football field.
Fox News: Big Food's biggest trend? Crusading against Big Food
- Salad chain Sweetgreen's campaign to fix what it calls the "broken" food system asks people to join its "movement" and borrows self-help language in saying the first step is "admitting there's a problem." Panera has challenged other chains to make kids' meals without artificial ingredients, although it hadn't done so itself at the time.
The Atlantic: Can Fake Junk Food Truly Satisfy?
- Vegetable noodles are just one example of a growing dietary trend of replacement instead of restriction. Healthy eaters, rather than just eating bland plates full of plants or completely cutting out foods they’ve deemed unhealthy, instead are using fruits and vegetables to create fake versions of the things they crave.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Agri-Pulse: NAWG VP wants candidates to come around on trade - 9/13/2016
- (Audio) The leading presidential candidates have had some disparaging things to say about the Trans-Pacific Partnership, but a Kansas grower leader hopes they'll recognize what the deal could mean for ag.
Southwest Farm Press: “Wall’ talk creates more questions along busy U.S., Mexico border
- With international trade rhetoric ramping up in this election year farmers on both sides of the border, U.S. and Mexican trade officials, and academics and political analysts are wondering what the future holds for agricultural trade with our southern neighbor?
Business News (Australia): Government buys stake in WA grain breeder
- Six years after buying into Bibra Lake-based InterGrain, Monsanto has decided to sell its 26 percent stake in the government-backed grain breeding company.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Des Moines Register: Broad coalition to push for sales tax hike targeted at water quality
- Iowans would pay higher state sales taxes to finance improvements in water quality and other natural resources programs under a new lobbying initiative endorsed Monday by a group of Iowa business and conservation leaders.
Washington Post: Wheat, one of the world’s most important crops, is being threatened by climate change
- One of the biggest concerns about climate change is the effect it will have on agriculture. Many studies have suggested that rising temperatures could be harmful to farms around the world, although there’s plenty of uncertainty about how bad things will get and which food supplies we should worry about most.
Grand Island Independent: NFU seeks fewer requirements for conservation programs
- Recognizing the importance of fostering conservation and sustainability practices, National Farmers Union (NFU) applauded last week’s introduction of bipartisan legislation that would ease burdensome requirements for landowners participating in voluntary U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) conservation programs.
Ars Technica: Was August deluge in Louisiana worsened by climate change?
- One group of climate scientists has been hammering out a process to provide a rapid look at that question for events like this while they're still fresh in the minds of those outside the affected area. They work fast—they’ve already submitted their paper on the Louisiana floods for peer review, and they released their analysis last week.
Mitchell County Press News: Morisches receive Iowa Farm Environmental Leader Award
- Gov. Terry E. Branstad, Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds, Iowa Sec. of Agriculture Bill Northey and Iowa Department of Natural Resources Director Chuck Gipp presented 94 Iowa farm families, including the John and Julie Morische family, with the Iowa Farm Environmental Leader Award during a ceremony at the Iowa State Fair on Wednesday, Aug. 17.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
CBC: Potash Corp., Agrium agree to merger that would create $36B agriculture giant
- The deal would bring together Saskatoon-based PotashCorp's huge fertilizer mines with Agrium's extensive global direct-to-farmer retail network to create an agricultural colossus.
Western Farm Press: Agriculture reacts to California's new overtime law
- "California farmers will have no choice but to avoid even higher costs of production and they will utilize a number of strategies, including reducing work shifts and production of crops that require large numbers of employees," said Tom Nassif of the Western Growers Association.
N.Y. Times: Is Any Immigration Reform Possible in This Political Climate?
- Donald Trump recently laid out a hardline immigration plan and promised to achieve it in “a matter of months” after taking office. In reality, immigration reform has been halting and stymied, with no major reforms passed in decades.
The Capital Press: Lawsuit alleges glyphosate-cancer link
- A Washington man has filed a complaint claiming that Monsanto Co.’s glyphosate herbicides caused his cancer, joining a slew of similar lawsuits across the country.
Chicago Daily Herald: Bensenville Park District plans to improve historic farm
- The historic Fischer Farm in Bensenville is slated to get new gardens, lighting and handicapped-accessible ramps.
Successful Farming Blog: The Story Behind the Fighter to Farmer Contest
- His editor thought the story on farmer veterans would be a good one for him to take on. Boy, was he right.
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