Daily Harvest -- 9/15/2016
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse Daybreak for Sept. 15, 2016
- In today’s edition: Top executives of the leading biotech and chemical companies face the Senate next week to defend their pending mega-mergers, farm tanks, CFTC nominees, antibiotic curbs and catfish. Plus, Glickman and Block spar over presidential nominees.
Agri-Pulse: House panel explores pros and cons of Cuba Trade
- (Subscriber only) Lawmakers and witnesses at a House hearing on agricultural trade with Cuba were in near unanimous agreement that increased commerce would benefit U.S. farmers, but some expressed concerns that it would also strengthen the Castro regime.
Agri-Pulse: Former Ag secretaries debate who's best for White House
- Bayer and Monsanto today announced Wednesday that they signed a definitive merger agreement under which Bayer will acquire Monsanto for $128 per share - up from the latest offer of $127.50 per share - in an all-cash transaction valued at $66 billion.
Agri-Pulse: Lawmakers, farm groups express concern about Bayer's takeover of Monsanto
- Bayer's plan to take over Monsanto is triggering some alarm bells within some of the nation's largest farm organizations, and lawmakers are taking note, too.
The Packer: United Fresh hopes to keep ‘fresh’ in fruit and vegetable program
- Preserving hard-won gains for fresh fruits and vegetables in child nutrition programs was the focus of a recent workshop at the United Fresh Produce Association’s Washington Conference.
Agri-Pulse: Bayer execs tout Monsanto acquisition
- Listen to Bayer execs explain why they believe Monsanto is a good fit for the German life sciences company, while Iowa Sen. Grassley and the National Farmers Union want to know more about what the “mega-deal” will mean to farmers.
Breitbart: Texas farmers: Heritage Foundation is ‘Flat Earth’ thinker on Ag policy
- Gene Hall, spokesman for the Texas Farm Bureau, says the Heritage Foundation has traded its formerly-reliable contributions with a dogmatic stance that suggests absolute free market principles will guide the American farmer to greener pastures.
The Daily Yonder: While most of U.S. gets a raise, rural areas stand pat
- While the rest of America got a raise last year for the first time since the Great Recession, average rural residents saw their wages remain flat or even fall a bit from 2014 to 2015, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
Pantagraph: Corn farmers will lose money on virtually every cob
- It'll be the third consecutive year in which most corn farmers will spend more than they'll earn and soybean farmers face a similar scenario. ISA’s Grant Kimberley featured.
Wall Street Journal: Behind the Monsanto Deal, Doubts About the GMO Revolution
- Farmers are finding it harder to justify the high and often rising prices for modified, or GMO, seed, given the measly returns of the current farm economy and future consolidation in the industry seems to be part of the outlook.
The Wall Street Journal: Selloff takes some shine off energy shares
- Energy companies fell more than the broader stock market in a selloff that dragged down all ten major sectors of the S&P 500, as well as crude-oil prices and government bonds.
WLWT5: Duke Energy chooses route, modifies planned pipeline's design
- Duke Energy has selected the route for its newest pipeline project. The pipeline project has been controversial, sparking complaints from residents and community leaders.
Real Clear Politics: Energy divides candidates but draws little attention
- In the contest between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, energy policy --one area where the candidates differ greatly across the board-- has mostly been left on the sideline.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Fortune: The 2016 most innovative women in food and drink
- Fortune and Time team up to bring you their third annual list of the women who had the most transformative impact in the last year on what we eat and drink.
Forbes: The No. 1 thing fast-food consumers care about (and it's not healthy food)
- Offering better-for-you food doesn’t always translate to higher sales -- that’s because the consumer interest in healthful fare is higher than their desire to eat said fare.
UPI: Scientists say drop 'five-second rule' for food on floor
- Depending on the surface, food and time it sits on the floor, bacteria can transfer in less than one second, researchers say.
The Daily Campus: How Connecticut plans to reduce food waste, both on the farm and at home
- Up to 40 percent of edible food is wasted in the United States, according to Feeding America, and this problem starts in the field.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Agri-Pulse: Opinion: African agriculture seizes the moment
- Some 2,000 delegates recently convened at the U.N. in Nairobi, Kenya with one single focus in mind: to scale up African agriculture.
Fox Business: Sliding U.S. export share, trade disputes, set stage for China grains clash
- The steady erosion of the U.S. role in the world grain export market, a ballooning global crop glut and the years-long premium that Chinese grains have held over global prices help explain what compelled the U.S. farm sector to file its case with the WTO.
Omaha World-Herald: Opinion: Leif Magnusson and David Merrell: International trade helps Nebraska manufacturing, farming
- Magnusson and Merrell say it’s important to help voters understand the vital role trade plays in supporting manufacturing and farming in Nebraska.
The Herald: Dairy group pledges to inspire next generation of farmers
- Plans to engage with younger dairy farmers have been unveiled by the National Farmers Union (NFU) in the UK with the launch of its new Dairy Development Group.
Washington Post: In a hungry Venezuela, buying too much food can get you arrested
- One man was charged with violating laws against interfering with the production, transportation or sale of food and has been in jail for three months, awaiting a hearing.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Agri-Pulse: Senate Ag panel approves wildfire management bill
- The bill, aimed at helping the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) deal with its increasing expensive fire-fighting efforts and to improve forest management activities, was opposed by Democrats for not offering a more comprehensive solution.
Forbes: Obama plays politics with Native American heritage, energy policy
- The Obama administration is dismissing Native American concerns about windmills killing bald eagles while simultaneously citing Native American concerns to justify blocking construction of a major oil pipeline.
CBS Philly: Environmental centers join forces to raise awareness on protecting Delaware River Watershed
- Representatives from 23 environmental education centers along both sides of the Delaware River are joining forces to raise public awareness.
The Washington Post: Environmental group finds coal ash contamination in Chester
- About a week before officials vote on a permit governing the drainage of coal ash ponds at the Chesterfield Power Station, an environmental group says local water samples contain elevated levels of lead and arsenic.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Los Angeles Times: L.A. County to require licenses for immigration consultants
- In a move to crack down on scam artists, Los Angeles County supervisors voted to require immigration consultants working in unincorporated areas of the county to be licensed.
Farm and Dairy: 4 tips for recruiting farm labor
- Taking time to make sure you have a good hiring process in place will make sure the farm has good hardworking employees that help the farm be more efficient and profitable.
WAMC: New York products featured during Farm Day on Capitol Hill
- Agricultural producers from across New York travel to Washington each year to participate in the annual New York Farm Day.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch: From sweeteners to seeds: A timeline of Monsanto's evolution
- Here's a timeline of how the St. Louis-area company grew from modest beginnings into a global biotech giant.
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