Daily Harvest -- 9/16/2016
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse Daybreak for Sept. 16, 2016
- Here are the highlights: Outlook improving for TPP, farm crisis calculations, a not so fond farewell to Monsanto’s brand; Trump’s positions on food and renewable energy are here today, gone today; efforts to find more farm loan funding, Farm Aid and more.
Agri-Pulse: WRDA bill clears Senate with provision easing on-farm fuel storage regs
- The Senate overwhelmingly voted to approve a bill that would finance waterway improvement projects in 30 states and improve drinking water delivery systems.
Agri-Pulse: CFTC nominees pledge to seek farm input
- One nominee said that “It's absolutely critical that the CFTC both remembers its roots and the importance of agricultural producers to the U.S. economy.”
Oklahoma’s Own News 9: 9 Investigates: Right to Farm measure on November ballot
- Signs urging Oklahomans to vote “Yes on 777" are a common sight in rural Major County, where agriculture remains a dominant industry. But some call it 'Right to Harm' and oppose it vehemently.
Agri-Pulse: Meet the Lawmaker, Rep. Tim Walz
- (Video) Minnesota's Tim Walz is one of the top Democrats on the House Agriculture Committee, putting him a position to help shape the next farm bill. In this interview, he talks with Agri-Pulse about his path to Congress, which included a detour to China.
S&P Global Platts: Progress on waste issue key to support for nuclear: US senator
- U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein of California said at a recent appropriations subcommittee hearing that she cannot continue to support nuclear power if there is "no strategy for the long-term storage of the waste."
The Motley Fool: Solar energy faces a rocky road ahead
- A new report shows why investors can't figure out whether solar energy faces a bright future or not.
Venture Beat: Amazon’s biggest renewable energy project: a 253-megawatt Texas wind farm opening in 2017
- Opening in late 2017, Amazon Wind Farm Texas will be situated in Scurry Country and will generate 1,000,000 megawatt hours (MWh) of wind energy each year.
Los Angeles Times: Interior Department signs blueprint for renewable energy development in the California desert
- Interior Department officials recently signed a blueprint that they touted as a finely tuned effort to balance conservation of California’s iconic desert landscapes with the state’s growing hunger for clean energy in the age of climate change.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Agri-Pulse: USFRA talking food at NASCAR Xfinity Series race
- (Audio) The U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance will take their message to consumers at a NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Chicagoland Speedway this weekend, in conjunction with BRANDT and Winfield, for a “Let’s talk food” event.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: 2 accused in $3 million food assistance fraud
- A woman and her son have been indicted on allegations of stealing $3 million from the federal government through a benefits program intended to help the poor, according to court records.
Wisconsin Ag Connection: Sensenbrenner wants USDA to crack down on SNAP fraud
- A Wisconsin congressman is asking the USDA to take more action to prevent so-called food stamp trafficking.
KTLA 5: USDA pilot program to enable food stamp recipients to use them online
- The USDA has put out a call to action, asking companies to apply for an upcoming pilot program that would enable people to use food stamps for online grocery purchases.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Agri-Pulse: Pork Producers are optimistic on lame duck TPP vote
- Some lawmakers may not be ready to publicly announce their support for the 12-nation trade pact, but they will be ready to cast a “yes” vote once the Nov. 8 election is over, say NPPC leaders who attribute much of the country's pork revenue to export.
Agri-Pulse: House Panel explores the pros and cons of Cuba ag 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.
KTIC: Yeutter Symposium talks international trade
- The importance of world trade was the topic of discussion at the recent Yeutter Symposium on International Trade and Business held at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln’s Innovation Center.
The New Times: Rwanda: Minagri Rolls Out New Strategy to Boost Agriculture
- The Ministry of Agriculture has announced a new 'smart' initiative to increase access to agriculture information and boost agricultural production.
ARS Technica: Making scientists live with farmers makes crop productivity boom
- Embedding scientists with farmers in China dramatically increased crop yields.
AgriMoney: AM markets: South America sowings offer support to corn, soy
- Besides the U.S. harvest, export demand themes also moving prices of late.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Agri-Pulse: Removing regulatory obstacles in agriculture
- In this opinion piece, the author opines that the federal government is making agricultural production extremely difficult for farmers and argues that legislators should address these obstacles from Clean Water Act regulations, the Endangered Species Act, to mandatory disclosure of genetically engineered food.
Sacramento Bee: California's dairy industry knows how to cut its greenhouse gas emissions, but can it afford to?
- Many California dairies are trying to figure out how they can cobble together enough money to buy their own digesters, in order to slash methane emissions set by their Gov. But it’s a multi-million dollar proposition.
Scientific American: World leaders meet to protect oceans
- The foreign secretaries from more than 90 countries recently converged on the State Department for the Obama administration’s third and final summit on the health of the world’s oceans.
Sacramento Bee: An era of limits: California proposes steering more water to fish, less to farms, cities
- California regulators on Thursday proposed a stark set of cutbacks to cities and farms that receive water from the San Joaquin River and its tributaries in order to protect endangered fish at critical parts of their life cycle.
Mountain Xpress: Hendersonville to observe National Imagine a Day Without Water campaign
- The city of Hendersonville, North Carolina joined National Imagine a Day Without Water campaign to raise awareness about vulnerable infrastructure systems.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Los Angeles Times: Anger, passion drive debate over more overtime pay for California farmworkers
- The peak of the labor movement has passed. The agriculture industry has vastly evolved. But in heated discussions at farms and ranches, in homes and labor union offices, old ideas persist, pitting economics against human rights, and the views of employers against those of employees.
Fox News: DHS accused of sitting on damning border report as immigration issue drives presidential race
- Federal lawmakers seeking to pinpoint the number of illegal immigrants who successfully sneak across the southern border ordered a report from the Department of Homeland Security, but the agency refuses to release it.
International Business Times: Mexico wants a border wall to stop immigration from Central America
- Mexico might pay for a wall, but not the one GOP nominee Donald Trump has been asking for on the campaign trail.
The Texas Tribune: Illegal Central American immigration surges again at U.S. border
- For the second time in three years, the U.S. Border Patrol is apprehending more non-Mexicans than Mexicans along the southwest border.
New York Times: Down on the Farm in Downtown Manhattan
- This Saturday, animals will join agricultural professionals and eager children for the Farm Fresh Festival for Kids, dedicated to turning a piece of Lower Manhattan into an area Old MacDonald might be proud to call home.
Irish Times: Runner from Dublin faces marathon task in Bayer-Monsanto merger
- Dubliner Liam Condon is a marathon man, now limbering up for the run of his life: to seal one of the largest corporate takeovers in history.
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