Daily Harvest -- 9/19/2016
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse Daybreak for Sept. 19, 2016
- Obama Administration pushes for TPP; Capitol Hill hearing to look at consolidation; FMD vaccine bank likely part of NPPC farm bill push.
Agri-Pulse: Washington Week Ahead: Senate looks to move nutrition bill, probe ag mergers
- Senators look to pass a long-stalled child nutrition bill as soon as this week and also will grill top executives of seed and chemical units about the impact of a series of planned mergers on the farm economy.
Agri-Pulse: Washington Week in Review
- (Video) The announcement of another merger in the ag input sector had Capitol Hill buzzing this week. Agri-Pulse's Phil Brasher and Spencer Chase have more on that and some behind-the-scenes action on the Trans-Pacific Partnership and avoiding a government shutdown.
Agri-Pulse: NCBA seeks to intervene in OCM lawsuit
- The National Cattlemen's Beef Association is looking to have a say in a lawsuit seeking to force disclosure of records that USDA gathered in an audit of the beef checkoff program.
Agri-Pulse: John Weber, President National Pork Producers Council
- Weber, an Iowa pork producer, explains how market access to the participating countries of the Trans-Pacific Partnership is critical to the profitability of the nation's hog farmers.
Agri-Pulse: John Block talks debt
- "Business, farmers, families cannot borrow their way into proaperity -- and neither can the government."
Grand Forks Herald: Our Opinion: Why Dakota Access Pipeline isn't Keystone 2
- In our view, the administration will be reluctant to poison relations with industry by permanently blocking the pipeline. That's smart, considering that the pipeline company already has spent more than a billion dollars after taking the government at its word.
Grand Forks Herald: GOP gubernatorial candidate discusses position on DAPL, other issues
- If the federal government is going to change the rules after the game has been played—you win the game, and then they say, no you didn't—then how do you decide on capital deployment?
Natural Gas Intelligence: New Sage Grouse Study May Add to Political Debate
- New findings in a scientific journal could spark new concerns about oil/gas and mining development in the 11 western states where sage grouse habitat exists.
FOOD & NUTRITION
National Public Radio: The Food Industry's Influence In Nutrition Research
- NPR's Scott Simon talks to Dr. Michael Jacobson of the Center for Science in the Public Interest about the state of industry-sponsored research and how it might influence medical and policy advice.
WCVB: Activists pushing Massachusetts ban on eggs from some farm animals
- The single biggest source of funding for Citizens for Farm Animal Protection - the group pushing the ballot question - has come from the Maryland-based Humane Society of The United States, which has contributed about $1.5 million in direct and in-kind contributions.
NBC Montana: Whitefish family opens one of the biggest hop farms in Montana
- Hop farming is viewed more as a lifestyle than a job here in the valley. It has been a very popular learning experience for this home grown family business.
Myrtle Beach Online: Organic farming is labor of love for Georgetown County residents
- Carol and Ben Williams have been spreading the green gospel from their Georgetown County farm, one item at a time. Alvilda Meyers worked to get the organic certification for her blueberry farm.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Agri-Pulse: Looking at Trump's bilateral approach
- (Audio) Republican nominee Donald Trump has been critical of the Obama administration's trade policies, hoping to sell voters on his own approach.
The Telegraph: Chinese farmers take over former white-owned farms in Zimbabwe to cash in on tobacco
- Farms that were badly managed for nearly 20 years, after Robert Mugabe’s mass seizure of white-owned land, are now being worked again in the hope of reaping a potentially huge reward as long as he can protect them.
Reuters: China to invest $450 billion modernizing agriculture by 2020
- On Sunday, the Agricultural Development Bank of China, one of the country's main policy lenders, agreed to loan at least 3 trillion yuan ($450 billion) by 2020 for the modernization of China's agriculture industry, state media said.
New Zealand Herald: NZ dairy firms seek WTO action over Canada
- The Dairy Companies Association of New Zealand (DCANZ) - which represents all the main dairy companies in New Zealand - said it had asked the World Trade Organization (WTO) to initiate proceedings against Canada if it continues with a planned extension to its dairy trade protections.
Reuters: EU approves Syngenta GM maize strains
- The European Commission said on Friday it had authorized 11 varieties of genetically modified maize produced by Syngenta Crop Protection for use as food or feed.
BNA: Lawmakers Press GAO to Examine Foreign Acquisitions Panel
- Lawmakers called on the Government Accountability Office to examine a multi-agency board that reviews national security implications of deals involving foreign companies, as congressional reactions to Bayer AG's proposed acquisition of Monsanto Co. continued into its second day.
Reuters: Egypt sets up committee to resolve agricultural trade standoff with Russia
- Egypt's agriculture ministry has formed a high-level committee to try and resolve a trade standoff with Russia over agricultural commodities, the ministry said on Sunday.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Agri-Pulse: EPA data review finds no cancer link for glyphosate
- Data reviewed by the Environmental Protection Agency on the safety of glyphosate fail to prove or even suggest the herbicide causes cancer in humans, according to an agency paper posted online in advance of a meeting of EPA scientific advisers next month.
Quad City Times: Editorial: Iowa Farm Bureau can't duck water crisis
- The farm bureau last week took initial steps toward accepting reality. It no longer directly opposes new state funding for water quality, a problem in Iowa most frequently pinned on farmers. The state's most influential agricultural organization hasn't, however, endorsed any way to raise the millions needed to actually fund water scrubbing projects.
Des Moines Register: Drifting pesticides put neighboring farms at risk
- Iowa’s organic farms, vineyards, apiaries and other non-conventional farms surrounded by row crops treated with pesticides are at risk of being hit with drifting spray that can hurt their farms.
Bonners Ferry Herald: Judge rules for enviros on lynx critical habitat
- U.S. District Judge Dana Christensen affirmed the advocates’ contention that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service failed to fully analyze potential habitat for the wildcat, currently designated as threatened, in its native range of Idaho, Montana and Colorado.
Capital Press: Doug Warnock: Finding ways to enhance water quality
- Farmers and ranchers across the United States are under increasing pressure to limit nutrients from their land moving into streams, waterways and groundwater systems. Agricultural producers don’t want to lower water quality, but want to find ways to eliminate any pollution, while maintaining or enhancing their economic viability.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
PBS: When labor laws left farm workers behind — and vulnerable to abuse
- “The entire agricultural industry’s greatest subsidy is the lack of protection for agricultural workers,” said Margaret Gray, who interviewed 160 farm workers in New York’s Hudson Valley for her book, “Labor and the Locavore: The Making of a Comprehensive Food Ethic.”
Iowa Farmer Today: Machinery Matters: Autonomous tractors fill farm labor, efficiency needs
- For Case IH, the concept vehicle is a cabless row-crop tractor that can operate autonomously with a wide range of field implements.
The Hill: We need a legal, stable agriculture workforce: how do we get there?
- AGree is bringing together experts who represent both employer and worker perspectives. On Sept. 19, during a panel discussion hosted in Washington, D.C., they will share their visions on what the future could look like for foreign-born labor in U.S. agriculture.
Agri-Pulse: Syngenta to pay $1.2 M for selling misbranded pesticides
- Syngenta Crop Protection has agreed to pay $1.2 million to resolve alleged violations of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act, the Environmental Protection Agency said today.
Washington Post: Farm Aid weaves blues-country-rock tapestry at Jiffy Lube
- The concert was born of the farm crisis that accelerated during the Reagan years; weeks after the first Farm Aid, Neil Young took out a full-page ad in USA Today that asked the president, “Will the family farm in America die as a result of your administration?”
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