Daily Harvest -- 9/22/2016
Here's your daily summary of top news from www.Agri-Pulse.com
and other national and regional headlines from across the country.
Do you know of someone who should also be on our list? Please ask them to click here
FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse Daybreak for Sept. 22, 2016
- Child nutrition bill reauthorization moves forward. Also: GMO disclosure progresses at USDA; cage-free debate; who should be next USDA secretary; more.
Agri-Pulse: Vilsack says farm economy basically sound
- The agriculture secretary also promised the Senate Ag Committee that the livestock and poultry industry would be allowed to provide feedback on contract regulations that the Grain Inspection and Packers and Stockyards Administration is expected to issue before President Obama leaves office.
Agri-Pulse: Broad concerns about MPP, dairy policy
- (Audio) The dairy policy in the 2014 farm bill is falling short of producer expectations.
Fuelfix: Firing at Energy Department prompts criticism from Congress
- Texas Congressman Lamar Smith, long a critic of the Obama administration’s treatment of climate change as a scientific priority, wants to know whether the Department of Energy terminated one of its scientists for going “off message” during a congressional briefing two years ago.
Bloomberg: China to Start Trial Trading in Energy Use to Cap Consumption
- The nation will allocate energy-consumption quotas to companies, who will have to pay if they exceed the limit. The payment will be used to help reduce local emissions.
The Guardian: US tests reveal major TV manufacturers may be manipulating energy ratings
- Natural Resources Defence Council claims Samsung, LG and Vizio have designed sets that perform well in testing but disable energy-saving features in real-world conditions, causing energy consumption to soar
Courthouse News Service: Greens Seek to Block Gulf Fracking Waste Proposal
- The Obama Administration has allowed unlimited dumping of hazardous offshore fracking wastewater into the Gulf of Mexico, and a new proposal seeks to continue the practice, an environmental group says.
Des Moines Register: Poet CEO says Trump, Clinton know importance of ethanol
- “We’re confident that both candidates understand the importance of ethanol and biofuels,” he said in an interview. “We have worked very hard to make sure both candidates understand this industry.”
FOOD & NUTRITION
National Law Review: Catfish Controversy Continues: Lawmakers Push To Upend USDA Inspection Program
- The catfish inspection program continues to prove controversial, with some industry stakeholders insisting that USDA jurisdiction over catfish provides a marketplace advantage, while many others contend that it is a waste of regulatory and taxpayer resources.
AP: Blue Bell recalls some ice cream distributed in the South
- Blue Bell Creameries recalled select flavors of ice cream distributed across the South after finding chocolate chip cookie dough from a third-party supplier for use as an ingredient was potentially contaminated with listeria, the Brenham, Texas-based company announced Wednesday.
Food Processing: Which Presidential Candidate Is Better for the Food and Beverage Industry?
- A food industry issue grabbed some headlines for a few days in mid-September when the Trump campaign circulated a fact sheet suggesting the candidate would curb the "food police" at the FDA. But when questioned about it, the campaign office removed the mention from its website, according to Associated Press, and did not respond to requests for more information.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
N.Y. Times: Who Hates Trade Treaties? Surprisingly, Not Voters
- National polls continue to show that Americans either narrowly favor international trade generally, and the so-called T.P.P. specifically, or are split. Younger voters are especially favorable. But Republicans are not, reflecting the influence of the anti-trade nominee Donald J. Trump on his traditionally pro-trade party.
Bloomberg: Bayer-Monsanto Mega Deal Pilloried by Skeptical German Lawmakers
- German lawmakers called on regulators to curb Bayer AG’s $66 billion takeover of U.S. seed giant Monsanto Co. in a skepticism-laced parliamentary session that highlights the backlash to the deal Bayer faces in its home market.
AgWeb: 6,000-plus Corn Farmers Push Congress to Pass TTP Trade Deal
- U.S. corn farmers are taking matters into their own hands when it comes to pushing for passage of the TransPacific Trade Partership (TTP) trade deal.
Reuters: Biden sees 'less than even chance' of U.S. Congress approving TPP deal
- Vice President Joe Biden said on Wednesday that he sees a "less than even chance" that the U.S. Congress approves the 12-country Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact before the next administration takes office in January.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Agri-Pulse: FWS proposes listing bumble bee as endangered
- The rusty patched bumble bee is one step closer to becoming the first bee in the continental United States to be protected under the Endangered Species Act.
Texas Tribune: Q&A with Corps deputy district engineer Brian Kamisato
- Kamisato, deputy district engineer in the Fort Worth District, says Corps reservoirs provide about one-third of the surface water supply to the state of Texas. "As we think about that, we know the state has a growing need for water into the future as the state grows. The state is counting on the water that we’ve impounded in our reservoirs."
Roseville & Granite Bay Press Tribune: Local water agencies team up for American River Basin study
- In a statement released last week, the Bureau of Reclamation said it has launched a new study of the American River basin to gather data to “diversify the region’s water supply portfolio” and increase reliability of the region’s various water supplies, according to a news release from Placer County Water Agency.
Decatur Daily: Three endangered snails impact bridge replacement
- Limestone County, Alabama, officials said Monday state officials have notified them the cost of replacing the Old Highway 20 bridge would cost about $1.6 million, compared to an initial estimate of about $1 million.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
SCPR: A tale of 2 Californias: Hmong farmers flounder, Silicon Beach flourishes
- Chukou Thao, founder of National Hmong American Farmers, talks about the challenges they face.
Time: Immigration Doesn’t Hurt Native Jobs or Wages in the U.S., Report Finds
- Immigration has an overall positive impact on economic growth in the United States and has small-to-no effects on wages and employment for native-born workers, according to a new report.
The Telegraph: 'Half' of Australians agree with Pauline Hanson's proposal to ban Muslim immigration
- Australia's race discrimination commissioner has hit out at anti-immigrant politician Pauline Hanson and pleaded for tolerance, as a new poll shows 49 per cent of the country would support her proposal to ban Muslim immigration Down Under.
Southeast Missourian: A moratorium on immigration
- (Opinion) The portrait painted by the Democrats is one of immigrants fleeing their homeland for the security and freedoms of this great country. But the reality is that far too many of these newcomers have no plans of assimilation and want to bring their culture and their values to the United States. Until we as a nation can assure immigrants are not potential terrorists, a moratorium on immigration seems appropriate.
Washington Post: Bayer AG bulks up lobbyist roster for Monsanto deal
- German drug and chemical giant Bayer AG, which last week announced plans to acquire GMO company Monsanto for $66 billion, has hired big-name lobbyists to advocate for the proposed merger, including the firms of former House Majority Leader Dick Gephardt (D-Mo.) and veteran GOP lobbyist Charlie Black.
Alaska Dispatch News: Alaska tomatoes - yes, tomatoes - shine at the farmers market
- A quick visit to the South Anchorage Farmers Market last weekend provided proof it was a great summer for growing – even those tricky tomatoes.
AgWeek: Lightning strike causes outages for USDA Service Center in Minnesota
- Ron McCarvel, director of the Nobles County Farm Service Agency office, reported Monday that the Nobles County USDA Service Center was struck by lightning Sept. 15.
© Agri-Pulse Communications 2016. All rights reserved.
Subscription questions or "Opt Out" from these Daily Harvest emails ? (573) 873-0800 or email Us: firstname.lastname@example.org