Daily Harvest -- 9/23/2015
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Cotton Council trade concerns
- (Audio) The House Agriculture Committee recently held a closed-door session with U.S. trade representative Michael Froman.
Agri-Pulse: Bush proposes regulatory reforms, slips in poll
- Jeb Bush laid out a regulatory reform plan that calls for restricting new rules while reviewing and possibly repealing ones that the Obama administration imposed.
New York Times: The Changing Landscape
of the American West
- All of this left him with one question: “What is going to allow people to continue to live in the rural American West and how are we going to preserve or use the wild land we have left?”
Washington Post: Delaware officials eye farmland preservation regulations
- State officials are accepting public comment on proposed changes to rules governing Delaware's farmland preservation program.
LA Times: Westlands Water District agreement a retreat from previous U.S. plan
- Five years ago, a U.S. Interior Department official outlined the terms of potential legislation to resolve a lingering battle over badly drained farmland in the Westlands Water District.
Agri-Pulse: Partisan battle over renewables stalls energy bills in House, Senate
- (Subscriber only) Despite lengthy House Energy Committee staff negotiations in August and September, Committee Chairman Fred Upton, R-Mich., abruptly postponed action on his North American Energy Security and Infrastructure Act.
Agri-Pulse: Hillary Clinton opposes Keystone pipeline
- Hillary Clinton came out against building the Keystone XL pipeline, calling it a "distraction" from addressing climate change.
Daily Nebraskan: One man, a whole lot of energy
- Jie Cheng, a research assistant at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, has created new technology to allow wind turbines to effectively store energy for later use.
Tree Hugger: This HORSE converts food waste into fertilizer and energy
- This portable anaerobic digestion system can accept a wide variety of organic waste materials, ranging from kitchen scraps and yard waste to paper products, and generate both liquid fertilizer and energy in the form of biogas and electricity.
FOOD & NUTRITION
U.S. News & World Report: Government shutdown could cut off food stamps for some Americans who depend on the food aid
- A government shutdown Oct. 1 could immediately suspend or delay food stamp payments to some of the 46 million Americans who receive the food aid, USDA said Tuesday.
Reuters: McDonald's Cage-Free Egg Pledge Pressures Farmers, Squeezes Supply
- This month's pledge by McDonald's Corp to phase out eggs laid by caged hens in its North American restaurants will increase competition for limited supplies of cage-free eggs, and may, at least initially, sting farmers.
New York Times: ConAgra Reports $1.2 Billion Quarterly Loss as Overhaul Continues
- ConAgra Foods, which owns brands like Marie Callender’s, Reddi-wip and Chef Boyardee, reported a steep loss in its first quarter on Tuesday after knocking down the value of its beleaguered private label business.
LA Times: When it comes to controlling weight, not all fruits and vegetables are created equal
- A new study finds that higher consumption of a whole range of fruits and vegetables does help prevent weight gain over time. But satisfying our vegetable requirements with starchy vegetables, alas, will not keep the pounds from adding up.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Washington Post: UN: Global food needs are outstripping donor generosity
- The head of the U.N. food agency said Tuesday the overwhelming humanitarian needs in crises from Syria, Yemen and Iraq to South Sudan and Africa's Sahel region are outstripping the generosity of donors, and it is seeking new sources of money.
The Land Newspaper: Robb hopeful of annual cattle quota
- Federal Trade Minister Andrew Robb is hopeful a deal can be reached with Indonesia to secure an annual quota system to increase trade stability with Indonesia for live cattle exports.
Voice of America News: Caribbean Braces for Worsening Drought as Dry Season Nears
- The most severe drought to hit the Caribbean in recent years is expected to worsen despite rains from tropical storms that have replenished some reservoirs.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Agri-Pulse: Sage grouse will not be listed as endangered species
- Interior Secretary Sally Jewell confirmed Tuesday what many have speculated: The sage grouse will not receive federal protections under the Endangered Species Act.
Agri-Pulse: Savoring success with sage grouse decision
- (Opinion) The Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) decision not to list the Greater Sage-Grouse as an endangered species represents a victory of small steps by many committed to conservation.
Agri-Pulse: Climate change and agriculture: Challenges and opportunities
- (Opinion) Global demand for food is on the rise. Demand is driven by population growth and developing world consumers adding more protein to their diets.
LA Times: Metropolitan Water District aims to build plant to recycle sewage into drinking water
- For more than 80 years, the Metropolitan Water District has paved the way for Southern California's epic growth by securing water from hundreds of miles away.
LA Times: Volkswagen -- just another scandal? Not quite.
- The expanding Volkswagen diesel emissions scandal now includes 11 million vehicles worldwide and threatens to destroy the credibility and value of a giant automaker that was already showing signs of instability.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
San Francisco Chronicle: New nanodegree program helps farmworkers move to tech field
- The AdelanTech Leadership Program is designed to help people in rural areas gain technology skills and leadership training even while they work or attend school full time.
Bakersfield Now: 50 years later: Delano grape strike changed labor history
- This September marks the 50th anniversary of a farm labor strike that spanned the country and reached across oceans. Delano was ground zero.
Wisconsin State Farmer: Danger underestimated in manure pits
- In the wake of a string of deaths, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) sent out a call, asking for assistance in preventing deaths of farm workers in manure pits.
New York Times: Judge Strikes Down New York City’s Ban on Foam Food Containers
- New York City’s ban on plastic-foam food containers has been overturned, rejecting a signature environmental initiative of two mayors and clearing the way for an industry-backed plan to buy and recycle the items.
LA Times: Tomato garden tax break? Backers say it would pay off in better health
- Los Angeles County officials want to give tax breaks to property owners who turn vacant lots into community gardens, a bid to reduce urban blight and give more people access to fresh produce.
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