Daily Harvest -- 9/23/2016
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse Daybreak for Sept. 23, 2016
- Negotiations over spending bill stall over Flint aid. Also: House to move WRDA next week; companies promise fewer antibiotics for livestock; China to accept U.S. beef; new organic seal may be in the works.
Agri-Pulse: NASDA says states need more say in fed farm policy
- The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) opened its 2016 annual meeting today by calling for the federal government to allow the states to play a greater role in policymaking in the next administration.
Agri-Pulse: Non-Bt protein offers option for fighting corn pest
- A newly discovered non-Bt protein could be a solution for farmers struggling with corn rootworm resistance to existing Bt corn varieties, DuPont Pioneer scientists report.
Agri-Pulse: Senate report adds fuel to WOTUS fight
- (Audio) The fight against EPA's Waters of the U.S. rule had long been quiet thanks to a stay in the court system, but a recent Senate report appears to have awakened repeal efforts.
Agri-Pulse: John Block: Equal Justice
- The environmental lobby is partially funded by the Russians, but no one seems to care.
McClatchy: When it comes to ag money, Clinton’s far up the food chain from Trump
- By a nearly 2-to-1 margin, employees of agribusiness companies have favored Democrat Hillary Clinton over Republican Donald Trump in their campaign contributions, according to federal data compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics.
Court rules OSHA must go through rulemaking on PSM change
Ethanol Producer: Another Big Harvest, More New Rules
- As the Food Safety Modernization Act takes effect, ethanol producers will be required to ramp up their corn and DDGS testing practices—many already have—and document their actions meticulously.
L.A. Times: Donald Trump promises to 'lift the restrictions on American energy' in appeal to fracking industry
- Donald Trump promised to lift environmental regulations, open federal lands to oil and gas production and ease permitting for oil pipelines during a speech at a fracking conference in Pittsburgh on Thursday in which he accused Hillary Clinton of wanting to kill the energy industry.
ABC30.com: Dairy farm in North Valley one step closer to becoming net-zero energy farm
- The Joseph Gallo Dairy Farm in Atwater unveiled how they're reducing their carbon footprint and becoming more sustainable.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Agri-Pulse: Study shows millennials are big organic consumers
- It turns out that millennials, perhaps the most important generation in terms of retail sales, are big consumers of organic food and other products, according to new study results announced today by the Organic Trade Association.
Detroit Metro Times: GMO-friendly U.S. Sen. Stabenow to appear at Detroit farm
- Politicians, luminaries, and urban gardeners will gather at D-Town Farm next week, where Mayor Mike Duggan and Sen. Debbie Stabenow will likely pose for photos with a bunch of urban agriculture advocates.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Agri-Pulse: China ends 13-year ban on U.S. beef
- The move clears the way for negotiations between the two countries over the specific conditions under which trade can resume.
St. Louis Post Dispatch: Bayer faces backlash in Germany as lawmakers condemn Monsanto deal
- The debate in the lower house of parliament, called by the opposition Green Party, laid bare the depth of resistance to Bayer’s buying a U.S. company that many Germans view as a champion of genetically modified crops.
The Indian Express: Maharashtra mulls new policy to push agriculture sector in state
- To rejuvenate the sagging agriculture in the state, Maharashtra government has decided to bring in a new policy that will focus on promoting indigenous seeds instead of genetically-modified ones and also farm-allied businesses.
Reuters: Canada, China to start free trade talks, explore extradition treaty
- Canada and China said on Thursday they will launch exploratory talks on a free trade agreement and explore a possible extradition treaty for Chinese fugitives from Canada, even as they announced agreements on beef and canola exports to China.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Agri-Pulse: House Ag Chesapeake Bay hearing deals with Pennsylvania enforcement issues
- Conservation efforts in the Chesapeake Bay watershed are showing dividends, but some areas are still struggling to meet prescribed goals.
Denver Post: Jewell, Hickenlooper nurture “epic collaboration” in $760M western push to save endangered sage grouse
- The federal government and non-profit partners plan to spend another $360 million to spur states, landowners and developers to save the imperiled greater sage grouse across a Texas-sized area of sagebrush steppe spanning 11 Western states.
AP: Wildfire rehab in Idaho, Oregon includes fall herbicide
- The federal government's 5-year, $67 million rehabilitation effort following a 2015 rangeland wildfire in southwest Idaho and southeast Oregon is entering its second year with another round of herbicide applications combined with plantings of native species.
AP: Interior Department touts efforts to protect sage grouse
- A broad effort to save the greater sage grouse across the West without resorting to the Endangered Species Act is making progress, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said Wednesday.
Elko Daily Free Press: Commentary: Nevada attorney general hits the road to listen to constituents
- The attorney general’s office is the lead plaintiff in a federal lawsuit against the Interior Department and its Bureau of Land Management over land use restrictions being imposed on agriculture, mining, oil and gas and recreation in the name of protecting greater sage grouse habitat.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Wall Street Journal: Immigration Does More Good Than Harm to Economy, Study Finds
- Waves of immigrants coming into the U.S. in recent decades have helped the economy over the long haul and had little lasting impact on the wages or employment levels of native-born Americans, according to one of the most comprehensive studies yet on the topic.
The Packer: Psyllid training for labor set for Imperial County
- Training for farm labor contractors and crew bosses who want to show field workers how to help stop the spread of the Asian citrus is becoming available through California Citrus Mutual and the Citrus Pest & Disease Prevention Program.
The Packer: Strawberry grower fined for labor violations
- Watsonville, Calif.-based Fernandez Farms and its owner, Gonzalo Fernandez, were fined $2.4 million by Richard Clark, a judge in the San Francisco office of the U.S. Department of Labor, according to a news release.
Palm Beach Post: Farmworker groups ask EPA to ban Dursban, Lorsban
- A nationwide coalition of farmworker and community health groups, including the Farmworker Association of Florida, Thursday petitioned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to immediately ban the pesticide chlorpyrifos, sold under the brand names Dursban and Lorsban, because it harms workers and their families.
Des Moines Register: Urbandale to teen's bees: Buzz off
- City officials say Clare Heinrich's honeybees are livestock and violate city code.
Lincoln Journal-Star: Farm workload prepared Stuhr for busy Friday nights
- Austin Stuhr is accustomed to a heavy workload. On his father's farm, he hauls grain, mows the yard, helps with irrigation and pivots, and lays pipe. Still, his Friday night performances on the football field this fall take a toll even greater than the toughest task on the farm.
Beef Magazine: More profit from fewer cows? Here's the secret
- A real-ranch experiment in Texas is showing higher profit potential from better grazing management and reduced wintering costs, even with 40% fewer cows.
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