Daily Harvest -- 9/26/2016
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Daybreak for Sept. 26, 2016
- (Audio) Tonight’s the night: Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump square off in the first of their three scheduled debates (follow us on Twitter during the event). Other items focus on TPP, urban agriculture, WRDA, food costs, NASDA and farm bill.
Agri-Pulse: Open Mic with Sterling Liddell, Senior Vice President for Rabo AgriFinance
- Liddell offers evidence of financial stress he sees growing on crop farms and highlights factors indicating a significant paradigm shift he believes farmers will have to traverse to survive the economic downturn. Liddell believes the Conservation Reserve Program needs to be revised to help manage crop acres and reduce land costs on marginal acres.
Agri-Pulse: Washington Week Ahead: Shutdown looms as lawmakers eye exit
- Lawmakers are eager to get home to campaign but first have to take care of some critical unfinished business this week, starting with a stopgap spending bill to keep the government running after the new fiscal year starts on Saturday.
Agri-Pulse: Cattle on feed slightly higher
- (Audio) There's slightly more cattle on feed in the United States than a year ago, and that slight uptick has made its way to consumers. Here’s the outlook from USDA economists.
Agri-Pulse: Washington Week in Review
- (video) Efforts to avoid a government shutdown at the end of next week are ongoing, but not wrapped up just yet.
New York Times: Why Industrial Farms Are Good for the Environment
- In this opinion piece, Economist Jayson Lusk argues that large farmers are among the most progressive, technologically savvy growers on the planet.
Agri-Pulse: NASDA renews cooperative pact with FDA on Produce Safety Rule
- NASDA says the “expanded scope” of the cooperative agreement will let its members provide leadership and support for the On-Farm Readiness Review Project.
Fortune: Amazon Building Huge New Wind Farm in Texas
- Amazon joins Apple, Google and others in building out wind generation capacity.
Motley Fool: Airlines Are Cozying Up to Biofuels, but Don't Expect Ethanol to Propel Flights Anytime Soon
- More airlines have announced progress in using renewable fuels, but investors may want to remain cautious in the near term for several often-overlooked reasons.
The Telegraph: Wind energy brings offshore living to a new generation
- With bigger wind farms being built further offshore, ferrying maintenance crews to and fro every day no longer makes sense. Developers such as Vattenfall are turning to offshore accommodation to cut their costs.
Fortune: Here's Where the World's Largest Solar Panel Farm Is Under Construction
- California’s solar panel farms pale in comparison to a new solar farm being built in China.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Agri-Pulse: Study shows millennials are big organic consumers
- Millennials, perhaps the most important generation in terms of retail sales, are big consumers of organic food and other products, according to a new study.
BBC: Poor food 'risks health of half the world
- The report says under-nourishment is stunting the growth of nearly a quarter of children under five and by 2030 a third of the population could be overweight or obese.
Business Insider: The fast-food industry is suddenly embracing an unlikely new ingredient
- Vegetables are exploding on the menus of fast-food and fast-casual chains, from greasy omnivore favorites like Taco Bell to new vegan concepts like By Chloe.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Agri-Pulse: China hits US DDGS with anti-dumping duties
- China's Ministry of Commerce will impose anti-dumping duties on U.S. dried distillers' grains (DDGS) effective immediately, the ministry said on Friday.
Agri-Pulse: Point/Counterpoint - Trade Myths and Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Strategy (Opinion)
- Mark Edelman, professor of Economics at Iowa State University and Barry Flinchbaugh an emeritus professor of Agricultural Economics at Kansas State University, “set the record straight” on trade and the TPP.
The Guardian: 'Crazy milk of the desert' transforming the lives of Senegal's dairy farmers
- A Senegal dairy company has started collecting fresh milk from local herders, helping to end a reliance on imported milk powder and boosting local incomes.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Agri-Pulse: Court rules OSHA must go through rulemaking on PSM change
- The Occupational Safety and Health Administration acted illegally when it imposed new safety requirements on fertilizer dealers without giving them a chance to comment, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled.
Sacramento Bee: Farmers say, ‘No apologies,’ as well drilling hits record levels in San Joaquin Valley
- Two years after California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill designed to limit groundwater pumping, new wells are going in faster than ever in the San Joaquin Valley farm belt as farmers struggle to survive.
Chicago Tribune: Here's the problem with sustainable beef (and pork)
- Restaurants, grocers and other food service companies have shifted toward chickens and turkeys that are raised sustainably, but the writer says there has been comparatively little progress made with beef or pork.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Forbes: China Grades Localities on Food Safety
- China’s State Council recently issued new regulations that call for the central government to grade the performance of different provinces, municipalities, and other local areas on their handling of food safety policy and incidents.
Christian Science Monitor: How immigration helps the US economy: Report
- Contrary to popular belief, immigration has benefited the US economy and had little effect on the overall wage gap and job market, according to a report.
MLive.com: Dairy farmers plead not guilty to hiring, harboring undocumented immigrants
- A husband and wife indicted on charges of hiring and harboring undocumented immigrants to work on their dairy farms in Michigan have pleaded not guilty, marking the second time a farmer in Huron County has been in hot water on charges of employing undocumented immigrants.
Herald-Tribune: Agriculture jobs nearly 14% of state's employment
- A new report indicates the number of people working full- or part-time in Florida's agriculture, natural resources and food industries sector has risen 29 percent since 2001.
Digital Trends: Opposed to GMOs? Are Monsanto’s new CRISPR crops any better?
- Monsanto, the agricultural biotech company whose creation of genetically engineered and modified crops has long made it a magnet for controversy, has now licensed the use of CRISPR-Cas genome-editing technology.
Boston Herald: Voters to weigh restrictive costs of farm animals
- The proposal — Question 3 on the ballot — is aimed at improving the living conditions of farm animals, not just in Massachusetts but at any farm that wants to sell eggs and meat in the state – but opponents argue that it will drive up costs.
Fresno Bee: Agriculture boosts Tulare County economy, but farmers express doubts
- Rep. Devin Nunes said the county’s GDP would have been even higher, but irrigation water shortages are limiting production.
KCRA.com: Record 75K eat up at Sacramento Farm-to-Fork festival, officials say
- The 4th annual Farm-to-Fork Festival attracted a larger number of out-of-town guests making the event a vacation -- and Sacramento a tourist destination.
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