Daily Harvest -- 9/27/2016
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse Daybreak for Sept. 27, 2016
- (Audio) Learn more about why Stabenow is optimistic on child nutrition legislation; prospects for biofuels in the lame duck; Catfish farmers get a break; WRDA; Vilsack at the National Food Rescue Summit and more.
Trump, Clinton spar over trade, regulations
- Donald Trump accused Hillary Clinton of secretly supporting the Trans-Pacific Partnership as he used the opening portion of the first presidential debate to attack her on two key issues to agriculture, trade and regulations.
Agri-Pulse: Connectivity: Key to farmers and the future growth of rural communities
- With a focus on connectivity, this is the third in a seven-part series that Agri-Pulse will publish to give readers perspective on the history and status of the many parts of America's infrastructure and improvements needed to help farmers and ranchers remain competitive and prosperous.
Agri-Pulse: Stabenow farm bill push starts with Urban Agriculture Act
- Sen. Debbie Stabenow, the top Democrat on the Senate Agriculture Committee, rolled out legislation on Monday that would increase assistance for urban farmers.
Washington Post: Tom Vilsack’s lonely fight for a ‘forgotten’ rural America
- An Oval Office conversation changed the trajectory of Vilsack’s career and affect him personally in ways that he could not have predicted when President Obama asked him to oversee the administration’s response to the opioid crisis that was ravaging rural America.
LE Center.com: Corporate agriculture: Growing concerns resurface in farm country
- Concerned about industry consolidation, a group of six state legislators are asking Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton and Attorney General Lori Swanson to consider antitrust action to slow the merger between Bayer and Monsanto.
OilPrice.com: The Presidential Debate: clashing on energy
- A review of each candidate’s energy positions.
Fortune: How Donald Trump's energy policies are all about removing regulations
- Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump says if he gets elected he’ll eliminate all “unnecessary” regulations in the energy industry and place a temporary moratorium on all new regulations that aren’t compelled by Congress or public safety.
Electric Light & Power: California investigates unusual clean energy source: traffic
- The California Energy Commission is investing $2 million to study whether piezoelectric crystals can be used to produce electricity from the mechanical energy created by vehicles driving on roads.
Farm & Dairy: Will it work to pay farmers to sequester carbon?
- The USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service recently awarded the National Corn Growers Association and its Soil Health Partnership a $1 million Conservation Innovation Grant to help farmers better understand and adopt farming practices that help reduce climate change impacts.
Reuters: From prairie to the White House: Inside a Tribe's quest to stop a pipeline
- While the government's reversal in September caught most by surprise, a March 29 letter from the Department of the Interior to the Army Corps reviewed by Reuters shows that disagreements within the administration had been percolating for months.
Wlbz2.com: Exeter Dairy Farm sees powerful future in food waste, cow manure
- Maine has lost roughly 20 percent of its dairy farms since 2010, but one farm in Exeter has found a way to solidify its future, by investing in technology that's allowed the farm to turn its cows into not only milk producers, but power producers too.
FOOD & NUTRITION
USA Today: Farmed fish could solve pending population crisis, food experts say
- Farmed fish has gotten a bad rap, but it’s the only way the world is going to feed the additional 2.4 billion people expected to be added to the Earth’s population in the next 34 years, experts told a sustainable food conference.
Reuters: Investors urge food companies to shift from meat to plants
- A group of 40 investors managing $1.25 trillion in assets have launched a campaign to encourage 16 global food companies to change the way they source protein for their products to help to reduce environmental and health risks.
Food ingredients 1st: Key Interview: Kerry's research advances in taste & nutrition
- Established in 2015, the Kerry Health and Nutrition Institute looks at consumer trends and how to reformulate food products to meet future needs.
The Huffington Post: Here’s how food safety experts test factories for Listeria
- After Kellogg recalled 10,000 cases of Eggos - even though no one was sickened – here’s a closer look at the ways that bacteria such as Listeria can get into food products.
Fortune: Chef Rick Bayless Sells Frontera Foods to ConAgra
- In the latest deal for a food startup by a Big Food manufacturer, ConAgra said it acquired the packaged foods business of Frontera Foods, a deal that includes the Frontera, Red Fork and Salpica brands.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Agri-Pulse: OIE working on new welfare standards
- (Audio) The World Organisation for Animal Health is working on an update to its animal welfare standards, and the National Pork Board is paying attention to language specific to swine production.
NPR: Philippine President says he'll open trade alliances with China, Russia
- Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said Monday that he's interested in offering trade alliances and long-term land leases to China and Russia, “crossing the Rubicon” with the US.
Food Safety News: Ontario court could shut down raw milk distribution, promotion
- The outcome of a two-day hearing in an Ontario, Canada, court of justice may send Canadian raw milk drinkers down a more political road after years of fighting court battles.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Reuters: Three Mississippi River locks may close due to flood: Army Corps
- Excessive rains last week in northern Iowa, southern Minnesota and western Wisconsin have swamped farmland in the northern Midwest and raised concerns about damage to corn and soybean crops ahead of the autumn harvest.
The Chippewa Herald: Bloomer farm helps celebrate a million acres of USDA's conservation program
- The USDA is celebrating a million acres of farms enrolled in its conservation stewardship program with a visit to DD Farms, Inc. in Wisconsin.
The Washington Post: Trump’s transition team has tapped a longtime climate skeptic to set environmental policy
- Trump’s transition team for the Environmental Protection Agency includes a person who has raised doubts about the mainstream scientific consensus that climate change is happening and is caused largely by humans.
Napa Valley Register: Napa wrestles with definition of agriculture
- Napa County is updating its county code, but some view as an exercise that could unintentionally blow holes in agricultural protection.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
The Daily Caller: The First Debate Had ZERO Questions About Immigration
- Despite the first debate lasting 90 minutes and covering almost every aspect of policy, from trade to gun violence to NATO, moderator Lester Holt never asked a single question on immigration to either Trump or Clinton.
Reuters: Ahead of debate, Trump endorsed by U.S. immigration officers
- With immigration likely to be discussed at the debate, the National Immigration and Customs Enforcement Council, a union representing 5,000 federal immigration officers and law enforcement support staff, announced it would support Trump.
Business Insider: Here's where Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump stand on immigration
- The policy gap between presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton is unprecedented, particularly when it comes to one of the most controversial issues in this election cycle — US immigration reform.
Vogue: How the Farm-to-Table revolution is taking root in fashion
- Ryhanen and Famisan are part of an expanding coterie of urbanites turned farmers—called yappies, or young agricultural professionals.
NPR: They dreamed of Sheep (farming): Peek inside an Alabama dairy
- Greg Kelly had wanted a different career so he and wife Ana researched different occupations that could provide an income and a lifestyle better suited to family living.
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