Daily Harvest -- 9/28/2015
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Open Mic with Wade Cowan, President American Soybean Assn.
- (Audio) In this interview you’ll hear a farmer’s perspective on global trading relationships, the threat of a government shutdown and biotech labeling legislation. Cowan is intently interested in the ongoing Trans Pacific Partnership talks this week in Atlanta and shares his view on a successful conclusion to the negotiations.
Agri-Pulse: Washington Week Ahead: GOP looks to keep government open amid House turmoil
- Despite the turmoil in the House GOP caucus, Republican congressional leaders are ready to pass a stopgap funding bill this week to avoid a government shutdown when the fiscal year ends Wednesday.
Agri-Pulse: Washington Week in Review: September 25, 2015: Boehner, Xi, and Francis
- (Video) The news of a visit from Pope Francis was quickly surpassed Friday morning when House Speaker John Boehner announced his resignation to his GOP colleagues. Agri-Pulse's Phil Brasher and Spencer Chase have more on that and what it means for a looming potential government shutdown.
Agri-Pulse: 'All bets off' for policy agenda as embattled Boehner quits
- House Speaker John Boehner abruptly relinquished his leadership amid a growing rebellion in his caucus, throwing into doubt the prospects for getting a agreement on highway funding and on policy issues critical to agriculture.
Agri-Pulse: Comment sought on plan to bolster oversight of GE wheat field trials
- USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is inviting public comment on a proposed plan to strengthen oversight of field trials for genetically engineered wheat, following two recent detections of GE wheat where the plants should not have been growing.
Agri-Pulse: White House project consolidates federal programs to fight rural poverty
- The Obama administration has chosen 10 rural communities for a demonstration project where a handful of federal agencies, including USDA, will team up and try out new strategies for bringing families out of poverty.
Washington Times: North Dakota getting more ethanol blender pumps
- Since 2007, Petro Serve USA has installed 80 ethanol blender pumps at its 24 North Dakota locations - some with the help of grants, others purchased outright.
Biodiesel Magazine: CARB affirms biodiesel as lowest-carbon fuel in revised LCFS
- The California Air Resources Board finalized the state’s revised low carbon fuels standard (LCFS) Sept. 25. The new standard affirms that biodiesel reduces greenhouse gas emissions by at least 50 percent and often by as much as 81 percent vs. petroleum.
Lansing State Journal: Michigan debates energy deregulation
- Some of Michigan’s biggest companies and school districts are fighting bills that would alter rules that govern competition in a partially deregulated electricity market.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Forbes: Food Insecurity Hits Almost 25 Million American Adults
- (Opinion) Just under 25 million American adults have experienced food insecurity at some point during the past three months according to an analysis of national surveys conducted by Zogby Analytics.
Cecil Whig: Unlike 2013, food aid would stop with another government shutdown
- About 780,000 low-income Maryland residents would be cut off from food assistance in early October if the federal government shuts down.
The Guardian: Is the five-second food rule really true?
- One food science expert says the five-second rule is simply not true because, if food hits a virulent brand of E coli, even the small number of bacteria it attracts immediately will make you sick.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Agri-Pulse: China commits to 'further improve' biotech approval process
- China has agreed to improve an agricultural biotechnology approval process that U.S. industry officials say has left a number of new products in limbo.
Agri-Pulse: Chinese visit had agricultural agenda
- (Audio) While not as high profile as the Pope Francis’ visit to Washington, D.C., last week, the recent Chinese visit had an agricultural agenda.
Agri-Pulse: Trump threatens trade wars with Mexico, China
- Republican frontrunner Donald Trump is threatening to tear up the North American Free Trade Agreement to force companies to move jobs from Mexico to the United States.
New Zealand Herald: New signs of TPP dairy movement
- News media in the US and Canada are reporting signs of a deal coming together on access for dairy products into North America as trade ministers gather in Atlanta, Georgia, for the latest round of talks attempting to conclude the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade and investment pact.
Toronto Star: Ottawa denies it will open dairy market to U.S. farmers
- The Canadian government is dismissing reports that major concessions could be included in a trans-Pacific Partnership deal.
E&E News: Lawmakers seek to ease exports of GMO alfalfa to China
- More than a dozen House lawmakers are urging U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman to ask China to ease up on restricting imports of genetically modified alfalfa into the country.
BBC News: Africa's farmers 'need urgent climate-proof investment'
- A lack of investment will derail efforts to ensure Africa's farmers can feed future generations in the face of climate change, a report has warned.
Huffington Post: U.N. Approves Global Goals To End Poverty In 15 Years
- World leaders on Friday unanimously approved an ambitious and costly 15-year blueprint to eradicate extreme poverty, combat climate change and address more than a dozen other major global issues.
Wall Street Journal: Brazil’s Sugar Cane: An Emerging Debacle
- Virgolino de Oliveira SA is trodding what has become a well-worn path for emerging- market companies that built up capacity to meet China’s demand for commodities only to watch it crumble.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
The Montana Standard: Outdoors advocates fear federal land conservation program will die this week
- Despite strong Montana and national support, the 50-year-old federal Land and Water Conservation Fund looks likely to die on Wednesday.
Casper Star Tribune: Sage grouse conservation moves forward after feds decided not to list the bird
- Wyoming’s sage grouse strategy may have satisfied federal regulators this week, but conservation groups say the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s decision doesn’t prove grouse are in recovery.
ABC News: Fishermen Worry as Black Sea Bass Stake New England Claim
- As waters warm off the coast of New England, black sea bass are moving north and, fishermen say, threatening the region's most valuable aquatic species: the lobster.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Iowa Farmer Today: Robots take root on smaller dairy farms
- Robots have taken up residence at some small- and medium-sized dairy farms across the country, providing reliable and more efficient labor and helping the businesses remain viable. Plus, farmers say, the milking technology makes for happier, more productive cows.
Detroit News: Crops rot for want of immigration reform
- (Opinion) Some Michigan farm owners are leaving their crops to rot because they can’t find enough workers to harvest them. That’s a shameful problem linked to bad immigration policy, and could be easily fixed if Congress would stop fighting about immigration and start adopting sensible regulations.
Des Moines Register: Chris Christie reclaims support of Iowa recruitment team
- Struggling White House hopeful Chris Christie will score a major coup this coming week: endorsements from a planeload of Iowa Republicans who pleaded with him to run for president in 2012 but whose interest in his 2016 candidacy had seemed to fade.
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