Daily Harvest -- 9/28/2016
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse Daybreak for Sept. 28, 2016
- (Audio) In today’s audio, TPP supporters are pushing the White House to address concerns; Vilsack encourages businesses to counter protectionism; child nutrition stuck; government shutdown looms; biodiesel gets a boost; farm credit and food waste efforts discussed.
Agri-Pulse: Vilsack sees potential for Dem gains in rural America
- (Audio) One of agriculture's top Democrats says he'd like to see his party do more to court the backing of more voters in rural America.
Agri-Pulse: Opinion: Shifting the funding mix: Protecting, improving and growing rural water Systems
- We all know that access to clean water is critical for personal health. What is not as immediately apparent is how essential access to a consistent supply of water is to the economic vitality of our rural communities.
Reuters: U.S. farmer lawsuits over Syngenta GMO corn granted class status
- A U.S. district court judge in Kansas this week said lawsuits brought by U.S. farmers against seed company Syngenta AG over sales of biotech corn seeds not approved for import by China can proceed as a class action, according to a court filing.
Albuquerque Journal: 8 ways we can change policy and make farming smarter
- From the way subsidies are allocated to the way foods are labeled, food policy has room for improvement.
Agri-Pulse: D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals hears arguments on Clean Power Plan
- (Subscriber only) The Clean Power Plan finally got its day in court Tuesday, and you needed a scorecard to tell who the players were. Ten judges at the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments from more than a dozen lawyers, who were variously representing 46 states both for and against the plan.
Ethanol Producer: Ethanol industry says ethanol can help meet CAFE, GHG standards
- Ethanol industry leaders have weighed in on a draft technical assessment report for the midterm assessment on greenhouse gas emissions and CAFE standards for model year 2022-2025 light-duty vehicles, focusing on the benefits of high-octane midlevel blends.
Cleveland.com: Kasich vows to veto any legislation extending renewable energy freeze
- Gov. John Kasich has again threatened to veto any legislation that would kill the state's laws requiring electric companies to help customers use less electricity and to sell more power generated by wind, solar and other renewable technologies.
CBC: Ontario cancels plans for more green energy citing strong electricity supply
- Ontario's government took steps Tuesday to take some pressure off of rising electricity rates, cancelling plans to sign contracts for up to 1,000 megawatts of power from solar, wind and other renewable energy sources.
Fortune: China to Build Solar Mirror Farm Using Oakland Company's Technology
- China is turning to alternative solar technologies to fill its insatiable appetite for energy from the sun.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Agri-Pulse: FDA mulls new definition for 'healthy' foods
- The Food and Drug Administration is considering new regulations for foods labeled healthy in light of changing scientific thinking about fats and the types of vitamins and minerals that consumers most need.
TIME: Your Grocery Bill Is Shrinking
- Food prices have fallen for nine consecutive months in the U.S., the longest decline in costs since the end of the financial crisis in 2009.
KamCity: More than four in 10 Britons eating specialized diets, latest Nielsen data shows
- New research from Nielsen highlights the implications for food retailers and manufacturers from the increasing number of Britons avoiding certain ingredients due to health concerns.
Huffington Post: People, Productivity and Potential: Nutrition as a cornerstone of the SDGs
- Nutrition is a cornerstone of The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted last year. Malnutrition undermines our ability to reach all the SDGs.
Wall Street Journal: Uber to Launch Food-Delivery Service in Tokyo
- Uber Technologies Inc. plans to launch its food-delivery business in Japan on Thursday, preparing for a gradual rollout across a country where its main ride-hailing business is barred.
UPI.Com: Food flavors may come from surprising sources
- Just because a label says "maple" cereal doesn't mean it contains any maple syrup. It could be made with maple-like flavoring that might come from maple tree sap or bark. It could even come from an herb commonly used in Indian dishes called fenugreek.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Real Agriculture: Proposed Bill C-246 Could Criminalize Routine Livestock Agriculture Practices
- While the goals of avoiding shark harvesting in Canadian waters and shutting down puppy mills seem in line with the title, the bill, goes much further than that – to potentially, criminalize not just livestock agriculture, but hunting and fishing as well.
CNBC: WTO cuts 2016 world trade growth forecast to 1.7%
- The World trade Organization cut its forecast for global trade growth this year by more than a third on Tuesday, reflecting a slowdown in China and falling levels of imports into the United States.
Japan Times: Agriculture ministry bumps up imported butter to ensure stable supply
- The agriculture ministry has announced that 4,000 more tons of butter than planned will be imported after a series of typhoons in the north and extremely hot summer in the west hurt the health of cows.
Bloomberg: China Wants GMOs. The Chinese People Don't.
- China's Ministry of Agriculture responded to a social media storm, but the Chinese public's hostility toward GMOs won't go away so easily.
ABCNews.com: Puerto Rico Finds Unexpected Source of Growth in Agriculture
- Puerto Ricans are buying rice produced on the island for the first time in nearly 30 years. They are also eating locally grown mushrooms, kale and even arugula, along with more traditional crops such as plantains and pineapples.
UPI.com: North Korea's food shortage grows but elites remain unaffected, Seoul says
- South Korea's unification ministry said Tuesday that North Korea is short 694,000 tons of food for fiscal year 2016.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Des Moines Register: Flooding sucker-punches Iowa harvest
- Iowa's widespread thunderstorms and torrential rains have done more than flood Iowa's cities and towns. They have also slowed much of the state's corn and soybean harvest.
CS Monitor: New US endangered species listing rules: A better path to conservation?
- US Fish and Wildlife officials say the new rule could streamline the process for listing endangered species. But can it find common ground between public land businesses and conservationists?
NPR: How Hybrid Seeds Could Help The Mountain Gorillas Of Congo
- Partners for Seeds in Africa is introducing high-yield "hybrid" seeds for corn, soybean, beans and rice that can increase crop productivity when used with fertilizer.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Seattle Times: Does immigration hurt the economy? A new study says no
- A landmark report released last week says that immigrants have little effect on employment levels or wages while bringing many positives to the economy.
Epoch Times: New Technology Spurs Consolidation in Seed Industry
- CRISPR-Cas can help develop new seeds more quickly for less cost.
Healthy Day News: Farm kids get fewer allergies, international study finds
- Growing up on a farm may help ward off allergies later in life, a new study suggests.
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