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Daily Harvest -- 10/1/2015
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Agri-Pulse: Evangelical leaders launch animal welfare campaign
Link - A group of evangelical Christian leaders has launched an effort to educate people in the pews on a biblical imperative to take care of animals, including in agriculture.

Agri-Pulse: Congress averts government shutdown, setting up budget talks
Link - With just hours to spare, Congress averted a government shutdown by passing a stopgap spending bill to fund operations to Dec. 11.

Nasdaq: U.S. Corn Prices Drop as Domestic Stockpiles Rise
Link - Corn futures dropped after the USDA pegged U.S. inventories on Sept. 1 at 1.731 billion bushels, up from 1.232 billion a year earlier. The figure largely met the average analyst estimate of 1.735 billion bushels in a Wall Street Journal survey.


Agri-Pulse: Rural co-ops fight to survive Clean Power Plan's carbon limits
Link - EPA's Clean Power Plan, which for the first time would limit power plant carbon emissions, could be a death sentence for more than 100 coal power plants across the country.

Agri-Pulse: California declares biodiesel lowest carbon liquid fuel
Link - (Audio) Biodiesel is the lowest carbon emission transportation fuel on the market, according to a California report.

Reuters: Belgian scientists look for biofuel clues in panda poo
Link - Belgian researchers are examining the excrement of giant pandas to try to understand how they can digest tough bamboo, hoping for clues on how to develop new generations of biofuel.

Washington Post: Shell Nigeria stops Forcados pipeline exports after leak
Link - Shell Nigeria says yet another leak on the Trans Forcados Pipeline is forcing it to stop exports from the terminal that carries one fifth of Nigeria’s exports.

Washington Post: Liquefied gas port, pipeline get environmental OK in Oregon
Link - Federal regulators granted final environmental approval Wednesday for building a pipeline and port facilities for shipping Rocky Mountain natural gas to Asia via the Oregon coast.


Agri-Pulse: Produce trade group rallies behind FSMA changes
Link - United Fresh, a trade group that represents more than 1,200 produce growers, processors, shippers, retailers, and marketers, wrapped up its annual conference in Washington, Wednesday by taking their concerns to Capitol Hill.

New York Times: Is School Lunch Really All That Bad?
Link - The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, which took effect in 2012, is supposed to make sure that school lunches are healthier. Greasy pizza and salty French fries are supposed to be things of the past. But are kids eating what’s being served? Can school lunch both taste good and be healthy?

American Council on Science and Health: 20 Reasons Not To Feed Your Family Organic
Link - (Opinion) Here are the Top 20 Reasons Not to Feed your Family Organic.

Newsweek: Whole Foods to Stop Selling Food Made by Prison Labor
Link - Whole Foods has confirmed that it will no longer sell products made by prison labor, a practice that has drawn sharp scrutiny and protests in recent months.

Washington Post: Food industry CEOs call for ‘sound’ deal on climate change
Link - The CEOs of several major food and beverage companies are calling on world leaders to push for a meaningful agreement at the United Nation’s conference on climate change later this year in Paris.

LA Times: Some farmers markets in 'oversaturated' area finding a tough row to hoe
Link - Orange County has 36 state-certified farmers markets, with three of them currently operating in Huntington Beach.


Agri-Pulse: 'Big bags' used in bulk transport may have carried pig virus to US
Link - The viruses that appeared in the U.S. in the spring of 2013 and killed millions of piglets may have entered the country in so-called Flexible Intermediate Bulk Containers, essentially very big bags used to transport sand for flood control, soybeans and all kinds of bulk material, according to a USDA report.

Reuters: Millions Face Hunger Due to Climate Change,' Super El Nino': Oxfam
Link - At least 10 million poor people face hunger this year and next because of droughts and erratic rains linked to record global temperatures and an expected "super" version of the evolving El Nino weather pattern, aid charity Oxfam has warned.

Reuters: Lack of Local Land Rights Harms Fight Against Poverty, Climate Change-Researchers
Link - Indigenous people and local communities lack legal rights to almost three quarters of their traditional lands, sparking social conflict and undermining international plans to curb poverty, hunger and climate change, researchers said.

The Globe and Mail: Canada, Mexico seek concessions on auto rules at TPP talks
Link - Canada and Mexico are looking for a compromise on auto-sector rules in Pacific Rim trade talks as they try to bridge differences with Japan over a major obstacle to a deal, seeking changes that would boost the proposed pact’s domestic-content requirements for the most sophisticated of car parts.

LA Times: Costa Rican agritourism growing more popular
Link - Deep-sea diving, zip-lining and surfing are well-known draws for tourists in Costa Rica, but another kind of soft-adventure option is gaining traction in this Central American country: rural tourism.


Agri-Pulse: Hearing looks into Corps of Engineers' role in WOTUS release
Link - Republican senators used a congressional hearing Wednesday to press an Army representative for an explanation on why the Corps of Engineers opted to support the Environmental Protection Agency's Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule despite opposition in some internal memos.

New York Times: Toxic Algae Outbreak Overwhelms a Polluted Ohio River
Link - The Ohio River, transformed by mining and industrial waste and sewage overflows into the nation’s most polluted major waterway, has a new and unexpected tormentor this fall: carpets of poisonous algae.

DTN Progressive Farmer: Food Security Challenges: Growers Farm Climate Smart
Link - Alan Madison practices what he preaches. As a district conservationist with the Soil Conservation Service, he aggressively promoted soil conservation to farmers, stressing the value of erosion prevention and nutrient runoff.

LA Times: EPA issues new standards for water discharge from coal-fired plants, coal ash dumps
Link - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday issued the first federal rules reducing toxic water discharges into lakes, rivers and streams from coal-fired power plants and coal ash dumps.

Reuters: U.S. proposes protections for Hawaiian bees threatened with extinction
Link - U.S. wildlife managers on Wednesday proposed protections for seven types of bees once found in abundance in Hawaii that are now threatened with extinction due to factors like habitat loss, wildfires and the invasion of nonnative plants and insects.


Washington Post: Civil rights concerns headline Latino farm, ranch gathering
Link - Leaders of minority farm and ranching groups took aim at the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Wednesday, saying the agency hasn’t done enough to address decades of discrimination and civil rights violations against Latinos and women.

Des Moines Register: Deere, UAW reach tentative labor contract
Link - Deere & Co. and United Auto Workers have reached a tentative labor agreement that would cover 10,000 workers at 12 factories, most of which are in Iowa and Illinois, the company confirmed early Thursday morning.

New York Times: ‘The Changing Face of California Agriculture’
Link - (Opinion) Many Hmong and Mien farmers, or their families, now living in California’s Central Valley, came to the U.S. from Southeast Asia, usually Laos, mostly as political refugees in the ’70s and ’80s.


Washington Post: Cow goes rogue in central NY, eludes capture for months
Link - Police hope a farm device used to feed cattle will help corral a cow that has been on the loose for months in a central New York town.

New York Times: Chick-fil-A Brings Its Sandwich, and Its Values, to New York
Link - The company, privately held and built on a simple breaded chicken breast served on a soft, buttered bun lined with pickle slices, is opening its first full-service store in New York, one of the toughest and most unforgiving restaurant markets in the country.

LA Times: Can drastically reduced nicotine take the 'hook' out of cigarettes?
Link - Finding a way to wean America’s 42.1 million adult smokers from their deadly habit is one of the great challenges in public health. But a new study offers hope that a trick proposed two decades ago — dialing back the nicotine that smokers get from their cigarettes — might help many quit.

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