Daily Harvest -- 10/2/2015
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Washington Week in Review: October 2, 2015: Shutdown averted
- (Video) Congress was able to avoid a government shutdown hours before the start of a new fiscal year. Agri-Pulse's Phil Brasher and Spencer Chase talk about how the shutdown was averted and what to expect between now and the December expiration of the continuing resolution.
Agri-Pulse: Court rules against environmental groups in farm data lawsuit
- A U.S. District Court judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought by a coalition of consumer, environmental, and animal rights groups that could have made it easier for those groups to get information on livestock operations and their owners.
Agri-Pulse: John Block on Farm vs. DC
- (Audio) There’s nothing more exciting, exhilarating, rewarding than bringing in the harvest.
WRAL.com: McCrory visits Raleigh rally defending hog farming industry
- North Carolina's hog industry has been getting organized this year to combat what it considers misleading information about its farming operations and to oppose litigation challenging its environmental practices, and it took that fight to the state Capitol on Thursday.
Reuters: Drought Woes in California Town Highlight Thirsty Poultry Industry
- Foster Farm’s sprawling chicken processing complex employs about 3,200 people and is the backbone of Livingston’s economy. It also sucks up roughly two-thirds of the city’s annual water supply, which has made meeting state mandated water-reduction targets virtually impossible, Livingston officials said.
Agri-Pulse: New Pro-RFS group organized
- (Audio) Former U.S. Senator Jim Talent from Missouri has launched Americans for Energy Security and Innovation, a new organization aimed at expanding support for the new RFS.
Wall Street Journal: U.S. Regulators Propose More Monitoring of Oil Pipelines
- Federal regulators are proposing new rules aimed at strengthening maintenance and monitoring of the pipelines that carry crude oil and other fuels around the U.S. following a series of damaging oil spills.
WoodTV: Senator’s energy policy goal: Cost equity
- A new policy outlining how the state deals with the production, cost and regulation of energy is under consideration in Lansing, Michigan.
Houston Chronicle: Solar energy is ready to expand dramatically in Texas
- After generations of being the technology of tomorrow, solar energy is coming of age because of rising photovoltaic efficiency, shrinking production costs, and growing consumer and investor appetite for the technology.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Star Tribune: General Mills and other food producers speak out on climate change
- General Mills has joined nine other food companies in addressing climate before a large United Nations gathering on the issue later this year.
CNN: Slim Jim maker ConAgra to cut 1,500 jobs and move to Chicago
- ConAgra Foods, the maker of Slim Jims, Peter Pan peanut butter, Orville Redenbacher popcorn and Chef Boyardee, is cutting 1,500 jobs and moving its headquarters from Omaha to Chicago.
Orange County Register: Managers of Georgia peanut plant get prison for salmonella outbreak
- Two former managers of a Georgia peanut plant linked to a deadly salmonella outbreak are heading to prison, though for far less time than the ex-boss they helped convict.
Wall Street Journal: Whole Foods Sees Charges of About $15 Million to $22 Million Tied to Job Cuts
- Whole Foods Market Inc. expects to record fourth-quarter pretax charges of about $15 million to $22 million in connection with the job cuts it announced Monday.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Agri-Pulse: Lawmakers press for farm benefits in Pacific trade deal
- Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne expressed concerns that a major free-trade deal might damage the province’s interests as top-level officials from Canada and 11 other Pacific Rim countries worked to negotiate an agreement in Atlanta, Ga.
The Straits Times: TPP trade talks extended to Saturday as ministers vow to reach deal
- Trade ministers from a dozen Pacific nations meeting in Atlanta extended talks on a sweeping trade deal until Saturday (Oct 3) in a bid to get a final agreement on the most ambitious trade pact in a generation.
The Guardian: BSE found in cow on Welsh farm
- A case of BSE – so-called “mad cow disease” – has been found in an animal on a farm in Wales for the first time since 2013. The government in Cardiff described it as isolated and said the animal had not entered the human food chain.
U.S. News & World Report: India vows to cut carbon intensity, boost renewable energy in pledge for Paris climate talks
- As the last major economy to submit a target for a global climate pact, India is pledging to reduce the intensity of its carbon emissions and boost the share of electricity produced from sources other than fossil fuels to 40 percent by 2030.
Reuters: Machinery makers smell opportunity as China's farms think big
- The world's largest makers of tractors and combines are finding a rare opportunity for growth in China despite a sharp slowdown in the world's No. 2 economy, with big farm machines in demand as the rural labor force shrinks and plot sizes grow.
Yahoo News: Italy tells EU it will opt out of growing GMO crops: statement
- Italy has told the European Commission that it will ban growing crops with genetically modified organisms (GMOs) under a rule that allows European Union countries to opt out of GMO cultivation, a government statement said on Thursday.
Reuters: Bulgaria Opts Out of Growing Genetically Modified Crops
- Bulgaria has told the European Union it will ban the cultivation of crops with genetically modified organisms (GMOs) under EU rules that allow member states to opt out of GMO cultivation, the agriculture ministry said in a statement on Thursday.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Agri-Pulse: EPA tightens ozone standard for public health, over ag, manufacturing objections
- The Obama administration released its final rule on ozone levels Thursday, tightening the air quality standard for smog-causing pollution that threatens public health, but also prompting criticism from the agriculture sector and manufacturers.
Nature: California agriculture weathers drought — at a cost
- As of 30 September — the end of the 2015 ‘water year’ — the state’s water supplies are desperately low. The spring snowpack is the paltriest ever measured — by April it contained just 5% of a normal year’s water — and by the end of August the major reservoirs held 59% of their historical average.
Washington Times: Schumer calls on feds to combat algae blooms
- U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer says algae blooms are becoming a big problem in bodies of water around New York state and that the federal government needs to take action.
Washington Post: A cry in the dark but no answer. This is how millions of little bats are dying from a lethal fungus
- More than 7 million bats have perished from white-nose syndrome since it was discovered in an Albany, N.Y. cave nine years ago, and a new research paper provides insight into why.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
National Country Public Radio: What new pesticide rules mean for farms and farm workers
- Advocates for farm workers are praising new tougher federal rules to protect workers from being poisoned by pesticides. It’s the first time the regulations have been updated in more than 20 years.
NPR: Hospitals Struggle To Help Farmworkers Who Speak Triqui Or Mixteco
- One-third of farmworkers in California speak indigenous languages from southern Mexico, including Triqui and Mixteco, and many don't speak Spanish or English. Quality health care and basic informed consent can be nearly impossible without interpreters.
Lomoc Record: Restrictions on younger field workers could affect California
- While recently passed federal regulations are tightening pesticide use on farms across the nation, restrictions on younger field workers could have the biggest impact in California, some officials say.
Agri-Pulse: Cruz makes case against farm subsidies
- Texas Sen. Ted Cruz believes the federal government has a legitimate role in providing crop insurance, but he says the federal government shouldn't be providing major subsidies to large conglomerate operations.
Des Moines Register: Chris Christie announces Iowa leadership team
- The team of volunteers includes several Branstad donors, former Branstad staff members and Branstad's daughter-in-law. Christie, the New Jersey governor and 2016 Republican presidential candidate, helped Branstad raise money for his two most recent elections and has hired multiple former Branstad staffers for his Iowa campaign staff.
Wall Street Journal: Young Grape Picker Gives Sanders a Cash Boost
- Aiden King, 23, cofounded the “Sanders for President” category on Reddit, a group that helped the Vermont senator raise more than $26 million in the third quarter fundraising period from 1.3 million donations.
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