Daily Harvest -- 10/3/2016
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse Daybreak for October 3, 2016
- (Audio) EU negotiators in New York for another round of T-TIP negotiations; NCGA wants farmers to write EPA in support of atrazine; Farm Bureau works on farm bill options; Ag research group to counter pest and disease outbreaks; Rice group sees some federal aid for farmers in CR.
Agri-Pulse: Open Mic with Senator Tammy Baldwin, D-WI
- Senator Tammy Baldwin D-WI., a member of both the Budget and the Appropriations Committee, talks about federal spending decisions, recent trade challenges with Canada and her thoughts on pending multilateral trade proposals. Plus, she is leading a new effort to get the Office of Management and Budget to help dairy producers.
Agri-Pulse: USDA pegs hog and pig inventory up 2 percent
- (Audio) A Department of Agriculture report shows a slight uptick in U.S. hog and pig numbers.
Agri-Pulse: Opinion: FCC regulation bad for farmers, ranchers and rural Communities
- Technology has reached new heights across the globe, but on a more local level, the tools and resources now available to agriculture communities and production cannot be overlooked.
Agri-Pulse: USDA acts to preserve Grass-Fed standard
- (Subscriber only) USDA's Food Safety Inspection Service has issued guidance to make sure that the "Grass Fed" label on beef means exactly what it says.
Lincoln Journal Star: The milk pipeline is full
- Nebraska dairy farmers can’t find anyone to buy their milk.
The Progressive Farmer: Minnesota Biodiesel Mandate Stands
- Minnesota's biodiesel mandate does not conflict with the federal Renewable Fuel Standard, a federal judge ruled Thursday in a lawsuit filed by petroleum interests and other groups.
KTIC: Minnesota set to Require B20 Blends in 2018
- Minnesota’s biodiesel mandate does not conflict with the federal Renewable Fuel Standard, a federal judge ruled Thursday in a lawsuit filed by petroleum interests and other groups.
The Manila Standard: MetroPac to convert QC waste into power
- Infrastructure conglomerate Metro Pacific Investments Corp. is investing P15 billion to build a waste-to-energy project in Payatas, Quezon City.
FOOD & NUTRITION
NorthJersey.com: Is food addiction real?
- Of course, everyone needs food to survive. But can food, like alcohol or drugs, be truly addictive?
Harvest Public Media: Midwest Farmers Invest In Hops To Supply Local Breweries
- With craft beer booming and local breweries springing up all over the country, Midwest farmers are testing out ways to play a role in the growing market and, in the process, make local beer truly local.
Brink News: Food Waste: When Zero is Not a Number
- A study Oliver Wyman did with the Food Marketing Institute and the Efficient Consumer Response Community Shrinkage and On-shelf Availability Group examined how reducing waste effects on-shelf availability.
Food Safety News: EU promotes new food safety unity as UK prepares for independence
- In the first official reaction involving food safety in Europe since the BREXIT vote has come in the form of a new “Declaration of Commitment” that has member states reaffirming their support for the European Food Safety Authority.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
The Hindu: Agriculture Minister calls for new farming culture
- Stressing the need to evolve a new farming culture, the Agriculture Minister said that it was imperative to inculcate the basics of agriculture to students so that anyone who passes out of Class X would have preliminary knowledge about agriculture.
The Western Australian: Milk deal gives dairy producers brief respite
- A group of South West dairy farmers left stranded by milk processor Brownes have been granted a stay of execution after a mystery buyer agreed to take their supplies for two weeks.
The Telegraph: British farming would struggle without overseas EU labour, agricultural boss warns
- The UK's agricultural and food services industry would struggle to survive without access to seasonal labour from Europe, leading to higher prices and even shortages, the boss of the country's biggest potato company has warned.
Web Urbanist: Urban Food Park: Scandinavia is Growing a “Silicon Valley for Agriculture”
- An expansive master-planned complex to facilitate urban agriculture and private/public collaboration, The Agro Food Park is Denmark’s version of “Silicon Valley” for food research and development.
The Korean Herald: Korean agriculture, livestock sectors transform in line with anti-corruption law
- South Korea’s agricultural and livestock sectors are seeking ways to keep their business afloat amid concerns that the new anti-corruption law that came into force last Wednesday would freeze market demands for their major products.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
The Baltimore Sun: Farmers care about the bay, too
- Farmers care about the bay and the vibrant and diverse ecosystems it supports because they are at their very core stewards of the land.
The Express Tribune: Boosting agriculture output: Experts join hands to combat climate change
- Agricultural and climate experts have decided to join hands to address the adverse effects of climate change on crop cultivation, weather patterns, soil fertility and deteriorating underground water quality.
Farming UK: Leading conservation organizations make the case for fundamental reform of agricultural policy
- The organizations are seeking the creation of an independent Policy Commission - to examine a future policy for the environment, farming and rural development and encourage an inclusive and engaging public debate.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Forbes: 3 Reasons Why Immigrants Are Key To Economic Growth
- Immigrants are essential to economic growth in America. That is the conclusion of a recent report on The Economic and Fiscal Consequences of Immigration released by the National Academy of Sciences.
PBS NewsHour: Farmers markets are everywhere. But do laborers see benefits?
- The U.S. government recognizes that farm workers continue to be among the most disadvantaged, but some researchers and farmers say that small farms are not necessarily earning the wholesome reputation that they assume.
Centre Daily News: Agriculture fields ripe with job opportunities for college graduates
- According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, employment opportunities for graduates in agriculture and related industries are expected to outpace the number of applicants over the next five years.
Associated Press: Not pot: US hemp farms take root under state pilot programs
- New York's first legal hemp farm in decades has taken root under a pilot program that's part of a national resurgence of a plant that's prized for making food, clothing and shelter but long banned along with its smokable cousin.
Seeking Alpha: Precision Agriculture - A Long-Term Growth Opportunity
- Precision agriculture could be the solution to feed a population that’s growing faster than land supply, while ensuring a sustainable use of natural resources.
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