Daily Harvest -- 10/4/2016
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse Daybreak for Oct. 4, 2016
- (Audio) T-TIP negotiations continue in New York; Vilsack on his future; USDA attracts new professionals, detects screwworm threat in Florida; ARC and PLC payments coming soon.
Agri-Pulse: Clinton critical of 'one-sided' TPP
- Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton gave a speech in Toledo, Ohio, today focusing on jobs and the economy. But she also used the occasion to reiterate her opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
Agri-Pulse: Farm income seen flat in 2017
- Net farm income is likely to be flat next year despite an increase in government payments but should improve somewhat in the following two years, according to a new analysis.
Agri-Pulse: Biobased industry growing, but needs more federal help, report says
- Production of biofuels and biobased products such as plant-derived plastics already support 4.2 million jobs, but the industry's future growth rate depends in part on oil prices and the availability of new government incentives, according to a study commissioned by the Agriculture Department.
Washington Post: New Hampshire leaders target December aid for dairy farmers
- An emergency relief fund created in 2008 to help New Hampshire dairy farmers was never funded, but state officials said Monday they want to get money to farmers struggling with low milk prices and drought conditions by December.
The Messenger: Grassley: New Farm Bill could come sooner than expected
- U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley is anticipating action on a new Farm Bill when spring 2017 arrives.
Biomass Magazine: EPA proposes major updates to RFS regulations
- On Oct. 3, the U.S. EPA released its proposed Renewable Enhancement and Growth Support rule, which aims to enhance the renewable fuel standard (RFS) program and related fuel regulations to support the growth of ethanol and other renewable fuels.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Gear Junkie: Patagonia’s New Beer Uses ‘Ancient Grain’
- Patagonia’s pale ale is made with organic ingredients and ‘ancient grains.’
UN News Centre: UN agriculture agency stresses role of trade in food security and climate change adaptation
- Declining prices could thwart international efforts to eradicate hunger and extreme poverty unless steps are taken to guarantee decent incomes and livelihoods for small-scale producers, the United Nations agriculture agency said.
EuroNews: The Future of Food Technology
- Nature and traditional agriculture could feed our ancestors, but today there are seven and a half billion people on the planet. Our urbanised society needs new technologies.
VICE: This Experimental Farm Could Solve Urban Food Shortage
- Farmopolis forms the beginnings of a social, technological, and agricultural prototype for urban farming.
Tech Crunch: How to feed the world with sensors, data and local production
- Yesterday, food and agriculture entrepreneurs took the stage at the White House lawn for SXSL 2016 to discuss the potential and limits of technology to feed a burgeoning world population.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Mercury News: How difficult is it to export internationally?
- The question of whether trade agreements create or destroy jobs has become a hot-button issue in presidential and congressional campaigns.
Business Green: African countries pledge to put agricultural adaptation 'at the heart" of UN climate summit
- A coalition of 27 African countries have pledged to put adaptation of agriculture to make it more climate resilient "at the heart" of the next round of UN climate negotiations in Marrakesh next month.
ABC.Net: Flooded horticulture region increases damage bill to SA's agriculture industry
- The Department of Primary Industries and Regions South Australia estimated the Gawler River has flooded about 1,000 hectares of crops.
DairyReporter.com: Canadian dairy sector thrives, while agriculture minister dismisses criticism from US dairy
- The domestic dairy industry in Canada has proved to be a strong economic driver increasing its GDP from C$15.2bn ($11.6bn) in 2009 to C$19.9bn ($15.2bn) in 2015, according to a new report from the Dairy Farmers of Canada titled “Update on the Economic Impacts of the Dairy Industry in 2015.”
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Washington Post: Bees were just added to the U.S. endangered-species list for the first time
- Seven species of Hawaiian bees are now protected. But will that be enough?
Washington Post: Screwworm infestation threatens tiny deer in Florida Keys
- An agricultural emergency has been declared in the Florida Keys over a fly larvae infestation threatening endangered deer found only in the island chain.
NYTimes: America’s Gray Ghosts: The Disappearing Caribou
- They may very soon become real ghosts: These animals are among the most endangered species in the lower 48 states.
News Deeply: Water Recycling Spikes Demand for State Loans
- A California loan program for clean water projects that usually runs a surplus can’t keep up with demand after the drought boosted interest in water recycling and reuse projects.
The Wall Street Journal: GMOs Are a Necessity—for Farmers and the Environment
- After 20 years, the data are in: Genetic modification boosts crop yields by 21% and cuts pesticides by 37%
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
USA Today: Supreme Court refuses to rehear immigration case
- The Supreme Court refused Monday to reconsider President Obama's proposed overhaul of the nation's immigration system following a tie vote in June that blocked its implementation.
The Nation: Why These Farm Workers Went On Strike—and Why It Matters
- Months of strikes and organizing in Washington led to the first U.S. farmworker union in years.
The Packer: Online job site links California harvesters, growers
- Carter Chavez saw plenty of online job platforms for produce executives, but little to help harvesters find work. So he started QuickHarvester.com.
The Packer: Syngenta rolls out new green pepper
- Seed company Syngenta’s new green bell pepper has a mild flavor and more health benefits than some other varieties, according to the company.
The Wire: Why Drones Are the Latest Buzz in Agriculture
- When used with prudence, drones can be a potential tool to better control our agricultural productivity and to best invest our limited resources.
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