Daily Harvest -- 10/5/2016
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse Daybreak for Oct. 5, 2016
- (Audio) VP Debate; Obama, Vilsack claim rural success; FLOTUS announcing garden future; ARC payments move east; GMO critics rate lawmakers; Biodiesel paying $6 million fine.
Agri-Pulse: Administration appealing for fire borrowing fix
- (Audio) The Obama administration is pushing Congress to help with the issue of funding wildfire prevention efforts and how the forest service pays for them.
Agri-Pulse: No simple solutions: Paying for infrastructure to move the nation's cargo
- The next time you bite into a piece of fruit, grill a steak, or spoon into a carton of yogurt, consider how the item got from the farm to your home - and who paid for the trip.
Agri-Pulse: Farmers to receive $7 billion in ARC, PLC payments
- The Agriculture Department will be distributing more than $7 billion in payments to farmers under the Agriculture Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage programs for the 2015 crop year.
Agri-Pulse: USDA report: CHS again tops list of 100 largest cooperatives
- CHS Inc., a fuel, grain and food cooperative based in Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota, remains the largest cooperative in the United States, according to a new USDA report on the nation's top 100 coops.
Agri-Pulse: Members of EPA glyphosate panel chosen
- EPA has finalized the membership of the panel that will examine the carcinogenic potential of glyphosate.
Agri-Pulse: Vilsack announces more help for rural America
- In rural America, poverty, hunger and unemployment rates are down and population declines have stopped, USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack said today, attributing much of the improvement to the efforts of the White House Rural Council.
Agri-Pulse: Opinion: 2018 Farm bill - Helping beginning farmers
- As we enter the run-up to the next farm bill, it's time to evaluate those programs and provisions to determine if they are providing the right kind of help to those who want to make a living from the land.
Reuters: California marijuana legalization faces unlikely foe: growers
- The executive director of the California Growers Association trade group has long sought an end to what he calls "prohibition”.
Agri-Pulse: Energy storage sparks improvements to electric grid
- (Subscriber only) Whether the courts decide to throw out or approve the administration's Clean Power Plan (CPP) to limit power plant carbon emissions for the first time, count on energy storage thriving and continuing to improve the nation's electric grid.
New York Times: Next ‘Renewable Energy’: Burning Forests, if Senators Get Their Way
- The president’s Clean Power Plan is being fought by 28 states, and a bipartisan group of senators who want burning wood for electricity to be considered carbon neutral.
Omaha World-Herald: Green Plains branches out with acquisition of vinegar maker
- Omaha ethanol producer Green Plains said Monday that it has bought the nation’s largest maker of food-grade vinegar for $250 million.
EnidNews.com: Wind energy operator reaches 1GW production
- A wind energy operator in Grant and Garfield County recently celebrated the production of 1 gigawatt of wind capacity in the state.
The San Diego Union Tribune: Energy storage growth: Something old as well as some things new
- Across San Diego County decades-old deployments such as ice storage are still in use just as cutting-edge technologies such as lithium-ion storage grab so many headlines.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Food Dive: Why the dairy industry shouldn't cry over spilled milk
- Milk is ripe for innovation and partnerships with its plant-based counterparts.
The Washington Times: Agriculture agency gets federal money for safe produce
- The Vermont Agency of Agriculture has been awarded $500,000 to create a program to ensure the safety of produce grown and sold in the state.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
New Zealand Herald: NZ commodity prices at 17-month high as dairy rallies
- New Zealand commodity prices rose for a fifth month in September, driven by dairy, although the strong kiwi dollar limited the benefits for local producers.
Forbes: Why Trump And Clinton Fail On Trade, Tariffs, And The Economy
- The question of whether trade agreements create or destroy jobs has become a hot-button issue in presidential and congressional campaigns.
FoxNews: Cuba, Louisiana sign memoranda on ports, agriculture
- Cuban authorities and officials from Louisiana signed memoranda pertaining to ports and agriculture after a business forum attended by a trade delegation headed by Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards.
High Plains Journal: Kansas breeders promote beef genetics abroad
- During the three-day trade mission, the Kansas breeders attended Uruguay’s largest livestock exposition, Expo Prado, where they were able to interact with breeders and genetics companies to promote the use of U.S. beef genetics.
ABC.Net: More Queensland landholders get into carbon farming to diversify income
- With more than half of the Federal Government's Emissions Reduction Fund committed, a carbon project developer believes now is the time for landholders to get involved in carbon farming.
Farm Futures: UN discusses agricultural commodity prices in Rome
- Trade can create opportunities, but can also bring risks.
Japan Times: Japan may let foreigners work on farms, provide in-home care in special zones
- The government said it will consider allowing skilled foreign workers to work in the agricultural sector in certain special economic zones.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
ABC News: UN Wildlife Meeting Ends With Conservation Agreements
- A U.N. wildlife conference in South Africa has ended following agreements to implement stronger protections for a number of threatened species, including the pangolin, the African grey parrot, some sharks and certain types of timber.
San Diego Reader: Compost conversations
- Attendees of Food Waste Solution Summit say county could do better.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
VICE: How Long Will It Be Before Robots Replace Farm Workers?
- British dairymen and women are cautiously embracing the rise of robots.
Forbes: Immigration Made Us Strong And Can Do So Again
- A primary reason for American exceptionalism is that the British colonizing experience was different from all others.
The Atlantic: Back From Afghanistan, and Straight to the Greenhouse
- Mark Benoit, who grows hydroponic produce, talks about his rapid, unexpected transition from being a soldier to being a farmer.
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