Daily Harvest -- 10/6/2015
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Pacific trade deal finalized after last-minute dairy talks
- The United States and 11 other Pacific rim nations announced a landmark agreement to liberalize trade across 40 percent of the global economy after a last-minute push by New Zealand to lower U.S. barriers to dairy imports.
Des Moines Register: Obama trade deal viewed as win for Iowa farmers
- Agricultural producers are expected to be among the biggest beneficiaries of a sweeping trade deal announced Monday by the Obama administration that would lift barriers for exporting U.S. meat, poultry, dairy and other goods.
Times-News: AgriCorps Helps Elevate Agriculture in Developing Countries
- A century ago when leaders set about modernizing American agriculture, they looked to the youth. A product of that revolution is hoping to repeat those efforts in developing countries.
Toledo Blade: Agriculture industry seeks Cuba openings
- Jim Byrum, the president of the Michigan Agri-Business Association, has been barnstorming Cuba in hopes that he can establish relationships that will give Michigan’s agricultural industry an early foothold if and when the United States lifts a trade embargo with the island nation.
The Times and Democrat: Digitizing Agriculture: Clemson opens high-tech lab at Edisto Center in Blackville
- Clemson University’s Edisto Research and Education Center has added a laboratory to develop sensor technologies that will monitor the health of South Carolina farms.
Wall Street Journal: U.S., BP Finalize $20.8 Billion Deepwater Oil Spill Settlement
- The Obama administration said Monday it has finalized the terms of a record $20.8 billion dollar settlement with BP PLC over the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Forbes: Ohio Committee Recommends Freeze On Energy Mandates, Just Because
- (Opinion) Last week, a special committee created to consider the costs and benefits of Ohio’s renewable energy and energy efficiency mandates released its “findings.” But it had none – at least none pertaining to whether the benefits exceeded the costs of the mandates.
Financial Post: Suncor Energy Inc launches unsolicited offer to buy Canadian Oil Sands Ltd for $4.3 billion
- Suncor Energy is looking to add another big chunk to its vast oilsands holdings — and take advantage of a prolonged rout in crude prices — with an unsolicited takeover bid for Canadian Oil Sands Ltd., the largest partner in the Syncrude mine north of Fort McMurray, Alta.
FOOD & NUTRITION
U.S. News & World Report: The Science in our Diet: Mike Conaway
- (Opinion) The scope of these nutritional recommendations affects the lives of all Americans – often in ways they may not even recognize.
The Globe and Mail: Nestlé in talks to merge international ice cream business with R&R
- Nestlé SA is in talks to merge its international ice cream business with R&R Ice Cream in a 3 billion euro ($3.4-billion U.S.) deal, according to a source familiar with the matter, as the world’s biggest packaged food firm focuses more closely on its higher-performing brands.
Fox News: Wendy's CEO Brolick to Retire, CFO Tapped
- U.S. burger chain Wendy's said on Monday its Chief Executive Emil Brolick would retire in May and named Chief Financial Officer Todd Penegor as his successor.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Agri-Pulse: Pacific trade pact gets mixed reception on Capitol Hill
- Key congressional Republicans are raising concerns about the just-completed Pacific Rim trade pact, in part because the Obama administration didn't insist on protecting U.S. tobacco products from regulations in other countries.
Agri-Pulse: TPP details yet to come
- (Audio) Everyone seems to have something to say about the TPP agreement reached by negotiators meeting in Atlanta for over five days, even though few details have been made available.
Reuters: World's ‘extremely poor’ to fall below 10 pct of global population - World Bank
- The number of people living in extreme poverty is likely to fall for the first time below 10 percent of the world's population in 2015, the World Bank said on Sunday as it revised its benchmark for measuring the problem.
Reuters: Ivory Coast seeks to save forests from illegal cocoa boom
- In Mont Peko National Park, thousands of leafless Iroko and Samba trees tower over a sea of lush plantations like headstones, a testament to the heavy environmental cost Ivory Coast has paid for a dramatic rise in its cocoa production.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
New York Times: A Shifting Approach to Saving Endangered Species
- The traditional approach to species conservation is falling by the wayside as a growing number of conservationists argue the view is far too narrow, especially in an era of climate change and rapid population growth.
ABC News: Desert Tortoise No Longer Candidate for Federal Protection
- The Sonoran desert tortoise is not at risk for extinction and will no longer be listed as a candidate for Endangered Species Act protections, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Monday.
Minneapolis Star Tribune: Court orders EPA to revise regulation of ship ballast discharges blamed for species invasions
- A federal appeals court ordered the government Monday to rewrite its regulations on ballast water discharges from ships, one of the leading culprits in the spread of invasive species across U.S. waterways.
Washington Post: US, Chile declare new marine reserves, fight overfishing
- President Barack Obama declared new marine sanctuaries in Lake Michigan and the tidal waters of Maryland on Monday, while Chile blocked off more than 200,000 square miles of the Pacific Ocean near the world-famous Easter Island from commercial fishing and oil and gas exploration.
LA Times: Wildlife thriving in region around Chernobyl nuclear power plant, study says
- A new study of wildlife in the radiation-contaminated Chernobyl exclusion zone has found that many large mammal populations -- elk, roe deer, red deer, wild boar and wolves -- seem to be thriving.
ABC News: Rare Ferrets Find New Home on Former Toxic Site in Denver
- Rare black-footed ferrets chattered angrily before dashing out of pet carriers and ducking into burrows Monday at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge — a milestone for the highly endangered animals and for the former toxic waste site on the industrial edge of Denver.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Minneapolis Star Tribune: A Job for Life, and Death
- As farmers age, chances multiply that they will be killed or hurt in an accident on the job. In Minnesota, a quarter of farm operators are now 65 or older.
The Blue Review: Immigration Positions Reflect Food Choices, Access
- (Opinion) I have been considering the ways in which mass deportation policy as advocated by Trump and many other presidential hopefuls is incredibly risky for our fragile food system and could have unforeseen social and economic consequences.
LA Times: Bill awaiting Brown would subsidize farmworker union's health plan for 5 years
- The measure, which would cost taxpayers as much as $3 million annually, is on Brown's desk, awaiting his signature or veto. A Republican analysis of the proposal called it "an unprecedented sweetheart deal."
Mashable: Dan Rather: Ignoring science isn't just a Republican problem. It's an American problem.
- (Opinion) "I'm not a scientist." What does that phrase even mean? I'm not a cardiologist. So I go to one to have my heart checked. I'm not an electrician, so I hire one to rewire my house. I trust people who have training in those fields to give me advice on important things.
Washington Post: Farmer opens barn to show woolly mammoth bones
- A barn in southeastern Michigan suddenly has become a natural history museum since bones from a woolly mammoth were discovered by a farmer while he was digging in a soybean field.
Washington Post: DuPont CEO Kullman steps down, company lowers guidance
- The DuPont Co. on Monday announced that CEO and Chairwoman Ellen Kullman, who earlier this year fought off a bruising challenge from a major activist investor, will retire at the end of next week.
LA Times: Pet micro pigs? Chinese biotech firm says it will sell very small swine
- BGI, a company based in the southern city of Shenzhen that is known for its work sequencing human, plant and animal DNA, recently announced that it intends to start selling $1,600 miniature pigs that it initially created as laboratory models for studying human ailments.
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