Daily Harvest -- 10/6/2016
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse Daybreak for Oct. 6, 2016
- (Audio) Donald Trump addresses leaders of the American Farm Bureau Federation; HSUS campaigning against Trump; NCGA tells EPA to rethink atrazine assessment; USDA trimming ads, PR; FDA cracks down on Vietnamese rice.
Agri-Pulse: AFBF announces entrepreneurship challenge finalists
- (Audio) On Wednesday, the American Farm Bureau Federation announced four finalists for its Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge.
Agri-Pulse: FFAR looking to fund 'revolutionary' ideas
- (Subscription only) Sally Rockey marked her first year as executive director of the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research by putting out the call for "revolutionary" ideas that can help farmers feed a world population that's expected to swell beyond 9 billion by mid-century.
Agri-Pulse: Appeals Court hears arguments on Dakota pipeline
- (Subscription only) An emotional dispute over an oil pipeline whose construction has allegedly harmed sacred Indian burial grounds was the subject of arguments in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals Wednesday.
Arkansas Online: Judge, lawyers speak on seed suit
- The judge and lawyers involved in a class-action lawsuit filed by Arkansas farmers against seed-maker Syngenta met by phone Tuesday to discuss how they should proceed.
Lincoln Journal Star: Farmers getting government safety net payments
- The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Tuesday announced help is on the way for farmers.
Bloomberg: California Keeps On Farming, With or Without Water
- Crops were down in 2015, but not as much as you'd expect in a drought.
Penn Live: Farming fight: Pa. court reverses order banning chicken slaughterhouse
- A Commonwealth Court panel overturned a York County judge's ruling that blocked creation of a chicken slaughterhouse in Paradise Township.
Real Clear Politics: America's Untapped Energy Resources
- Today, we still mine coal and refine crude oil, and pipe natural gas. We harness the wind, the tides, and the rivers while also tapping energy sources ranging in size from the sun to the atom.
Fortune: Russia Suspends Another Nuclear and Energy Agreement With the U.S.
- Russia said on Wednesday it was suspending its nuclear and energy research agreement with the United States as a countermeasure against Washington for imposing sanctions on Russia over Ukraine.
Trucking Info: Minnesota Judge Upholds State's Biodiesel Mandate
- An effort to block a Minnesota state mandate that requires all diesel fuel sold at the pump to be at least 10% biofuel has been blocked by a district court judge.
FOOD & NUTRITION
BBC: Taste for high-fat food 'in our genes'
- Some people are genetically wired to prefer the taste of fatty foods, putting them at increased risk of obesity, according to UK researchers.
The Des Moines Register: Explaining the US food surplus
- Warehouses, distribution centers and grocery stores are overflowing with some food staples, such as milk, eggs and frozen fruits and vegetables, the result of increased production and decreased exports.
New York Times: Why Did the Obamas Fail to Take On Corporate Agriculture?
- Whenever the Obamas seriously poked at Big Food, they were quickly outlobbied and outgunned. Author Michael Pollan mentions USFRA and Agri-Pulse, albeit incorrectly.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Food and Dairy: Cuban agriculture at a glance
- Direct control of Cuba’s key agricultural resources remains a governmental priority to ensure a “rational, planned economy.”
MIT Technology Review: Tanzania’s First Genetically Modified Crop Trial Has Begun
- Many African countries have been reluctant to permit GM foods to be grown or imported, but opposition has softened amid a punishing drought.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
WFMY News: What About Our Food? Farmers Prepare for Hurricane Matthew
- Under a state of emergency in North Carolina - farms can operate under longer hours and use different equipment to get the job done faster.
AP: Q&A: Polluted water pours into sinkhole at fertilizer plant
- Hurricane Matthew’s heavy rains are predicted to soak much of Florida, and that could complicate efforts to manage the pollution flowing into a sinkhole that opened up beneath a Mosaic fertilizer plant’s massive pile of toxic waste.
The Guardian: Looming megadroughts in western US would make current drought look minor
- Warming temperatures and uncertain rainfall mean if more isn’t done to slow climate change, droughts lasting 35 years could blight western states, study says.
IllinoisHomepage.net: USDA investigating UI for animal deaths
- The University of Illinois is under investigation for what animal rights advocates call a "pattern of negligence."
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Harvard Business Review: Research: Refugees Can Bolster a Region’s Economy
- The world’s refugee population has increased sharply in recent years, leading governments to argue over which countries should take in people displaced by war or other calamities.
Robotics Tomorrow: Reviving Japan's Dairy Industry, One Milking Robot at a Time
- Automation eases strain on aging farmers amid worker shortage.
New America Media: Silicon Valley’s Urban Farm Movement ‘Ready to Grow’
- The movement to grow fresh food in the city’s backyards and public spaces – and improve community health in the process – is being fueled in part by 2014’s Measure Q, a 15-year parcel tax that generates funding for land conservation projects.
Dairy Herd: Largest robotic farm in North America to come on-line next year
- The new facility, which will milk 1,500 cows, will employ 24 robotic milking units and will be operational in 2017.
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