Daily Harvest -- 10/7/2016
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse Daybreak for Oct. 7, 2016
- (Audio) Citrus growers brace for Hurricane Matthew; Animal Lib philosopher headlines HSUS conference; NRCS management of CSP faulted; Judge sides with wheat growers; FSIS rejecting catfish.
Agri-Pulse: NCBA sounds off on tax proposal
- (Audio) The National Cattlemen's Beef Association has joined more than 3,800 other organizations to express their displeasure with a new proposal from the Treasury Department.
Agri-Pulse: Meet the Farmhands: Joel Leftwich, Senate Agriculture Committee
- (Video) Agri-Pulse's Meet the Farmhands series returns for a conversation with Senate Agriculture Committee Chief of Staff Joel Leftwich. He talks with Agri-Pulse's Spencer Chase about his time on Capitol Hill and his boss' unique vocabulary.
Agri-Pulse: White House initiative aims to diversify ag workforce
- A new White House initiative will seek to create programs and partnerships to entice different segments of the population into ag and science careers.
Agri-Pulse: Chinese man gets three years in prison for stealing corn seeds
- A Chinese national who snatched inbred corn seeds from DuPont Pioneer and Monsanto production fields has received a three-year prison sentence for conspiracy to steal trade secrets.
Washington Post: California tightens rule on popular pesticide, citing health
- California will tighten rules on how much farmers can use a common pesticide listed by the nation’s most productive agricultural state as a chemical known to cause cancer, regulators said Thursday.
Agri-Pulse: Propane exports surge, surpassing gasoline
- U.S. propane exports increased by more than 230,000 barrels per day (b/d) in the first half of 2016, over the same period a year earlier, totaling 730,000 b/d, according to a report from DOE's Energy Information Administration.
Agri-Pulse: EPA, Justice Dept. announce new complaint and settlement over RFS
- EPA and the Department of Justice filed a complaint Tuesday against NGL Crude Logistics LLC and Western Dubuque Biodiesel LLC as well as announcing a settlement with Western Dubuque to address alleged violations of the Renewable Fuel Standard.
Customs Today: US ethanol exports up 12% in August
- Fuel ethanol exports by the United States totaled 77.9 million gallons in August, up 12% from July, according to trade data released Wednesday by the Census Bureau and analyzed by the Renewable Fuels Association.
Bloomberg: Wind Is the New Corn for Struggling Farmers
- Seventy percent of U.S. turbines are in low-income rural areas.
Renew Economy: World-first solar tower powered tomato farm opens in Port Augusta
- Construction of a world-leading, concentrated solar power (CSP) tower plant that will supply electricity, heat and desalinated seawater to grow tomatoes in the Australian desert has been completed in South Australia.
FOOD & NUTRITION
The Wall Street Journal: Food Executives Say Consumers Want Labels on GMO Products
- New Law will require food companies to identify GMO ingredients within two to three years.
CBS News: As food prices plummet, consumers rejoice, farmers lament
- While farmers aren’t too happy about it, consumers are eagerly reaping the benefits, though the bonanza is limited because commodity costs don’t account for a large percentage of most packaged food.
Futurity: There’s a better way to detect food fraud
- Food scientists argue that near-infrared spectroscopy would work better than other methods to detect food fraud.
Lancaster Online: US farmers make foray into quinoa as demand for grain grows
- Americans consume more than half the global production of quinoa, which totaled 37,000 tons in 2012.
The Huffington Post: Here’s How Scraps Can Help Grow The Food Of The Future
- This mobile aquaponic farm could be a game changer.
Star-Tribune: Cargill will start getting non-GMO ingredients verified by third-party group
- In a bow to market pressure, Cargill has had three major products verified by the Non-GMO Project, a nonprofit organization that tests products and ingredients to ensure their genetic origin.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Daily Nation: Environment agency delays GM field trials
- The National Environment Management Authority has retracted its earlier announcement that it had approved large-scale field trials, arguing that the application for the release of GMO material is still being reviewed and no approval had been issued for the pilot.
Deutsche Welle: FAO expects bumper harvest in 2016
- The UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has said the world's wheat and rice producers are heading for a record harvest this year. But not everyone stands to profit from the resulting drop in prices.
Rural News Group: Trade rules for agriculture are fair for all
- For New Zealand as a small and remote nation, international engagement and trade are major priorities.
Iowa Farmer Today: Cuba offers small but attractive trade market
- The embargo that has kept many U.S. goods out of Cuba for more than 50 years could be loosened soon, but it remains an open question just what that would mean to American farmers.
The Globe and Mail: Canada’s dairy producers are waking up to the realities of global trade
- Canada’s dairy sector is already in the crosshairs of U.S., European, Mexican, Australian and New Zealand farmers, who recently complained to the World Trade Organization about this country’s “increasingly protectionist policies.”
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
USA Today: With land already soaked, farmers wary as Matthew nears
- Mere threat of hurricane sends waves of concern through the agricultural community.
High Plains Journal: Soil microbes flourish with reduced tillage
- No-till and, to a lesser degree, conservation tillage maintains or improves soil quality by preserving soil structure and moisture, increasing soil organic matter, and providing habitat for soil microbes.
Scientific American: Trouble in the Bamboo after Pandas Dropped from Endangered List
- The iconic animal’s status change by an influential conservation organization triggers controversy in China.
Washington Post: US wants to strengthen agreement to ban Arctic Ocean fishing
- The United States is trying to broker an agreement between a host of nations to prohibit unregulated fishing in the international waters of the Arctic Ocean.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
The Washington Post: Working in tobacco fields can make kids sick. But they still need the money
- What some see as tradition is now a lightning rod for controversy that has pit anti-child-labor advocates against farmers who feel their heritage is under attack.
Washington Post: Even if Trump loses, this poll shows why hard-line immigration positions are here to stay
- Concerns about immigration, refugees and globalization predate Trump in the GOP - and thus appear unlikely to dissipate whether he wins or loses.
VICE: Turning Derelict Buildings into an Urban Farm in Detroit
- The latest American city to get swept up in a fast-moving tidal wave of gentrification, today’s Detroit manifests a split personality.
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