Daily Harvest -- 10/11/2016
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse Daybreak for Oct. 11, 2016
- (Audio) 15th round of T-TIP negotiations; Brazil record soybean harvest could have been bigger; Ag coalition to EPA: Farm-raised feedstocks aren’t fossil fuels; FDA reminds food companies about looming deadlines.
Agri-Pulse: Johnson explains why she's backing Clinton
- (Audio) Many voters in rural America are leaning toward voting for Republican Nominee Donald Trump, but a former leader of a national commodity organization says Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton might be the better bet for ag.
Agri-Pulse: Open Mic: NASDA President Mike Strain
- (Audio) Just after returning from a trip to Cuba, Mike Strain, Louisiana Agriculture Commissioner and President of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture tells Open Mic about the need to build stronger trade with our island neighbor and support for the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
Agri-Pulse: AMS finds 'inappropriate conduct,' but no violations at American Egg Board
- A USDA review of the American Egg Board's activities found instances of “inappropriate conduct” on the part of AEB officials, but stops short of accusing them of violating the law governing the checkoff.
Wisconsin State Journal: World Dairy Expo studying options for future growth
- While the World Dairy Expo celebrated its amazing growth during its 50th anniversary show that ended Saturday night, its leaders are now focused on future shows that could expand beyond the boundaries of the Alliant Energy Center.
Sierra Sun Times: Balancing Farms, Tourist Sites Poses Local Challenge
- The rise of the farm-to-fork movement has been accompanied by the growing popularity of agritourism, as more landowners open their ranches to people who want to experience the bucolic views of the countryside.
The Huffington Post: Trump And Clinton Were Finally Asked About Energy During Sunday’s Debate
- The presidential candidates on Sunday finally got a chance to weigh in on one of the biggest issues that has been avoided thus far in the debates: energy.
Inhabitat: Brighton company aims to convert city’s biodiesel buses to run on solar power
- Brighton transportation company The Big Lemon has announced plans to make their green buses even greener.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Popular Science: Calling Food “Healthy” Doesn’t Really Mean Anything
- Nutritionists and food policy experts say the word is nothing more than a marketing term.
Fresno Bee: Farms and food forgotten in 2016 campaign
- There was a time that the rural vote mattered in national elections.
The Washington Times: Food safety education and training grant proposals sought
- State agriculture officials are seeking proposals for food safety education and training grants.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Agri-Pulse: US, EU negotiators confront ag trade barriers in T-TIP talks
- U.S. and EU negotiators say they spent a good chunk of time during Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership talks this week seeking agreement on sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) issues, some of which are keeping some U.S. beef, pork and poultry out of Europe.
Agri-Pulse: Keeping up with the international competitors: How U.S. infrastructure stacks up
- What is needed to ensure U.S. infrastructure remains robust and helps keep the country competitive in world markets?
Quartz: Trump and Clinton don’t like Obama’s TPP trade deal, but American farmers are trying to save it
- With only one month until the US presidential election and just three months until US president Barack Obama officially vacates the White House, the fate of the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) hangs in the balance.
New Food Magazine: Ghana losing out big on global cow’s milk market
- Despite the ever-increasing demand for cow's milk around the world, Ghana continues to miss out on the multi-billion dollar, global dairy market.
The Local: Bayer chief promises no Monsanto GM crops in Europe
- German chemicals firm Bayer said on Monday it would not introduce genetically modified crops in Europe after its takeover of US seed and pesticide producer Monsanto.
Reuters: Syngenta: ChemChina's bridge financing 'committed and irrevocable'
- Bridge financing is "committed and irrevocable" for ChemChina's $43 billion takeover of Syngenta, a spokeswoman for the Swiss chemicals maker said on Monday, following a report on Chinese news outlet Caixin that the acquisition had hit a snag.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
The Wilson Times: Farmers dealing with losses from hurricane
- On Sunday, the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services activated a toll-free hotline to connect farmers with resources that can assist with Hurricane Matthew recovery.
The Washington Post: Believe it or not, the bees are doing just fine
- The bees you're more familiar with —- the ones that buzz around your yard dipping into flowers, making honey, pollinating crops and generally keeping the world's food supply from collapsing — are doing just fine, according to data released by the USDA this year.
The Guardian: Can agroecology feed the world and save the planet?
- As agricultural production across the world is increasingly threatened by climate change and overpopulation, some farmers are exploring radical alternatives like agroecology – which might just be the answer to global hunger.
San Diego Union Tribune: Scientists, fishermen fight to save leatherback sea turtles
- Despite strict protections off the West Coast, leatherback turtles are in danger in other parts of the Pacific, scientists and fishermen said at a conference called to celebrate California’s official marine reptile.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
The Louisville Cardinal: How the presidential election will affect immigration
- The issue of immigration raises concerns for voters from both parties in regards to taxation, the job market, humane treatment of immigrants and legal enforcement.
Nigeria Today: How mechanized farming will grow rural economy, food security
- Despite government plan to make agriculture a major foreign currency earner for Nigeria, the industry has remained largely labor intensive, as many farmers are familiar with primitive way of farming, which yields little production.
Lancaster Farming: Apprenticeship Program Targets Veterans
- The USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service announced a jobs program this week that will use the national apprenticeship system to hire new employees as agricultural commodity graders.
The Motley Fool: 2 Big-Brand Stocks You May Be Overlooking
- If you can stomach being a contrarian, Caterpillar and John Deere are two stocks you should have on your radar.
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