Daily Harvest -- 10/14/2016
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse Daybreak for Oct. 13, 2016
- (Audio) Tom Vilsack has started preparing his successor, wants to change the farm bill’s name to broaden support; new GIPSA move toward release; California dominating EQIP spending; pecans, cotton took hit in Georgia; EDF leader defends ‘Big Ag’; Food prize laureates honored; biofortification is the buzz.
Agri-Pulse: Bumper crops flow to markets
- (Audio) The Department of Agriculture sees big crops ahead for U.S. grain producers, keeping up the record estimates across several commodities.
Agri-Pulse: Average price of residential electricity declines – briefly
- Residential customers paid on average 12.4 cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh) for electricity during the first six months of 2016.
Agri-Pulse: USDA launches new rural investment fund
- USDA yesterday announced the launch of a new private investment fund with the potential to inject $100 million into growth-oriented, small businesses across rural America.
Agri-Pulse: Vilsack: Embrace science to address global food security
- (Subscription only) Surrounded by international leaders focused on global food security, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said that one of the biggest concerns he has about addressing future food challenges is "our ability to embrace science."
Agri-Pulse: Meet the Lawmaker: Rep. Andy Harris, Maryland's 1st District
- (Video) Rep. Andy Harris' Maryland district lies at a unique intersection of agriculture issues with the Chesapeake Bay and a good deal of poultry production. He talks about his district and his time on the House Appropriations Committee in this week's video.
Agri-Pulse: Energy development gets a pass, kind of, for global methane rise
- Global methane emissions from fossil fuel development are up to 60 percent greater than estimated by previous studies.
Live Mint: OMCs are buying biodiesel to blend with regular diesel
- Oil marketing companies are purchasing biodiesel from vegetable oil producers for blending with regular diesel after failing to produce it themselves, three industry officials said.
CNBC: How India is turning sewage into energy
- As technology develops, increasingly innovative ways of generating energy from some very unconventional sources are being devised.
The New American: America’s First Offshore Wind Farm Blows Up Controversy
- The United States’ first offshore wind farm is going to cost about $17,600 per home it will power.
FOOD & NUTRITION
The Huffington Post: Government Food Programs Can Actually Help Poor Families Eat Healthier
- Food subsidies don’t necessarily encourage bad eating habits.
Insider: The 50 best food cities in the US
- WalletHub conducted a study to find the best and cheapest cities for foodies across the US.
Manx Radio: 'Waste' food welcomed by homeless charity
- A charity co-ordinator says waste food donated by supermarkets can really help those in need, if managed properly.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Pulse.com: Farming In Ghana: Government to guarantee credit to farmers
- The Bank of Ghana plans to launch an initiative that will insure farmers against the high risks involved in farming that make commercial banks unwilling to give them credit.
The Wall Street Journal: Food Fight Over Prices Is Over, Unilever and Tesco Say
- A big food fight that broke out suddenly in corporate Britain Wednesday ended just as abruptly about 24 hours later.
Southwest Farm Press: U.S. agricultural trade should improve as China struggles with economy
- U.S. producers reading and following current and projected trade trends with China will benefit the most.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Post Online Media: Up to 90% of crops damaged in Haiti
- Preliminary assessments indicate that the crop damage from Hurricane Matthew in Haiti is expected to be dramatic.
KSAL.com: Fighting Global Wildlife Trafficking From Salina
- Last Friday, President Obama signed into law the Eliminate, Neutralize, and Disrupt (END) Wildlife Trafficking Act.
The Washington Post: With a wildlife-attractions ban, TripAdvisor takes an animal-welfare stand
- This week, TripAdvisor announced that it will no longer sell tickets to or generate booking revenue from attractions that do not meet its animal-welfare standards.
Nature: Pangolins and parrots among winners at largest-ever meeting on wildlife trade
- Elephants, pangolins and parrots are among the species that were given stronger trade protections at a meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
AlterNet: We need young farmers and colleges can help
- Universities can recruit and educate the next generation of growers.
Salina Journal: Napa Valley growers cite looming labor shortage and other vineyard challenges
- A tight supply of vineyard workers, California’s new law mandating overtime pay for agricultural employees and climate change highlighted Napa Valley Grapegrowers’ harvest press conference Wednesday morning.
U.S. News and World Report: Fed Official: Immigrants 'Missing Ingredient' to Growth
- A senior official at the Fed indicated Thursday that immigrants could help jump-start the U.S. economy.
St. Louis Business Journal: Monsanto's small competitors see opportunity in seed industry M&A
- Customers will leave big-name brands to seek personalized service and products that have been developed for local soils and climates.
The Oregonian: Oregon farms face land crisis: report
- Oregon is in the midst of a land crisis that could affect the state's second-largest industry if it continues, according to a new report from two of the state's largest universities.
Science Blog: Plant diversity could provide natural repellent for crop pests
- A new study has unveiled why a field with a variety of plants seems to attract fewer plant-eating insects than farm land with just one type of crop.
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