Daily Harvest -- 10/17/2016
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse Daybreak for Oct. 17, 2016
- (Audio) White House trying to lift 50-year old U.S. embargo on Cuba; NC tallies up damage from Hurricane Matthew; China reaffirms commitment to U.S. soybeans; mixed reviews for USDA’s “GIPSA Rules”.
Agri-Pulse: Open Mic: Bill Buckner, Pres. Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation
- (Audio) Bill Buckner, President and CEO of the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation and Board Chair for the National Soil Health Institute, outlines a national effort to develop a standardized condition rating and testing for soil health.
Agri-Pulse: USDA advances revised livestock industry rules
- (Subscription only) The Agriculture Department is advancing a revised set of new rules to tighten regulations on contracting practices in the livestock and poultry industries.
Agri-Pulse: EPA postpones scientific review of glyphosate
- The Environmental Protection Agency has postponed its scientific review of the carcinogenicity of glyphosate in order to get “additional expertise in epidemiology.”
Agri-Pulse: Sulfoxaflor gets new registration with fewer crop uses
- New measures to protect honey bees and fewer crop uses are included in the latest registration of sulfoxaflor, a Dow AgroSciences insecticide that was cancelled last year.
In Forum: Butchered and missing livestock reported near Dakota Access Pipeline protest camp
- In sync with Mother Earth? Livestock are missing near the site of the Dakota Access Pipeline protests at Sacred Stone Camp, though the NDSA Chief Brand Inspector Stan Misek said they don't know who was responsible for the incidents.
Flatland: A Battle Over Bringing Local Renewables To Rural Electric Co-Ops
- Western Colorado rural electric cooperative is again trying to spur economic development, partly by generating more of their electricity locally from renewable resources, like water in irrigation ditches and the sun.
The Denver Channel: Small Town Destroyed By A Tornado And Rebuilt On Green Energy
- After a tornado destroyed this small town, it rebuilt on a 100 percent green energy plan.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Agri-Pulse: Vilsack: Embrace science to address global food security
- 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.”
The Business Journal: Mandarin mania: Citrus value doubled in 2015
- Marketing efforts have not only helped mandarin sales, but have brought more interest to citrus in general. Gross value of oranges has also been on the rise.
The Seattle Times: Why World Food Day matters
- A global mindset is also not a bad way to go when thinking about what to have for dinner.
The Guardian: Florida faces worst orange harvest crisis in a century
- US officials predict this year’s harvest will be down 14% from last year as trees reel from disease and hurricanes – and orange prices surge.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Agri-Pulse: AFBF's Duvall isn't giving up on TPP
- (Audio) The Trans-Pacific Partnership doesn't have the best of reputations, but that isn't stopping its proponents from pushing for its passage.
Agri-Pulse: Obama rolls out new proposals to loosen trade with Cuba
- (Subscription only) The Obama Administration announced new measures today to roll back restrictions on agricultural trade with Cuba as part of a broader effort to cement ties with the Communist country just 90 miles from the U.S. border.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
KKTV: Arkansas wildlife refuge rescuing big cats from Colorado
- An Arkansas wildlife refuge is rescuing more than 100 big cats and other animals from a Colorado zoo that's closing.
The Surge: Endangered Bumble Bee Would Put The Sting On Drillers
- Pesticide use has been blamed for the decline of the bumble bee, yet the oil and gas industry likely will take the sting.
Quartz: An ancient drought-friendly farming process could become the next organics
- Today, dry farming, once the norm, is a niche agricultural method practiced only by a quirky few traditionalists concerned more about tasty produce than saving water.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
The Fresno Bee: Leaked Clinton emails include pledge to help UFW in fight with Gerawan Farming
- Hillary Clinton agreed to help United Farm Workers in its conflict with Fresno-based Gerawan Farming, according to internal campaign emails exposed by WikiLeaks.
WIRED: Immigrants Fuel Innovation. Let’s Not Waste Their Potential
- First-generation immigrants are significantly more likely than the general population to become entrepreneurs, according to data from the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor.
Sacramento Bee: UC Davis to review animal care after USDA finds research violations
- UC Davis Interim Chancellor Ralph Hexter called Friday for a comprehensive review of animal care on campus after federal inspectors found more than a dozen research violations in the last three years, mostly related to primate escapes.
New Hampshire Union Leader: NH dairy farm demise widely misunderstood
- The writer points out the number of dairies going out of business is not the same as the number of farms going out of business.
Eagle Tribune: Oil baron behind opposition to farm animal cage ban
- Protect the Harvest is backing several ballot initiatives in the November elections, and ramping up efforts in Massachusetts, much to the dismay of the HSUS.
Tuscon.com: Monsanto buys land near Marana for greenhouse
- The purchase came nearly two months after Monsanto said it plans to build a greenhouse on seven acres in the Tucson area, but he timing raises questions about why the company bought the site before a proposed tax incentive deal was considered.
InForum: Dayton skunked in pheasant opener, but other lawmakers bag birds
- First suggested by Congressman Peterson to Dayton, the event has continued to grow in popularity each year since its start here, even though the Governor has gone six years without a bird.
Portage Daily Register: Opioid addiction scars Wisconsin's rural landscape
- The opioid epidemic is not just a big-city issue.
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