Daily Harvest -- 10/18/2016
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse Daybreak for Oct. 18, 2016
- (Audio) Farm groups dissecting collection of new trade measures by the White House to strengthen ties with Cuba; China’s demand for beef continues to grow; Report shows ag marketing programs create revenue; USDA lifts ban on some citrus from Morocco.
Agri-Pulse: Ag groups seek to 'call out' anti-GMO messaging
- (Audio) On Monday, a group of farm organizations sent a letter to officials at Dannon saying the company's pledge to be more sustainable is actually anything but.
The Columbia Tribune: Factory farming practices are under scrutiny again in N.C. after disastrous hurricane floods
- Hundreds of hog and poultry farms might have been inundated last week as the Neuse, Lumber and Tar rivers roared over their banks, a rampage powered by the deluge of Hurricane Matthew.
CNBC: Dairy farmers in California say anti-flatulence law stinks
- A new California law aims to reduce methane from cows, but the cattle industry thinks the regulation is foul.
Lonely Planet: Airlines race to buy renewable fuels before factories are even built
- Airlines are so keen to cut their carbon footprint, that all the renewable fuel to be produced at three soon-to-be finished factories, has already been purchased before they've even opened.
Cronkite News: Tonopah solar farm to supply energy to California military bases
- The U.S. Navy and Department of Energy has contracted with Sempra in the largest purchase of renewable energy ever made by a federal entity.
The Baltimore Sun: Baltimore County puts temporary halt to large solar fields on farms
- The Baltimore County Council voted unanimously Monday to halt large-scale solar power projects on farmland for four months while the county considers rules for them.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Agri-Pulse: Farm groups urge food companies to think twice on GMO bans
- Several leading U.S. farm groups are urging food companies to think twice about their sustainability goals, saying they may actually be causing more harm than good.
The Wall Street Journal: The Nutrition Mission at the FDA
- Robert and Susan Mayne say the agency can—and should—give consumers incentives to eat healthier.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
The Wall Street Journal: How U.S. Farmers Would Gain From the Trans-Pacific Partnership
- Darci Vetter, chief agricultural negotiator in the office of the U.S. Trade Representative discusses TPP and why she thinks it will level the playing field for U.S. farmers and food companies.
The Wall Street Journal: Pork Producer Julie Maschhoff on Why Trade Is Important to Hog Farmers
- The co-owner of U.S. pork producer Maschhoffs LLC says growing demand for pork is going to come from overseas.
The Independent: The day Scotland quietly ushered in an energy revolution
- The exceptional output brought the country membership in a small but growing club of nations proving that the vision of a world powered by renewable fuels is closer than many realize.
Inter Press Service: Pan-African Parliament Seeks Larger Role in Food Security, Policy
- The Pan African Parliament (PAP) concluded its session in Egypt’s Sharm El-Sheikh Monday with initiatives on PAP’s identity, counter-terrorism challenges in the continent and joint development plans, particularly the question of food security.
Fresh Plaza: Philippines to increase fruit exports to China
- Chinese Ambassador, Zhao Jianhua, told members of the media on Friday 14 Oct., that they expect President Duterte’s four-day state visit to China to be “fruitful.”
The Guardian: How bad will Brexit be for UK farmers, retailers and consumers?
- Will higher tariffs on UK exports to the EU following Brexit be bad for farmers, retailers and the consumer?
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Land Line: Proposal would hold livestock haulers accountable for animal abuse
- A proposal by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service would hold transporters responsible for the mistreatment of livestock.
The Guardian: We can save elephants. But can we save wild elephants?
- Elephants will certainly survive. But it may only be in ‘fortress’ conservation parks. Is there any way to allow elephants to stay wild?
KIVI TV: Conservation efforts continue at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge despite armed occupation
- Since its designation more than 100 years ago, several thousand acres have been added to the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge and now it encompasses more than 187,000 acres.
CBC News: Poached elk meat possibly tainted, public warned
- Conservation officers are advising the public not to eat elk meat killed by poachers near the Vancouver Island community of Youbou.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Agri-Pulse: Next generation of infrastructure requires winning the talent war
- In a memo outlining its Human Capital Strategic Plan for 2012-2017, Merdith Temple, a former acting commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, wrote that the agency must “prevent talent loss; shape the workforce of the future, and win the war for talent.”
The Washington Times: Border security slips as illegal immigration rises significantly over past year
- Nearly 409,000 illegal immigrants were nabbed at the border in fiscal year 2016 — up from about 331,000 a year earlier — and Homeland Security officials say the increased arrests also mean an increase in the number that are sneaking by them.
The Telegraph: Uber for farmers: Trringo tractor-hailing app launched in India
- Mahindra & Mahindra is hoping to make it easier for farmers to hire a tractor when it comes to harvest time with a smartphone app called Trringo.
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