Daily Harvest -- 12/9/2015
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: High crop production and low prices trend expected to continue
- (Audio) 2015 will be remembered as a year for high grain production and low income.
Reuters: Falling Incomes Curb U.S. Farmers' Ability to Hold Back Supplies
- Falling incomes in the U.S. will make it more challenging for farmers to hold stocks as they wait for prices to recover from current depressed levels, U.S. Department of Agriculture chief economist Robert Johansson said.
Orange County Register: U.S. should say nuts to farm subsidies
- (Opinion) A glut in the peanut market, government stockpiles of the crop and a looming bailout illustrate, once again, why farm subsidies do not make economic sense (other than to the large, well-connected farming interests that benefit).
Modern Farmer: This Slick Trick Could Save Farmers and The Post Office at The Same Time
- Because poorer and more rural areas suffer from a dearth of banks, nearly 90 million Americans rely on payday lenders, check cashing joints, and even pawn shops to handle traditional, basic banking services. A idea is simple: Institute a public, low-cost banking system that can handle the basic services people need through existing post offices.
The Post and Courier: S.C. farmers plead for immediate flood assistance
- Hundreds of farmers traveled to the Statehouse on Monday to ask Gov. Nikki Haley to request immediate federal assistance to stave off bankruptcies and foreclosures after historic rains and flooding in October wiped out crops.
Agri-Pulse: GOP Congress sees fossil fuels future while Paris backs renewables
- (Subscriber only) The U.S. Congress and the 195 nations meeting in Paris to set global climate policy are headed in opposite directions.
Sacramento Bee: Candidates are skipping traditionally mighty farm issues in Iowa
- Grain Belt concerns drew less attention in Iowa this year than in the past. That could mean that expansion of the Corning plant to include cellulosic ethanol production — adding corn cobs and stalks to the alcohol-making process — might never happen.
ABC News: Fear at the Tap: Uranium Contaminates Water in the West
- Uranium, the stuff of nuclear fuel for power plants and atom bombs, increasingly is showing in drinking water systems in major farming regions of the U.S. West — a natural though unexpected byproduct of irrigation, drought, and the overpumping of natural underground water reserves.
Washington Post: Md. lawmakers to propose boosting state levels of renewable energy use
- Two Maryland lawmakers said Tuesday that they will introduce legislation to increase the state’s use of renewable energy and boost training for and development of clean-energy jobs, with a particular focus on helping women and minorities.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Salt Lake Tribune: Food industry pushing halt to GMO labeling by end of year
- The food industry wants the labeling to be voluntary, and it hopes to get a provision in a massive spending bill that Republicans and Democrats want to wrap up this week. If that becomes law, states could not require companies to disclose whether their products contain genetically modified organisms, or GMOs.
Associated Press: Promises of Grocery Stores in Needy Areas Mostly Unfulfilled
- Several major food retail companies pledged to build or renovate more stores in or near food deserts by mid-2016 as part of Michelle Obama's campaign to reduce childhood obesity. But only Wal-Mart and an independent store that is part of a cooperative have met their goals.
Wall Street Journal: The Truth Behind the Sell-By Date
- Many consumers believe that not sticking to sell-by or use-by dates could make them sick, but most products are still safe to eat after the dates listed on the packaging.
ABC News: Boston College: 80 Sickened After Eating at Chipotle
- Boston College said Tuesday the number of students complaining of gastrointestinal symptoms after eating at a Chipotle this weekend has climbed to 80, up from the 30 it reported the previous day.
Wall Street Journal: Kevin Concannon: Putting Nutrition Assistance in Perspective
- (Opinion) While the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program’s (SNAP) antipoverty effects are an important indicator that the program works as intended, they should not be oversold. No matter how it is measured, SNAP participants remain poor.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Agri-Pulse: Partnership, Preparedness and Innovation: Hallmarks of Food Security in Ethiopia
- (Opinion) Ethiopia is much different from 1984, and for the last several years, has maintained its stability in a region wrought with conflict.
Wall Street Journal: Rail Freight Regulator Given New Powers in Proposed Bill
- The U.S. House is expected to vote this week on an overhaul of the nation’s main freight rail regulator, including changes aimed at clearing up a backlog of complaints brought by shippers against railroads.
Modern Farmer: The Price of Climate-Change Related Disasters on Agriculture is Astronomical
- A new study by FAO found the average number of global natural disasters, including those related to climate change, have doubled since the 1980s. And in a single decade, between 2003 and 2013, these natural disasters have cost $1.5 trillion – with $80 billion in losses due to decreased crop and livestock production in the developing world.
BBC News: Farmers urged to cut antibiotic use
- Farmers need to dramatically cut the amount of antibiotics used in agriculture, because of the threat to human health, a report says.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Agri-Pulse: NRCS delays overhaul of CSP until 2017 sign-up
- USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) says its plan to have a new and improved Conservation Stewardship Program up and running by January has been delayed and the CSP's new features won't be fully rolled out until the beginning of 2017.
LA Times: In new California climate initiative, bill will target key pollutants
- California would target certain harmful emissions under new legislation in an effort to boost public health while battling global warming. Known as short-lived climate pollutants, the emissions include diesel exhaust and methane from agriculture.
Sacramento Bee: California mulls new water plan to save imperiled salmon
- California officials, eyeing another season of drought, outlined a plan Tuesday for holding more water back at Lake Shasta in 2016 in an effort to save the endangered winter-run Chinook salmon.
Politico: Rob Bishop: Why I let the Land and Water Conservation Fund expire
- (Opinion) Created more than 50 years ago to “ensure access to outdoor recreation” and paid for by revenues from American offshore oil and natural gas development, the fund was supposed to help Americans. Unfortunately, the law has been hijacked by special interests too close to the government and must be reformed.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Sacramento Bee: Farmworkers in Fresno, Tulare counties hit hard by drought
- Despite statewide increases last year in farm employment and gross production value, the drought has dealt farmworkers in some parts of the central San Joaquin Valley a big blow.
Washington Post: World leaders condemn Trump’s proposed ban on Muslims entering U.S.
- Donald Trump’s call for a “total and complete” ban on Muslims entering the United States drew widespread condemnation around the world Tuesday, including from British and French leaders and the U.N. refugee agency.
Agri-Pulse: It ain't over till it's over: Seed industry keeps close eye on omnibus funding bill
- (Audio) CORRECTION: The American Seed Trade Association's Andy LeVigne is still hopeful that language establishing a voluntary food labeling law will make it into the omnibus budget bill being negotiated in Congress. In yesterday’s DH, we misspelled Andy LeVigne’s name and we regret the error.
Modern Farmer: Reno Shoppers Can Meet Their Farmers, Thanks To This Cool App
- While providing knowledge to patrons, the app gives farmers something else: A source of recognition that they wouldn’t ordinarily get.
Detroit Free Press: Report: Dow Chemical, DuPont exploring possible tie-up
- Midland-based Dow Chemical Co. and DuPont Co. are in advanced talks to merge, according to a report Tuesday, but company officials declined to confirm discussions about a possible tie-up.
Wall Street Journal: In New York, Good Times Flow for Craft Brewers
- Over the past four years, Rushing Duck and other small-scale alcoholic-beverage producers in New York state have flourished with the passage of new state laws, loosened regulations and a streamlined process for applying for liquor licenses.
Minneapolis Star Tribune: Lawmakers: Deal to create megabrewer could cause hangover for craft brewers
- A deal that would merge the world's biggest beer companies into a megabrewer is raising concerns on Capitol Hill. Skeptical senators voiced fears on Tuesday that the deal could make it harder for craft brewers in their states to sell their brands.
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