Daily Harvest -- 12/10/2015
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Cotton growers tell Congress help is needed to keep industry alive
- The way some multi-generation cotton producers were talking at a congressional hearing on the state of the cotton industry Wednesday, their generation might be the last to raise a cotton crop if changes aren't enacted and prices don't improve.
Agri-Pulse: Ag retailers need to embrace sustainability, ex-General Mills exec says
- Demographic changes in the marketplace and increasingly unpredictable weather patterns make it imperative that farmers - and the dealers who supply them - embrace a sustainable approach to farming, a former General Mills executive told an audience of several hundred at the Agricultural Retailers Association annual conference last week in Palm Desert, California.
ASA details new strategic plan on policy, trade
- The board of directors of the American Soybean Association approved a comprehensive strategic plan that will strengthen the organization's efforts on policy and trade. The plan, approved by the ASA board at its annual winter meetings in St. Louis this week, will guide the association's activity to the year 2021.
Agri-Pulse: Wind subsidy, conservation fund linked in oil export talks
- Democrats are seeking a long-term extension of wind power subsidies and reauthorization of the lapsed Land and Water Conservation Fund in return for ending the ban on oil exports.
Columbus Dispatch: Norwegian company to build Lake Erie wind farm
- A European wind developer will take the lead on building a new wind-farm project in Lake Erie that’s designed to show the potential for alternative energy along the Ohio shoreline.
Huffington Post: Kellogg Is Finally Tackling Its Biggest Business Risk -- Climate Change
- The cereal giant on Tuesday announced plans to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions 65 percent by 2050, and to help its suppliers slash theirs 50 percent.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Associated Press: Food industry pushing for 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.
Washington Post: There’s a crisis at Chipotle
- Food poisonings and other challenges are threatening the darling of fast food's reputation.
Politico: White House report shows SNAP effective in fight against food insecurity
- Mounting evidence is showing that the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program is highly effective at combating food insecurity while also boosting academic performance in children and laying a foundation for economic self-sufficiency, says a new White House report.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Agri-Pulse: Canada, Mexico press Senate for COOL repeal
- Canada and Mexico called on the Senate to eliminate the country-of-origin labeling law for meat, and Senate Agriculture Chairman Pat Roberts expressed confidence that a repeal measure would be included in a year-end spending bill.
Agri-Pulse: Senators hoping for COOL fix this week
- (Audio) Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., says it's important that senators push personal differences aside and repeal the rule. "I've been saying for months that we need to get this done," Blunt tells
Agri-Pulse: We should repeal COOL
- (Audio) Former Ag Secretary John Block explains why the Senate needs to repeal COOL
Washington Post: By winging to Middle East, McAuliffe makes way for poultry sales
- The chickens have come home to roost for Virginia’s globe-trotting Gov. Terry McAuliffe. In a good way.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
USA Today: Vilsack says climate change deal will improve food supply
- Unless the warming of the earth is slowed, it will damage the quantity, quality and delivery of food across the world, perhaps generating hunger and conflict, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told USA TODAY in an interview Wednesday
Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting: COP21 Interview: Farming and Food at Risk from Climate Change
- Twenty percent of computer simulations found a 50 percent or greater decline of agriculture by the end of the century.
Associated Press: Congressional committee: Mine probe glossed over negligence
- A U.S. Interior Department investigation glossed over the federal government's negligence in a massive toxic wastewater spill from an inactive gold mine that fouled rivers in three states, Republicans in Congress said as they pushed for a more detailed explanation of the accident.
Associated Press: Wall of trees being planted across Africa to halt desert
- It seems like Mission Impossible: Stop the Sahara Desert from spreading farther south, its incursion into arable land fueled by climate change and overgrazing.
Washington Post: We may be witnessing the worst wildfire season in recorded history
- Two large fires and more than 160 smaller ones remain active, and more fires are expected to be reported before the month ends. Together, they’re likely to push the 2015 total past the record 9.87 million acres burned in 2006.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Sacramento Bee: California boasts high incomes, but also has 15th highest poverty rate in nation
- Agricultural Kings County, 150 miles southeast of San Mateo, had the state’s highest poverty rate at 24.9 percent, and one of its lowest income levels.
Farm & Dairy: OSHA levies more fines against Case Farms
- Case Farms, which has operations in Ohio, Maryland and North Carolina, was cited with an additional $462,000 in penalties Dec. 1, related to deficiencies with the ammonia refrigeration systems at two of the company’s Ohio facilities.
Modesto Bee: Wenger will continue to lead state’s Farm Bureau
- Delegates chose Wenger, 60, for his fourth two-year term on the closing day of the group’s 97th annual meeting. The vote keeps him in the thick of state and national discussions on water, labor, pesticides, farmland preservation and other issues.
Reuters: Scientists assembled for Monsanto say herbicide not carcinogenic, disputing WHO report
- A panel of scientists is disputing a World Health Organization report published earlier this year that concluded glyphosate, the world's most widely used weed killer and main ingredient in Monsanto Co.'s Roundup herbicide, is probably carcinogenic to humans
Associated Press: Dow, DuPont shares soar on reports of possible merger
- Shares of Dow Chemical and DuPont climbed Wednesday amid reports that the two chemical giants are in advanced merger discussions.
Associated Press: Family feud keeps Christmas tree farm closed for 2nd year
- The 600-acre Rossview Farm is closed for a second season in a family dispute over who owns the property and its 8,100 trees.
6 Reasons Why the Future of Wine is Looking Bright
- Randall Grahm isn’t going gently into the future. Owner of Bonny Doon Vineyard, creator of Big House Red, and an irrepressible wine pontificator, Grahm has spent 35 years trying to make Old World-style wines in California. By his own standards, he has failed.
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