Daily Harvest -- 12/15/2015
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Reuters: U.S. Hogs Fed Pig Remains, Manure to Fend Off Deadly Virus Return
- Across the Farm Belt, U.S. pork producers are doing whatever they can to shore up their herds' defenses against the virus that killed up to 8 million pigs, a tenth of the nation's herd, two years ago, and that farmers fear could return this winter.
News Net Nebraska: Effects of bird flu linger for public and poultry farmers
- Officials are worried the bird flu will keep its annual eastward movement, especially since heat and dry kill the virus. Although the wild birds’ migrations are over, the virus can survive in cold ponds for up to two weeks.
Agri-Pulse: Trump and Cruz on ethanol in Iowa
- (Audio) Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz of Texas has gotten a slight bump in the polls, showing him now leading front-runner Donald Trump among committed Iowa caucus goers.
Wall Street Journal: Windmills Have Direct Benefits for Farmers
- (Opinion) Wind power acts as a drought-resistant cash crop for family farmers and ranchers, returning nearly $200 million every year in land lease payments, writes Roger Johnson, president of the National Farmers Union.
Sacramento Bee: Rural N.C. town mocked on social media after passing solar moratorium
- News of a small town's moratorium on solar farms blew up on social media over the weekend after a local paper quoted a resident complaining to the Town Council that solar farms would take away sunshine from nearby vegetation.
Fortune: Paris Climate Deal Sinks Coal Stocks, Lifts Renewable Energy
- A landmark deal to curb global warming dented shares of fossil fuel companies on Monday and lifted renewable energy stocks, although some price swings were muted by the non-binding nature of the pact.
FOOD & NUTRITION
DTN Progressive Farmer: Food Security, Food Production Recognized in Paris Climate Deal
- The Paris Agreement involving representatives from 195 countries marks the first time a climate agreement has acknowledged the importance of food security as a priority. It also is likely to increase scrutiny over greenhouse-gas emissions from food production.
Carnegie Mellon University News: Vegetarian and ‘healthy’ diets could more harmful to the environment
- According to new research, the USDA’s recommended food groups – fruits, vegetables, dairy and seafood – use relatively more resources and produce more greenhouse gas emissions per calorie.
New York Times: Are You Eating Frankenfish?
- (Opinion) Blocking the labeling of G.M.O. foods would be a step in the wrong direction, away from greater accountability and responsibility, writes chef Tom Colicchio.
Associated Press: Are Slaves Peeling Your Shrimp? Here's What You Need to Know
- An AP investigation found enslaved migrant workers and children processing shrimp in factories in Thailand, followed and filmed trucks loaded with freshly peeled shrimp through Thailand to U.S. customs, and finally into major U.S. food store chains and retailers.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Financial Times: Mauricio Macri scraps tax on Argentine farm exports
- Mauricio Macri on Monday made his first big economic announcement as Argentina’s new president, scrapping taxes on agricultural exports in a bid to boost precariously low central bank reserves.
Washington Post: Businesses get climate certainty they wanted; now for action
- With the new global climate deal, businesses around the world got the long-term certainty that they had been clamoring for — now they need to back up the shift to a greener world with cold hard cash.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Agri-Pulse: EPA broke law by using Web to promote WOTUS, GAO finds
- EPA violated restrictions on using appropriations for grassroots lobbying when it employed social media to promote the proposed Clean Water Rule, a new Government Accountability Office legal opinion concludes.
Centre Daily Times: Natural history museum offers $5M to study Delaware River
- The Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia is offering $5 million in grants to researchers and institutions studying water quality in the Delaware River.
LA Times: Los Angeles Mayor Garcetti announces support for higher water rates
- Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti on Monday announced his support for a plan that would raise city water rates by about 4.7% each year over the next five years – about $11 more a month for the typical customer.
LA Times: Environmental group gives California mixed marks for drought management
- According to a report card issued Monday by the Natural Resources Defense Council, the state received high marks for its urban conservation and water recycling but performed poorly in areas such as stormwater capture and restoring the San Francisco Bay Delta.
New York Times: Scientists Hope to Bring a Galápagos Tortoise Species Back to Life
- With careful breeding, biologists now hope to revive the iconic Galápagos tortoise species and reintroduce the tortoises to the island on which they evolved.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Sacramento Bee: Obama wants to go to Cuba, but only if he can meet with dissidents
- President Barack Obama, who a year ago ended decades of estrangement between the U.S and Cuba, would like to visit the island nation, but only if he gets to meet with dissidents opposed to the government in Havana.
The National Law Review: Many Michigan Farms Having Difficulty Finding Seasonal Workers
- Michigan farms are having trouble finding seasonal workers because migrant workers are becoming more interested in permanent positions.
Agri-Pulse: DuPont names new leaders for agriculture, other segments of new company
- As part of plans to merge with Dow Chemical, DuPont announced several leadership changes today in their company's executive leadership.
Wall Street Journal: Dow-DuPont Merger Sows Anxiety in 2 Cities
- Dow’s plan to merge with rival DuPont Co. is stoking anxiety among Midland, Mich., residents over the future of its largest employer and longtime patron. In Wilmington, Del., home to DuPont since its founding 213 years ago, citizens are weighing similar questions.
Washington Post: Terry Branstad just became the longest serving governor in American history
- Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad became the longest-serving governor in U.S. history Monday having served for 20 years, 11 months and three days.
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