Daily Harvest -- 12/23/2015
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Farm groups ask EPA to reconsider position on Enlist Duo
- Five prominent farm groups are asking EPA to withdraw its request to a federal court to vacate the registration of Enlist Duo, a widely used Dow herbicide.
Agri-Pulse: End-of-year priorities clear the way to focus on trade in 2016
- (Opinion) National Cattlemen's Beef Association President says "cattlemen and women can rest a little easier . . . knowing several policy victories were contained in the Omnibus Appropriations bill."
AP: Poultry association forms electricity buying group
- The Delmarva Poultry Industry says members are expected to save more than $1 million over the next three years, starting with this month’s electric bills.
Seattle Times: Climate change should prompt the Northwest to act on renewable energy
- The Pacific Northwest’s abundant hydroelectric resources, coupled with enhanced energy efficiency and voluntary reductions during times of peak demand by major industrial consumers, mean that Washington should meet its energy needs for the next two decades. After that, though, all bets are off.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Agri-Pulse: USDA's new poultry inspection process survives legal challenge
- USDA's new poultry inspection rule, which places more responsibility for examining birds on the processing establishments themselves, survives its first court challenge.
L.A. Times: Working the refs on nutrition science
- (Opinion) Republicans in Congress think the guideline process is out of control and are now trying to rein in the panel. By their lights, nutrition scientists should concern themselves with nutrition — not sustainability. Critics say they're pandering to special interests. The funny thing is: Both sides may be right.
HuffPost: Genetic Literacy Project: Although Some GMO Sympathizers Embrace Mandatory Labeling, It's A Disaster In Waiting
- (Opinion) It's clear the goal of many labeling advocates is to shut down a technology and not inform the public.
Washington Post: Costco chicken E. coli outbreak appears to be over, CDC says
- The evidence collected during the federal health investigation suggested that rotisserie chicken salad made and sold in Costco Wholesale stores in several states was the likely source of this outbreak.
CBS Moneywatch: Nestlé, other corporations flock to cage-free eggs
- Nestle said Tuesday it will stop using eggs laid by caged hens in its U.S. products by 2020, making it the largest packaged food company to go cage-free amid pressure from consumers and animal-rights groups.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Manitoba Cooperator: Livestock sector has multi-faceted plan to tackle climate changes
- Participants agreed to work together to confront charges from some critics that livestock production is a major contributor to the greenhouse gas emissions that are driving climate change.
CNBC: Commodities trader Noble sells farm stake to COFCO for $750M
- Embattled commodities trader Noble Group said Wednesday it has reached an agreement to sell its 49 percent stake in Noble Agri to Chinese state-owned giant COFCO International for $750 million.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Spokesman-Review: Western Governors Assn. workshop on endangered species slated for Jan.
- Idaho Gov. Butch Otter will host the WGA event in Boise, the second in a series of regional workshops the group is holding on the topic.
AP: Montana governor allows bison to roam outside Yellowstone
- The Democratic governor’s decision likely won’t end the periodic slaughters of some bison that roam outside Yellowstone in search of food at lower elevations, but for the first time allows hundreds of the animals to linger year-round north and west of the park.
DeSoto (MS) Times: Easement program boosts wetlands, wildlife
- DeSoto and Tate County landowners and farmers with property or cropland that leans to the wet side can bolster the environment and boost wildlife, and draw a payment, through a revised federal incentive program.
AP: Tentative Agreement Reached in Dispute Over Endangered Fish
- The case centers on a proposed irrigation dam and fish bypass northeast of Glendive. Supporters of the $59 million project say it would allow pallid sturgeon to reach upstream spawning grounds that they've been unable to access for decades.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Capital Press: Questions loom over paid leave for piece-rate farmworkers
- Farmers face uncertainty in determining how much to pay piece-rate workers, such as fruit pickers, who are compensated based on the amount they harvest, according to the Oregon Farm Bureau.
Lubbock (TX) Online: First U.S. 19 Congressional debate shows little separation on issues
- Immigration and farm issues come up in gathering of candidates to replace Rep. Randy Neugebauer, R-Lubbock.
Reuters: Syngenta talks to Monsanto, ChemChina, others
- Swiss agrichemicals group Syngenta is in talks with Monsanto, ChemChina and other rivals but has not received a concrete takeover offer and is keeping all options open, Chairman Michel Demare told a Swiss newspaper.
Latin American Herald Tribune: Decline of Wild Bees Threatens U.S. Crops’ Pollination
- Decline in the population of wild bees threatens agriculture in the United States, where 39 percent of crops dependent on such pollinators may not receive the insects this year, a study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, or PNAS, said.
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