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7 ag stories you might have missed this week - June 16, 2017

Dow, DuPont merger moves forward, Enlist trait will be available in 2018 and samurai wasp in news this week.

Here are 7 agricultural stories you might have missed this week. 

1. Dow Chemical Co. and DuPont Co. have won U.S. antitrust approval for their $73 billion merger. The deal is expected to be finalized in August. – Farm Futures

2. The first U.S. beef to enter China is 14 years is on its way from Nebraska. China closed its markets to U.S. beef in 2003 after a cow in Washington state was diagnosed with mad cow disease. – Nebraska Farmer 

3. A study commissioned by the Innovation Center of U.S. Dairy finds that 7% — 16.4 million people — think that chocolate milk comes from brown cows. Turns out there's a lot of misinformation about where food comes from. – Washington Post

4. More consolidation is likely to occur in U.S. agriculture, according to speakers at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City 2017 Agricultural Symposium. Speakers at the forum said farms with more than $1 million in gross cash income are better positioned to be profitable in the face of low commodity prices. – Omaha World-Herald 

5. Corn containing the Enlist trait will be available for the 2018 growing season in the United States and Canada. China announced it will allow the import of corn containing the trait, clearing the way for the launch. – Farm Futures

6. The samurai wasp – Trissolcus japonicas – is a potential biological defense against the brown marmorated stinkbug. The brown marmorated stinkbug has caused significant agricultural damage across the nation, as it harms orchard fruits, nuts and other crops as well. – Western Farmer Stockman

7. University of Illinois molecular weed scientist Pat Tranel and graduate student Brent Murphy have developed a low-cost method to identify Palmer amaranth DNA within a mixed sample without having to grow the plants. – Prairie Farmer

And your bonus:

Doosan Bobcat North America has completed a $9.5 million expansion of its West Fargo, N.D., headquarters. The project doubled the building's square footage, allowing employees in administration, sales, marketing and product development to be co-located. – Dakota Farmer

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