7 ag stories you might have missed this week

7 ag stories you might have missed this week

Self-driving tractor, USDA offices closed and DOJ suit to block Deere takeover of Precision Planting.

Need a quick catch up on the news? Here are seven agricultural stories you might have missed this week.

1. Case IH unveiled an autonomous concept vehicle at the Farm Progress Show in Boone, Iowa. Case is going to analyze farmer feedback before moving beyond concept stage. – Farm Futures

2. Six USDA offices across the country were closed Tuesday after employees received anonymous email threats. The offices in Colorado, Maryland, North Carolina and Kearneysville, West Virginia, reopened Wednesday. – The Wall Street Journal & ABC News

Bacterial leaf streak disease has been confirmed in Nebraska cornfields, Colorado farmers host farm-to-table lunch and corny tribute.

3. The Department of Justice filed a civil antitrust lawsuit seeking to block Deere & Co.’s proposed acquisition of Precision Planting from Monsanto Company, saying the acquisition would deny farmers the benefits of competition. – Farm Futures

4. North Carolina farmer Jeff Spruill participated in Monsanto’s Ground Breakers field trial program this year and was allowed to plant Asgrow Roundup Ready 2 Xtend soybeans and apply dicamba in season. In total, 33 farmers in five states were allowed to test the system. – Southeast Farm Press

5. USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service is taking the first step to gather public input on the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard, created as part of the GMO labeling legislation. – Farm Futures

6. Bacterial leaf streak disease has been confirmed in Nebraska cornfields. It is the first identification of the disease in the United States. It was previously reported in South Africa. – Kansas Farmer

7. Colorado Proud hosted a farm-to-table lunch where producers talked about the challenges faced by their generation in agriculture. Agriculture contributes more than $40 billion and 173,000 jobs to Colorado’s economy annually. – Denver Post

And your bonus:

Retiring Red Sox David Ortiz has gotten a corny tribute.  An eight-acre corn maze in Sterling, Massachusetts, features a rendering of his trademark home run pose of pointing two fingers to the sky. – WMUR

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