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7 ag stories you might have missed this week - Dec. 8, 2017

NAFTA, dicamba, Purdue/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer among items in the news this week.

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

1. Farmers and farm groups are worried that Trump will follow through on his campaign promise to exit NAFTA. They’ve taken to Twitter using the hashtag #Farmers4NAFTA to drum up support and extol the benefits of the North American Free Trade Agreement. – Farm Futures 

2. A Food and Drug Administration report out this week found that fewer antibiotics were sold for use in poultry, pigs and cattle in 2016. Sales of medically important antibiotics in 2016 dropped by 14% compared to 2015. – National Public Radio

3. Belden, Neb., farmer and U.S. Soybean Export Council chairman Jim Miller represented the U.S. soy industry during two signing ceremonies in Beijing, China, during President Donald Trump's early November trip to Asia. – Nebraska Farmer

4. Sen. Ted Cruz got the meeting with President Trump he wanted, but it’s unclear if he got what he wanted from the president. Trump met with Cruz and several other Republicans Thursday to discuss ethanol and renewable fuels, a meeting requested by Cruz, who has put a hold on Bill Northey’s USDA nomination. Trump reportedly told the senators to figure it out. – Farm Futures 

5. Hard red winter wheats Incline AX, marketed by PlainsGold, and LCS Fusion AX, marketed by Limagrain Cereal Seeds, will be available for farmers to plant in fall 2018. The new varieties, the product of a partnership between Colorado Wheat Research Foundation, Limagrain Cereal Seeds and the chemical company Albaugh, LLC, will allow farmers to spray the herbicide Aggressor over growing wheat to kill grassy weeds. – Kansas Farmer 

6. The Purdue/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer dropped 7 points in November to the second lowest level in 2017. The survey also found the majority of producer expect no change in farmland values in the next 12 months. – Farm Futures 

7. Chuck Jolley, president of the Meat Industry Hall of Fame, says there are six major challenges looming for agriculture in 2018. Among them: International trade, the farm bill and plant-based meat substitutes. – Feedstuffs

Your bonus is the latest on dicamba.

  • Of the eight new rules that the North Dakota Department of Agriculture announced that have to be followed when applying dicamba on soybeans in North Dakota next year, the one requiring farmers to notify the department when they are about spray a field is the most controversial. This rule was later rescinded as the North Dakota Department of Agriculture dropped a requirement that applicators notify them before applying dicamba on soybeans in North Dakota next year. – Dakota Farmer
  • MFA, a Midwest-based farmer-owned agricultural cooperative that serves more than 45,000 farmers in Missouri and adjacent states, will spray dicamba herbicides based on plant growth stage rather than calendar date. – Missouri Ruralist
  • Monsanto has asked an Arkansas judge to issue a preliminary injunction preventing the state from banning dicamba’s use while the company challenges a prohibition approved by the Arkansas Plant Board last month. The ban would be in effect from April 16 through Oct. 31.  – Insurance Journal
  • Based on a national survey led by University of Missouri weed scientist Kevin Bradley, 3.1 million acres of crops were reportedly injured by dicamba in 2017. – Crop Life
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