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Palmer amaranth is most troublesome weed, first Crop Progress report of season released and hydroponic vertical farm inside a store.

Janet Kubat Willette, E-Content Editor

April 8, 2016

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

1. The Weed Science Society of America announced that Palmer amaranth is the most troublesome weed in the United States. – Farm Futures

2. USDA released its first Crop Progress report of the season on Tuesday. The report said winter wheat is in better condition than it was a year ago at this time. – Farm Futures

3. USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service reported there are 21,781 certified organic operations in the United States and 31,160 around the world. The U.S. number represents an increase of 12%, the highest growth rate since 2008. – Farm Futures

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4. Archer Daniels Midland is expanding and modernizing its export terminal in Santos, Sao Paulo, Brazil. The project will increase the facility’s annual storage and grain handling capacity from 6 million to 8 million metric tons. – Farm Futures

5. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service is seeking nominations to fill five vacancies on the National Organic Standards Board. The NOSB has 15 members and represents the entire organic sector. – Farm Futures

6. A Berlin supermarket has installed a hydroponic vertical farm inside the store with a goal of growing fresh produce throughout the year. - Mashable

7. Walmart and Sam’s Club announced April 5 that they plan to transition to 100% cage-free eggs by 2025. – Farm Futures

And your bonus:

Two Florida hunters killed a nearly 800-pound alligator that had been killing and eating their cattle. – The Washington Post

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