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7 ag stories you might have missed this week - Jan. 31, 2020

Roundup, an African swine fever vaccine and a rise in farm bankruptcies in the news.

Janet Kubat Willette

January 31, 2020

2 Min Read

Missed some ag news this week? Here's seven stories to check out.

1. Bayer is trying to reverse the momentum of litigation that has generated thousands of cases alleging exposure to Roundup cases cancer. Meanwhile, the U.S. EPA says glyphosate doesn't cause cancer when used according to the label. And, a lawyer for Monsanto is emphasizing that EPA and other regulatory bodies have deemed glyphosate safe. – Farm Futures

2. A vaccine against African swine fever has proven 100% effective in tests, according to the American Society for Microbiology. There is no commercially available vaccine against the disease, which has decimated China's hog herd in the past 18 months. – Farm Futures

3. Last year was a tough year for Minnesota's sugar beet growers. Of the 398,000 acres contracted by American Crystal Sugar, 115,000 acres were never harvested. – The Farmer

4. Artem Milinchuk, founder and CEO of FarmTogether, asks if regenerative agriculture be profitable in an essay in Forbes. The mission of FarmTogether is to democratize farmland investing. – Forbes

5. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation plans to establish a new nonprofit agriculture center in St. Louis. The nonprofit will be called Gates Ag One and is designed to focus its research on helping " “smallholder farmers adapt to climate change and make food production in low- and middle-income countries more productive, resilient, and sustainable.” – KSDK

6. U.S. farm bankruptcies were up 20% in 2019, according to court data analyzed by the American Farm Bureau. This is the highest level since 2011. There were 595 Chapter 12 family farm bankruptcies, nearly 100 more than in 2018. - CNN

7. What can farmers expect when trapping feral hogs? Jason Jensen of the Missouri Department of Conservation offers insight. – Missouri Ruralist

And your bonus.

Tipton (Oklahoma) Public Schools broke ground this week for a 5,000-square-foot high-tech agriculture facility. The facility will cost $1.8 million. – The Lawton Constitution

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