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7 ag stories you might have missed this week - Feb. 1, 2019

USDA releases $200 million in ag trade promotion dollars, Farm Bill funds animal health and 2019 price projections.

Missed some ag news this week? Here’s a quick catch-up on the news.

1. USDA has awarded $200 million to 57 organizations through the Agricultural Trade Promotion Program to help U.S. farmers and ranchers identify and access new export markets. It’s part of a three-prong approach to help farmers harmed by the trade war. – Farm Futures

2. The 2018 Farm Bill authorizes funding to create a new National Animal Disease Preparedness and Response Program, enhances resources for the existing National Animal Health Laboratory Network and establishes the National Animal Vaccine and Countermeasures Bank. – American Veterinary Medical Association

3. The House Ways and Means Committee held a hearing focused on protecting individuals with pre-existing health conditions. Nebraska Farm Bureau’s chief administrator testified at the committee about Farm Bureau’s insurance offerings. – Omaha World-Herald

4. North Dakota State University Extension has published its 2019 price projections for crops, livestock and milk. – Dakota Farmer

5. The 2018 Farm Bill removed all cannabis fibre products with less than .3 percent concentration of the psychoactive element tetrahydrocannabinol from the Controlled Substances Act. That means it is now legal to manufacture, distribute and sell hemp-derived cannabidiol anywhere in the United States. – CNBC

6. The Lancet Commission on Obesity blames Big Food for a system that gorges populations on empty calories while misusing land, energy and other resources. The report calls for retricting the industry from policy-related discussions. – Farm Futures

7. Del Ficke, who farms near Lincoln, Neb., owns one of 12 sites the Natural Resources Conservation Service is using to test cover crops and grazing, their impact on profitability and effect on soil organic matter. The study on Ficke’s farm is focused on the effect of grazing versus not grazing cover crops. – Nebraska Farmer

And your bonus.

Check out some of the hot new technology to be featured at this year’s New York Farm Show. – American Agriculturalist

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