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Bayer offer for Monsanto dominates news this week, but there's also a presidential race in full swing.

Janet Kubat Willette, E-Content Editor

May 27, 2016

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

1. Bayer went public with its $62 billion offer for Monsanto, which Monsanto turned down as too low. Both sides have agreed to keep talking. – Farm Futures


2. The debate over whether or not glyphosate is carcinogenic continued with a joint meeting of the Food and Agricultural Organization Panel of Experts on Pesticide Residues in Food and the Environment and the World Health Organization Core Assessment Group of Pesticide Residues releasing an assessment that says glyphosate, diazinon and malathion were “unlikely to pose a carcinogenic risk to humans from exposure through diet.” – Farm Futures

3. With farm income in a slump, some farmers are finding it harder to find a lender to lend them money for inputs. Some are turning to non-traditional sources of money. – The Wall Street Journal

4. An analysis commissioned by the National Corn Growers Association and the U.S. Grains Council and conducted by Informa Economics found that exports of U.S. corn and corn products generated $74.7 billion in annual economic output in 2014, with sales of all U.S. feed grain products contributing $82 billion. – Farm Futures

5. A study done by researchers at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis identifies wheat, corn vulnerabilities to drought. – Science Daily

6. The Save Our Crops Coalition petitioned the Environmental Protection Agency to determine whether pesticides that contain the active ingredient dicamba should be classified as restricted use. – Farm Futures

7. With California’s primary less than two weeks away, groups representing California’s agricultural interests try to decide which presidential candidate to back. – The Californian

And your bonus:

A White Paper, “U.S. Organic Hotspots and their Benefit to Local Economies,” prepared for the Organic Trade Association finds that organic hotspots – those counties with high levels of organic agricultural activity whose neighboring counties also have high organic activity - boost median household incomes by an average of $2,000. – Farm Futures

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