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7 ag stories you might have missed this week 148573

Bayer's profit, presidential candidate views on regulations and Straight Talk campaign unveiled.

Janet Kubat Willette

October 28, 2016

2 Min Read

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

1. If Hillary Clinton is elected president, who will she select as ag secretary? Five possibilities. – Politico

2. The American Farm Bureau Federation, American Soybean Association, National Corn Growers Association, National Milk Producers Federation, American Sugarbeet Growers Association and the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance unveiled their Straight Talk campaign to talk to food companies about modern production agriculture methods. – Farm Futures


3. China’s effort to shrink its corn stockpile has driven China’s corn prices to their lowest levels in 10 years. – The Wall Street Journal

4. Bayer’s third-quarter profit grew by 6%, powered by its prescription drugs unit, while its crop sciences division saw sales decline and profit increase by only .6% last quarter. The company is in the midst of a merger with Monsanto. – Farm Futures

5. The New York Civil Liberties Union is suing to change the New York Employment Relations Act to allow agricultural workers to organize. – North Country Public Radio

6. Monsanto talked to three other companies before it agreed to be acquired by Bayer earlier this year. The details were gleaned from the company’s proxy statement filed Wednesday. – Farm Futures

7. Presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have different approaches to regulations. Trump says the nation’s regulatory system is “completely broken.” A Clinton campaign spokesperson said regulations are not necessarily a bad thing. – Farm Futures

And your bonus:

It seems pumpkin thieves are busy the week before Halloween. Four men in a minivan stole nearly 200 pumpkins worth more than $2,000 from a New Jersey farm on Oct. 25. The thieves were filmed on surveillance footage. – USA Today

In Arizona, 300 pumpkins, valued at about $3,000 were stolen from a farm in a Phoenix suburb. – CBS News

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