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7 ag stories you can’t miss – May 26, 20237 ag stories you can’t miss

Catch up on the Supreme Court’s WOTUS ruling, Viterra and Bunge merger talks, the carbon footprint of lab-grown meat and more!

Rachel Schutte

May 26, 2023

2 Min Read
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Did you miss some news this week? We’ve got you covered. Here’s a collection of the top headlines in agriculture.

Supreme Court rules on Sackett vs. EPA

The Supreme Court delivered a landmark decision Thursday that will significantly curtail the Environmental Protection Agency’s ability to regulate certain bodies of waterThe Court ruled in favor of an Idaho landowner in the long-running Sackett vs. EPA case. The Biden Administration’s WOTUS rule is now invalidated. – Farm Progress

Viterra and Bunge in merger talks

Glencore Plc-backed agriculture trader Viterra is reportedly in talks to merge with U.S. rival Bunge Ltd. Glencore has flirted with the idea of a deal with Bunge on and off for years. Talks about a potential deal between Viterra and Bunge come as Glencore separately battles to acquire Canadian miner Teck Resources Ltd. – Bloomberg

4-year crop rotation: Key to success?

Decades of research into crop rotations have found four-year rotations advantageous over two-year ones, according to the North Central Agriculture Research Lab near Brookings, S.D. After five to six years, soybean yields improved up to 25% when grown in rotation following a small-grain crop instead of corn, and over time, researchers also began to see increased corn yields when grown in rotation with other crops. – Dakota Farmer

Don’t buzz-cut your hay acres

Ready for hay season? Extension agronomist Tim Schnakenberg reminds farmers to avoid the temptation of scalping their stand of grass. Researchers agree the optimum cutting height for cool-season grass is 4 inches, and 8-inch cuttings for native grasses. Read these tips on how to improve your hay stand. – Missouri Ruralist

Carbon footprint of lab-grown meat potentially worse than beef

Lab-grown meat, which is cultured from animal cells, is often thought to be more environmentally friendly than beef. However, researchers at University of California, Davis, found that lab-grown or "cultivated" meat's environmental impact is likely to be "orders of magnitude" higher than retail beef based on current and near-term production methods. . – BEEF

USDA invests $394 million in Rural Partners Network projects

USDA will invest $394 million through the Rural Partners Network to assist rural communities in eight states and Puerto Rico. The program provides grants for rural and tribal communities to improve infrastructure and access to better jobs, housing and healthcare. Learn more about the projects receiving funding. – Farm Progress

States agree to Colorado River cuts through 2026

An agreement among the three Colorado River Lower Basin states (Arizona, California and Nevada) promises to save at least 3 million acre feet of water between now and the end of 2026. The states are trying to create short-term fixes to declining Colorado River supplies and levels at its two main reservoirs – Lake Mead and Lake Powell – by  the 2026 deadline.  – Western Farm Press

About the Author(s)

Rachel Schutte

Content Producer, Farm Futures

Rachel grew up in central Wisconsin and earned a B.S. in soil and crop science from the University of Wisconsin - Platteville. Before joining the Farm Futures team, Rachel spent time in the field as an agronomist before transitioning to the world of marketing and communications. She now resides in northeast Iowa where she enjoys raising bottle calves and farming corn and soybeans alongside her husband and his family.

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