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7 ag stories you might have missed 4451937 ag stories you might have missed

Cyber attacks threaten grain cooperatives, EPA evaluates dicamba requirements.

Rachel Schutte

September 24, 2021

2 Min Read
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Missed some agricultural news this week? Here are seven stories to catch you up.

Cooperatives hit by ransomware attacks

New Cooperative, Inc. in Iowa and Crystal Valley Cooperative in Minnesota were both hit by ransomware attacks this week.  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has urged agricultural cooperatives to “harden” defenses against cyber attacks. – Farm Futures, The Free Press

Farm safety and health week

President Biden proclaimed Sept. 19 through Sept. 25, 2021 as National Farm Safety and Health Week. The National Farm Safety and Health Week has been celebrated since 1944 to advance the safety and well-being of hardworking farm and ranch workers. – The White House

Dicamba use questionable for 2022

As reports of dicamba incidences continued in the 2021 growing season, EPA Administrator says agency is evaluating the new dicamba labeling requirements implemented in 2020. Further changes for growers could be coming in the 2022 growing season if the analysis warrants adjustments.  -Farm Futures

Farm Science Review brings farmers together

The future of agriculture was on display this week at Ohio State’s Farm Science Review. The event brings together more than 100,000 people from across the country. In addition to the latest in agriculture production and product lines, research from OSu’s College of Food, Agriculture and Environmental Sciences is showcased. – NBC4

African swine flu in Haiti

The Chief Veterinary Officer in Haiti reported a positive case of African swine fever to the World Organization for Animal Health on Sept. 20. The disease was detected in a heard in a province bordering the Dominican Republic. – National Hog Farmer

World Dairy Expo to be held in Wisconsin

The 54th World Dairy Expo will be held in Madison, Wisconsin Sept. 28-Oct. 2, 2021. World Dairy Expo brings together the latest in dairy innovation and the best cattle in North America. The event brings in 60,000 people from nearly 100 countries. – World Dairy Expo

Natural gas prices surge

With winter still months away, low inventories of natural gas around the world have made the fuel more expensive than it has been in years. The rising prices have prompted concerns about shortages in the coming months. –Wall Street Journal

And your bonus.

A vineyard in France recently turned to candles as a tool to save their crop from frost damage. Still, wine production is expected to be historically low in France after frost and mildew attacks ravaged vineyards across the country. – Reuters

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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