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Perdue unveils Farm Bill principles, NAFTA negotiations continue and drought in Kansas among items making news this week.

Janet Kubat Willette, E-Content Editor

January 27, 2018

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

1. Continuing to keep you up-to-date on dicamba, we give you two stories this week. First, the influence of micro-rates of dicamba products Engenia and XtendiMax on the growth, development and yield of three sensitive soybean types - Roundup Ready, LibertyLink and conventional soybeans - at three growth stages of application was tested at University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Haskell Ag Lab. – Nebraska Farmer And second, do you know the rules for applying dicamba in your state? Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Tennessee and Missouri all require their own state-approved training. – Missouri Ruralist 

2. Drought is deepening across Kansas, with severe drought covering 17.23 part of the state as of Jan. 11. There’s growing concern about the impact drought and extremely cold temperatures will have on the 2018 winter wheat crop. – Kansas Farmer

3. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue has unveiled USDA’s Farm Bill principles for 2018. The American Farm Bureau Federation applauded his principles. – Farm Futures 

4. Expanding development and population pressures pose a threat to keeping farmland in agricultural production. But there’s a new tool to help farmers combat those pressures, a tool that is gaining popularity and momentum across the West — agricultural conservation easements. – Western Farmer Stockman 

5. NASA scientists at the Goddard Institute for Space Studies are finished analyzing 2017 weather data and have concluded it is the second-hottest year globally on record, with global temperatures averaging 1.62°F above the 1951 to 1980 mean. – Farm Futures 

6. Freight Farms sells a high-tech shipping container called the Leafy Green Machine, which is set up to grow as much good as two acres of farmland. The Leafy Green Machine sells for $85,000. It can grow 50,000 heads of lettuce a year or 150 pounds of romaine a week. – Forbes 

7. In trade news this week, the 11 countries remaining in the Trans-Pacific Partnership have reached an agreement, which is expected to be finalized in March. Meanwhile, the sixth round of North American Free Trade Agreement talks are underway in Canada. – Farm Futures

And your bonus.

Students are being trained on using unmanned aircraft systems in agriculture through a partnership between the Michigan State University Institute of Agricultural Technology and Northwestern Michigan College. – Michigan Farmer

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