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Waiting continues for Trump to name ag secretary, Senate selects ag committee leadership and fish in Iowa.

January 7, 2017

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

1. Donald Trump has yet to name an agriculture secretary. Early in the week, Sonny Perdue was said to be a leading pick for the office. Some are wondering why Trump is taking so long to name an agriculture secretary when it was farm country that helped propel him into office. – Farm Futures

2. Lawyer Robert Lighthizer has been selected by President-elect Donald Trump to head the U.S. Trade Representative office. Lighthizer, 69, was deputy trade representative during the Reagan administration – Farm Futures

3. Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kansas, will continue to serve as chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee and Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Michigan, will continue to be the ranking member on the committee. – Farm Futures

4. Markets in December can lack direction, but that changes in the New Year as traders anticipate the Jan. 12 USDA report. Another factor of influence may be absent this year, Bryce Knorr writes. – Farm Futures

5. Farm Futures latest survey shows growers seeded the lowest total of winter wheat acres since 1913 in 2016. – Farm Futures

6. The 2017 Pennsylvania Farm Show begins Jan. 7 for eight days. A sculpture was created from about 1,000 pounds of butter donated by Land O'Lakes in Carlisle. –

7. An Iowa family has converted their hog barn into a fish farm, and in 2014 a pair of Canadian investors acquired the operation. They ship the barramundi to seafood markets and restaurants across the country. – Mother Jones

If you can't get enough of the election results as the inauguration creeps closer, an analysis looks at who voted for the president-elect:

The Corn Belt may have been more instrumental in swinging key states to Trump than the Rust Belt. The 218 counties that flipped from Obama to Trump are home to much of the country's corn and ethanol production. – The Hill

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