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BSE detected in Alabama cow, total solar eclipse a month away and NAFTA preparations continue.

Janet Kubat Willette, E-Content Editor

July 21, 2017

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Need a quick look back at the news from the week? Here are seven agricultural stories you might have missed or want to read again.

1. An 'atypical' case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy was found in an 11-year-old Alabama cow. The discovery posed no risk to the food supply. This is the third case of 'atypical' BSE found in the United States. – Farm Futures 

2. Doniphan County, Kansas, will have 2 minutes, 38 seconds of near total darkness on Monday, Aug. 21, during a total solar eclipse. The path to view the eclipse runs from the Marysville area in Marshall County across the state to Leavenworth County. Several communities are celebrating the event. – Kansas Farmer

3. The House Ways and Means Trade Subcommittee held a hearing July 18 on the North American Free Trade Agreement. The committee heard from those who export to Canada and Mexico. Negotiations between the three nations are expected to start next month. – Farm Futures

4. Some egg producers in Ohio are reducing the size of their flocks in hoping of increasing the price they get paid for eggs. Egg prices fell by 21% in 2016 and egg prices are expected to decline an additional 5% to 6% this year, according to USDA. – Ohio Farmer 

5. President Trump is nominating Indiana Agriculture Director Ted McKinney to be the first Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs and Dr. Sam Clovis, a former economics professor and radio talk show host, to be the Under Secretary for Research, Education and Economics. – Farm Futures

6. The Asian longhorned beetle, an invader from China, has caused thousands of tree deaths in the United States and Canada and it now threatens the maple syrup industry. – Michigan Farmer 

7. USDA has reached an agreement with Chinese officials to allow the United States to begin exporting rice to China for the first time. China is the world's largest producer and consumer of rice. – Farm Futures

Your bonus is breaking news.

Archer Daniels Midland Co. confirmed Thursday that it is laying off an unspecified number of workers. The company hasn't said what category of workers are impacted or where they are located. – Herald & Review


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