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7 ag stories you might have missed this week - Nov. 17, 2017

NAFTA, dicamba, climate change and taxes in the news this week.

Janet Kubat Willette

November 18, 2017

2 Min Read

Need a quick catch up on the news? Here are 7 agricultural stories you might have missed this week. 

1. U.S. Chamber of Commerce warns that pulling out of North American Free Trade Agreement could cost jobs, hurt economy. – Farm Futures

2. Dicamba has thrust weed scientists into the unfamiliar role of whistleblower, confronting what they believe are misleading and scientifically unfounded claims by Monsanto. Monsanto, for its part, says people who sprayed dicamba didn’t follow directions. – NPR

3. House Republicans passed their version of legislation to overhaul the U.S. tax code by slashing the corporate tax rate, lowering tax burdens for most individuals and adding an estimated $1.4 trillion to the federal deficit over the next decade. – Farm Futures

4. Climate talks in Bonn, Germany, this week broke a long stalemate on agriculture, which is viewed as an important step toward developing “real-life” solutions to make agriculture less polluting and more able to cope with climate change.  - Reuters

5. Selz-Pralle Aftershock 3918 is the latest cow from Wisconsin to hold the record for national single-lactation milk production for the Holstein breed. The cow set the 365-day milk production record with 78,170 pounds of milk; 3,094 pounds of fat; and 2,393 pounds of protein. She was born Oct. 14, 2010, and is owned by Scott Pralle and Pam Selz-Pralle of Humbird, Wis. – Wisconsin Agriculturalist

6. U.S. agricultural exports reached the third-highest level on record in 2017, according to information released Nov. 16, 2017, by Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue. – Farm Futures

7. The Family Farmer Bankruptcy Clarification Act of 2017 contains a provision intended to provide more options for reorganizing through a Chapter 12 bankruptcy. Chapter 12 allows financially distressed farmers to propose and carry out a plan to repay all or part of their debts by making payments to creditors over three to five years. – Wallaces Farmer

And your bonus.

A new report from USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service shows conservation practices applied in the Western Lake Erie Basin have reduced sediment losses from fields by an estimated 80% and reduced the amount of sediment being delivered to Lake Erie by an estimated 40%. – Ohio Farmer

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