Need a quick catch up on the news? Here are seven agricultural stories you might have missed.
1. North American Free Trade Agreement negotiators won’t reach an agreement by May 1. The three lead negotiators: U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland and Mexican Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo will meet next on May 7. – Farm Futures
2. The 2018 Farm Bill passed the House Ag Committee, but will it pass the Senate? It appears the biggest source of disagreement is the nutrition title and money. The Congressional Budget Office's baseline for the 2018 Farm Bill is $112 billion less than for the 2014 Farm Bill. Sens. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., and Susan Collins, R-Maine, introduced The Next Generation in Agriculture Act, which they hope will be included in the farm bill to create opportunity for beginning farmers and ranchers. — American Agriculturalist, Dakota Farmer
3. A shortage of workers in California is bringing big changes to the state’s agricultural sector. (podcast) – NPR
4. Bayer has signed an agreement to sell its global vegetable seeds business, certain seed treatment products, the research platform for wheat hybrids and certain glyphosate-based herbicides in Europe to BASF for up to $2.1 billion to move ahead with its proposed acquisition of Monsanto. – American Agriculturalist
5. New York dairy farmer John Collins says the armed officers who raided his farm in Rome, N.Y., last week didn’t have a warrant. He was handcuffed when he attempted to film the arrest of one of his employees. – The Washington Post
6. Nebraska is gaining cows — an increase of 15% since 2014 — and it needs more dairy processors. There are three processors left in Nebraska. The Grow Nebraska Dairy Team is searching for new processors. – Nebraska Farmer
7. The European Union voted Friday in Brussels to prohibit the use of neonicotinoids everywhere except greenhouses. The measure is expected to take effect by year-end. – Farm Futures
And your bonus.
Randy Leffingwell’s “The John Deere Century,” gives readers a look at how engineers and equipment company leaders think. – Indiana Prairie Farmer