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7 ag stories you might have missed this week - Aug. 16, 2019

Bearish Aug. 12 report, turning eastern Kentucky into high-tech ag capital and Trump dumps on wheat

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

1. A bearish Aug. 12 production estimate from USDA showed farmers planted more acres than expected. USDA dropped its planted acre estimates by 1.7 million acres from July, now at 90 million acres. But trade estimates were well below that tally, with an average guess of 87.656 million acres. The case of the missing corn acres is a puzzle that may never be solved. – Farm Futures

2. The 90-day outlook for August, September and October shows most of the upper Midwest with an equal chance of above or below normal temperatures, and above normal precipitation in many parts of the region. – Kansas Farmer

3. A complaint filed with USDA and obtained by the Star Tribune alleges fraud at an organic grain company in Argentina that exports millions of bushels of organic corn and soybeans to the United States each year. – StarTribune

4. Jonathan Webb has a vision to turn economically distressed eastern Kentucky into the high-tech agriculture capital of the U.S. He has attracted $97 million in project financing. – The Wall Street Journal

5. At an event Tuesday, President Donald Trump said the Japanese buy U.S. wheat “because they want us to at least feel that we’re OK.” The National Association of Wheat Growers was not amused. The comments come as the U.S. wheat industry is feeling the impacts of Trump trade policies. – Farm Futures

6. A report from the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says humans must drastically alter food production to prevent the most catastrophic effects of global warming. Together, the effects of agriculture, deforestation and other land use generate about a third of human greenhouse gas emissions. - NPR

7. Bryan Harnish is experimenting with hemp on his Pennsylvania farm. He’s growing hemp for cannabidiol production and is raising three varieties: Youngsim 10, Stormy Daniels and Cherry Blossom. The plants are seven feet tall on average, with some plants reaching 8 feet. – American Agriculturalist

And your bonus.

The 45th annual Good Old Days and Threshing Show in Hanley Falls, Minn., drew more than 1,000 people. Exhibitors demonstrated antique machines shelling corn, cutting silage, baling straw and threshing. Also featured were a sawmill, shingle maker, lathe mill and wood planer. – The Farmer

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