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7 ag stories you might have missed this week - Dec. 15, 2017

NAFTA, dicamba again in the news; CHS shutters facilities in Kansas, Iowa and Minnesota, and lawsuit filed to vacate Farmer Fair Practices Rule.

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

1. Dave Scott, pesticide administrator with the Office of the Indiana State Chemist, clarifies several points related to the new dicamba rules. You must attend special training if you want to apply restricted-use dicamba products in 2018. – Indiana Prairie Farmer And in Missouri, eight people have been fined a total of $145,125 for improperly spraying dicamba. Authorities said it’s “the first wave of civil penalties issued to applicators.” - Reuters

2. General Motors Co. and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV are planning to show redesigned full-size pickup models at the Detroit auto show in January and start selling them later in the year. Ford won’t sit still and let GM and Fiat Chrysler steal business. – Farm Futures

3. CHS has ceased production at soybean processing facilities in Hutchinson, Kansas, and Creston, Iowa, and closed its Innovation and Technology Center in Eagan, Minn. The closings come as the company seeks ways to restore “financial flexibility.”  – The Farmer 

4. A lawsuit has been filed to reverse USDA’s October decision to vacate the Farmer Fair Practices Rule. The suit was filed by Democracy Forward on behalf of the Organization for Competitive Markets, Nebraska farmer James Dinklage and Alabama farmers Jonathan and Connie Buttram. – Lincoln Journal-Star 

5. Two new lawsuits have been filed on behalf of Robert Brace, Waterford, Penn. He was in a 31-year wetland legal battle with the Environmental Protection Agency. The crux of his defense is that EPA intentionally interrupted the activities in which he was engaged to convert his Murphy farm into productive croplands. – American Agriculturalist 

6. NOAA now says La Niña is likely to stay throughout the winter, with odds of that happening now exceeding 80%. – Farm Futures

7. Indiana’s Attorney General and Attorneys General from Alabama, Louisiana, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, West Virginia, and Wisconsin have challenged Massachusetts’s “…attempt to impose regulatory standards on farmers from every other state by dictating conditions of housing for poultry, hogs, and calves when their products will be offered for sale in Massachusetts.” – Farm Futures

Your bonus is content regarding the North American Free Trade Agreement.

  • The latest meetings on the renegotiation of NAFTA took place this week in Washington, largely out of the spotlight, as Cabinet-level officials didn’t attend. – Farm Futures
  • Minnesota Farm Bureau members joined with others across the nation in support of the North American Free Trade Agreement. – The Farmer
  • Who runs a trade deficit with who? U.S. and Canadian statistics differ. – Farm Futures
  • The North America Competitiveness Scorecard shows that NAFTA has had a net positive effect on the U.S. economy and together, Canada, Mexico and the United States outperform the world’s other major trading groups. – Farm Futures
  • Increasing demand in Mexico could mean big business for U.S. agriculture, but U.S. farmers and agribusinesses may have to work harder to capture a share due to the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement. – Kansas Farmer
  • National Grain & Feed Association (NGFA) President Randy Gordon said a big focus in agriculture is to keep a seat at the table as talks continue. – Farm Futures
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