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7 ag stories you might have missed this week - Jan. 5, 2018

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Farm Futures final production survey of 2017 released, tax experts talk latest tax bill & 'Farm Town Strong' campaign launched.

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

1. American Farm Bureau Federation and the National Farmers Union have united to raise awareness of the impact of the opioid crisis across rural America. The two released a study late last year and this year have rolled out the “Farm Town Strong” campaign. – Farm Futures

2. More news on dicamba. The North Dakota Department of Agriculture has registered final labels for the dicamba formulations of XtendiMax by Monsanto and Engenia by BASF. The South Dakota Department of Agriculture approved the federal labels for XtendiMax with VaporGrip technology, Engenia and FeXapan herbicides for use on soybeans in South Dakota for 2018. – Dakota Farmer and 4 tips to complete before spray season begins. – Missouri Ruralist

3. Farm Futures final production survey of 2017 shows growers harvested more corn and fewer soybeans in 2017 than previous estimates from USDA. Farmers said they planted just 31.2 million acres of winter wheat in the fall, down 4.5% from the previous year. That would be the lowest total since 1909. – Farm Futures 

4. Farmland sold for $3,000 to $7,850 per acre in the Dakotas in the fall. Hay ground sold for $2,500 per acre. – Dakota Farmer

5. Tax experts explain 17 ag implications of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act passed in December. – American Agriculturalist

6. More farmers are putting oats, rye and other small grains into their crop rotation in Iowa. In 2017, Palo Alto County in northwest Iowa was the leading oat-producing county in Iowa, according to NASS data. Farmers in that county produced 154,000 bushels of oats.- Wallaces Farmer

7. President Trump is scheduled to speak at the American Farm Bureau Federation annual convention in Nashville, Tennessee, on Monday. AFBF President Zippy Duvall says it’s a sign of the high regard in which Trump holds America’s farm and ranch families. Farm Policy Facts saluted the decision. – Farm Futures

And just for fun, check out this bonus.

The World’s Greatest Junk Parade was held last September on the road between Rome and Sullivan, Wis. – Wisconsin Agriculturalist

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