Need a quick look back at news from the week? Here are seven agricultural stories you might have missed or want to read again.
1. The U.S. Court of Appeals District of Colombia ruled Friday that the Environmental Protection Agency doesn’t have the authority to cut quotas while citing inadequate domestic supply. It was a unanimous decision by the three-judge panel. – Farm Futures
2. University of Nebraska-Lincoln freshman Galen Kreifels was awarded an Undergraduate Creative Activities and Research Experience grant to develop and document an unmanned aircraft system to measure water quality. – Nebraska Farmer
3. The Senate Agriculture Committee held a hearing, "Commodities, Credit, and Crop Insurance: Perspectives on Risk Management Tools and Trends for the 2018 Farm Bill." Those giving testimony included representatives of the American Farm Bureau Federation, Independent Community Bankers of America, crop insurance industry, American Soybean Association and American Sugar Alliance. – Farm Futures
4. Kansas has become one of the fastest-growing dairy states in the nation since the late 1990s. Large-scale dairies settling in western Kansas have fueled the growth, with the state's milk production growing more than 25% in the last five years. – Kansas Farmer
5. An agreement has been signed between Agco and The Climate Corporation for Agco to acquire the Precision Planting LLC business. Terms of the deal were not disclosed and it's subject to regulatory approvals. – Farm Industry News.
6. A homegrown conservation program in South Dakota is being considered as a model for other projects in the Dakotas and across the country. S-RAM, or Seasonal Riparian Area Management, pays landowners $60 to $75 per acre over 10 to 15 years to defer grazing from April 1 to Sept. 30 along the Big Sioux River and its tributaries. – Dakota Farmer
7. European Commission officials are laying out their antitrust concerns regarding the merger of Bayer and Monsanto. The companies hope to complete the merger by the end of the year. – Farm Futures
And your bonus:
Lake Erie is expected to experience a major algal bloom this summer, reaching levels seen in 2013 and 2014, but less than the record bloom of 2015. The bloom is predicted to appear in the far western Lake Erie base in late July and early August. – Ohio Farmer