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7 ag stories you might have missed this week - May 12, 2017

Sonny Perdue announces reorganization, organic rules delayed, Lighthizer confirmed.

Here are seven ag stories you may have missed this week.

1. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced a reorganization at USDA. He has created an undersecretary for trade and foreign agricultural affairs position and elevated the Rural Development agencies to report directly to him. – Farm Futures

2. A farm bill field hearing was held in Michigan on May 6. Topics of discussion included strengthening crop insurance for all commodities, streamlining regulations, providing access to labor, strengthening exports and conservation. – Michigan Farmer

3. USDA again delayed organic rules for the production of livestock. The rules were originally supposed to take effect in March. The effective date has been delayed since months and public comments will be accepted through June 9, 2017. – Farm Futures

4. The U.S. has reached an agreement with China to allow U.S. beef into China. The details have to be worked out, but shipment is expected to begin by mid-July. – Farm Futures

5. Susan Brocksmith of Vincennes, Indiana, is the national winner of the 2017 America's Farmers Mom of Year program. – Farm Futures

6. The Senate confirmed Robert Lighthizer to be the U.S. Trade Representative by a vote of 82-14 on May 11. – Farm Futures 

7. BASF recently announced the acquisition of Pennsylvania-based ZedX, a world leader in developing digital ag intelligence. – American Agriculturalist

And your bonus.

The United Nations agriculture agency and the World Bank have signed a new agreement to work together in supporting member countries in improving rural livelihoods, enhancing food production efficiency and ensuring sustainable management of natural resources worldwide. – UN News Centre

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