Need a quick update on the news? Here are seven agricultural stories you might have missed this week.
1. On Nov. 8, the Arkansas Plant Board voted 10-3 to ban dicamba applications from April 15 through October 31, 2018. This summer, almost 1,000 off-target dicamba drift complaints were made to the Plant Board. The matter next moves to the executive subcommittee of the Arkansas Legislative Council. – Delta Farm Press
2. The United Nations says the global agricultural sector can cut emissions immediately, providing time for energy and transportation sectors to “decarbonize before global warming spirals out of control.” – Reuters
3. The Republican majorities in the House and Senate have released their tax proposals. The two proposals vary, but the goal is to reach an agreement and get them to the president’s desk by the end of the year. – Farm Futures
4. President Trump’s threats to withdraw from the North American Free Trade Agreement have farm groups mobilizing to save the agreement, which they say is vital to agriculture. – Politico
5. Sorghum grower Tom Hartman harvested a field of 200-bushel sorghum, a rare milestone in Nebraska. – Nebraska Farmer
6. House and Senate negotiators have an agreement to restore the government’s registration system for owners of civilian drones. – Farm Futures
7. Michigan’s dairy producers have approved a referendum to continue the Michigan Dairy Market Program for Grade A milk. The program will continue for additional five years beginning Jan. 1, 2018. – Michigan Farmer
And your bonus.
What is the future of Iowa State University’s Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture? A task force has held five listening sessions. Last spring, the Iowa Legislature passed legislation to defund and close the 30-year-old center. Then-Gov. Terry Branstad removed the language closing the center, but allowed the defunding to proceed. The Center sponsors research on ways to improve crop yields and livestock production while reducing environmental impact. – Wallace’s Farmer