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7 stories you might have missed - 12/16/16

7 stories you might have missed - 12/16/16

Obama Administration launches trade enforcement challenge against China, University of California study taking precision ag to new level and rumors continue to swirl over who will be next ag secretary.

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

1. The Obama Administration on Thursday launched a trade enforcement challenge against the Chinese government regarding the country's administration of tariff-rate quotas for rice, wheat and corn. – Farm Futures

2. A three-year Robot-Assisted Precision Irrigation and Diagnostics project at the University of California Merced is taking precision agriculture to a whole new level. – University of California

3. Updates to the Farmer Fair Practices Rules were announced Dec. 14. The American Farm Bureau Federation praised the rules, saying they were a positive step. The National Cattlemen's Beef Association, however, blasted the rules. – Farm Futures

4. The United Nations is encouraging investment in agricultural science and technology research to defeat hunger and poverty. A UN report this week said that if investment is not increased in agricultural research in Asia, it's unlikely efforts to achieve zero hunger will succeed. – United Nations News Centre

5. Archer Daniels Midland was fined $25,000 by the CME for improperly executing transactions in December 2014. – KTICRadio

6. An EPA report found scientific evidence that hydraulic fracturing activities can impact drinking water resources in some circumstances. – Farm Futures

7. Delaware's Ed Kee is retiring after eight years as Maryland's secretary of agriculture. Kee's agriculture career began on a Lewes, Delaware, farm. – American Agriculturist

And your bonus:

The speculation over the next secretary of agriculture continues with sources saying Idaho Gov. Butch Otter is being considered for the job. – Politico

Meanwhile, other sources are saying that North Dakota Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, a Democrat, is Trump's top choice to be the next agriculture secretary. – Yahoo Finance

Meanwhile, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is reflecting on his eight years at the helm of the agency. – Wallaces Farmer

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