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7 ag stories you might have missed this week - Jan. 24, 20207 ag stories you might have missed this week - Jan. 24, 2020

New WOTUS rule, fewer winter wheat acres and what does changing climate mean for crop production.

Janet Kubat Willette

January 24, 2020

2 Min Read

Missed some news this week? Here's seven agricultural stories to catch you up.

1. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of the Army proposed a new rule – now called the Navigable Waters Protection Rule – to replace the Waters of the U.S. regulation. – Farm Futures

2. Heavy rains in 2019 resulted in nearly 20 million acres of prevent plant acres across the United States. Last year was both the second hottest and second wettest on record, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. – Popular Science

3. For U.S. farmers, the trade deal with China means a potentially short-lived benefit as China seeks to make good on its two-year promise. But long term, America’s biggest customer may go elsewhere, creating opportunity for rival agriculture giants like Brazil, Argentina and Russia. – Farm Futures

4. The move of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture and the USDA Economic Research Service to Kansas City, Missouri, has delayed university research projects that rely on funding and cooperation from the agencies, according to Cornell University professors. – The Cornell Daily Sun

5. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said the third round of the second year of trade aid is "imminent" at the American Farm Bureau Federation meeting in Austin, Texas. A third year of trade aid won't be necessary, he said, as prices will rise with increased trade. – Prairie Farmer

6. About 30.8 million acres of winter wheat were planted this year, down 1% from last year and not much more than 1909, according to USDA. The decline in planted acres has been a trend in recent years. - The Wall Street Journal

7. China's agriculture ministry issued biosafety certificates for domestically grown, genetically modified corn and soybean traits. – Reuters

And your bonus.

Loron and Lorna Bock installed conservation projects designed to reduce runoff, boost safety and beautify the land on the property on the eastern shore of Lake Winnebago in northeastern Fond du Lac County, Wis. The couple milk 170 registered Holstein cows. – Wisconsin Agriculturalist

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