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7 ag stories you might have missed this week

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Mergers, potentinal new non-Bt source for corn rootworm protection and what federal policy needs to change to get young people into farming?
Clinton and Trump on ag, German parliamentarians debate Bayer-Monsanto merger and technology in corn mazes.

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

1. Where do Clinton and Trump stand on agricultural issues? Two editors from Penton Agriculture sought to find out and compiled an information-packed Q-and-A. Among some of the highlights: Trump doesn’t support WOTUS; Clinton does, and both want better trade deals for the United States. – Farm Futures

2. Young people want to farm, but there are many barriers in their way, including high priced land, according to Acting U.S. Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Michael Scuse, who spoke at a panel in Nebraska this week. Scuse suggested doing away with the federal capital gains tax in an effort to get older farmers to sell their land to beginning farmers.  – Lincoln Journal-Star

3. Monsanto has reached a global licensing agreement with the Broad Institute to use their Crispr-Cas genome-editing technique. The technique is attractive to the seed development industry because it is less regulated than more established genetic-engineering techniques and it may also cut development costs. – Farm Futures

4. Science published findings this week that DuPont Pioneer scientists have discovered a protein from a non-Bt source that could be an alternative means for controlling corn rootworm. – Phys.org

5. German lawmakers are calling upon regulators to halt Bayer’s purchase of Monsanto. Bayer’s stock has fallen 30% since its talks with Monsanto were first reported. – Farm Futures

6. The Chinese government plans to invest $450 billion into developing the country’s agriculture in order to protect national food security, develop the nation’s seed industry, increase the efficiency of Chinese agriculture and improve rural incomes. – Reuters

7. The Senate Judiciary Committee held its hearing on the wave of mergers occurring in agricultural business. The companies defended their reasons for merging and farm groups were divided in how they think the mergers will impact farmers. – Farm Futures

And your bonus:

Mazes have been tradition on a 300-year-old Massachusetts farm.  Jess Marsh Wissmann uses a drone equipped with camera to guide her as she fine tunes the maze that this year commemorates the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service – Wired

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