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

EPA out with proposed RFS volume requirements, wheat harvest underway and Brazilian farmers running out of storage.

Here are 7 agricultural stories you might have missed this week.

1. The Environmental Protection Agency has proposed volume requirements for renewable fuels under the Renewable Fuels Standard. The EPA is proposing volume requirements for cellulosic biofuel, advanced biofuel and total renewable fuel that are below the statutory applicable volumes and lower than the 2017 requirements. – Farm Futures

2. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed removing the grizzly bear in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem from the federal list. The Yellowstone grizzly bear population has rebounded from as few as 136 bears in 1975 to more than 700 today. – Western Farmer Stockman

3. The wheat harvest is underway and custom harvesters in eastern Colorado and western Kansas have found better-than-expected yields and grain quality. The fields that missed snow, hail and disease are yielding 40 to 70 bushels per acre. – Farm Futures

4. Wheat stem maggot was found in cornfields in central and eastern Nebraska where corn was planted following rye or wheat cover crops. Wheat stem maggot was also reported in northeast Nebraska cornfields in 2005 and 2015. – Nebraska Farmer

5. Brazilian farmers are running out of room to store a record harvest. With local prices down 28% from a year ago, farmers are stashing soybeans wherever they can. – Farm Futures

6. Kansas State University researchers, with support from USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture and the Kansas Wheat Commission, are setting out to determine which wheat varieties will produce superior yields and baking quality. – Kansas Farmer

7. North Carolina farmer Jackie Thomspon, 66, says there's no way he could run his farm without immigrant labor. He employs about 30 immigrants who harvest roughly 600,000 pounds of tobacco. The North Carolina Farm Bureau says 80,000 people work on North Carolina farms, with about half being undocumented immigrants. – News Observer

And your bonus:

Zimbabwe's president says a subsidy for corn will help make the country self-sufficient in the grain and help struggling farmers. Others say President Robert Mugabe is essentially buying votes in a country where nearly 70% of the population is rural and survives on agriculture – Reuters

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