Need a quick catch up on the news? Here are seven agricultural stories you might have missed this week.
1.It’s been a busy few days at USDA, with President Trump announcing three more appointments for the agency and Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announcing a realignment within the agency that moves several agencies. – Farm Futures
2. Beck’s Hybrids has unveiled a planter that allows multiple row widths and multiple hybrids. Beck’s will use the planter in its Practical Farm Research program. – American Agriculturist
3. The second round of negotiations for the North American Free Trade Agreement wrapped up in Mexico City with little progress to report. The next round is scheduled for later this month in Ottawa. – Farm Futures
4. A new study from the University of Illinois shows why herbicide rotation doesn’t prevent weeds from developing resistance to herbicides. – phys.org
5. The agricultural impacts of Hurricane Harvey are still being totaled and now Hurricane Irma is poised to wreak havoc on Florida’s $1.2 billion worth of agricultural production. – Farm Futures
6. Camelina shows promise as a soybean cover crop and food source for pollinators in field trials conducted by University of Minnesota and USDA scientists. The oilseed crop also improves water quality by holding back nitrate leaching. – The Farmer
7. Michigan’s onion producers have voted to continue the state’s Onion Promotion and Development Program. It was first established in 1977 and must be renewed every five years. – Michigan Farmer
And your bonus.
At least 32 states are studying hemp, according to the National Hemp Association. The association estimates that the U.S. imports nearly $700 million in hemp products annually, mostly from China and Canada. Hemp and marijuana may look similar, but hemp is high in fiber and low in tetrahydrocannabinol, the ingredient that makes marijuana a valued drug. – American Agriculturist