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7 ag stories you might have missed this week - Aug. 31, 2018

Trade, land prices, milk prices & XtendiMax among items in the news this week.

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

University of Wisconsin Extension dairy economist Bob Cropp says August Class III milk prices should be around $15 per cwt. Declining cow numbers and slower growth in milk production are contributing to the price increase.  – Wisconsin Agriculturalist

Farmers can begin signing up for trade aid beginning Sept. 4. The $4.7 billion in direct payment aid is to assist farmers who have been negatively impacted by retaliatory tariffs. In other trade-related news, President Trump announced he may levy more tariffs on China as soon as next week. And, negotiators from the United States and Canada are working to reach a NAFTA deal.  – Farm Futures

A new study by the Environmental Working Group shows many popular oat-based cereals and snack foods contain what the group labels as problematic levels of glyphosate residue. The benchmark is based on what the EWG determined to be “unacceptable,” and that its standard is more than 100 times more strict than the current EPA guideline. – Kansas Farmer

Environmental groups are asking a federal appeals court to overturn the Environmental Protection Agency’s approval of XtendiMax. The herbicide’s main ingredient is dicamba. – Farm Futures 

What factors will impact land prices in your area this fall and winter? In areas where there’s a big crop, expect to see continued land market stability. If crop yields are disappointing, there is potential for softness in the local land market. Also, pay attention to farm bill negotiations. Recent land sales in Iowa have ranged from $2,950 per acre to $10,550 per acre. – Wallaces Farmer 

There is enormous potential for innovation to transform African agriculture. Africa has the among the lowest agricultural yields in the world and the highest prevalence of the world’s undernourished people. - Forbes 

A website, dairyproposals2018.com, has been developed for people to submit their proposals to fix the current dairy pricing system. – American Agriculturalist 

And your bonus.

Four historic barns are on the route for this year’s Knox County, Ohio, Barn Tour on Sept. 8. Featured are the Kirk barn, the Overholt barn, the Thompson barn and Warwick barn. – Ohio Farmer

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