Agweek Wire Report
WASHINGTON — Following European Union approval of the proposed merger between Dow Chemical Co. and DuPont Co., National Farmers Union is calling on the Trump Administration to block the deal. The merger, if approved by the U.S. Justice Department, would create the largest biotechnology and seed firm in the U.S.
WASHINGTON — Highlighting the important roles family farmers and ranchers play in ensuring food security, National Farmers Union joined the agriculture community today in celebrating National Ag Day. “Family farmers and ranchers play a critical role in providing food, fuel, feed and fiber to both our country and the global population,” said NFU President Roger Johnson. “In order to ensure our food security for future generations, we need to be fostering the next generation of family farmers and ranchers today.”
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The American Farm Bureau Federation and 11 other farm and ranch groups earlier this week asked congressional budget and appropriations committees to increase funding for farm programs in the 2018 farm bill. The coalition underlined in a letter the need for a strong farm safety net in the face of financial hardship not seen for decades.
North Dakota State University's Western and hunt seat equestrian teams finished the 2016-17 season as high-point Zone 7 Region 3 teams. They received their titles by earning the most team points in the region during the season.
BERESFORD, S.D. — Relief is on the way to farmers and ranchers who have suffered losses following devastating fires in Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Colorado. Beresford, S.D. farmer Jed Olbertson, in cooperation with South Dakota Farm Bureau, is coordinating donations of hay and financial support that will be shared with those in need. Through social media, Olbertson was able to connect with other farmers across the country to begin putting a plan in place to help farmers and ranchers who have been impacted by the fires.
ST. PAUL, Minn. — The Minnesota Agricultural Education Leadership Council is now accepting grant applications for the improvement of agricultural education across Minnesota. Funds will be awarded in two competitive grant areas – Strategic Initiatives and Common Fund.
Winds have been gusting across Agweek Country since Monday, and damages both small and large have been reported across the region. The wind has knocked out power in places, knocked over semi trucks across North Dakota and blew garbage around communities.
SPRINGFIELD, OHIO — A cooperative of growers and an agricultural data non-profit have agreed to combine their technology platforms and create a vital resource for data-driven agriculture – a neutral, secure and private data storage repository controlled by growers. The combined platforms will be known as AgXchange™ and will be an independent data repository commercially available through the Growers Ag Data Cooperative where producers can control, store, view and share their farm data assets.
WASHINGTON — Ten outstanding young farm and ranch leaders have been honored by the American Farm Bureau Federation as graduates of the organization’s eighth Partners in Advocacy Leadership class. The young agricultural leaders were recognized during AFBF’s Advocacy Conference this week. PAL provides advanced training to the organization’s rising stars, with the goal of developing powerful advocates for agriculture and cultivating leaders who can help Farm Bureau advance its policy goals.
WASHINGTON — The Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation is pleased to announce that Reps. Erik Paulsen, Tom Emmer and Collin Peterson are the recipients of the “Friend of Farm Bureau” Award from the 114th Congress. Former Rep. John Kline also was a recipient of this award.