Need a quick catch up on the news? Here are seven agricultural stories you might have missed this week.
1 - The Environmental Protection Agency on Nov. 30 released the final 2018 Renewable Volume Obligation under the Renewable Fuel Standard. The numbers were little changed from the proposed numbers issued in the summer. – Farm Futures
2 - American Farm Bureau Federation and National Farmers Union have partnered to address the opioid epidemic in rural America. The two organizations commissioned a survey that found 46% of rural adults say it would be easy for someone in their community to access opioids illegally. – Farm Futures
3 - Agricultural land values appear to be holding steady in Minnesota and the Dakotas. There are fewer farms for sale and robust demand. – Dakota Farmer
4 - USDA continues to forecast higher farm incomes in 2017, but the agency cut its latest projection slightly this week. – Farm Futures
5 - Should crop insurance premiums be lower for farmers who take steps to protect their soil with no-till and cover crops? The last farm bill tied conservation compliance to crop insurance for the first time. – Farm Futures
6 - USDA’s milk production report shows October production increased to 1.4% higher than a year ago; September production was 1% higher than a year ago. – Wisconsin Agriculturalist
7 - Bayer and Monsanto got some good news this week when the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States saw no national security concerns about the impending deal - Farm Futures
Your bonus is a couple stories related to soil health and management.
Soil testing can save farmers thousands of dollars by providing accurate information to guide nutrient management decisions. – Missouri Ruralist
Have you taken the 1% Challenge? The 1% Challenge encourages farmers to commit to a long-term plan to increase their soil’s organic matter by 1%. – Wallaces Farmer