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7 ag stories you might have missed this week - June 19, 2020

Dicamba battle continues, packaging review for several food products and COVID-19 impacts small locker plants.

Missed some ag news this week? Here are seven stories to catch you up.

1. The American Farm Bureau Federation, American Soybean Association, National Cotton Council of America, National Association of Wheat Growers, National Corn Growers Association, and National Sorghum Producers filed an amicus brief with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals supporting EPA’s position against the Center for Food Safety petition that seeks to invalidate EPA’s dicamba existing stocks order and hold the agency in contempt. – Farm Futures

2. Breakfast food Cream of Wheat is the latest product to undergo a review following racism accusations. The Aunt Jemima brand is being discontinued and Uncle Ben's image is going to "evolve." Mrs. Butterworth's brand will also have a packaging review. – Rolling Stone

3. The Great Plains and the desert southwest have the ingredients for renewable energy and few people, but there's no good way to get it to population centers. Renewable energy backers are backing transmission lines to move the energy. – Farm Futures

4. Beekeeper Peter Nelson has produced a documentary on beekeeping and its role in the American food supply. Between 2007 and 2013, more than 10 million beehives were lost worldwide, twice the normal rate. The documentary is titled, The Pollinators. – The Guardian

5. Public health experts are challenging Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis's assertion that migrant farm workers are driving Florida's surge in COVID-19 cases. – Miami Herald

6. Business is booming at small locker plants as consumers seek alternatives. Some consumers are seeking to purchase meat as grocers limited supplies due to the COVID-19 processing plant shutdowns. Others saw a good deal as farmers gave hogs away due to lack of processing capacity. – Lincoln Journal Star

7. The Farm Progress Show will go on despite the COVID-19 pandemic. It is set for Sept. 1-3 near Boone, Iowa. – Des Moines Register

And your bonus.

Sometimes in life, we're the judge. Other times, we're the ringmen. Success can be found in both. An essay by a recent college grad. – Missouri Ruralist

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