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7 ag stories you might have missed this week - Oct. 12, 2018

Trump talks E15 & RINs, hurricane damage in the southeast and opposition to ERS, NIFA move among news of the week.

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

1. About 75% of non-operator landowners in South Dakota who responded to a recent survey said they were interested or already working with their tenants to build healthy soils on their land. About 12% said they haven’t heard about soil health, but were interested in learning more. The Conservation Learning Group, based at Iowa State University, has kicked off a yearlong social media campaign designed to spread the word about cover crop and no-till benefits for soybean growers. – Dakota Farmer, Wallaces Farmer 

2. President Trump on Tuesday directed his Environmental Protection Agency to pursue changes in the Renewable Identification Number market as a way to quash manipulation and perhaps block Wall Street banks from trading the RINS. During the same campaign stop in Council Bluffs, Iowa, Trump called for allowing the use of E15 yearround. The move drew praisefrom many agricultural groups. – Farm Futures, Wallaces Farmer 

3. Check out the latest on land sales in Kansas. One property brought $5,300 per acre; another brought $675. – Kansas Farmer

4. North Carolina’s Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler asked state legislators for more than $300 million to address cleanup and recovery efforts in the wake of Hurricane Florence. Most of the money would go directly to farmers who lost crops and livestock. Preliminary crop and livestock damage is at least $1.1 billion. Meanwhile, Hurricane Michael’s damage to agriculture in Georgia could hit $1 billion.  – Insurance Journal, Southeast Farm Press

5. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue says USDA’s $12 billion aid package for farmers impacted by retaliatory tariffs may shrink as a result of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement. – Reuters

6. A Center for Rural Affairs white paper finds that 31% of rural households nationwide lack broadband internet access. Broadband is defined by the Federal Communications Commission as internet connections capable of 25 Megabits per second (Mbps) for download and 3 Mbps for upload speeds. – Nebraska Farmer 

7. Fifty-six former USDA and federal statistical agency officials, including former deputy and undersecretaries, have joined those calling for Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to abandon plans to relocate the Economic Research Service and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture outside the nation's capital. – American Agriculturalist

And your bonus:

The Lang Barn in Holmes County, Ohio, was once known as the Red, White and Blue Barn. The 1800s barn was intended to be as practical as it was beautiful. The width of the barn requires double purlin plates and four purlin posts per bent to support the massive roof. – Ohio Farmer

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