Need a quick catch up on ag news of the week? Here are seven stories you might have missed.
1. The average U.S. sunflower yield in 2018 was 1,731 pounds per acre, an increase of 128 pounds from the 2017. South Dakota was the leading sunflower producing state, with total production of 975 million pounds. – Dakota Farmer
2. The Trump administration has released its 18-page list of priorities for negotiations between the U.S. and Great Britain. The U.S. Trade Representative may be ready to formally launch negotiations in as little as 30 days. – American Agriculturalist
3. President Trump says he’s asked China to immediately remove all tariffs on U.S. agricultural products in what could be a huge blessing for American farmers. But how will global trade flows change in the event of a deal? - Bloomberg
4. Purdue University professor Torbert Rocheford developed orange corn over 20 years. Now, he and his son, Evan Rocheford, are marketing Professor Torbert’s Orange Corn Grits in the U.S. Orange corn is higher than yellow corn in antioxidant carotenoids. The orange corn is also being grown in 11 African countries. – Indiana Prairie Farmer
5. The Ag Economy Barometer declined 7 points to a reading of 136 points in February, compared to 143 a month earlier. The modest decline puts the barometer back near the levels observed in October and November 2018 and is just 4 points below the level of February 2018. – Farm Futures
6. More than 200 Cornell students participated in Cornell’s Digital Agriculture Hackathon to improve the environmental impact of agriculture, develop high-yield food production strategies, support small farms and make food systems more efficient. One team developed a method of digital evaluation of farmland, another a way to alert farmers when to check on a cow in labor. – The Cornell Daily Sun
7. Marine Corps veteran Mike Mosier now tends a herd of goats on his Fourth Mission Farm in Ashley, Indiana. Farm life and work help manage his PTSD. Veterans turning to farming after wartime is common throughout U.S. history. – Purdue News
And your bonus.
Click through a slideshow of a barn built before the Civil War. The Mayer family spent four years restoring the 165-year-old barn and now hosts a variety of gatherings at Folk Song Farm. – Wisconsin Agriculturalist