7 ag stories you might have missed this week - Oct. 9, 2020

African swine fever outbreak grows in Germany, Ag Economy Barometer rises in September and a vertical farm to grow insects under construction in France.

Janet Kubat Willette, E-Content Editor

October 9, 2020

2 Min Read

Need a quick look at news of the week? Here's seven ag stories you might have missed.

1. Rural voters felt forgotten by presidential candidates – until Trump came along. Trump enjoys broad support among farmers. Yet, some farmers question if all the government aid Trump has funneled to farmers is a good thing. – Farm Futures

2. Three more cases of African swine fever have been confirmed in wild boars in the German state of Brandenburg. This brings the total number of confirmed cases to 53 since the first one on Sept. 10. All infections in the country have been found in wild hogs. – Nasdaq

3. The U.S. trade deficit widened in August to the largest since 2006 as the nation imported a record amount of consumer goods amid a pickup in demand ahead of the holiday-shopping season. – Farm Futures

4. Suicide is a leading cause of death among U.S. farmers and ranchers. The number of suicides in South Dakota is up by 40% over the past decade. Farmers don't often ask for help. – Governing

5. The Ag Economy Barometer rose 12 points in September to 156, up 60 points from the 2020 low in April. It reflects the announcement of the second round of Coronavirus Food Assistance Program funding and rising crop prices. The Ag Economy Barometer is based on survey responses from 400 U.S. agricultural producers and was conducted Sept. 21-25. – Farm Futures

6. A new vertical farm under construction an hour north of Paris will raise insects for use in pet food, fertilizer and fish food. -  Fast Company

7. Scientists at Washington State University, USDA and partner institutions have been investigating the alfalfa genome and have identified 10 genetic markers, and promising parent varieties, that could lead to higher-quality hay. Alfalfa is the nation's third most valuable field crop, worth more than $9 billion annually. The crop is grown on more than 400,000 acres and exported around the world. – Western Farmer Stockman

And your bonus.

Sixth generation farmer takes viewers along to a corn field and into the combine cab during harvest. There's even a visit from grandpa with chocolate milk. - YouTube

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