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7 ag stories you might have missed

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Catch up on a busy week in ag: An end to the strike, a big equipment announcement, tragic flooding and more.

Missed some agricultural news this week? There was a lot happening, and here are seven stories to fill you in.

Deere strike comes to an end             

Deere & Co. union workers ratified an agreement with the company Wednesday to return to plants across the U.S., putting an end to their first strike since 1986. United Auto Workers members voted 61% to 39% in favor of the agreement, which will increase pay and boost retirement benefits over a six-year agreementBloomberg

German farm culls 4,000 pigs after ASF detection

On Wednesday a northern Germany farm began culling all of its pigs after a confirmed case of African swine fever. Officials said it was still unclear how the disease entered the farm near Guestrow, where it was detected this week. – Associated Press

Case IH rolls out new sprayer line

Case IH announced a new self-propelled sprayer line on Thursday. The Patriot line will hit fields in 2022 and will feature upgraded suspension, a bigger cab and other productivity boosting features. From its new nose to its restyled tail, the Patriot 50 is making a statement. – Farm Futures

Bayer partners with Microsoft

On Wednesday Bayer announced a strategic partnership with Microsoft to build a new cloud-based set of digital tools and data science solutions for use in agriculture. New tools will help with farming operations, sustainable sourcing, supply chain improvement and more.  – Farm Futures

2022 protein outlook

Rabobank released its 2022 Global Animal Protein Outlook this week. Beef cow liquidation is expected to continue into 2022, with stronger cattle prices and steep 2021 reductions slowing the pace. Canada is expected to follow the U.S. downward trend, but Mexico is projected to increase cattle production. BEEF Magazine

More Renewable Fuel Standard delays

The Environmental Protection Agency kicked the can again on setting RFS blending levels, creating continued uncertainty of what blending levels are required. EPA still has not issued 2021 and 2022 RFS rules or the 2023 volumes. The Agency is proposing to change how future compliance deadlines are determined.  Farm Futures

Ag community hit hard in British Columbia floods

Dairy and chicken farms cover the countryside in the area hit hard by flooding. Thousands of farm animals have perished in B.C. floods, and thousands more will be in critical need of food over the next few days. Some farms are underwater, while others have managed to stay dry but are cut off from necessary resources. – CTV News Vancouver

And your bonus.

Rising Thanksgiving grocery bills

The American Farm Bureau’s annual Thanksgiving survey shows the average cost of the classic meal for a family of 10 in 2021 is $53.31, which is 14% higher than last year. Factors contributing to the price hikes including economy and supply chain disruptions, inflationary pressure, and demand difficulties. Plus, food isn’t the only thing seeing higher prices this holiday. – Farm Futures

Farm Bureau cost of 2021 Thanksgiving meal

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