Missed some ag news this week? Here are 7 stories to catch you up.
1. The EPA angered renewable fuel proponents on Tuesday when it released the details of a proposal to establish the cellulosic biofuel, advanced biofuel and total renewable fuel volumes for 2020 and the biomass-based diesel volume for 2021 under the Renewable Fuel Standard. Proponents charged the deal isn’t what President Trump promised them. The American Petroleum Institute wasn’t pleased either. There’s a 30-day comment period ahead. – Wallace’s Farmer, The Hill
2. China wants a rollback in tariffs from the U.S. before it buys as much as $50 billion worth of American agricultural products. – Bloomberg
3. As much as 37% of animal products and a fifth of fruit and vegetables may be wasted after being purchased, according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization. – Farm Futures
4. Climate change has benefitted certain regions as grape growers in England, which was historically unsuited for producing fine wine, has joined the global wine world. Warmer seasons have made it easier to produce exceptional wines in Germany. Even with success, the character of these wines has evolved and more disruptions are coming. – The New York Times
5. Justice Farms of North Carolina, which is owned by the family of West Virginia billionaire Gov. Jim Justice, was the biggest recipient of soybean trade aid in West Virginia. President Trump set up the Market Facilitation Program to help offset losses caused by tariffs. – Chicago Tribune
6. Is it time to take soil samples? A slideshow and guide to take soil samples from Iowa State University field agronomists. – Wallace’s Farmer
7. In a scene straight out of a horror flick, Nick Lestina discovered five inches of animal blood, fat and tissue in his basement. The blood is coming from the meat locker next door. – Des Moines Register
And your bonus.
Leslie and Susan Kleiman saved their big white barn in Michigan. They want the barn to be there long after they are gone. Leslie advises people to winterize their barns and make repairs along the way. – Michigan Farmer