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7 ag stories you might have missed this week - Dec. 20, 2019

USMCA passes House, 2020 RFS rules released and a floating farm in Rotterdam among news of the week.

Missed some ag news this week? Here's seven stories to catch you up.

1. In a bipartisan vote, the House of Representatives passed the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement. The trade bill next heads to the Senate for a vote. – Farm Futures

2. Some farm groups and farm-state lawmakers took aim at the EPA, saying the final RFS rules released Thursday failed to uphold the president's promises to the industry. – The Washington Post

3. Mary Kay Thatcher, who advocated for American Farm Bureau for more than 30 years, says it's "unfathomable" that the Chinese will buy $50 billion worth of farm products as part of the phase-one trade deal. That's more than double the amount it bought before the trade war started. – CNN

4. Presidential candidate Sen. Cory Booker wants to overhaul animal agriculture. The New Jersey senator has introduced the Farm System Reform Act, which would phase out all feedyards of 1,000 head or more, impose Country of Origin Labeling laws and revise the Packers and Stockyards Act. – Beef

5. The world's first floating farm is floating in the port of Rotterdam. The three-story platform is home to 35 cows, employing artificial intelligence to milk, feed and clean up after the cows. – Atlas obscura

6. Feral hogs roam the south and have established themselves in Canada. They are encroaching on border states including Montana and North Dakota. – The New York Times

7. Poet is gifting South Dakota State University $2 million to help build a new precision agriculture center on South Dakota State University's campus. – Sioux Falls Argus Leader

And your bonus.

USDA listed Wakanda as a free-trade partner and then removed it from the list. It's a fictional country. - BBC

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