Need a quick catchup on the news? Here are seven agricultural stories you might have missed this week.
1. Farm Futures latest grower survey finds growers intend to plant more corn and cotton and less sorghum and soybean. – Farm Futures
2. Cargill chairman and CEO Dave MacLennan speaks at the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland. He talks about trade war with China, infrastructure and labor on Bloomberg TV. He said company is privately owned because the owners can take longer-term view. – Bloomberg
3. Groundwater supplies around the world are being threatened by excessive pumping, but drilling deeper wells is not a long-term solution. A better solution is to manage water use and avoid excessive declines in groundwater levels. – PBS NewsHour
4. Members of the House Agriculture Committee were announced. Rep. Collin Peterson, D-Minn., is the committee chairman and Rep. Michael Conaway, R-Texas, is the ranking member. – Farm Futures
5. Wisconsin lost 638 dairy farms in just one year. According to the latest data from the state Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, that’s a more than 7% decline and the biggest drop since 2004. As of November 2018, Wisconsin had about 8,000 dairy farms and 1.28 million cows. — Milwaukee Business News
6. Farmers joined 35,000 other protesters Saturday at Berlin’s landmark Brandenburg Gate, calling for climate-friendly agriculture and healthy food. The message of the protest is “farm work on the land, in the fields and in the stables is something very valuable and worthy of protection.” – CNBC
7. All Farm Service Agency offices have reopened to offer a limited number of services while the government shutdown continues. Also, the new deadline for the Market Facilitation Program application deadline is Feb. 14. – Farm Futures
And your bonus.
Edie Ramstad has encountered challenges unique to rural Minnesota as she builds her business, Weave Got Maille in northwestern Minnesota. Small-town lenders were unfamiliar with her business, forcing her to self-finance. Her local post office closed at 2:30 p.m., a problem with a company that ships product around the United States and to more than 70 countries. She pays $800 a month for the internet, compared to $40 per month in the nearest regional center. – MPR