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Articles from 2018 In August

7 ag stories you might have missed this week - Aug. 31, 2018

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Need a quick catch up on agricultural news? Here are seven agricultural stories you might have missed this week. 

University of Wisconsin Extension dairy economist Bob Cropp says August Class III milk prices should be around $15 per cwt. Declining cow numbers and slower growth in milk production are contributing to the price increase.  – Wisconsin Agriculturalist

Farmers can begin signing up for trade aid beginning Sept. 4. The $4.7 billion in direct payment aid is to assist farmers who have been negatively impacted by retaliatory tariffs. In other trade-related news, President Trump announced he may levy more tariffs on China as soon as next week. And, negotiators from the United States and Canada are working to reach a NAFTA deal.  – Farm Futures

A new study by the Environmental Working Group shows many popular oat-based cereals and snack foods contain what the group labels as problematic levels of glyphosate residue. The benchmark is based on what the EWG determined to be “unacceptable,” and that its standard is more than 100 times more strict than the current EPA guideline. – Kansas Farmer

Environmental groups are asking a federal appeals court to overturn the Environmental Protection Agency’s approval of XtendiMax. The herbicide’s main ingredient is dicamba. – Farm Futures 

What factors will impact land prices in your area this fall and winter? In areas where there’s a big crop, expect to see continued land market stability. If crop yields are disappointing, there is potential for softness in the local land market. Also, pay attention to farm bill negotiations. Recent land sales in Iowa have ranged from $2,950 per acre to $10,550 per acre. – Wallaces Farmer 

There is enormous potential for innovation to transform African agriculture. Africa has the among the lowest agricultural yields in the world and the highest prevalence of the world’s undernourished people. - Forbes 

A website,, has been developed for people to submit their proposals to fix the current dairy pricing system. – American Agriculturalist 

And your bonus.

Four historic barns are on the route for this year’s Knox County, Ohio, Barn Tour on Sept. 8. Featured are the Kirk barn, the Overholt barn, the Thompson barn and Warwick barn. – Ohio Farmer

MIDDAY Midwest Digest (August 31, 2018)

In today's Midday Midwest Digest, we learn how the West Nile Virus is taking lives in the Midwest. The main symptoms are flu-like and include a fever with body aches. The mosquito carried virus will be a problem until the first hard frost this fall. Plus, many are talking about the thousands of earthquakes being felt in Harper County, South Dakota. The area has been having the earthquakes since 2012 when fracking began there. And a set of parents in Ann Arbor, Michigan are fighting for their children's playhouse. The couple didn't secure permits from the city and so far they have racked up $1,200 in fines and could face up to $5,000 more plus jail time. Check out today's Midday Midwest Digest. 

MORNING Midwest Digest August 31, 2018

In this Morning Midwest Digest, we find out how parts of western and northern Michigan are still without power and the impact of 16 tornadoes is having on Wisconsin. Plus, southern Kansas reported four earthquakes this week, Find out what some are saying could be causing them. And the opioid crisis is impacting the University of Michigan's pocketbook. A $4.3 million dollar fine is levied against the college after a bookkeeping problem showed errors in how some employees were able to acquire drugs. Check out the Morning Midwest Digest. 

Farm Progress America, Aug. 31, 2018

Max Armstrong looks into the issue of the farm labor problem, which is causing problems with lost opportunities for fresh fruit and vegetable exports. These challenges are causing farms to look toward more automation too. One part of the problem is the lack of a consistent immigration policy.

Farm Progress America is a daily look at key issues in agriculture. It is produced and presented by Max Armstrong, veteran farm broadcaster and host of This Week in Agribusiness.

Photo: Dave McNew/Getty Images

MIDDAY Midwest Digest, August 30, 2018

Watch what you post on social media, even if it's a personal page. An Illinois police officer was fired over his post off duty. He wants his job back.

Lawmakers in Illinois signed a bill allowing doctors to prescribe marijuana as a pain killer, in hopes it would reduce use and demand of opioids.

The Catholic church sex scandal continues as more names continue to drop. 

The Grand Rapids, Mich., airport lets you empty your pocket change into a container for money that goes to homeless.

A couple was married at the baseball field where the scene from "A League of Their Own" was filmed when Tom Hanks said, "There's no crying in baseball!"


Meat Market Update | Tremendous export volume pushes box beef sales higher

The weekly average Choice cutout which includes all types of sales including the daily Choice cutout was $207.49; $3.67 higher than the previous week. It was still well below the daily Choice cutout but at least it is following in a normal slower fashion.
Exports as reported on the box beef report were 1,527 loads, a tremendous 524 loads higher compared to the previous week which really helped to push total box beef sales up to 7,211 loads this week.

Feeder cattle still run larger numbers than 2017

Feeder cattle receipts at the test auctions totaled 23,000 head which was about the same as last week but 3,000 head over last year. Prices were steady to $4 lower on yearlings and steady to $2 higher on calves.

Slaughter cow prices were mostly steady on Monday but then started to drop on the heels of declining cow meat prices.