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7 ag stories you might have missed this week - July 20, 2018

Collage with corn harvest, capitol building and angus beef cattle
Eugene Sukup dies, new feed mill in Wisconsin and House farm bill conferees named.

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

1. House Speaker Paul Ryan and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi named their farm bill conference committee members this week. There are 29 Republicans and 18 Democrats on the committee. Senate conferees could be named as soon as next week. - Politico 

2. Qual Dairy, of Lisbon, N.D., is the second dairy in the U.S., and the 15th in the world, to install a rotary robotic milking parlor. The carousel parlor — which has 60 robotic milkers on board — dramatically reduces the number of people it takes to milk cows. – Dakota Farmer

3. Eugene Sukup, founder of Sunup Manufacturing Co., the world’s largest family-owned manufacturer of grain bins, dryers and other grain handling equipment, died July 12 following a brief hospital stay. He was 89. – Wallaces Farmer

4. The El Niño Southern Oscillation is one of dozens of weather cycles that climatologists track closely. Many farmers also pay attention to the three phases of ENSO because even though it physically occurs thousands of miles from the U.S., it can alter weather patterns around the world – and affect grain production in many key areas, including the Midwest. – Farm Futures

5. An indoor vertical farm that uses 90% less water than conventional growers will supply nearly 9,500 servings of leafy green salads per day to casinos and local restaurant chains in Las Vegas. – CNBC

6. The latest land sales in Nebraska show bidders are sometimes willing to bid on future potential. – Kansas Farmer

7. Insight FS employees and community members celebrated the grand opening of the Brandon Feed Mill with tours highlighting the new state-of-the-art technology the plant brings to the area. – Wisconsin Agriculturalist

And your bonus:

What happens in the fields of Iowa has an effect on the Mississippi River and its watershed all the way down to the Gulf of Mexico. Listen as Clay Masters discusses agriculture and water health with Jamie Benning, water quality program manager with Iowa State University Extension, and Sarah Carlson from Practical Farmers of Iowa. - MPR

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