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7 ag stories you might have missed this week - Aug. 25, 2017

Hurricane Harvey heads toward Texas, farm workers in Philippines have flu symptoms and farmer donates 2,300 acres to KSU.

Need a quick catch up on the agriculture news of the week. Here's 7 stories you might have missed.

1. Hurricane Harvey is expected to disrupt harvests and could potentially be devastating to farmers in the Lone Star State. The state's rice harvest is about 70% complete and two-thirds of the state's cotton remains to be harvested. – CNBC

2. Trump nominee Sam Clovis is drawing opposition from several quarters, with the Senate Minority Leader calling on the president to remove the nomination. Opponents say Clovis isn't a scientist. Supporters say a scientist isn't needed for the top USDA post. – Farm Futures

3. FS Bioenergia, a corn-only production facility, held a grain opening Aug. 11 in Lucas do Rio Verde, Mato Grosso, Brazil. It's the first large-scale corn-only ethanol production plant in Brazil and it's the result of a collaboration between Brazilian agribusiness Fiagril and U.S.-based Summit Agricultural Group, based in Alden, Iowa. – Wallaces Farmer

4. The European Commission has opened an in-depth investigation into the proposed merger of Bayer and Monsanto. Bayer still hopes to complete the merger by the end of the year. – Farm Futures

5. Growing evidence suggests pesticides may protect weed seeds in the soil from being attacked by naturally occurring invertebrate and fungal species, according to a University of New Hampshire researcher. –American Agriculturist

6. Farm workers in two towns in the Philippines have developed flu-like symptoms after direct exposure to birds infected with bird flu. The 34 workers live in the provinces of Pampanga and Nueva Ecija. Bird flu was confirmed in the country on Aug. 10. - Reuters

7. Harold Lonsinger of Alton, Kansas, has given 2,300 acres of farmland to Kansas State University to develop a research farm focusing on sustainable agricultural practices and soil conservation, reclamation and protection. – Kansas Farmer

Your bonus is a couple stories related to biofuels.

The Commerce Department ruled that Argentina and Indonesia provide subsidies to their biodiesel producers that are a violation of international trade rules. – Farm Futures

Brazil has decided to go ahead and impose an import tariff on U.S. ethanol. – Farm Futures

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