September 2017
BROUGHT TO YOU BY OHIO SOYBEAN FARMERS AND THEIR CHECKOFF

Greetings!
I trust that this newsletter finds you well.  We are excited to continue to provide you with the latest news and information related to the soybean industry and have a few articles we found interesting we would like to share with you. Read below to learn more.

We are excited to continue to provide you with the latest news and information related to the soybean industry and have a few articles we found interesting we would like to share with you. Read below to learn more.
 
We are also busy planning activities including webinars and topic-based roundtables to share with you next year. So, stay tuned for upcoming opportunities! Be sure to check out our webpage designed to keep you up to date on everything from news and trends to past newsletters and upcoming events. The webpage can be viewed here.

And as always, we welcome your feedback and suggestions to improve Ohio Soy Tomorrow and make it more valuable to you.
 
-Kirk Merritt, Executive Director, Ohio Soybean Council

AFMRA: Outlook for the 2018 Farm Bill
 
The current farm bill (Agricultural Act of 2014) expires on Sept. 30, 2018. Legislatively, farm bills tend to be bipartisan and follow the traditional process. Historically, the process has started with field hearings or listening sessions and subcommittee and full committee hearings in Washington, D.C. A little more than a year of lead time is common to complete the bill.
Bayer Delays Monsanto Acquisition
 
Bayer officials no longer expect their planned $66 billion acquisition of Monsanto to close at the end of 2017, saying instead it should close early 2018, according to Dow Jones. The company recently applied to extend the European Commission review deadline for the proposed deal.
EPA Eyes Limits for Dicamba
 
The U.S. environmental agency is considering banning sprayings of the agricultural herbicide dicamba after a set deadline next year, according to state officials advising the agency on its response to crop damage linked to the weed killer.
Photos courtesy of the United Soybean Board.
WATER QUALITY HEADLINE

Michigan state agencies invest funds in Lake Erie
 
LANSING - The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) and the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) have awarded $1.5 million to Michigan State University to study what factors and farm management practices are most effective in preventing nutrients from leaving farmlands and moving into rivers and lakes.
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