Red River Farm Network News

The Week AheadThe Red River Farm Network will begin the week at a CHS town hall meeting in Grand Forks. As the week continues, RRFN will also participate in the National Sunflower Association Summer Seminar in Bismarck and a National Association of Farm Broadcasting event in Chicago. RRFN's weekly Crop Watch broadcast will originate in the Carrington and Jamestown areas this week. For timely news and information, follow CarahMikeRandy and Don on Twitter. Get more on the Red River Farm Network Facebook.     

Preparing for Dow-DuPont Merger — The Dow Chemical Company is cutting its workforce by about four percent. In addition, Dow is streamlining certain administrative, corporate and manufacturing facilities. The move is being made as the company restructures ahead of the Dow-DuPont merger. DowDuPont will eventually separate into three business units, including one that is focused on agriculture.

A New Collaboration for Monsanto and Sumitomo — Monsanto and Sumitomo Chemical Company have announced a new agreement, collaborating on next-generation weed control solutions. The primary focus will be a new PPO herbicide for over-the-top and conventional application. Pending regulatory approvals, the new PPO herbicide is expected to be commercially available early in the next decade.

DuPont and Monsanto Reach Agreement in Brazil — DuPont and Monsanto have announced they have reached a licensing agreement for Monsanto’s Intacta RR2 PRO soybean technology. According to the agreement, DuPont will receive a royalty bearing license to the Intacta RR2 PRO technology in Brazil.  Additional terms and financial details were not disclosed. The licensing deal is subject to approval from Brazilian regulators.

Mosaic Considering a Purchase of Vale's Fertilizer Business — The Mosaic Company is in negotiations to take over Vale’s fertilizer business. Vale has fertilizer assets in Canada, Brazil, Peru, Argentina and Mozambique. A few options are under consideration, including a cash-and-stock deal. With this possibility, Vale would become Mosaic’s largest shareholder.

Syngenta Sells Off Sao Paulo Lab — SynTech Research has acquired Syngenta lab operations in Sao Paulo, Brazil. This facility analyzes crop samples for pesticide residues. This deal should be finalized within the next three months.

Nothmann Moves to Valent USA — Valent USA has named David Nothmann as its vice president of marketing. Nothmann has been in the agribusiness field for 20 years, including 13 years at Monsanto. Nothmann will have direct responsibility for Valent’s business in the U.S. and Canada and will participate in an advisory team for Valent Mexico.

SDSU Extension Weed Specialist Named — South Dakota State University Extension has a new weed field specialist. Gared Shaffer received his Master’s in Agronomy at Kansas State University. In his new role, Shaffer is based out of the regional center in Aberdeen.

Sheep Specialist Has Joint Extension Assignment — North Dakota State University Extension and the University of Minnesota Extension have hired Travis Hoffman as the Extension Service’s new joint sheep specialist. Hoffman had been an instructor in meat sciences at South Dakota State University since September 2015. Prior to that, Hoffman was the beef quality assurance coordinator at Colorado State University.

Seeking Public Comment for Better Water — The Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources is charged with overseeing program implementation of the buffer law. The agency is seeking public comment on key policies that will be used for implementation of the program on public waters and public drainage systems. BWSR is looking for feedback on topics related to: compliance determinations, reporting and progress tracking, municipal storm sewer systems, alternative practices implementation, other watercourses protection, and failure to implement. The BWSR Board will decide on final policies at its August board meeting.  Comments will be accepted until July 27.

MN Native Takes Job with World Dairy Expo — World Dairy Expo has added a communications specialist to its staff. Katie Schmitt is a native of Rice, Minnesota and is a graduate of the University of Minnesota. Schmitt remains actively involved in the family’s registered Holstein farm, Ralma Holsteins.

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MN Beef Update — Hear from the Minnesota Beef Council and the Minnesota State Cattlemen's Association in their weekly MN Beef Update. Learn more about Minnesota Beef's social media. 

Corn Matters — Hear the Minnesota Corn Growers Association's Corn Matters program. Find out more about Kernel Nation in Willmar, Minnesota.

The Sugarbeet Report — The weekly Sugarbeet Report shares an update on crop conditions. Thanks to SESVANDERHAVE and Dow AgroSciences for their sponsorship.

Dry Bean Scene — The Dry Bean Scene is on the air, with information about dry bean demand. This broadcast airs each Friday at 12:37 PM. 

MN Soybean Update — Here's the latest Minnesota Soybean Update from the Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council. Learn how biodiesel and livestock work together.

ND Soybean Minute — Hear the latest North Dakota Soybean Minute from the North Dakota Soybean Council and the soybean checkoff. Learn about the benefits of biodiesel.

MN Farm Bureau Minute — Here's the latest from the Minnesota Farm Bureau. In this report that aired at mid-week, MFBF previews on the Red River Valley Ag Water Issues Forum.

Canola Minute — Here's the latest Canola Minute from the Northern Canola Growers Association. Learn more about the Minot Plot Tour on Tuesday.

AURI Update — In the weekly update from the Agricultural Utilization Research Institute. Learn more about AURI's network of partner organizations.

Last Week's Trivia — The Liberty Bell, which is an iconic symbol of American independence, is located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Dennis Sabel of Minnesota Farm Bureau wins our July 4th trivia challenge. Mandy Kvale of Farm Credit Services of Mandan, Ron Dvegsten of Northland FBM, Lyle Orwig of Charleston Orwig, and Fred Parnow of Nuseed earn runner-up honors. The RRFN 'first 20' includes Diana Beitelspacher of the North Dakota Soybean Council, Kyle Rollness of Bayer, retired seedsman Bob Hobbs, Douglas Brown of AGP Grain Marketing, Randy Knudsvig of First State Bank, Michael Brinda of Columbia Grain, Burleigh County farmer Jim McCullough, Marsha Van Laere of Gowan USA, Westbrook farmer Dave Van Loh, Stutsman County farmer Richard Carlson, Jon Farris of BankWest, Bruce Miller of Minnesota Farmers Union, Jeanne Miller Mansk of J.L. Farmakis, Royalton farmer Darrell Larsen and Dean Pedersen of Wilbur Ellis.