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Weekly Roundup April 28th

Updated: Jul 10, 2020

By Sarah Fielder

Person holding baby chick (Edwin Remsberg).

Maryland Soybean Board Funds Research Novel applications of nanotechnology, the effect of “legacy phosphorus” and the impact of neonicotinoid seed treatments on non-target invertebrates and soil microbes were among 18 projects which won $213,118 in funding from the Maryland Soybean Board this spring. To read about the individual projects click here:

Poultry Zoning Legislation Introduced in Worcester County Farmers, activists and public health officials made their case Tuesday night for change with new rezoning legislation pending for Worcester County’s poultry operations. County Bill 17-3, introduced by the Worcester County Commissioners on March 21, would put poultry farms into a separate zoning category. To read the full story go here:

Poultry 101 Symposium May 10th, Chesapeake College, Wye Mills, Maryland, 8:30a.m.-3:30 p.m. This Symposium will address the basic concepts of the industry including changes over the years, operating procedures, and the structure

Sonny Perdue Confirmed As Secretary of Ag On April 24, the U.S. Senate voted to confirm Sonny Perdue, former Georgia Governor, as the next Secretary of Agriculture. To read more about ag group’s reaction to this confirmation, click here

Syngenta Class Action Lawsuit Begins in Minneapolis This week the first trial in the Syngenta MIR162 class action litigation began in Minneapolis. The trial is the first of two test cases that will provide guidance on how the complex litigation will proceed. To see what is being argued in the first case, click here

Vomitoxin Found In Some US Corn Corn grown last year in Indiana, Ohio, Wisconsin, and parts of Iowa and Michigan is showing signs of being contaminated with a fungus known as vomitoxin. This fungus can sicken livestock and some humans and pets. Livestock growers will potentially need to start testing for the presence of the fungus. The presence of this fungus will cause problems for an already low price for corn. To read more about the current problems with vomitoxin, click here To learn more about vomitoxin testing, click here for a fact sheet from RMA.

ChemChina Merger With Syngenta Fortune magazine’s Geoff Colvin has recently published a look at the proposed takeover by ChemChina of Syngenta. To see the potential impacts of this deal on the agricultural industry worldwide, take a look at the article here

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