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BAYER ANNOUNCES AGREEMENTS TO RESOLVE MAJOR LEGACY MONSANTO LITIGATION
Bayer announced today a series of agreements that will substantially resolve major outstanding Monsanto litigation, including U.S. Roundup™ product liability litigation, dicamba drift litigation and PCB water litigation. The main feature is the U.S. Roundup™ resolution that will bring closure to approximately 75% of the current Roundup™ litigation involving approximately 125,000 filed and unfiled claims overall. The resolved claims include all plaintiff law firms leading the Roundup™ federal multi-district litigation (MDL) or the California bellwether cases, and those representing approximately 95% of the cases currently set for trial, and establish key values and parameters to guide the resolution of the remainder of the claims as negotiations advance.

“The Iowa Soybean Association (ISA) is pleased with this week’s development, which not only eases current uncertainty and confusion, but also lays the groundwork for resolving future claims. Soybean farmers depend on these products for safe, effective weed control that enable low-till farming practices, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and preserve more land for native habitats," Michael Dolch, ISA public affairs director said. "ISA believes in a science and evidence-based regulatory system for crop protection tools and relies on decades of research to support the safety of glyphosate and its important benefits to agriculture sustainability.”

GLOBAL AG TRADE WEBINAR WILL LOOK AT CURRENT STATE OF AG
With businesses reopening and economies resuming both in the U.S. and abroad, how does this influence the Iowa agricultural climate? And, what is the current picture of trade with some of our important global partners? Join the Iowa Economic Development Authority’s International Trade office and Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig as we take a current snapshot look at trade policy, overseas ag trade, and economic outlooks and forecasts. Secretary Naig will be joined by Iowa State University agricultural economists Dr. Lee Schulz and Dr. Chad Hart on livestock and commodity interests, respectively.

Registration Required: Email international@iowaeda.com with attendee name(s) & email(s) to receive webinar login details. Webinars will be also be available On-Demand for later viewing.

EPA PROVIDES ADDITIONAL DOLLARS TO ACCELERATE WATER QUALITY EFFORTS
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced this week that it is providing an additional $840,000 to the 12 state members of the Hypoxia Task Force (HTF), including Iowa and Missouri. This is in addition to the $1.2 million that the Agency already announced in August 2019. Collectively, EPA’s funding of over $2 million is helping HTF states implement plans that accelerate progress on reducing excess nutrients and improving water quality in the Mississippi River/Atchafalaya River Basin.

ASA HIRES SOY POLICY GROUP’S FIRST ON-STAFF ECONOMIST 
The American Soybean Association (ASA) is pleased to hire Scott Gerlt, who will be the first person to join the organization in the role of economist. Gerlt, who lives in Missouri, starts July 20 and will be based out of the ASA St. Louis office. 

Gerlt is highly regarded within agricultural economist circles for his policy work at the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute (FAPRI), where he has more than 10 years of experience including working with policymakers in drafting the 2014 and 2018 farm bills. In addition to his direct work in economic modeling for FAPRI, Gerlt has led research teams on grant projects and teaches undergraduate courses at the University of Missouri.

ASA CEO Ryan Findlay said, “It is exciting for ASA to find someone with both Scott’s policy experience and enthusiasm for working directly with farmers. Scott clearly believes in ASA’s mission and will be a great addition to our team."

Gerlt* grew up on a diversified farm with both row crops and livestock near Latham, Missouri. His love of math, economics and agriculture has been influential in forming his career path. In his role, Gerlt will provide insight on relevant agricultural economics and analysis of current and future ASA policy. The organization expects this position will also provide clarity to what ASA is requesting of policymakers and how it may impact U.S. soybean farmers and their communities.

Of hiring the association’s first internal economist, Findlay responded, “Having an economist on staff will enrich our internal discussion on issues and strengthen our public arguments for why policymakers need to take action on behalf of U.S. soybean farmers.”

USB, ASA SHARE RESOURCES DURING PEST WEEK 2020
Long-term resistance management requires more than pest control aimed only at minimizing crop loss in any one season. Use these resistance management resources to develop a diverse plan of action. Check out these national and state-specific weed, disease, and insect management resources from university extension scientists and researchers. Follow the conversation on Twitter.

USDA CELEBRATES NATIONAL POLLINATOR WEEK
By the Secretary of Agriculture of the United States of America

A PROCLAMATION

WHEREAS pollinator species are essential partners of farmers and ranchers in producing seed and many foods; and

WHEREAS pollination plays a vital role in the health and conservation of our agricultural crops, plants, National Forests and Grasslands; and

WHEREAS pollinators provide significant environmental benefits necessary for healthy ecosystems;

NOW, THEREFORE, in recognition of pollinators’ importance to agriculture, forests, grassland environments, and other ecosystems, I, Sonny Perdue, Secretary of Agriculture, do hereby proclaim June 22–26, 2020 as National Pollinator Week. I call upon the people of the United States to join me in celebrating the significance of pollinators with appropriate observances and activities.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this 22nd day of June 2020 as the start of National Pollinator Week.

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