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The Ag Highlight Reel: Hail, Tornadoes, and Thunderstorms, Oh My!
Welcome to The Highlight Reel. Here you’ll find a recap of recent lighthearted or unusual news. These aren’t the headlines, but the funny, inspiring, or touching stories from across the agriculture industry.
Last week World Pork Expo took over the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, Iowa. Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Steve Censky made stops to visit with farmers and youth in Wisconsin this week.
A new mural painted on a grain bin outside Limon, Colorado, is gaining attention across the country. Farmers and ranchers on Twitter have been sharing photos and videos of recent severe weather across the Midwest.
Keep reading to catch an interesting look at how people in the United States have been searching for farm bill and trade news this week.
Last Week: World Pork Expo in Des Moines
About 20,000 people visited Des Moines, Iowa, last week to take in the sights, sounds, smells, and tastes of the pork industry at the 2018 World Pork Expo. Organizers say 500 exhibitors filled 360,000 square feet of trade show space and 2,800 head of hogs were exhibited as part of the Junior National Show.
This Week: Steve Censky in Wisconsin
Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Steve Censky was in Wisconsin on Wednesday. His first stop was Crave Brothers Farm near Waterloo where he participated in the Green Energy Showcase Program. Later in the afternoon the deputy secretary addressed students attending Wisconsin State FFA Convention in Madison.
Facebook: Heart of Harvest
Pictures of a bright, bold mural on the side of a Colorado grain bin have been circulating on Facebook this week. According to KUSA-TV the city of Limon commissioned the artwork from Some Girls and a Mural in hopes the masterpiece positioned along I-70 would encourage drivers to pull off for a visit. The piece is called Heart of Harvest. You can see mural from start to finish on the Some Girls and a Mural Facebook page.
Twitter: Dramatic Weather
Hail, tornadoes, and thunderstorms! Oh my! Agriculturalists from across the Midwest took to social media this week to document severe weather impacting their crops.
1.25 inches of rain at my house.— Brad Black (@BlackFarmsAg) June 14, 2018
3.25 inches of rain at my parents house. Not much is getting done on the farm today. Oh, and remember that hole we were gonna fill in today? #rain #agtwitter pic.twitter.com/iyaSx9Eovp
Severe thunderstorms passed over parts of the Midwest today. Ryan Morrison captured this dramatic scene outside Chem Gro Inc. in Adrian, Illinois. pic.twitter.com/B6EU2mukJd— Successful Farming (@SuccessfulFarm) June 14, 2018
Trending: Farm Bill, Trade, North Korea
The farm bill and trade news continues to dominate headlines even in mainstream media, but Google search traffic for North Korea edged out both topics for three days in the past week. President Donald Trump met with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on June 12, 2018 for a historic summit in Singapore. Meanwhile, the farm bill passed the senate ag committee.