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This Week in Agriculture, 2.14.2018

Welcome to This Week in Agriculture. We will bring you interesting, out-of-the-ordinary finds going on in agriculture. Not the big headlines, but the curious, funny, and inspiring stories across the land.

In this week’s installment, we share highlights from the National Farm Machinery Show, harvest updates from Brazil, and what you can look forward to at Commodity Classic.

1. National Farm Machinery Show Hosts Championship Tractor Pull

Over 70,000 people are expected to visit Freedom Hall this week to take in the Championship Tractor Pull. More than $200,000 in prize money will be awarded to the event’s top competitors. You can watch from home via the show’s pay-per-view options here.

2. Peterson Farm Brothers Meet and Greet at National Farm Machinery Show

Great Plains is hosting the singing and songwriting Peterson Farm Bros at their National Farm Machinery Show booth (South Wing #7023) on Thursday. The two meet-and-greet sessions (from 10-11:30 a.m. and 2-3:30 p.m.) are free and open to show attendees.

Greg, the eldest of the brothers said, “We are looking forward to attending the National Farm Machinery Show with Great Plains, our hometown equipment manufacturer, to help share our mission of advocating for agriculture. The National Farm Machinery Show is a great chance for us to interact with our followers and have conversations with them about how to tell the story of agriculture. We are excited for the event!”

3. Google Trends: Bayer Monsanto, Dow DuPont, Syngenta ChemChina

Big mergers and acquisitions in agriculture have been making headlines for over a year. Just this week, Brazil’s antitrust agency approved the next steps in the Bayer-Monsanto deal. This Google Trends graph shows how users have been searching three of the biggest mergers in the seed industry from February 2017 to February 2018. Web search traffic for Dow Dupont peaked in late August and early September of 2017. Google explains, “Numbers represent search interest relative to the highest point on the chart for the given region and time. A value of 100 is peak popularity for the term. A value of 50 means that the term is half as popular. A score of 0 means there was not enough data for this term.” Check out this Agriculture.com story for more details on the biggest mergers and acquisitions.

4. What Do Farmers Do?

As the urban rural divide grows, more farmers feel the need to explain how and what they do. Here’s how one Virginia farmer recently explained it.

5. Planting on the Brain? Check Out Harvest in Brazil.

In the U.S., farmers are traveling to trade shows, attending winter meetings, and daydreaming about planting season. In South America, farmers are in the thick of harvest. Check out Matthew Sligar’s most recent Rice Farming TV vlog for a glimpse of rice harvest in Brazil. Sligar raises rice with his family in northern California. Each winter, in the off season, Sligar, his wife, and young daughter travel to Brazil to visit family.

6. Entertainment Announced for Commodity Classic

The music of Santana, Lynyrd Skynrd, Journey, Boston, and Steppenwolf will be performed at Commodity Classic on Thursday, March 1, in Anaheim, California. Admission to the Evening of Entertainment is included in the Commodity Classic full registration package. A Thursday-only registration package is also available. The package includes the Evening of Entertainment, trade show admission, Early Riser Session, Learning Center Sessions, What’s New Sessions, Closing Learning Center Session, and presentations on the Commodity Classic Main Stage on the trade show floor.

7. Brazil Rains Make Harvest Difficult

Farmers in Mato Grosso, Brazil, are struggling to harvest soybeans after heavy rains in the region. Some are saying if the crop isn’t harvested now, despite its wet condition, the crop will be lost all together.

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