**A move by Attorney General Jeff Sessions to allow federal prosecutors to crack down on marijuana sales in states where it’s become legal is seen as overly harsh by industry supporters.

Agri-Pulse reports Sessions announced “a return to the ‘federal’ rule of law” that prohibits the sale and use of marijuana, and the rescission of Obama administration policies that ‘advised’ prosecutors against taking action on cannabis violations in states where voters had approved it.

The decision comes just days after a new California law legalizing pot went into effect.

https://www.agri-pulse.com/articles/10419-sessions-marijuana-memo-raises-ire-among-lawmakers

**Not backing down, Monsanto expects U.S. farmers to plant 40 million acres of its dicamba-tolerant GMO soybeans this year, double the 2017 total, 40-percent of projected soybean plantings.

Monsanto prominently included the continued adoption of its dicamba-resistant soybeans among its “expected drivers of growth” in business this year, along with improvements in the pricing of its glyphosate weed-killer, the adoption of dicamba-tolerant cotton, South American sales of glyphosate-tolerant soybeans, and the sale of new corn hybrids around the world.

https://www.agriculture.com/crops/soybeans/monsanto-expects-its-dicamba-tolerant-seeds-on-40-of-us-soy-acres

**Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue announced a slate of Farm Service Agency State Committee Appointees. State committees are selected by the Secretary, serve at his pleasure, and are responsible for carrying out FSA’s farm programs within delegated authorities.

Perdue says the State Committees will help to ensure USDA is providing our with the best customer service, serving as a liaison between USDA and the producers in each state.

https://www.usda.gov/media/press-releases/2018/01/04/perdue-announces-farm-service-agency-state-committee-appointees