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Illinois FFA, 4-H youth will be able to show livestock
Farm Science Review going virtual this year
Hemp checkoff in the works
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Farmers discover the joys of growing bamboo in Ohio

MORROW, Ohio – Jerry Burton was a bamboo expert who shipped his product all across the country. 
Burton’s Bamboo Garden, located in Warren County, garnered lots of attention as it surprised the residents of this state that Burton could grow this tropical product in the unlikely place of Ohio. 
6/30/2020
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Indiana 4-H Foundation grants helping 4-H groups

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Helping local communities during the coronavirus pandemic was the goal behind Indiana 4-H Foundation grants distributed in April and May, the foundation’s executive director said.
6/30/2020
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NCGA offering contest for showcasing livestock
CHESTERFIELD, Mo. – In light of COVID-19’s impact on many state and county fairs, the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) is offering 4-H and FFA members the opportunity to showcase their animals through a virtual livestock contest.
6/30/2020
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Corn-on-corn rotation can be detrimental to soil health study says
Soil microbes are the epicenter of a soil’s health. If these microorganisms are in poor health, the crop will be too. The living, working organisms are responsible for turning atmospheric nitrogen into forms plants can use, and for releasing nitrogen back into the air. Farm management decisions undoubtedly affect these microscopic workhorses, but until now, scientists didn’t have a full picture of how crop rotation and tillage influence the soil microbiome
6/30/2020
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Smaller organic dairy farms looking for even playing field
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Organic dairy farmers are again urging the USDA to clarify its rule for transitioning livestock under the National Organic Program, thus eliminating a loophole they say puts smaller producers at a severe economic disadvantage.
6/30/2020
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It’s never too early to scout  for corn and soybean weeds

MARKLE, Ind. – With weeds already starting to emerge alongside crops, it’s never too early for farmers to get a jump on them by scouting their corn and soybean fields, which one agronomist said is critical for maximizing yields.
6/30/2020
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Iowa biofuel companies constructing more monarch habitats


DES MOINES, Iowa – The number of Iowa ethanol and biodiesel companies constructing monarch fueling stations throughout the state is increasing as millions of butterflies continue to migrate to Iowa, which has become one of America’s premier spots for these kinds of habitats.
6/30/2020
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Forever Blue Network combines social media with job opportunities

NDIANAPOLIS – The sky is now the limit for current and past members of FFA to connect and help each other.   
A new online “Forever Blue Network” is in service to create an opportunity for FFA members exploring career paths and former members looking for qualified individuals to fill job openings in areas like agriculture
6/30/2020
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Jessie McWatters Ohio Star in Agriscience FFA winner

PETTISVILLE, Ohio — Jessie McWatters is the winner of the Star in Agriscience award. The announcement was made during the 2020 Ohio FFA Celebration. She is the daughter of Tom and Angie McWatters. 
6/30/2020
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Indiana State Fair scrubbed; 4H livestock show in works


INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Ohio, Wisconsin, Minnesota and North Dakota’s state fairs have been scrubbed for 2020 because of coronavirus concerns. Last week, Indiana was added to that list.
6/9/2020
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