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Taiwan agrees to purchase Kentucky corn, soybeans over the next 2 years
Ag safety experts: Harvest time is also farm safety time
Studies show honey bees big foragers of soybean crops
National Alpaca Days is scheduled for last weekend of September
Expert shares cyber attack prevention tips with farmers
Becknology Days draws crowds who learn the latest on crops
Illinois farmers’ NLRS success now quantified
Spotted lanternfly now a growing threat in Midwest
Kentucky receives $5.4 million for local food purchase assistance program
Long-time Schrader auction employee receives HOF honor
Indiana, Illinois and Ohio weather conditions ripe for crop progress
Illinois gubernatorial and senate candidates talk farming issues
OPC intern helps educate state fair visitors about hogs
Farm Bill Roundtable at Illinois State Fair draws conversation
World record price for 4-H hog a show of love for family
Ohio Farm Custom Rates bulletin a handy guideline
Farming community comes together to help family bring in harvest
Baseball teams in Illinois promote agriculture with special events
Indiana can export poultry
products again after avian flu
Farmers in parts of Kentucky would like to see more rain
ISU Research Farm shows off farmers helping environment
Farmers will need to produce 70 percent more food by 2050
Beshear announces fund to help Western Kentucky grain farmers 

Love-struck man now a bison rancher
Beshear announces fund to help Western Kentucky grain farmers 

Blueberry farmer will discuss her work at Indiana State Fair
Soybean, wheat planted acreage up but corn down from last year
Michigan legislature considers using stimulus funds for some ag programs
Holstein cow bred in Ohio sets record selling for $1,925,000
Dutch Valley Growers among farms featured at the Indiana State Fair
Michigan businesses receive grants that will lead to expansion
Dream fulfilled in becoming a farmer
Corn, soybean progress looking good from Iowa through Indiana
U.S. Senators host first farm bill hearing in Michigan 
Ag economists: Farmers should consider refinancing
Experts caution to scout for corn rootworm in high moisture
Special investigator bill sparks mixed reactions from national farm groups
Supply chain issues cited as farm equipment sales fall 
Livestock groups add their support to amending Packers, Stockyards Act
Purdue gets $1M grant to develop a rapid ASF test
Corn hits a 10-year high
Julia Wickard back as Indiana State Executive Director for FSA
Avian influenza is cited for the skyrocking egg prices 
New state conservationist is happy to return to Ohio

Illinois ag groups want funding for more state veterinarians
‘Right to repair’ legislation is now heating up at state, federal levels

Supreme Court will hear case against California’s Prop 12
Soybean crush is forecasted to increase 10-20 percent by 2025
Kentucky Ag Commissioner visits UK and UAE for trade
High-production indoor farm expanding to Muncie, Indiana
AEM survey finds optimism for farm machinery sales 
Study indicates plant-based foods not affecting U.S. beef demand
National Pork Board unveils sustainability program
Vilsack says International trade looks better than ever
USDA: Number of farms drops by 7,000 in its latest survey
National FFA Week is a time for advocacy
Avian influenza has been found on Indiana turkey farm
Proposed pipleine in Illinois will transport carbon dioxide 
Kentucky FFA member takes flight to storm-torn communities
Meteorologist: Eastern Corn Belt could see above average precipitation this spring
Record high fertilizer prices could impact  world hunger 
American Farmland Trust outlines goals for 2022 Illinois legislative session
Second career sees Tennessee farmer raising prime beef
New EPA report on dicamba use shows little change
30th annual No-Tillage Conference to be held in Louisville Jan. 4-7
Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago: Midwest farmland values surge 18 percent
Beck’s expands into Nebraska 
Senators reach compromise on cattle market transparency bill
Reward offered for info on northern Indiana barn fires

Ag world reacts to infrastructure bill passage

Ohio high school offers Intro to Urban Agriculture class, garden chores
August’s U.S. beef exports hit record $1 billion; pork exports keep 2020 record pace

Wet weather putting some pressure on the Illinois  harvest
Talk to financial advisor before Congress acts on the Build Back Better plan
Kentucky Grazing Conference to focus on sustainable improvements of pastures
More than 6 million students participate in 4-H whose roots are in Ohio

Despite high input costs, farmers can find ways to cut some expenses this fall
FCFI is looking for volunteers to help rebuild the farms affected by Hurricane Ida
Federal judge reverses 2020 U.S. water rule
One of world’s largest soybean processing plants unveiled during 2021 Becknology Days
Illinois governor signs bills; honors ‘Moldy Mary’ during state fair
Downy Mildew showing up on Michigan’s cucumbers
FTC to come down on unlawful repair restrictions for farm equipment
Waidelich, Aultman named Master Farmers
D.C. Court of Appeals says no more yearround E-15 sales 
Input companies are entering carbon market

National cattle group urges ag committees to address issues

Illinois FFA officers elected for 2021-2022
Ag groups concerned over proposed change to like-kind exchanges
Farmland values increasing in Midwest  
Bleat in, bleat out: Goat yoga is ‘the thing’ and people are lining up for it
Solar debate heating up in Ohio, Indiana
Hoosier farmer looks to increase Swiss sheep breed numbers in the U.S.
Beck’s, Inari join forces on gene editing technology
Family repurposes 1920s livestock barn as event center
Ag research legislation advances; Farm Bill inclusion being eyed
Study finds significant health benefits of using biodiesel
   
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Indiana honors long-time farm broadcaster, Purdue ag dean
8/22/2022
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Recipes for game birds should satisfy hunters
5/17/2021
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Black Farming online conference scheduled Sept. 11-12
WILBERFORCE, Ohio – Black Farming: “Beyond 40 Acres and a Mule” will be online Sept. 11-12, 2020. The conference will discuss the influential history of Black farmers in Ohio and will help to prepare the next generation of underrepresented farmers for the future. It is free and open to the public.
9/5/2020
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Ohio migrant workers seek better protection
SANDUSKY, Ohio – Just ask any large farm operator in Ohio or adjacent states and they’ll tell it to you straight – migrant farm workers are important to their harvest season.
According to a pair of advocacy groups, Ohio’s 33,000 migrant farm workers are putting their lives and their families’ lives at risk to earn a living and feed the rest of us. COVID-19 has brought many businesses to a screeching halt, but migrant workers are deemed essential and their continuation to work has these groups very concerned
9/5/2020
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Iowa State researchers win grant for switchgrass and sorghum gene editing

AMES, Iowa – A new Iowa State University (ISU) project supported by a USDA grant will explore the potential to employ viruses to overcome the usual tissue culture barriers that impede plant gene editing in sorghum and switchgrass
9/5/2020
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Consumer food spending rebound reverses course
In 2019, before the COVID-19 pandemic, United States consumers, businesses and government entities spent an average of $137.4 billion per month on food, according to the USDA. However, this reversed course earlier this year after the coronavirus epidemic forced consumers to change their spending habits. By April, that number had dropped to $105 billion, in part as spending at restaurants, school cafeterias, sports venues and other eating places dropped to $36 billion
9/5/2020
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NGFA stresses farm safety with tip sheets, interactive course

ARLINGTON, Va. – Each harvest season brings long hours for those who harvest and one six-letter word comes to mind during this period – safety.
The National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA) sponsored its second annual Harvest Safety Week Aug. 31-Sept. 4. The organization sent emails and safety materials to producers everywhere, reminding them to protect their employees and customers during the fall harvest season.
9/5/2020
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USDA funding a revolution in rural access to broadband

LANSING, Mich. – Rural areas receiving upgrades to their electrical service with help from USDA are receiving access to broadband all in the same package.
What seems to be a major breakthrough in filling internet service gaps much quicker is made possible by data technology contained in electrical lines replacing the old wires, said Alec Lloyd, a spokesman for USDA Rural Development in Michigan out of Lansing.
9/5/2020
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Independent crop yield tours at odds with USDA
DEER CREEK, Ill. – Illinois’ corn yield will average just 189.4 bushels per acre at harvest, according to results from the 2020 Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour. That estimate, which takes into account the effects of the Aug. 10 derecho and recent near-drought conditions, comes in far shy of the 207 bushels pre-derecho USDA projection for the 2020 Illinois corn yield.
9/5/2020
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Farm bankruptcies are up for fifth straight year 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Most farmers across the country have tightened their belts and are doing their best to make ends meet. Most, that is.
An American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) “Market Intel” report shows a total of 627 bankruptcy filings during the 12-month period from June 2019 to June 2020, marking five consecutive years of Chapter 12 bankruptcy increases
9/5/2020
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