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Walton League report touts strategies for healthy soils
There’s lately been an explosion of interest in soil health. Policymakers have put forth state legislative bills and local initiatives geared at stimulating healthy soils, so the Izaak Walton League of America (IWLA) gathered many for its recent State and Local Soil Health Strategies report.
7/16/2019
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Illinois officials warn about increased mosquito activity
Months of flooding have created a perfect storm of conditions for floodwater mosquitoes (Aedes vexans) to flourish, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is warning those who live or work in proximity to rain-swollen waterways.
7/16/2019
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Ohio effort seeking volunteers to aid with improving food systems
When Fred Yoder and Lisa Hamler-Fugitt were seeking people for the Ohio Smart Agriculture: Solutions from the Land (OSA) steering committee, he ran into skepticism of its goals and how to achieve them from more than one quarter.
7/16/2019
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‘HUMANE’ DAIRIES CAN BE FOUND THROUGHOUT MIDWEST NMPF, independent agencies provide certification, oversight
As a longtime dairy producer and farmer-leader for the Illinois Milk Producers Association and Midwest Dairymen’s Cooperative, Bill Deutsch has learned through experience the importance of satisfying shifting consumer demand for his farm’s dairy products. Now, perhaps more than ever, dairy producers like Deutsch understand the importance of transparency in the production of their dairy products for their end users and customers, including how cows are raised, fed, housed and treated.
7/16/2019
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For these dairy owners, work is a labor of love
Just milking twice a day, every day, for four hours each time, can take its toll. Then, in between these milking rituals each day, farmers feed calves, care for the cows, grow crops, bale hay, maintain the farm and manage the land as part of their duties.
7/16/2019
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Pinney-Purdue research farm celebrates centennial birthday
Feeding the world’s growing population and helping farmers improve their bottom lines remains the mission 100 years later at Pinney-Purdue Research Farm in northwestern Indiana.
7/16/2019
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Bayer pledges $5.6 billion to research new weed controls
The next company to develop a new method of weed control has the potential to make billions of dollars, and Bayer’s announcement of more than $5 billion for such research funds is no surprise.
7/16/2019
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No charges in injuries caused by anhydrous ammonia spill
Charges will not be filed in connection with the April 25 spill of anhydrous ammonia that put 37 people, including close to a dozen Chicago area firefighters, in a hospital.
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Corn acres up 3 percent in 2019, soy down a tenth
Despite heavy rains and flooding, U.S. farmers planted an estimated 91.7 million acres of corn this year, up 3 percent from last June, while about 80 million acres of soybeans were seeded, down 10 percent from last June, according to the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service’s (NASS) annual Acreage report.
7/16/2019
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Oxen enthusiasts gather at Tillers for demos, education
When the United States was developing into a nation, one of its most essential parts were the large domestic animals worked by the early settlers. Draft horses and cattle served as important tools in the clearing of the land for homes and towns.
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