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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
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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
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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
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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Ohio program will help add grape vines to the landscape
REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio – The Ohio Grape Industries Committee (OGIC) is giving Ohioans the opportunity to start – or add to – a vineyard to help spur grape production in the state.
The Vineyard Expansion Assistance Program (VEAP) will award up to $3,000 per acre, with a maximum of three acres, to establish grape vines beginning in 2021. Vines for wine or table grapes are eligible. The funding will only cover the cost of the grape vines planted
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Pros and cons of lambing outside or in a shed
Few things are more satisfying to livestock producers than witnessing new life begin. Slimy, soaking wet, wobbling legged lambs who nose dive as they attempt to stand. Finally, on their feet nuzzling the wrong end of mom in search of the fist meal – we anticipate the arrival of lambs for months.
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