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Government shutdown possible due to Congress' budget brawl
Facing the prospects of a government shutdown this Friday over a fight to fund President Donald Trump’s Mexican border wall, members of Congress are prepared to pass a short-term stopgap to give the White House and lawmakers additional time to resolve their differences.
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Midwest ag universities shine in a global ranking
Midwest universities, led by the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Michigan State University and Purdue University in Indiana, once again ranked among the best institutions for agricultural sciences programs across the globe, one of the latest world evaluations shows.
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AWI Humane Slaughter report rates Ohio, Illinois over Indiana
The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) issued a report  in April evaluating enforcement of the Humane Methods of Slaughter Act, and calling for more state and federal resources to be allocated for enforcing humane livestock handling and slaughter.
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ITC initiates investigation on biodiesel import prices
The biodiesel industry in Argentina and Indonesia is under investigation for the price of the imports into the United States.
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Indiana Grown adds Fresh Thyme markets as partner
The Indiana State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) has found another partner in its Indiana Grown initiative that was already in tune with the effort’s mission.
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ASTA: New global seed trade standard to save time, money
The American Seed Trade Assoc. (ASTA) is praising a recently passed International Standard for Phytosanitary Measures (ISPM) for seed, which should save time and money in seed trade, as well as make it a more predictable and certain process.
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Weigh options of DIY soybean treatment vs. pretreated seed
As soybean growers head into their fields for spring planting when the weather permits, they undoubtedly have already contemplated seed treatment options – among them do-it-yourself (DIY) treating on the farm versus purchasing pretreated seeds.
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Recent drop in cattle prices may reflect weaker futures and trends
Several factors could be contributing to the recent drop in feeder cattle prices, including weaker futures prices, seasonal trends or a combination of both, according to Andrew Griffith, University of Tennessee agricultural economist.
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Ohio researchers gauging algae grown toxins on vegetables, fish
By now people should know to avoid too much exposure to water contaminated by harmful algal blooms (HABs). But what about eating the vegetables that producers irrigated with HAB-contaminated water? Or fish that swim in that water?
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Ohio bill would permit small livestock
Goats, chickens and rabbits – for Ohioans, these animals and many, many more could be coming to a backyard nearby.
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