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Agriculture gets ‘essential’ designation from the DHS
Washington, DC — The Department of Homeland Security has declared agriculture is “essential.” This is important wording. As many states, counties and even towns declare emergencies and shut down businesses, the key to who is allowed to work is coming down to that word “essential.” Essential workers are generally not affected by work and travel bans.
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USDA partnering to provide meals to school children
WASHINGTON D.C. — USDA is leading a charge to keep rural students who are out of school due to coronavirus from going hungry. USDA is partnering with groups from the private sector like PepsiCo to deliver nearly one million meals a week to students in a limited number of rural school districts closed from the COVID-19 outbreak.
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“God Bless America” statue dons COVID-19 mask

PEORIA, Ill. — A 25-foot tall statue representing America’s farmers received an anonymous gift while the Peoria Riverfront Museum was closed due to the threat of the COVID-19 virus. Sometime in the early morning hours of March 16, according to museum officials, a person or persons unknown managed to affix a giant particle mask to the face of the sculpture’s male figure, without damaging the art.
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Local farmers’ markets are looking at options to deliver despite pandemic 

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Direct marketing farmers are facing unprecedented farmers’ market, restaurant and school closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic. At the same time, consumers want and need healthy food, so opportunities exist to maintain and grow local food systems.
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Indiana honey production up 54 percent in 2019


Indiana honey production is small compared to states like Michigan and Ohio, but it has much to be proud of in 2019 as production was up 54 percent in 2019. This is compared to a 2 percent uptick in the national average of honey production for 2019
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Immediately dry or market winter-stored grain  


AMES, Iowa – Wet conditions and a late harvest last fall could create the perfect storm for spoilage this spring if winter-stored hay, grains and silage for feed aren’t immediately and thoroughly dried, according to Iowa State University (ISU) agricultural engineers
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Link between cattle  and coronavirus  needs redirection
The last couple of weeks have most certainly been stressful, for both consumers and producers.
With schools closed, restaurants and bars forcibly shut down and the CDC recommending gatherings of 50 people or more to be cancelled, the U.S. is essentially on lock-down as we wait to see how far reaching COVID-19 will be
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Behold the fowls of the air…

 
My father wasn’t a stoic. Instead, his temperament was one of acceptance. He simply accepted the fact that he wasn’t in complete control of most things on the southern Illinois dairy farm of my youth.
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As spring approaches attention is back on US weather

More attention is starting to be placed on Chinese soybean trade with the United States, or the lack thereof. At the present time the United States only has one unshipped soybean cargo on the books for China. Last week the United States did not load out any soybeans to China, the first time this has happened since December 2018. Even with cheaper soybeans coming out of Brazil this absence of Chinese demand is unheard of. This is starting to raise more doubt over the benefits of the Phase 1 trade deal, even with China’s reassurance it will buy soybeans from the US. 
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Pork producers hold webinar on impact of Covid-19

Des Moines, Iowa — The National Pork Board recently held a webinar to inform its members about the spread of Covid-19 and what that might mean to pork producers. 
Dr. Heather Fowler, public health director, National Pork Board, started off the presentation with an overview of the virus and how it is spread. 
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