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500 Illinois farmers, processors apply for hemp permits in 2019
Nearly 500 potential hemp farmers and processors submitted applications to the Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) in the first four days the department began accepting submissions. The IDOA began receiving applications at 9 a.m. on April 30, and is in the process of reviewing the 396 grower and 98 processor submissions received.
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Trio of bills aim to provide relief to ag transportation

Three bills aimed at helping transportation in agriculture are now before Congress. Two of the measures address restrictions on the time certain livestock and insect haulers can be on the road until the drivers must rest.
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Indiana State Fair to headline 17 of state’s valued farmers
“Heroes in the Heartland” is the theme of the 2019 Indiana State Fair, and alongside first responders, military service men and women, and educators, the fair is presenting 17 Featured Farmers.
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New federal scrapie rule applies to goat transport
Goat exhibitors planning to attend open or 4-H shows this summer may need to review a federal new scrapie regulation to make sure their animals’ identification is up to code.
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Geauga County closing in on 200 years of same fair
In Ohio, some county fairs claim to be the biggest. Others claim to be the best. But only one in the Buckeye State can claim to be the oldest.
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More than 40 honored for contributions to Ohio fairs
Forty-four individuals and one group have been recognized for their support of fairs in Ohio over the years, during the 94th Ohio Fair Managers Assoc.’s annual convention.
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$30M funds Illinois State Fairgrounds ‘resurgence’
Major renovations to buildings, roads, and other infrastructure on the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield are progressing on schedule, with many upgrades scheduled for completion before the start of this year’s State Fair.
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Export experts: Make friends, learn the law, use government
Right now, trade news may be dominated by tariffs and shake-ups in U.S. pacts with other countries, but for exporters and importers, the daily business of international commerce is still going strong.
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‘Colorful Cows’ benefit Ohio fair’s junior fair dairy effort
Cows of another color – nearly every color, in fact – found a place among the Jerseys, Holsteins, Brown Swiss, and Ayrshires at the Holmes County Junior Fair dairy show, now in its third year at its new location.
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Hagemeyer’s Standardbreds flourishing in Ohio fair climate
 In Ohio, harness racing is as synonymous with county fairs as cotton candy. Starting in the 1800s, the Buckeye State was among the first to feature harness racing at county fairs.
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