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For some in Michigan, SNAP benefits smaller

Fewer than 20 percent of households receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits will see a benefit reduction this fall as a result of changes in the 2014 Farm Bill aimed at cutting program costs.
10/1/2014
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4-H program seeks new ways to feed the world’s population

A National 4-H Council program, which is inspiring a new generation to discover ways to feed a growing world population, will soon enter its second year.
10/1/2014
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Too much rain, too little labor hurts tobacco crop

While there is no such thing as a perfect growing season, most tobacco producers in the region will agree this year has been adequate enough to produce a high quality crop.
10/1/2014
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Farm groups hope depreciation, deduction are made permanent

Farmers and ranchers would be better able to plan for equipment purchases and other capital expenditures under a bill passed last month by the U.S. House of Representatives.
10/1/2014
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Workshop to focus on health of sheep, small ruminants

Michigan State University will host a special program on small ruminant animal health, including sheep and goats.
10/1/2014
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Ferrellgas agrees to credits after propane pricing issues

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette has reached an agreement with propane supplier Ferrellgas to credit customers more than $100,000 over pricing issues from last winter.
10/1/2014
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LaPorte Police charge suspect with copper theft from irrigation

Having copper wire stripped from irrigation systems is a concern among growers, but even more so following a string of metal thefts lately at several northwestern Indiana farms.
10/1/2014
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Merger talks continue for 2 big sellers of fertilizer

Illinois-based CF Industries Holdings, Inc. confirmed last week it is discussing a possible merger with Yara International ASA in Norway – a deal that would lead to the world’s largest fertilizer supplier.
10/1/2014
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4 Ohio horses succomb to Eastern Equine Encephalitis

At least four horses in Northeast Ohio died this past week from eastern equine encephalitis, or EEE, according to Ohio State Veterinarian Dr. Tony Forshey.
10/1/2014
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Access to fresh food aim of Kellogg grants to MSU

Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems was recently awarded two grants by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation totaling about $6 million to help more Michigan residents gain access to "good food" during the next four years.
10/1/2014
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