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Risk of Covid-19 spread between humans and pets is low


The first confirmed cases of COVID-19 in pets in the U.S. is generating questions about the ability of animals to spread the virus to humans.
5/6/2020
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Take steps to preserve ash trees within 15 miles of EAB infestation


DES MOINES, Iowa – With spring planting on the horizon and emerald ash borer (EAB) having already invaded 35 states, farmers are looking for the best way to combat the pest this year. 
5/6/2020
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2,000 people, 100 countries all at virtual soybean conference 


CHESTERFIELD, Mo. – Stay-at-home orders didn’t slow interest in the U.S. Soybean Export Council’s two-day global conference as 2,000 global customers from nearly 100 countries joined digitally.
5/6/2020
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Ohio governor helps get milk back on the food bank shelves

Milk is back on the shelf at Ohio food banks, thanks to an executive order from Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, which would provide nearly $5 million in emergency funding, according to a news release from the American Dairy Association-Mideast. The funding came as a result of a combined effort of Ohio Dairy Producers Association and the American Dairy Association Mideast along with support from Dairy Farmers of America-Mideast Area and the National Farmers Organization who submitted a letter to Governor DeWine urging him to approve emergency funding for food banks
5/6/2020
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4Hers turning to the virtual world to complete projects
MARION, Ohio – Every summer, empty acres come alive, bursting with neon light and deep-fried delights. County fairs are a way of life for many living in the Midwest, but for the first time in more than a half century, many organizers say opening the midways this summer seems like a long shot.
5/6/2020
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Indiana egg producer adds Texas farms to its stable

NORTH MANCHESTER, Ind. – The Strauss family was primarily a supplier of feed until producing eggs a half century ago. 
Now, the family has reached out of state to add one million hens to the 10 million hens already housed at their egg production facility in northern Indiana.
5/6/2020
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The balance between opening processing plants and protecting workers


President Donald Trump ordered meat processing plants to reopen last week. However, this doesn’t doesn’t necessarily mean an end to the backlog of farm animals and potential food shortages. Some meat processing plants have closed in order to deep clean after employees have tested positive from Covid-19. Those closures have ranged from a few days to a few weeks. 
5/6/2020
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Vegetables from Purdue student farm now going to food pantries

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Normally, vegetables grown by agriculture students at Purdue University are served in dining halls at the school but with the campus mostly empty from the COVID-19 outbreak the produce is being donated to help feed the hungry.
About 200 pounds of fresh greens harvested from high tunnels at the Purdue School Farm have been delivered every week at no cost to Food Finders Food Bank in Lafayette and the on campus ACE Food Pantry for the past month.
5/6/2020
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Polk and Hahn Auctioneers combine forces for new partnership

NEW PARIS, Ind. — In what amounts to a mega-merger of local auction talent, a new partnership has been formed to lead Polk Auction Company located in New Paris at the junction of U.S. 6 and S.R. 15. 
5/6/2020
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Take your time; get plenty of rest to avoid accidents on the farm
UNION COUNTY, Ohio — Weather patterns for the spring of 2020 look similar to last year’s. That means a short window for planting, which equals stress for farmers. Stress can cause accidents.
5/6/2020
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