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Ag safety experts: Harvest time is also farm safety time
Studies show honey bees big foragers of soybean crops
National Alpaca Days is scheduled for last weekend of September
Expert shares cyber attack prevention tips with farmers
Becknology Days draws crowds who learn the latest on crops
Illinois farmers’ NLRS success now quantified
Spotted lanternfly now a growing threat in Midwest
Kentucky receives $5.4 million for local food purchase assistance program
Long-time Schrader auction employee receives HOF honor
Indiana, Illinois and Ohio weather conditions ripe for crop progress
Illinois gubernatorial and senate candidates talk farming issues
OPC intern helps educate state fair visitors about hogs
Farm Bill Roundtable at Illinois State Fair draws conversation
World record price for 4-H hog a show of love for family
Ohio Farm Custom Rates bulletin a handy guideline
Farming community comes together to help family bring in harvest
Baseball teams in Illinois promote agriculture with special events
Indiana can export poultry
products again after avian flu
Farmers in parts of Kentucky would like to see more rain
ISU Research Farm shows off farmers helping environment
Farmers will need to produce 70 percent more food by 2050
Beshear announces fund to help Western Kentucky grain farmers 

Love-struck man now a bison rancher
Beshear announces fund to help Western Kentucky grain farmers 

Blueberry farmer will discuss her work at Indiana State Fair
Soybean, wheat planted acreage up but corn down from last year
Michigan legislature considers using stimulus funds for some ag programs
Holstein cow bred in Ohio sets record selling for $1,925,000
Dutch Valley Growers among farms featured at the Indiana State Fair
Michigan businesses receive grants that will lead to expansion
Dream fulfilled in becoming a farmer
Corn, soybean progress looking good from Iowa through Indiana
U.S. Senators host first farm bill hearing in Michigan 
Ag economists: Farmers should consider refinancing
Experts caution to scout for corn rootworm in high moisture
Special investigator bill sparks mixed reactions from national farm groups
Supply chain issues cited as farm equipment sales fall 
Livestock groups add their support to amending Packers, Stockyards Act
Purdue gets $1M grant to develop a rapid ASF test
Corn hits a 10-year high
Julia Wickard back as Indiana State Executive Director for FSA
Avian influenza is cited for the skyrocking egg prices 
New state conservationist is happy to return to Ohio

Illinois ag groups want funding for more state veterinarians
‘Right to repair’ legislation is now heating up at state, federal levels

Supreme Court will hear case against California’s Prop 12
Soybean crush is forecasted to increase 10-20 percent by 2025
Kentucky Ag Commissioner visits UK and UAE for trade
High-production indoor farm expanding to Muncie, Indiana
AEM survey finds optimism for farm machinery sales 
Study indicates plant-based foods not affecting U.S. beef demand
National Pork Board unveils sustainability program
Vilsack says International trade looks better than ever
USDA: Number of farms drops by 7,000 in its latest survey
National FFA Week is a time for advocacy
Avian influenza has been found on Indiana turkey farm
Proposed pipleine in Illinois will transport carbon dioxide 
Kentucky FFA member takes flight to storm-torn communities
Meteorologist: Eastern Corn Belt could see above average precipitation this spring
Record high fertilizer prices could impact  world hunger 
American Farmland Trust outlines goals for 2022 Illinois legislative session
Second career sees Tennessee farmer raising prime beef
New EPA report on dicamba use shows little change
30th annual No-Tillage Conference to be held in Louisville Jan. 4-7
Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago: Midwest farmland values surge 18 percent
Beck’s expands into Nebraska 
Senators reach compromise on cattle market transparency bill
Reward offered for info on northern Indiana barn fires

Ag world reacts to infrastructure bill passage

Ohio high school offers Intro to Urban Agriculture class, garden chores
August’s U.S. beef exports hit record $1 billion; pork exports keep 2020 record pace

Wet weather putting some pressure on the Illinois  harvest
Talk to financial advisor before Congress acts on the Build Back Better plan
Kentucky Grazing Conference to focus on sustainable improvements of pastures
More than 6 million students participate in 4-H whose roots are in Ohio

Despite high input costs, farmers can find ways to cut some expenses this fall
FCFI is looking for volunteers to help rebuild the farms affected by Hurricane Ida
Federal judge reverses 2020 U.S. water rule
One of world’s largest soybean processing plants unveiled during 2021 Becknology Days
Illinois governor signs bills; honors ‘Moldy Mary’ during state fair
Downy Mildew showing up on Michigan’s cucumbers
FTC to come down on unlawful repair restrictions for farm equipment
Waidelich, Aultman named Master Farmers
D.C. Court of Appeals says no more yearround E-15 sales 
Input companies are entering carbon market

National cattle group urges ag committees to address issues

Illinois FFA officers elected for 2021-2022
Ag groups concerned over proposed change to like-kind exchanges
Farmland values increasing in Midwest  
Bleat in, bleat out: Goat yoga is ‘the thing’ and people are lining up for it
Solar debate heating up in Ohio, Indiana
Hoosier farmer looks to increase Swiss sheep breed numbers in the U.S.
Beck’s, Inari join forces on gene editing technology
Family repurposes 1920s livestock barn as event center
Ag research legislation advances; Farm Bill inclusion being eyed
Study finds significant health benefits of using biodiesel
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Ohio program will help add grape vines to the landscape
REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio – The Ohio Grape Industries Committee (OGIC) is giving Ohioans the opportunity to start – or add to – a vineyard to help spur grape production in the state.
The Vineyard Expansion Assistance Program (VEAP) will award up to $3,000 per acre, with a maximum of three acres, to establish grape vines beginning in 2021. Vines for wine or table grapes are eligible. The funding will only cover the cost of the grape vines planted
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Pros and cons of lambing outside or in a shed
Few things are more satisfying to livestock producers than witnessing new life begin. Slimy, soaking wet, wobbling legged lambs who nose dive as they attempt to stand. Finally, on their feet nuzzling the wrong end of mom in search of the fist meal – we anticipate the arrival of lambs for months.
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AFBF: USDA’s new conservation final rule falls short

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) recently advocated for clear rules and safeguards to ensure fair treatment of U.S. farmers in conservation compliance with the USDA’s Highly Erodible Land and Wetland Conservation Final Rule.
But AFBF officials said the new final rule, made public Aug. 28, does not remedy unfair enforcement by the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).
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Michigan Agriculture Advancement focusing on farms and farmers
STOCKBRIDGE, Mich. – A new agriculture group just announced in Michigan is aiming to do something just a little bit different; it’s called Michigan Agriculture Advancement (MiAA).
The advocacy group, announced on Aug. 25, is headed up by longtime Michigan agriculture leader Tim Boring, a farmer of row crops and small grains in Stockbridge, about 40 miles northwest of Ann Arbor. Most recently Boring has served as vice president of the Michigan Agribusiness Association. He holds a doctorate in crop and soil sciences from Michigan State University. In describing the goals of the new organization, Boring likes to use the term resiliency. It seems similar to sustainability, but with a focus on farms, farming and farmers, not just on the environment.
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Red Gold farmers win award for conservation practices

INDIANAPOLIS – Adam Myers constructed an irrigation pond and uses drip tape to water his tomatoes and other crops on his sod farm in southern Indiana. The Rice family has planted cover crops on its LaPorte County farm for 30 years.
For their conservation efforts, the farms have been named winners of the Red Gold Stewardship award, presented by the Elwood, Ind.-based tomato processor and the Indiana State Department of Agriculture (ISDA). In its 12th year, the program recognizes Red Gold growers who value improving soil health and water quality on their operations, ISDA said.
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Midwestern Hemp Database records growth
URBANA, Ill. – Early-season production considerations for hemp were the topics of a University of Illinois Extension Commercial Agriculture Team webinar that included information about a new, research-driven database for Midwestern hemp production. A collaboration among Illinois Extension, Purdue University Extension, Michigan State University Extension and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the goal of the Midwestern Hemp Database is to provide regional insight into agronomic performance and cannabinoid development of industrial hemp varieties.
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Community finds market for pigs shown at county fair
HAMILTON, Ohio – While there was a livestock show, of sorts, at the Butler County Fair, fair board members suggested that kids who were showing pigs take their animals home at the end of the fair.
FFA and 4-H members had not been able to take the Ohio Department of Agriculture-required Quality Assurance Program. Plus, packers are booked for the foreseeable future. Things were not looking bright for show participants.
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NCBA, IBA are calling for reform in cattle marketing
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – The Illinois Beef Association (IBA) is joining with the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) in calling for structural reform to how cattle are marketed both regionally and nationally. Jill Johnson, IBA executive director, issued the call for reform during a policy webinar broadcast on Aug. 11
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Happiness blooms in Ohio

Flowers are truly synonymous with happiness. Receiving a bouquet of blooms, whether professionally arranged or hand-picked from the field, is an instant smile-maker. Two Northeast Ohio farming families know this and have taken “how does your garden grow” to a whole new level by filling their farm’s open space with flowers for the masses.
Tara Fodor, floral designer and creator of Farmhouse Blooms by Fodor Tree Farm, has gained a loyal following for her market bouquets, flower subscriptions, wedding displays and flower farm events. Her husband’s family farm has been growing Christmas trees for three generations, but it was Tara who brought some color to their Poland, Ohio farm five years ago.
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Officer commended for rounding up loose farm animals

UNION MILLS, Ind. – An Indiana police officer is being praised for playing cowboy in returning several farm animals running loose in the dark to safety.
The actions of LaPorte County Sheriff’s Deputy Keith Waltz had gone unnoticed until the shocked owners returned home from a weekend camping trip and saw him on surveillance video rounding up their two horses, a donkey and two goats.
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