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EPA reviewing comments on changes toward WOTUS rule
Following an April 15 government-imposed deadline for feedback, the U.S. EPA and Army Corps of Engineers have begun scrutinizing thousands of public comments on a rule change ordered by the Trump administration to revise the controversial definition of “waters of the United States” (WOTUS) under the Clean Water Act (CWA) of 1972.
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Mielke Market Weekly by Lee Mielke
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Equine influenza virus is still active, and prevention vital
 In recent weeks, the number of animals infected with the equine influenza virus (EIV) has increased in Indiana and across the country, according to the Indiana State Board of Animal Health (BOAH).
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Ohio bill would assist older farmers aiding ‘new blood’
A new bill was introduced in Ohio earlier this month that would give incentives to new and established farmers alike.
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Summit speakers go over some changes in farm bill
At a mid-April Farm Bill Summit in Versailles three keynote speakers talked about their areas of expertise in commodities, conservation, and crop insurance – also the three largest agricultural titles in terms of spending in the 2018 farm bill.
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Kelsay Farms sells off dairy equipment in on-site auction
The Kelsay family is one step closer to ending their generations-long career as dairy farmers after an April 12 equipment auction.
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Purdue: Grain dust explosions up, but injuries, fatalities down
An increase in grain dust explosions were reported nationally at grain handling, feed manufacturing, and biofuel facilities in 2018, according to an annual report by Purdue University; however, resulting injuries and fatalities were down from the previous year.
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Number of farms up for Ohio, Tennessee in ’17
 Several states in this region bucked national trends found in the 2017 Census of Agriculture for number of farms, amount of land in farms, or the value of agricultural products.
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Bill proposes raising Chapter 12 cap to help more farmers

A bill calling for an increase in the Chapter 12 operating debt cap to $10 million would allow more farmers to use the bankruptcy option, according to backers of the federal legislation.
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Bridge studies underscore Midwest’s structural needs
A pair of recent structural quality assessment studies have refocused attention on the condition of rural bridges in the Midwest, particularly in Iowa and Illinois.
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