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Illinois FFA, 4-H youth will be able to show livestock
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. Illinois FFA and 4-H youth will have a chance to compete in junior livestock, horse and other shows, after all. With county and state fairs shuttered due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Illinois Department of Agriculture has clarified rules and dates to provide youth with an opportunity to show their animals during an unprecedented show season.
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Farm Science Review going virtual this year
LONDON, Ohio — For the first time in its 57-year history, the annual Farm Science Review (FSR), scheduled for Sept. 22-24, will not be held in its traditional setting. Instead, a virtual show will be implemented for this year’s show.
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Hemp checkoff in the works
A producer-funded checkoff for the hemp industry could be coming down the line. The National Industrial Hemp Council (NIHC) and The Hemp Industries Association (HIA) have announced that they have entered into an agreement to work together to explore the creation of a marketing checkoff program for the crop.
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Congestion, wait times add substantial costs to transporting U.S. ag products
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congestion and wait times in moving U.S. agricultural products reduce efficiency and result in increased export costs and decreased prices paid to farmers, according to a study by the Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI).
According to researchers some of this delay cost could be avoided with a better infrastructure. David Ellis, National Grain and Feed Assoc. (NGFA) senior research scientist, said during a July 9 webinar, “We can take some of that delay away, which makes these products more competitive in an international market. We never talk about what the cost is of doing nothing.”
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Ag education is going virtual in Indiana schools
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Flower farming blooms with promise for Ohio couple

MANCHESTER, Ohio — When they got married, things were expensive, so Shelly and Brad Brubaker decided they could grow flowers for their garden from seed. They liked it. Later, looking for a niche crop that would be the sole support of their family, they began producing cut flowers on a half-acre of land in 2011.
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Virtual farmers’ markets finding customers during pandemic

URBANA, Ohio – Producers in Champaign County in Ohio boast that they were first in the state to offer home-grown goodies using a virtual farmers’ market. Ah, yes, but now they’re not alone. The Covid-19 pandemic has spawned numerous county virtual farmers’ markets across the Buckeye state. These online markets are available in Miami, Butler, Allen, Fairfield and Hancock counties.
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Decrease in sugar one of DGA recommendations

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Sugar and alcohol are among two of the changes being recommending in the current 2020 Dietary Guidelines of America, DGA.
On July 16, the USDA and the Department of Health and Human Services released the preliminary 2020 Dietary Guidelines report. They are accepting public comments on the 835 page document until Aug. 13. Those comments will be used to finalize the DGA.
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U.S. House passes historic wild horse protection amendments

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. House of Representatives has passed three key animal protection amendments and the measures will be included in the upcoming full spending package, H.R. 7608.
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Cows extricated from overturned semi trailer

INDIANAPOLIS – Cowboys on horseback assisted in the removal of 54 cows from an overturned bi-level semi-trailer along Interstate 65 in downtown Indianapolis.
Initially, the Indianapolis Fire Department (IFD) reported six of the 54 cows in the July 20 accident perished. Dan McClean, operations manager for Hix Wrecker Service, said another eight cows later died as a result of their injuries.
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