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NFU applauds introduction of the Young Farmer Success Act

WASHINGTON – On June 2, National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson applauded the introduction of the Young Farmer Success Act of 2015 by Representatives Chris Gibson, R-New York, and Joe Courtney, D-Connecticut, a bill that will add farmers to the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program. “Across the country the average age of farmers is increasing,” noted Johnson.…

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BRANDT named preferred vendor for The Green Grass Golf Group

SPRINGFIELD, Illinois – BRANDT, a leading manufacturer of specialty products for the turf and agriculture markets, has been added to The Green Grass Golf Group’s (TGGGG) list of preferred agronomy vendors. TGGGG is a Texas-based buying alliance with 800+ members. Their mission is to provide national account pricing on the most desired brands in the industry. This agreement …

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Apply now for the 2015-16 ASA DuPont Young Leader Program

ST. LOUIS MO. – The American Soybean Association (ASA) and DuPont are seeking applicants for the 2016 ASA DuPont Young Leader Program. For more than 30 years, the ASA DuPont Young Leader program has identified and developed grower leaders that continue to shape the future of agriculture. “The ASA DuPont Young Leader program has been a game changer for not only the soyb…

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Analyst: Bird flu could affect corn prices

MANKATO, Minn. (AP) - A Minnesota farm management analyst says the spread of bird flu could affect corn prices. Kent Thiesse (THEE'-see), vice president of MinnStar Bank in Lake Crystal, told KTOE-AM the ripple effect of the virus could undercut the price of corn. Thiesse says the rule of thumb is one bushel of corn per year per laying hen. He estimates producing a tur…

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Bees, pollination and agricultural production

BROOKINGS — The USDA recently reported preliminary results of the Bee Informed National Management Survey. The survey reported 42 percent total reported annual honey bee hive loss for 2014-2015. This is greater than the losses reported in 2013-2014. This is the first time summer hive losses were greater than winter hive losses - at 27 and 23 percent, respectively - however,…

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Ohio cancels poultry shows at fairs amid bird flu outbreak

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — All poultry shows at the Ohio State Fair and county fairs across the state have been canceled this year because of the threat of a deadly bird flu virus, the state's agriculture department announced on June 2. The virus that has led to the deaths of more than 44 million chickens and turkeys in the Midwest hasn't been found so far in Ohio, but state offic…

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Subcommittee reviews the financial health of farm country

On June 2, Rep. Rick Crawford (R-AR), Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee’s General Farm Commodities and Risk Management Subcommittee, held a public hearing to review the financial health of farm country. With significantly lower commodity prices, net farm income has decreased substantially over the past two years. This impacts not only farmers and ranchers but also farm…

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Study finds drug contamination in Minnesota's lakes, rivers

ST. PAUL, Minn.— A new study by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has found widespread contamination by pharmaceutical drugs and other chemicals in the state's lakes and rivers. Researchers with the agency sampled 11 lakes and four rivers across the state for 125 different chemicals. The lakes also had been sampled in 2008 and the riverey, who added that the newest sam…

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CHS acquires Patriot Renewable Fuels ethanol plant

ST. PAUL, Minn. — On June 1, CHS Inc., a farmer-owned cooperative and a global energy, grains and foods company, announced it has acquired the Patriot Renewable Fuels ethanol plant from Patriot Holdings, LLC, Annawan, Ill. The Annawan facility produces 125 million gallons of ethanol annually, and is the second ethanol plant that CHS has purchased. In June 2014, CHS acquired…

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North Dakota APUC funding 9 projects this quarter

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's Agricultural Products Utilization Commission is funding nine projects this quarter. The group better known as APUC funds developers of North Dakota farm products. It's a program of the state Commerce Department. The largest grant this quarter is going to Bison Compost LLP of Leeds. The company is getting awarded $135,100 to develop …

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Poland to cull pigs to prevent African swine fever spread

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish authorities say they will cull about 5,800 pigs to prevent the spread of African swine fever. Veterinarians are checking 274 pig farms in eastern Poland, near the border with Lithuania and Belarus, for compliance with sanitary requirements to prevent the spread of the disease. Unlike swine flu, it doesn't affect humans. The pigs are expecte…

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California farmers plan to avoid water-sucking crops

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Dozens of California farmers aiming to meet voluntary water conservation targets submitted plans to the state saying they intend to plant less thirsty crops and leave some fields unplanted amid the relentless drought. Farmers in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta devised the plans filed on June 1 as part of a deal last month that would spare th…

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Eureka woman follows dream to take over family ranch

Out west of Eureka, herds of cattle can be seen grazing on the rocky horizon. For some, it’s a hard life, and for some, it’s a life that is the fulfillment of a dream. “Growing up, I didn't believe I could take over the farm,” Karen Mutschler said while walking through her …

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American Agri-Women celebrates 40th anniversary with 'Drive Across America'

American Agri-Women (AAW) is celebrating 40 years of advocating for agriculture with its “Drive Across America.” AAW is the nation’s largest coalition of farm, ranch and agri-business women. The five-month educational and advocacy tour will kick off June 3 at McCain Foods USA plant in Easton, Maine. McCain Foods, a major sponsor of the Drive, processes potatoes from family …

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2015-2016 Roll Of Victory show season begins

This month’s All-American Angus Breeders’ Futurity in Louisville, Ky., marks the first official competition of the 2015-2016 Roll-of-Victory (ROV) show season, hosted by the American Angus Association. The season runs from June 1 through May 31. Two new shows have been added to the line-up this year — the Nebraska State Fair, and the Keystone International Livestock Expo (K…

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