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  1. Corn that didn't mature fully this summer or dry fully this fall stands a better chance of bridging in storage, creating a possible hazard for farmers.

    MIOSHA safety grants to benefit Michigan farms

    LANSING, MI -- Workplace safety grants recently announced by the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) specifically target smaller businesses, making them ideal for addressing risks inherent in the business of producing food and fiber. Qualifying employers can put individual grants of up to $5,000 each toward the purchase of safety and health-related equipment.

    • Oct. 22, 2014
  2. From left: Sen. Bill Beagle, Sarah Landis, Lydia Black, Kara Griffith and Rep. Mike Henne.

    State legislators hear Ohio Youth Capitol Challenge winners' policy proposal

    COLUMBUS, OH -- The winners of the Ohio Youth Capitol Challenge recently presented their policy proposal to local legislators and candidates running for state office.

    • Oct. 22, 2014
  3. Annual conference provides fresh thinking for growers

    EAST LANSING, MI -- The MSU Product Center is pleased to announce the seventh annual Making It In Michigan Conference and Premier Specialty Food Show to be held Wednesday, November 12th from 7:30AM -- 4:00PM at the Lansing Center.

    • Oct. 22, 2014
  4. Farm safety first: Take steps now to prevent accidents later, Purdue experts advise

    WEST LAFAYETTE, IN -- A few simple precautions and a little bit of common sense can go a long way toward helping prevent farm-related accidents and injuries, especially at harvest time, two Purdue University agricultural educators say.

    • Oct. 22, 2014
  5. IFB state convention on the road again

    FRENCH LICK, IN -- Indiana Farm Bureau's annual state convention will be held Dec. 12 and 13 in French Lick at the French Lick Resort.

    • Oct. 22, 2014
  6. MSU to co-host Built Environment Showcase Nov. 7

    EAST LANSING, MI -- The Built Environment Showcase is set for Nov. 7 at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center in East Lansing. Key leaders from the built environment -- representatives of industries, the federal government, state agencies, investment companies and Michigan State University (MSU) -- will gather to discuss ways to increase partnerships, economic development, placemaking opportunities and more.

    • Oct. 22, 2014
  7. Ohio Farm Bureau Federation examining CAUV formula

    COLUMBUS, OH -- The Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) is bringing together experts to intensify its examination of the complex formula used in calculating Current Agricultural Use Value (CAUV). Many landowners have raised concerns as values are rising at the same time crop prices are falling. OFBF's goal is to provide solutions to those concerns while preserving the integrity and purpose of the program.

    • Oct. 22, 2014
  8. Piglet brain atlas new tool in understanding infant brain development in humans

    URBANA, IL -- A new online tool developed by researchers at the University of Illinois will further aid studies into postnatal brain growth in human infants based on the similarities seen in the development of the piglet brain, said Rod Johnson, a U of I professor of animal sciences.

    • Oct. 22, 2014
  9. Register for Michigan 4-H November volunteer training workshops

    EAST LANSING, MI -- Each program year, Michigan 4-H, with support from the Michigan 4-H Foundation, donors and other supporters, offers volunteer trainings at sites across Michigan. Each workshop covers an assortment of 4-H program areas, and the goal of these trainings is to provide participants with the necessary skills to become experts in their subjects.

    • Oct. 22, 2014
  10. Thirty-two U.S. senators sign letter encouraging members to keep COOL

    The United States Cattlemen's Association (USCA) commends the thirty-two U.S. Senators led by Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY) and Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) for standing up for U.S. cattle producers and supporting the U.S. country of origin labeling (COOL) law. The bi-partisan group of Senators sent a letter to the Senate Appropriations Committee this week urging leadership to reject any efforts to weaken or suspend COOL through upcoming legislation.

    • Oct. 22, 2014
  11. Ag Calendar

    23: 'Flushing Into the Future,' free septic system workshop, 6:30-8 p.m., free and open to the public, septic systems - how they work and how to maintain them, design and function, Angola Community Center - multi-purpose room, 317 S. Wayne St., Angola, IN, 260-665-3211 x 3, www.sjrwi.org or or www.steubenswcd.org.

    • Oct. 22, 2014
  12. MCA to USDA: Don't hijack the checkoff

    OKEMOS, MI -- On Oct. 14, the Michigan Cattlemen's Association along with 43 state cattlemens' associations sent a letter to Agriculture Secretary Vilsack, urging him to cease any efforts to establish an additional beef checkoff under the 1996 General Commodity Promotion, Research and Information Act.

    • Oct. 22, 2014
  13. 4-H gala launches campaign and recognizes Emerald awardees

    EAST LANSING, MI -- The Michigan 4-H Foundation hosted the 4-H Town and Country Gala for Michigan's Youth Oct. 3 at the Downtown Market in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

    • Oct. 22, 2014
  14. Indiana crop update: Rain delays harvest

    WEST LAFAYETTE, IN -- Corn and soybean harvest was hindered and, in some regions, halted by frequent rains, but the mild weather permitted farmers to re-enter fields towards the end of the week, according to the USDA, NASS, Great Lakes Region.

    • Oct. 22, 2014
  15. Michigan crop update: Storms, wind cause lodging in corn

    LANSING, MI -- There were 4.8 days suitable for fieldwork in Michigan during the week ending October 12, according to the USDA, NASS, Great Lakes Region.

    • Oct. 22, 2014
  16. Weekly Price Outlook: How many acres of corn needed in 2015?

    One of the functions of crop markets is to direct planting decisions of U.S. producers. That process begins with fall seeded crops, primarily winter wheat, and continues through the following spring. According to a University of Illinois agricultural economist, the market's assessment of the amount of acreage needed of various crops in any production cycle is complicated and continually changes.

    • Oct. 22, 2014
  17. Auction Calendar

    ONLINE ONLY. Rental equipment, pressure washer, mowers, misc. For Info: Repocast 866-550-7376 (10/15)

    • Oct. 22, 2014
  18. Ag Calendar

    16: Cottage to Commercial Workshop, 10 a.m.-noon, two-hour session addressing basic food processing, regulatory requirements, business development resources, and related topics, targets individuals interested in starting a licensed, commercial food business, $20 by Oct. 10, Hilliard Building, Conf. Rm. B, 121 E. Maple, Mason, MI, 517-526-7895.

    • Oct. 15, 2014
  19. This ear of corn is in an Indiana cornfield that is near harvest in early October. (Purdue Agricultural Communication photo/Keith Robinson)

    Purdue expert: Prepare now for post-harvest drying

    WEST LAFAYETTE, IN -- The nearly ideal weather that has been credited with helping produce an expected record corn crop in Indiana also is yielding concerns that some of the grain will be harvested wetter than normal and require more artificial drying for storage.

    • Oct. 15, 2014
  20. FSA announces key dates for new Farm Bill safety net programs

    WASHINGTON -- USDA announced key dates for farm owners and producers to keep in mind regarding the new 2014 Farm Bill established programs, Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC). The new programs, designed to help producers better manage risk, usher in one of the most significant reforms to U.S. farm programs in decades.

    • Oct. 15, 2014
  21. Feral swine study pairs MSU, U of M researchers to assess statewide impact

    EAST LANSING, MI -- A new study will pair Michigan State University (MSU) researchers with researchers from the University of Michigan-Flint to learn more about one of the state's most potentially destructive invasive species: feral swine.

    • Oct. 15, 2014
  22. MSU Dept. of Animal Science seeks nominations for Dairy Farmer of the Year

    EAST LANSING, MI -- Nominations for the 2015 Michigan State University (MSU) Dairy Farmer of the Year Award are currently being accepted by the MSU Department of Animal Science.

    • Oct. 15, 2014
  23. Bane-Welker to host tailgate festivities at Colts home games

    CRAWFORDSVILLE, IN -- Bane-Welker Equipment would like to invite you to stop by their booth and say hello at Sunday's Colts vs. Ravens game. And then again at all the home games!

    • Oct. 15, 2014
  24. ICM, IPM update set for Dec. 16

    EAST LANSING, MI -- The Michigan State University Extension Field Crops Team and Eaton County MSU Extension will host the 2014 Integrated Crop and Pest Management Update on Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the MSU Pavilion for Agriculture and Livestock Education (4301 Farm Lane, East Lansing, MI 48824). Participants will receive MSU Extension's 2015 recommendations for potential pest problems, soil and fertilizer practices and weed control.

    • Oct. 15, 2014
  25. USDA unveils key new programs to help farmers manage risk

    WASHINGTON -- U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack today unveiled highly anticipated new programs to help farmers better manage risk, ushering in one of the most significant reforms to U.S. farm programs in decades.

    • Oct. 15, 2014
  26. Michigan 4-H dairy judging team takes top honors at World Dairy Expo

    EAST LANSING, MI -- The Michigan 4-H dairy judging team won top honors at the National 4-H Dairy Cattle Judging Contest at the World Dairy Expo Sept. 29 in Madison, Wisconsin. The team finished as the No. 1 team overall, ahead of 26 teams from across the country, as well as the top team in reasons. Several members also ranked in the top 10 individually.

    • Oct. 15, 2014
  27. MSU and Macomb Community College host Trends in Ag workshop

    EAST LANSING, MI -- Michigan State University (MSU) and Macomb Community College are working together to present the Trends in Agriculture workshop Friday, Nov. 7 at the Macomb Community College Center Campus, University Center.

    • Oct. 15, 2014
  28. MSU researchers earn $7.7 million in specialty crop grants from USDA

    EAST LANSING, MI -- Three Michigan State University AgBioResearch scientists have netted more than $7.7 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture to address the critical needs of the specialty crop industry through research and education.

    • Oct. 15, 2014
  29. Ohio crop update: Rain slows harvest

    REYNOLDSBURG, OH -- Heavy rains that occurred later in the week have slowed harvesting activities in the state. According to the USDA, NASS, Great Lakes Region, there were 4.9 days suitable for fieldwork in Ohio during the week ending October 5.

    • Oct. 15, 2014
  30. Michigan crop update: Soggy fields halt harvest

    LANSING, MI -- There were 3.5 days suitable for fieldwork in Michigan during the week ending October 5, according to the USDA, NASS, Great Lakes Region. After recent warm and sunny conditions, last week was characterized by cold and wet weather, resulting in soggy fields, which prevented harvest in most parts of the state. Fog and dew also inhibited drydown of crops. Dry beans and hay harvest were wrapping up. Pastures remain in mostly good condition.

    • Oct. 15, 2014
  31. Indiana crop update: Showers delay harvest

    WEST LAFAYETTE, IN -- Cool, dry weather in the first part of the week encouraged harvest in most of the state, but rains starting Thursday and lasting into the weekend brought most combines to a halt, according to the USDA, NASS, Great Lakes Region. For the week ending October 5th, average temperatures for the week ranged from 55 to 67 degrees, and from 4 degrees below to 6 degrees above normal. The lowest recorded temperature for the week was 32 degrees; the highest, 89 degrees.

    • Oct. 15, 2014
  32. Ohio farmers serve on 2015 NCGA Action Teams, Corn Board

    DELAWARE, OH -- Ohio is well represented as a new slate of farmers was recently announced to serve their industry as members of the National Corn Growers Association's action teams and committees in the next fiscal year, which began October 1, actively shaping the future of their industry by guiding programs and carrying out the policies and priorities of the National Corn Growers Association.

    • Oct. 15, 2014
  33. Farm Bureau presidents, including Michigan's, visited with EPA officials recently to express concerns about a proposed rule that would dramatically expand the agency's regulatory authority.

    Michigan farmers to EPA: 'Ditch the rule!'

    LANSING, MI -- Michigan Farm Bureau (MFB) President Wayne H. Wood was among a contingent of state Farm Bureau leaders who converged on Washington, D.C. recently to submit thousands of individual comments opposing what is seen as egregious power grab by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    • Oct. 15, 2014
  34. Caution, patience key to harvest safety

    LANSING, MI -- With leaves changing and grain ripening, Michigan's rural roadways are soon to see their annual uptick of slow-moving farm traffic, creating potentially hazardous traffic snarls where motorists least expect them. No matter how slow and bulky it is, farm equipment has as much right to the roadway as passenger vehicles, so it's time for motorists to take caution and exercise patience and restraint.

    • Oct. 15, 2014
  35. Weekly Price Outlook: It's been a big year for ethanol

    Ethanol production, consumption, and stocks data are typically reviewed on a calendar-year basis because Renewable Fuel Standards (RFS) are established for calendar years. However, according to a University of Illinois agricultural economist, because corn is the major feedstock for domestic ethanol production, ethanol data on a corn marketing year basis (September to August) are important for monitoring and anticipating marketing-year corn consumption.

    • Oct. 15, 2014
  36. Auction Calendar

    TIPPECANOE COUNTY, IN. 40 +/- acres. Contact: Dean Retherford 765-296-8475

    • Oct. 15, 2014
  37. TJ Classic Minister Venus-ET Melissa Hart

    Melissa Hart

    MADISON, WI -- In front of international visitors from all over the globe, the best of the best paraded through the ring for the Supreme Champion Selection at World Dairy Expo on October 4 in Madison, WI.

    • Oct. 14, 2014