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  1. Ag Calendar

    1: Organic Gardening Day, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., $60/person, includes an organic lunch buffet, on-site registration available but does not guarantee lunch, experts from around the country will present educational sessions to inspire organic farming, there will also be a retail selling area for a broad range of gardening products, Urbana Plaza Hotel & Convention Center (formerly the Holiday Inn), Urbana, IL, 217-244-1693 or

    • Oct. 29, 2014
  2. Organic gardening day is November 1 in Illinois

    URBANA, IL -- This year's Organic Gardening Day will take place on Saturday, Nov. 1, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Urbana Plaza Hotel and Convention Center (formerly the Holiday Inn) in Urbana.

    • Oct. 29, 2014
  3. Orange corn is naturally higher in provitamin A carotenoids. (Purdue Agricultural Communication photo/Natalie van Hoose)

    Natural gene selection can produce orange corn rich in provitamin A for Africa, U.S.

    WEST LAFAYETTE, IN -- Purdue researchers have identified a set of genes that can be used to naturally boost the provitamin A content of corn kernels, a finding that could help combat vitamin A deficiency in developing countries and macular degeneration in the elderly.

    • Oct. 29, 2014
  4. Willbur-Ellis Company recently donated $3,000 toward the Dennis M. Hagen Livestock Show Arena at the Huron Community Fair. Pictured is Brad Hagen, son of Dennis Hagen, Annette Puvaloski of Wilbur-Ellis Company, and the Women's Life Chapter #875 of Ubly, which is currently organizing fundraising events to help fund the arena.

    Wilbur-Ellis donates to Hagen Livestock Show Arena

    MARLETTE, MI -- Wilbur-Ellis Company recently made a $3,000 donation to the Dennis M. Hagen Livestock Show Arena for the Huron County Fair, a new venue to be built in memory of Dennis M. Hagen, who served as Beef Superintendant and volunteered many hours to the Huron Community Fair and was a prominent farmer in the community for which Wilbur-Ellis serves.

    • Oct. 29, 2014
  5. Ohio ranch wins 13 World Horn championships

    BARNESVILLE, OH -- Dickinson Cattle Company (DCCI) of Barnesville, Ohio won 13 World and Expo Horn Championships in Fort Worth, TX, and Oklahoma City, OK, ending with the fiercest of competition on Oct. 18. The final measuring was in the Cox Convention Center in downtown OKC. These are the world's two largest cattle competitions.

    • Oct. 29, 2014
  6. Grants will benefit Michigan specialty crop projects

    LANSING, MI -- Almost $2 million in federal grants recently announced by Michigan Governor Rick Snyder and Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) Director Jamie Clover Adams will augment efforts aimed at innovating, improving or growing projects to benefit the state's specialty crop industry. The grants are meant to enhance the competitiveness of Michigan specialty crops through processors, agri-businesses, producers, local government and commodity boards.

    • Oct. 29, 2014
  7. Monroe County to host pesticide review class

    MONROE, MI -- The Agriculture Advisory Council for Southeast Michigan is sponsoring a pesticide certification review class on Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014 for private and commercial pesticide applicators.

    • Oct. 29, 2014
  8. Send your application for Gold Ribbon Scholarship Program

    SALINE, MI -- Michigan youth who have participated in their county or community fair youth show in 2014 are invited to complete an application for the Great Lakes Agricultural Fair Gold Ribbon Scholarship Program. This program was started in 2013 and will again award two scholarships ($1,000 and $500) to youth involved in three different categories -- Large Livestock, Small Animals, and Static Exhibits.

    • Oct. 29, 2014
  9. America's Farmers Grow Ag Leaders launches in Michigan

    ST. LOUIS -- America's Farmers Grow Ag Leaders is now launching in 40 states, with more than $500,000 worth of scholarships available. Sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, the program provides $1,500 college scholarships to students pursuing a degree related to agriculture. Starting Nov. 15, high school seniors and college students in Michigan and other eligible states can apply for this opportunity.

    • Oct. 29, 2014
  10. Governor Snyder appoints farmers to Soybean Checkoff Board

    LANSING, MI -- Laurie Isley of Palmyra and Sarah Peterson of Niles were recently appointed by Governor Rick Snyder to their first terms on the Michigan Soybean Promotion Committee (MSPC).

    • Oct. 29, 2014
  11. Michigan crop update: Fieldwork at a standstill

    LANSING, MI -- There were 2.5 days suitable for fieldwork in Michigan during the week ending October 19, according to the USDA, NASS, Great Lakes Region. Rainy and cold weather continued most of last week, and these conditions put fieldwork at standstill in most regions of the state. Persistent rains caused harvest delay in corn and soybeans as they remained high in moisture content.

    • Oct. 29, 2014
  12. Ohio crop update: Drizzly days hinder harvest

    REYNOLDSBURG, OH -- Wet conditions throughout the state have farmers waiting for soils to dry before harvesting or planting can continue.

    • Oct. 29, 2014
  13. Indiana crop update: Farmers in need of dry weather

    WEST LAFAYETTE, IN -- The frequent rains have continued to prolong fall harvest, making it difficult for farmers to use equipment in the soaked fields, according to the USDA, NASS, Great Lakes Region.

    • Oct. 29, 2014
  14. Ag Secretary appoints Michigan grower as director of Soybean Board

    NILES, MI -- Michigan soybean farmers are represented by three farmer-leaders on the United Soybean Board (USB) as directors appointed by the United States Department of Agriculture -- Agricultural Marketing Service (USDA-AMS) Agriculture Secretary, Tom Vilsack. Recently, one new director was notified of his appointment, and that is Herb Miller of Niles, MI.

    • Oct. 29, 2014
  15. Thousands of visitors gathered for one of the biggest and best Holstein sales in the world held at World Dairy Expo. Photo by Melissa Hart.

    World Dairy Expo touts most elite cattle genetics

    MADISON, WI -- World Dairy Expo held in Madison, WI, is not only the mecca of farm equipment, great show cattle and the best of the best in forage competitions, but it's also a place for the buying and selling of elite dairy cattle genetics.

    • Oct. 29, 2014
  16. Weekly Price Outlook: Crop storage issues may be less severe than anticipated

    The large size of fall-harvested crops in the United States has raised very real concerns about the ability to readily store the record supply of crops available this year. According to a University of Illinois agricultural economist, supplies that exceed permanent storage capacity require the use of temporary storage facilities or may require delayed harvest in some circumstances.

    • Oct. 29, 2014
  17. Auction Calendar

    10 AM- FORT WAYNE, IN. Tractors, trailers, trucks, car haulers & more. For Info: Fort Wayne Truck Auction 888-748-2332 (09/17)

    • Oct. 29, 2014
  18. Gilbert Teixiera with Ken Impy. Check out the Photo Gallery at the right hand side of the front page of! Melissa Hart

    Dairymen and women assemble at WDE for The Klussendorf

    MADISON, WI -- World Dairy Expo held each fall in Madison, Wisconsin, is, for one week, the dairy mecca of the world. There are cows from all over North America and visitors from all over the world that clamor to see who will win the grand champion honors of each breed. But there’s one award that is exclusively revered by cowmen across the country—The Klussendorf.

    • Oct. 27, 2014
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. 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
  25. 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
  26. 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
  27. 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
  28. 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
  29. 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
  30. 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
  31. 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
  32. Auction Calendar

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

    • Oct. 22, 2014
  33. 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
  34. 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
  35. 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, or or

    • Oct. 22, 2014