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     Melissa Hart

    A day at the fair

    HILLSDALE, MI -- It was my day at the county fair, my chance to sit back, relax and watch the open dairy show that normally features some of the best dairy cattle in the state and this year was no different. I took my camera just in case, but mostly I was there to enjoy a show where I didnít have to take pictures or type up results Ö.just enjoy.

    • Sep. 29, 2014
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    The hops are strung up, which are then brought down to be hand-picked.

    Local hops growers connect with local breweries

    PORT HURON, MI -- Connecting communities to local food is becoming more and more common as consumers' interest in knowing where their food comes from grows. Restaurants and markets of all kinds are purchasing local foods for a number of reasons: some do it because local food is fresher (local food requires less distance for travel and shipping); others do it so they themselves can feel more assured that their food is coming from a reliable source they know personally.

    • Sep. 24, 2014
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    If you don't think you have SDS in your fields, MSU experts think you might want to take a closer look.

    SDS outbreak becoming evident across Michigan

    DECATUR, MI -- Farming is risky business these days. Prices are falling as world grain stocks are recovering to near normal levels after several years of production challenges from poor weather conditions. As prices fall, managing crops to protect profitability is more important than ever. Soybean producers in southwest Michigan are facing a growing threat to soybean profitability. That threat is being caused by the spread of soybean sudden death syndrome (SDS).

    • Sep. 24, 2014
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    Agricultural safety group offering grants up to $10,000

    Grants up to $10,000 are being offered by a national coalition of agribusinesses, producer organizations and safety professionals in order to foster new champions of agricultural safety and health.

    • Sep. 24, 2014
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    Ag leaders talk challenges, opportunities at Fall Outlook Conference

    MACKINAC ISLAND -- The Michigan Agri-Business Association (MABA) this weekend hosted its 2014 Fall Outlook Conference, now in its fifth year of bringing agriculture industry leaders together to discuss industry developments. The two-day meeting included updates from state and national leaders on current challenges in agriculture, advancements in the agronomy sector, the growth of renewable fuels, infrastructure access and more.

    • Sep. 24, 2014
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    Grants, scholarship opportunities available to fund ag literacy

    LANSING, MI -- Approaching deadlines will soon close out several opportunities for Michigan students, teachers and ag literacy volunteers seeking assistance in funding a variety of learning opportunities. Grants and scholarships underwritten by state and national farm organizations are available for college students studying agriculture as well as teachers and volunteers looking to enrich their farm-friendly curricula and outreach programs.

    • Sep. 24, 2014
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    Grand Traverse region's wine grape production significantly down

    TRAVERSE CITY, MI -- It is going to be a very different sort of harvest season for Michigan grape growers and in particular, for the Grand Traverse region's grape growers this year. This is due to the extreme cold weather of last winter and the cool and wet growing season that followed. Thanks to the now infamous Polar Vortex, many European grape varieties grown in the area were severely injured.

    • Sep. 24, 2014
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    Free U of I app helps applicators with sprayer calculations

    URBANA, IL -- University of Illinois Extension has released a new smartphone app to assist applicators with many of the calculations that are used when setting up and calibrating a sprayer.

    • Sep. 24, 2014
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    Boosting global corn yields depends on improving nutrient balance

    WEST LAFAYETTE, IN -- Ensuring that corn absorbs the right balance of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium is crucial to increasing global yields, a Purdue and Kansas State University study finds.

    • Sep. 24, 2014
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    Ag frat event to benefit disabled farmers

    EAST LANSING, MI -- Michigan State University's chapter of the agricultural fraternity Alpha Gamma Rho will host a fund-raising hog roast Oct. 3 to benefit a program that helps keep farmers farming.

    • Sep. 24, 2014
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    Plan taxes now to avoid problems later

    EAST LANSING, MI -- It may seem early in the year for tax planning, but for dairy and beef operators, this preparation should have started a couple months ago. For many years, farms have faced the challenge of managing their farm income to avoid income spikes or failures. Both of those scenarios can have negative impacts on the farm's financial position and annual tax liability.

    • Sep. 24, 2014
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    Michigan crop update: White mold infestations have been reported

    EAST LANSING, MI -- There were 3.8 days suitable for fieldwork in Michigan during the week ending September 14, according to the USDA, NASS, Great Lakes Region.

    • Sep. 24, 2014
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    Ohio crop update: Farmers continue to prepare for harvest

    REYNOLDSBURG, OH -- Heavy rainfalls over the week are expected to benefit hay fields, pastures, and some soybeans, but mostly represent an obstacle to dry down and harvest at this point. According to the USDA, NASS, Great Lakes Region, there were 4.8 days suitable for fieldwork in Ohio during the week ending September 14.

    • Sep. 24, 2014
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    Indiana crop update: Wet weather slows progress

    WEST LAFAYETTE, IN -- Cool temperatures in conjunction with the increased rainfall have slowed overall progress during the week, according to the USDA, NASS, Great Lakes Region.

    • Sep. 24, 2014
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    Soybean growers from 11 states tapped by ASA to lead WISHH

    WASHINGTON -- American Soybean Association (ASA) President Ray Gaesser has confirmed the election of 16 soybean growers from 11 states to ASA's World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (WISHH) Committee in 2014-2015. New officers are: Chairman Andy Welden of Michigan; Vice Chair Lucas Heinen of Kansas; Treasurer Monica McCranie of South Dakota; and Secretary Dean Coleman of Iowa.

    • Sep. 24, 2014