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    Mark your calendars for February dairy conference

    FRANKENMUTH, MI -- Helping dairy farmers do more with less is what the 13th Annual Great Lakes Regional Dairy Conference will focus on when they hold the three day conference on Feb. 5-7 at the Bavarian Inn Lodge in Frankenmuth, MI.

    • Dec. 17, 2014
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    More than 450 delegates recently helped codify Michigan Farm Bureau's 2015 policy in Grand Rapids.

    FB: Keep urban farming 'responsible'

    GRAND RAPIDS, MI -- After this year's hubbub over Right-to-Farm Act relevance to urban farming, Michigan Farm Bureau (MFB) members fine-tuned their Right-to-Farm policies during their 95th Annual Meeting in Grand Rapids.

    • Dec. 17, 2014
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    Apply to attend 2015 Young Cattlemen's Conference

    For the 14th year, the Angus Foundation will sponsor one individual to attend the National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA) Young Cattlemen's Conference (YCC).

    • Dec. 17, 2014
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    Make the most of your compost

    URBANA, IL -- After the fall, many homeowners wonder what to do with the leaves that have accumulated on the ground.

    • Dec. 17, 2014
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    Michigan State Extension taps new district leaders

    EAST LANSING, MI -- Richard Wooten was named interim district coordinator for Michigan State University Extension District 11 -- Oakland, Macomb and Wayne counties -- as of Oct. 1. Wooten brings years of experience and will serve alongside Marie Ruemenapp and newly appointed intern district coordinator Edward Scott.

    • Dec. 17, 2014
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    Conservation project underway at Sauder Village

    ARCHBOLD, OH -- Working in partnership with the Fulton County Soil and Water Conservation District, a major conservation project is currently underway at Sauder Village.

    • Dec. 17, 2014
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    Eat healthy during the holidays: Here's how

    The holidays are a time for us to slow down and enjoy friends, family and food. When we are offered special family recipes and tasty dishes expected at holiday gatherings, it can be difficult to maintain our self-control. On average, Americans gain close to one or two pounds over the holidays. While weight gain is not that dramatic from year to year, research does show that it tends to stick and accumulate over the years.

    • Dec. 17, 2014
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    Cattlemen's Boot Camp hosted this March in Florida

    MARIANNA, FL -- Cattle producers are invited to gather for a Cattlemen's Boot Camp March 9-10, 2015, at the Jackson County Agricultural Center in Marianna, Fla.

    • Dec. 17, 2014
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    Governor Rick Snyder presents outgoing MFB President Wayne H. Wood with a proclamation recognizing his contributions to Michigan agriculture.

    Snyder: 'Really bright future' ahead for Michigan agriculture

    GRAND RAPIDS, MI -- Addressing nearly a thousand Michigan Farm Bureau (MFB) delegates and guests Dec. 2 at the organization's 2014 annual meeting in Grand Rapids, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder updated the consistently forward-looking perspective that's made him a popular leader among the state's farm community.

    • Dec. 17, 2014
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    Tuscola County grain, bean and sugarbeet farmer Carl Bednarski (right) is MFB's 16th president, succeeding Sanilac County dairyman Wayne H. Wood (left).

    New leaders at helm of state's largest farm group

    GRAND RAPIDS, MI -- For the first time in 14 years there's new leadership at the top level of Michigan's largest farm organization. Tuscola County bean, grain and sugar beet farmer Carl Bednarski was elected Dec. 4 as the 16th president of the Michigan Farm Bureau (MFB).

    • Dec. 17, 2014
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    4-H: Cheer on Lady Spartans at Jan. 18 Day at the Breslin

    EAST LANSING, MI -- Join thousands of Michigan State University (MSU) Extension 4-H Youth Development families, volunteers and staff members in supporting the MSU women's basketball team at the annual 4-H Day at the Breslin. The event will take place Jan. 18 during the home game against Iowa State University at the Jack Breslin Student Events Center.

    • Dec. 17, 2014
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    ESTATE AUCTION - BRANCH COUNTY, MI

    LAND - 160 ACRES M/L

    • Dec. 10, 2014
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    Young farmers honored by Indiana FB

    INDIANAPOLIS -- Finalists have been named in Indiana Farm Bureau's Young Farmer Achievement and Excellence in Agriculture contests. The winners will be announced at INFB's convention, Dec. 12 and 13 in French Lick.

    • Dec. 10, 2014
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    Program covers developing on-farm energy management strategies

    WEST OLIVE, MI -- Michigan State University (MSU) Extension, Consumers Energy, and DTE Energy are sponsoring a series of workshops across Michigan designed to help row crop, livestock and dairy farmers learn how to use an energy audit to develop an energy management strategy that: Reduces overall farm energy expenses; effectively leverages utility company rebates and Federal grants and low interest loans to implement energy conservation practices recommended by an audit; and facilitates...

    • Dec. 10, 2014
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    Vilsack, Obama form bond in Washington

    WASHINGTON -- A jovial Tom Vilsack emerged from a room in a Chicago office building in December 2008, having just been offered "the opportunity of a lifetime" by Barack Obama, then the president-elect, to be his agriculture secretary.

    • Dec. 10, 2014
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    Michigan soybean office welcomes new research coordinator

    SAGINAW, MI -- Mark Seamon of Saginaw, MI, recently joined the Michigan Soybean Promotion Committee (MSPC) staff as its fulltime research coordinator.

    • Dec. 10, 2014
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    Update from the Michigan wheat office

    The Michigan Wheat Program will be very busy this winter, so make sure you are looking for us when you attend winter meetings. Stop by the booth to say hello and get an update on our progress, programs and activities.

    • Dec. 10, 2014
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    Invasive pest awareness workshops focus on early detection, response

    URBANA, IL -- University of Illinois Extension has announced the dates for its 2015 Illinois First Detector Invasive Pest Workshops covering important landscape and nursery pests, diseases, and invasive plants. Workshops will be offered at eight locations in Illinois beginning in January 2015.

    • Dec. 10, 2014
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    Duckweed possibly a good protein source for swine: Study

    URBANA, IL -- Lemnaceae, commonly known as duckweed, is a small, free-floating aquatic plant with great potential for environmentally friendly applications. It can be used for the production of ethanol, biodiesel, and plastics. Research at the University of Illinois indicates that duckweed may also be a good protein source for swine diets.

    • Dec. 10, 2014
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    U2U tool helps farmers with nitrogen application decisions

    WEST LAFAYETTE, IN -- The Purdue University-led Useful to Usable climate initiative is offering a new online tool to help farmers and farm advisers better manage the application of nitrogen fertilizer for maximum crop yields and minimum environmental damage.

    • Dec. 10, 2014
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    Indiana crop update: Harvest wraps up

    WEST LAFAYETTE, IN -- Sporadic weather conditions slowed the completion of harvest and hindered post-harvest fieldwork for farmers across the state for the week ending November 30, according to the USDA, NASS, Great Lakes Region. Average temperatures ranged from 31 to 42 degrees, and from 5 degrees below to 2 degrees above normal. The lowest recorded temperature for the week was 14 degrees; the highest, 70 degrees. The statewide average temperature for the week was 36.6 degrees, 1.

    • Dec. 10, 2014
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    Ohio crop update: Mucky fields make harvest tougher

    REYNOLDSBURG, OH -- Wet, mucky fields are hindering farmers from completing harvest in Ohio, according to the USDA, NASS, Great Lakes Region. There were 4.2 days suitable for fieldwork in Ohio during the week ending November 30th.

    • Dec. 10, 2014
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    Michigan crop update: Winter wheat looks good

    EAST LANSING, MI -- There were 2.9 days suitable for fieldwork in Michigan during the week ending November 30, according to the USDA, NASS, Great Lakes Region.

    • Dec. 10, 2014
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    Great Lakes Regional Dairy Conference slated for Feb. 5-7

    FRANKENMUTH, MI -- Dairy producers attending the 13th annual Great Lakes Regional Dairy Conference (GLRDC) Feb. 5-7, 2015, at the Bavarian Inn and Conference Center in Frankenmuth, MI, should come prepared to find out the latest information available on managing the challenges of dairy farming.

    • Dec. 10, 2014
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    Ohio FB annual meeting to be held in Columbus

    COLUMBUS, OH -- Taxes and environmental stewardship will be among the top issues addressed during the 96th annual meeting of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF), Dec. 10-12 in Columbus.

    • Dec. 10, 2014