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    Supreme Champion, from left: Judge Louis Cozzitorto of Turlock, CA; Parker Hardy with Grand and Supreme Champion Dream-Prairie GWA Antigo-ET, Judge Lynn Harbaugh of Wisconsin. Melissa Hart

    Star cow sweeps All-Michigan Holstein Show

    EAST LANSING, MI -- It was a dreamy day for Dream-Prairie GWA Antigo-ET as she swept up the winnings at the 2014 All-Michigan Holstein Show held on July 25th at the Michigan Dairy Expo in East Lansing.

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    Purdue physics professor Yulia Pushkar (left) and postdoctoral researcher Lifen Yan work in Pushkar's laser lab. Pushkar and Yan are part of an international team using spinach to study the proteins involved in photosynthesis. (Purdue University photo/Tim Brouk)

    Spinach could lead to alternative energy more powerful than Popeye

    WEST LAFAYETTE, IN -- Spinach gave Popeye super strength, but it also holds the promise of a different power for a group of scientists: the ability to convert sunlight into a clean, efficient alternative fuel.

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    Melanie Provoast with her Jersey, Charla

    Thumb area 4-H'er wins Michigan Jersey Queen

    PRESCOTT, MI -- Melanie Provoast just finished her senior year at Standish-Sterling High School and is enrolled at Saginaw Valley State University (SVSU) this fall.

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    Abundant corn, soybean crops expected again across Indiana, nation

    WEST LAFAYETTE, IN -- The federal government expects Indiana and the nation to grow bumper crops of corn and soybeans for the second consecutive year, adding to already adequate supplies but further holding down prices farmers will get for their productivity.

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    Eaton FB Co-op team wins statewide ag applicator rodeo

    CHARLOTTE, MI -- The team from Eaton Farm Bureau Co-op took home first place at the 2014 Applicator Rodeo, hosted by the Michigan Agri-Business Association (MABA), on August 7 in Mason.

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    Indiana crop update: Dry conditions see scattered relief

    WEST LAFAYETTE, IN -- Dry weather continued this week with only spotty showers affording select regions some relief for the week ending August 10, 2014, according to the USDA, NASS, Great Lakes Region.

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    Ingham County youth are state's top novice dairy cattle judges

    EAST LANSING, MI -- A team of novice 4-H dairy project members from Ingham County earned top ranking among nine teams in the novice division of the state's dairy cattle judging contest at this year's Michigan 4-H and Youth Dairy Days, an annual dairy youth activity held in conjunction with the Michigan Dairy Expo. This year's expo, the 18th annual, took place July 21-25 at the Michigan State University (MSU) Pavilion for Agriculture and Livestock Education in East Lansing.

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    Michigan crop update: Some crops showing drought stress

    EAST LANSING, MI -- There were 6.2 days suitable for fieldwork in Michigan during the week ending August 10, according to the USDA, NASS, Great Lakes Region.

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    Michigan dry bean production up from last year

    EAST LANSING, MI -- Michigan's 2014 dry bean production is estimated at 4.14 million cwt, up from 3.27 million cwt in 2013, according to Kif Hurlbut, Acting Director of the USDA, NASS, Great Lakes Regional Office. The average yield is 100 pounds per acre, up 1,000 pounds from last year. For the week including August 1, 75 percent of the crop was reported to be in good to excellent condition.

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    Milk production numbers for tri-state area released

    WASHINGTON -- Dairy herds in Michigan produced 824 million pounds of milk during May, up 3.3 percent from May 2013, according to Jay Johnson, Director of the USDA, NASS, Great Lakes Regional Office. The daily rate per cow was 69.2 pounds. The dairy herd was estimated at 384,000 head for May.

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    Purdue weed scientist: Late-season herbicide applications may be ineffective

    WEST LAFAYETTE, IN -- For farmers seeing weeds in their crop fields this late in the growing season, hand-rouging and pulling them by hand may be the best way to remove them, more so than using a herbicide, a Purdue Extension weed scientist says.

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    Ohio crop update: Dry weather promotes fieldwork

    REYNOLDSBURG, OH -- Growers continued to harvest oats and bale hay this week as the conditions were perfect for field work, though oats harvested is behind compared to normal.

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    MSU grad appointed Minister of Agriculture, Animal Resources in Rwanda

    EAST LANSING, MI -- Gerardine Mukeshimana, a 2013 graduate of the Michigan State University (MSU) doctoral program in plant breeding and genetics in the Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences, was appointed the new Minister of Agriculture and Animal Resources (MINAGRI) of Rwanda by H. E. Paul Kigame, president of the Republic of Rwanda, on July 24.

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    Study: Ethanol co-product may offer low-fat product for use in swine diet

    URBANA, IL -- Distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS) are a co-product of the ethanol industry and have been an affordable source of energy and protein in swine diets for decades. In recent years, ethanol plants have begun to centrifuge the solubles from ethanol production to extract oil, which is sold to the biodiesel industry. As a result, new low-fat DDGS products are available for swine diets.

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    Schweiss Doors introduces super reinforced doors for grain storage buildings

    Schweiss Doors recently introduced the first of a new line of doors built and designed specifically for grain/corn storage. Why use a regular bunker wall when a moving hydraulic door can do the same job and save you time, space and add security to your building?

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    Twenty Ohioans participating in intensive ag leadership program

    COLUMBUS, OH -- Twenty farmers and agribusiness professionals from across the state have been selected by the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) to participate in the 2014-2015 AgriPOWER Institute.

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    East Lansing hosts 29th Holstein Futurity

    EAST LANSING, MI -- The 29th Annual Great Lakes State Holstein Futurity was held July 24th, during the Michigan Dairy Expo at the Michigan State University Livestock Pavilion in East Lansing, MI.

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    Michigan wheat performance data for 2014 now available

    LANSING, MI -- Michigan wheat farmers will want to spend some time reviewing results of the just released 2014 wheat varietal performance trials, before making seed purchasing decisions for this fall's planting.

    • Aug. 13, 2014
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    Michigan crop update: Corn, beans start to show drought stress

    EAST LANSING, MI -- There were 5.4 days suitable for fieldwork in Michigan during the week ending August 3, according to the USDA, NASS, Great Lakes Region. Although sporadic storms and hail damage were reported in the central part of the state, cool and dry weather in most regions has been a challenge to crop development while providing favorable conditions for wheat and hay harvest.

    • Aug. 13, 2014
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    Master Gardener classes to start in September

    EAST LANSING, MI -- Interested in becoming a master gardener?

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    Indiana crop update: Cool, dry weather allows fieldwork

    WEST LAFAYETTE, IN -- Drier conditions balanced out by cool weather resulted in a week ideal for fieldwork, according to the USDA, NASS, Great Lakes Region. Average temperatures for the week ending August 3 ranged from 65 to 73 degrees, or 9 to 4 degrees below normal. The lowest recorded temperature for the week was 46 degrees; the highest, 90 degrees. The statewide average temperature for the week was 68.3 degrees, 5.1 degrees below normal. Recorded precipitation ranged from 0 to 3.

    • Aug. 13, 2014
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    Four Michigan farms to produce electricity for Consumers Energy

    JACKSON, MI -- Consumers Energy is taking steps to diversify its energy supply and help the environment by selecting four Michigan farms to produce renewable energy with anaerobic digesters. The farms are Beaver Creek Farms, Coopersville; Brook View Dairy, Freeport; Green Meadow Farms, Inc., Elsie; and Scenic View Dairy, Fennville.

    • Aug. 13, 2014
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    Farm manager plays leading role in postharvest loss

    URBANA, IL -- With all the effort it takes to grow a food crop from seed to sale, it may be surprising that some farms in Brazil lose 10 to 12 percent of their yield at various points along the postharvest route. According to a University of Illinois agricultural economist, when it comes to meeting the needs of the world's growing population that's a lot of food falling through the cracks.

    • Aug. 13, 2014
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    Do what you can to prevent another algae incident

    FORT WAYNE, IN -- We all know of the US 24 highway referred to as the "Fort-to-Port" but there is another highway of a different sort carrying other materials downstream and into Lake Erie. The Maumee River has been the watery connection between our cities and towns inland to the shores of Lake Erie ever since the time of the glaciers. In that time, anything that comes off the land and into the contributing rivers, lakes and streams makes its way, eventually, to Toledo and Lake Erie.

    • Aug. 13, 2014
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    Ohio crop update: Crops continue steady growth

    REYNOLDSBURG, OH -- Corn and soybeans continue to progress steadily, though weather has been widely variable.

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    Polk Labor Day auction to benefit St. Jude's kids

    NEW PARIS, IN -- Thousands of people from all over the world will descend on New Paris, IN, at Polk Auction Company for the 31st Annual Labor Day Weekend Auction on Aug. 28-30. Antique tractor and memorabilia collectors will crowd around to bid on the plethora of tractors, toys and tin signs as they clamor at the chance to add to their unique collection of agriculture from yesteryear.

    • Aug. 13, 2014