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    Youngsters wearing their goody-filled backpacks listen intently as they learn about where dairy comes from. Check out the photo gallery on the righthand side of the front page of www.farmersadvance.com! Melissa Hart

    Kids learn about dairy from cow to cooler at Great Dairy Adventure

    EAST LANSING, MI -- Milk mustaches, coolers full of ice cream and kids combing through fun activities best describes the 2014 Great Dairy Adventure held each summer at the Michigan State University Livestock Pavilion in East Lansing, MI.

    • Jul. 30, 2014
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    The "People Mover" at Crandall Farms gave people the opportunity to ride on a wagon pulled by one of the farm's John Deere tractors. At the end of the tour, visitors had the opportunity to enjoy ice cream sandwiches provided by Prairie Farms Dairy as they departed the event.

    Breakfast on the Farm at Crandall Farms a success!

    Crandall Dairy Farm near Battle Creek, MI, hosted over 3,000 people July 19 for their Breakfast on the Farm event. The photos below capture some of the fun. Thanks to George Hubka, MG News for submitting them!

    • Jul. 30, 2014
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    Michigan's participants at the 2014 National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference in Hershey, PA.

    Educators get schooled on K-12 agriculture curricula

    LANSING, MI -- A group of nine inquisitive teachers from Michigan traveled to Hershey, Pa. to learn how to better incorporate agricultural education into their K-12 curricula. Michigan Farm Bureau (MFB) sponsored several attendees to the 2014 National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference, June 23-27.

    • Jul. 30, 2014
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    Cross Winds Energy Park to create 150 construction jobs

    AKRON, MI -- Construction of Consumers Energy's second wind park is underway and the company is urging safe driving as large equipment is transported on Michigan highways.

    • Jul. 30, 2014
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    Farm Bureau expert: Watch for financial liabilities when buying a gas well

    COLUMBUS, OH -- Landowners who take ownership of gas wells on their property need to make sure the benefits outweigh the financial liabilities, says Ohio Farm Bureau Federation Director of Energy Policy Dale Arnold.

    • Jul. 30, 2014
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    Indiana crop update: Break from rain keeps farmers busy in fields

    WEST LAFAYETTE, IN -- In contrast to recent weeks, cool and dry weather gave farmers ample opportunity to conduct fieldwork according to the USDA, NASS, Great Lakes Region. For the week ending July 20, 2014, average temperatures ranged from 64 to 71 degrees, or 11 to 5 degrees below normal. The lowest recorded temperature for the week was 45 degrees; the highest, 93 degrees. The statewide average temperature for the week was 68.2 degrees, 7.3 degrees below normal.

    • Jul. 30, 2014
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    Michigan crop update: Most fields in state still in need of rain

    EAST LANSING, MI -- There were 5.6 days suitable for fieldwork in Michigan during the week ending July 20, according to the USDA, NASS, Great Lakes Region. Although fields in most parts of the Upper and Lower Peninsula are in need of rain, dry conditions allowed for field activities such as spraying and cutting hay.

    • Jul. 30, 2014
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    MSU: Food and ag leaders hopeful about industry, state economy

    EAST LANSING, MI -- Leaders in Michigan's food and agriculture industry remain optimistic about their businesses, and their confidence in Michigan's overall economy continues to climb.

    • Jul. 30, 2014
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    Ohio crop update: Weather excellent for fieldwork

    REYNOLDSBURG, OH -- The weather has been excellent this week for field work as the dry conditions allowed for a significant amount of wheat harvesting and straw baling to be completed throughout the state. According to the USDA, NASS, Great Lakes Region, there were 5.8 days suitable for fieldwork in Ohio during the week ending July 20th.

    • Jul. 30, 2014
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    Rural farmers to help shape urban livestock guidelines

    LANSING, MI -- Later this year a 20-member working group summoned by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) will begin drawing up guidelines to prudently manage the growth of farming in the state's most populated areas.

    • Jul. 30, 2014
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    Visitors can enjoy a horse drawn wagon ride to and from the parking lot to the Expo site. Photo by Mike Wettstein.

    Horse events highlighted at 2014 Ag Expo

    EAST LANSING, MI -- The 2014 Ag Expo, held on Michigan State University campus on July 22-24, will have a variety of offerings for the horse enthusiast. Visitors can tour the world acclaimed MSU Horse Teaching and Research Center, learn more about Michigan State University Extension horse programs and Ask an Expert their horse related questions at the MSU Extension horse programs booth.

    • Jul. 23, 2014
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    Doctoral student Jieqing Ping, at left, and agronomy professor Jianxin Ma examine soybeans in a greenhouse at Purdue University. (Purdue Agricultural Communication photo/Tom Campbell)

    Gene discovery could lead to better soy varieties in northern United States

    WEST LAFAYETTE, IN -- Researchers from Purdue University and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln have discovered a soybean gene whose mutation affects plant stem growth, a finding that could lead to the development of improved soybean cultivars for the northern United States.

    • Jul. 23, 2014
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    Free workshop on bioenergy cropping systems to be offered

    HICKORY CORNERS, MI -- This Aug. 29 program will focus on the agronomics of bioenergy and traditional cropping systems.

    • Jul. 23, 2014
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    Explore options for controlling volunteer potatoes in cornfields

    EAST LANSING, MI -- As reported in the Michigan State University Extension article on potential risk of survival of potato volunteers from last season's crops, it can now be confirmed that volunteer potatoes are emerging, especially in early-planted corn fields.

    • Jul. 23, 2014
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    Indiana crop update: Fieldwork, fairs, and fair weather

    WEST LAFAYETTE, IN -- With minimal precipitation and cool clear weather for the majority of the week ending July 13, 2014, farmers found plenty of opportunity to engage in all manner of fieldwork according to the USDA, NASS, Great Lakes Region. Average temperatures ranged from 69 to 78 degrees, or 5 degrees below to 2 degrees above normal. The lowest recorded temperature for the week was 50 degrees; the highest, 92 degrees. The statewide average temperature for the week was 72.

    • Jul. 23, 2014
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    Master Gardener classes scheduled to begin in September

    EAST LANSING, MI -- Interested in becoming a master gardener? The MSU Extension Master Gardener Program provides gardeners across the state with access to information generated at one of the nation's top plant science teaching and research universities and the chance to use this knowledge to improve their communities and enrich their lives.

    • Jul. 23, 2014
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    Michigan crop update: Flooding raises crop damage concerns

    EAST LANSING, MI -- There were 4.3 days suitable for fieldwork in Michigan during the week ending July 13, according to the USDA, NASS, Great Lakes Region. With large amounts of rain across the Lower Peninsula, there were concerns of crop damage due to flooding, especially with dry beans.

    • Jul. 23, 2014
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    Michigan dry bean producers approve referendum

    BAD AXE, MI -- Michigan dry bean producers have approved a referendum to continue the Michigan Bean Commission and its activities.

    • Jul. 23, 2014
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    MSU to host waste to resources field day on August 13

    EAST LANSING, MI -- Come and learn how Michigan State University is going green with new research and technology.

    • Jul. 23, 2014
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    Purdue agronomist: Wet hay may cause a barn fire

    WEST LAFAYETTE, IN -- Hay that is baled and stored at a moisture level higher than recommended could heat up enough to start a barn fire, a Purdue Extension forage specialist warns.

    • Jul. 23, 2014
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    Study: Cereal grains in pig diets may help determine best grains for human needs

    URBANA, IL -- Cereal grains are a staple of human diets all over the world. However, cereal grains do not all make the same contributions to the diet, said Hans Stein, a University of Illinois animal sciences professor.

    • Jul. 23, 2014
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    Washtenaw County 4-H Youth Show open to public

    ANN ARBOR, MI -- Visit the Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds July 27-August 1 for the 2014 Washtenaw County 4-H Youth Show. This family-friendly, no-cost event showcases 4-H Youth Development and the interesting opportunities available to Washtenaw county youth. 4-H is a community of young people across America who are learning leadership, citizenship, and life skills through club involvement and projects such as crafts, food preparation, collections, horses, archery, or livestock.

    • Jul. 23, 2014
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    Ohio crop update: Winter wheat harvest progresses quickly

    REYNOLDSBURG, OH -- The weather continued to be highly conducive to field work as the dry conditions allowed a significant amount of wheat harvesting to occur. According to the USDA, NASS, Great Lakes Region, there were 5.0 days suitable for fieldwork in Ohio during the week ending July 13.

    • Jul. 23, 2014