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    Demolition of the large concrete grain silos of Coshocton Grain has commenced. The silos were damaged in a grain dust explosion last summer on Aug. 13. The company will rebuild the silos and make operations more efficient with the construction of an additional truck scale. Photo by Chris Crook, Coshocton Tribune.

    Coshocton Grain's $10M rebuild to begin this month

    COSHOCTON, OH -- Its absence from the grain market will be for only one season, but the effect has been palpable amongst hundreds of farmers as the Coshocton Grain Co. rebounds after an August explosion.

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    From left: Lillian VerEllen, Hannah Stirrett & Sydnee Sutliff learning different techniques of cake decorating.

    Bad Axe hosts another successful 4-H Projects Galore workshop

    BAD AXE, MI -- The 2015 4-H Projects Galore workshop was held at the Bad Axe High School on Saturday, March 7, with 32 youth attending this awesome workshop. A huge THANK YOU goes out to our amazing instructors, helpers, 4-H leaders and 4-H Council members for volunteering their time and talents helping area youth learn a variety of new and different skills.

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    Denise & Stephen Knox (right), recognized as retiring longtime members, are pictured here with county DHI President Mark Stuart (left). Photo courtesy of Shari Konkel.

    Old Newaygo DHIA hosts 109th annual meeting

    WHITE CLOUD, MI -- After one hopefully last sub-zero morning, 82 people attended the 109th annual meeting of the Old Newaygo DHIA, which took place on Friday, March 6, 2015 at The Shack Country Inn outside of White Cloud. Board members Tom Carson and Dale Norris registered members, sponsors, and guests at the door starting at 11:30 a.m. Board president Mark Stuart gave the welcome shortly after noon and Steve Adsmond gave the invocation before the buffet lunch.

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    Purdue releases April Yard & Garden Calendar

    Start seeds of warm-season plants, including tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, marigolds, zinnias and petunias, indoors for transplanting later to the garden.

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    Purdue webinar will focus on 2015 crop outlook

    WEST LAFAYETTE, IN -- The Purdue Center for Commercial Agriculture will present a free webinar April 1 to provide farmers and agribusiness firms an updated 2015 crop outlook following release of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Grain Stocks and Prospective Plantings reports, both of which will be released March 31.

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    Purdue ag economist: Hog prices expected to be lower this year

    WEST LAFAYETTE, IN -- Consumers can expect to pay less for their bacon this year with pork prices forecast to be down 23 cents per pound, Purdue University agricultural economist Chris Hurt says.

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    Soybean producers laud news of coming pork processing facility

    The Michigan Soybean Promotion Committee joins many others in the agriculture industry in celebrating the announcement of a new pork processing facility to be built in Coldwater.

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    Michigan Milk Producers hold 99th annual meeting

    NOVI, MI -- The 99th Annual Delegate Meeting of the Michigan Milk Producers Association (MMPA) was held on March 19 at the Lansing Center in Lansing, Mich. Business conducted by the delegates included the reelection of mark Halbert, of Battle Creek, Mich., to an at-large position on the board of directors and adoption of the 2015 MMPA resolutions.

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    Eight state parks going green with soybeans

    For the third consecutive year, the Michigan Soybean Promotion Committee (MSPC) is helping state parks go green with environmentally friendly soy biobased products. Eight Michigan state parks have won MSPC grants to demonstrate the benefits of soy biobased products such as cleaning supplies, lubricants, sealers, penetrants, building materials and biodiesel.

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    Michigan bull evaluation holds record-breaking sale

    CRYSTAL, MI -- An outstanding set of bulls and strong cattle prices lead to the most successful sale in the 27 year history of the MCA-MSU Bull Evaluation Program.

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    Youth garden safety featured in new resource

    The spring air is thick with anticipation as gardeners buy seed packets and dream of bountiful harvests. Many will break new ground, as gardens are growing in popularity and diversity.

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    Michigan State University (MSU) Clarksville Research Center assistant farm manager Dan Platte (left) and MSU Department of Horticulture professor Gregory Lang (right) thank Lee DeLeeuw of Superior Wind Machine Service, Inc., for the donation of a $35,000 wind machine to prevent frost damage to fruit research plots at the MSU AgBioResearch facility.

    Equipment to benefit fruit production donated to MSU research center

    CLARKSVILLE, MI -- A state-of-the-art $35,000 Orchard-Rite wind machine has been installed at the Michigan State University (MSU) AgBioResearch Clarksville Research Center, thanks to a donation from the manufacturer in Yakima, Washington and its service company in Caledonia, MI.

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    Farm Womenís Symposium boasts successful 24th year

    MIDLAND, MI -- The 24th annual Farm Women's Symposium (FWS) was held during a thawing, sap-producing stretch of weather from March 11-13, 2015 in Midland, MI at the Holiday Inn. One hundred thirty-five ladies representing Michiganís diversified agriculture, including several from outside of the state (as far away as Rhode Island and Utah), attended this event which is hosted by a different town every year since its inception in response to the apple Alar scare back in the early 1990s.

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