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    Wilbur-Ellis wins Environmental Respect Award

    MARLETTE, MI -- Wilbur-Ellis Company, Marlette, MI, was recently awarded te 2014 State Environmental Stewardship Award.

    • Nov. 19, 2014
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    4-H Youth Award participants, front row, from left: Grant Geiger, Dori Battel, Ellexia Puvalowski, Luke Volmering, Kameron Schlund, and Catrina Jordan. Middle row: Addy Battel, Brianna Hunsanger, Rachel Balcer, Brooke Depcinski, Morgan Gust, Lauren Aymen and Raquel Iseler. Back row: Jonathan Murray, Jason Mierop, Ashley Samuelson and Jacob Aymen.

    Huron County 4-H holds 2014 Fall Family Social

    KINDE, MI -- More than 70 4-H adult and teen leaders, youth members, their families, and Friends of 4-H gathered together at the Huron County 4-H Fall Family Social held Sunday, November 2, at The Pasta House in Kinde. Huron County 4-H members were recognized for their outstanding work in project areas, competitive activities, and leadership roles in the Huron County 4-H Youth Program.

    • Nov. 19, 2014
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    Josh Norton's 25 acres of banana peppers were so productive this year, his 600,000-pound quota was fulfilled within the first picking!

    Michigan agriculture 101: Peppers prove profitable in southern Michigan

    BRONSON, MI -- When Josh Norton and his cousin Michael finished college and came back to the family farm, they learned quickly they'd have to find -- or make -- room for themselves in the business run by their fathers.

    • Nov. 19, 2014
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    Unique bioprocessing facility to be featured on UI campus

    URBANA, IL -- University, state, and industry officials came together on Oct. 22 to celebrate the announcement of a unique facility coming to the University of Illinois campus.

    • Nov. 19, 2014
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    Local companies recognized at 2014 Green Agribusiness Awards

    LANSING, MI -- Agribusinesses from across Michigan gathered in September in Lansing for recognition by the Michigan Agri-Business Association (MABA) with 2014 "Green Agribusiness Awards."

    • Nov. 19, 2014
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    Ohio crop update: Harvest continues

    REYNOLDSBURG, OH -- Weather conditions were suitable for harvest in Ohio last week.

    • Nov. 19, 2014
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    International Silo Association announces regional meetings

    ONTARIO, CANADA -- The International Silo Association (ISA) was formed in 1907 to promote tower silos and educate dairy and beef producers on quality feed storage. Over the past century, the ISA has dedicated much time and effort carrying out their founding goals. Their efforts have contributed to the increased production of beef and milk in North America.

    • Nov. 19, 2014
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    Michigan crop update: Dry bean harvest wraps up

    LANSING, MI -- There were 4.1 days suitable for fieldwork in Michigan during the week ending November 9, according to the USDA, NASS, Great Lakes Region.

    • Nov. 19, 2014
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    USDA announces cut-off date for conservation funds

    EAST LANSING, MI -- The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service announced that Dec. 19 will be the first cut-off date for applications for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program in fiscal year 2015.

    • Nov. 19, 2014
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    Indiana crop update: Moisture slows harvest

    WEST LAFAYETTE, IN -- Soft fields from scattered rain showers continued to slow corn and soybean harvest progress across the State, according to the USDA, NASS, Great Lakes Region. Average temperatures for the week ranged from 41 to 50 degrees, and from 5 degrees below to 3 degrees above normal. The lowest recorded temperature for the week was 18 degrees; the highest, 69 degrees. The statewide average temperature for the week was 44.8 degrees, 0.7 degrees below normal.

    • Nov. 19, 2014
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    Front row, from left: Jose Vera, Sarah Lightner, JoEllen O'Keefe, Carrie Duits, Sue Gardner, James Jackson. Back row: Jason Jaekel, Scott Riley, Dave Lightner, Chris Macklin, and Bruce Patterson.

    School officials gain insight at National FFA Convention

    LOUISVILLE -- The Michigan FFA Alumni took 10 high school officials and administrators to the National FFA Convention, Oct. 29-31 in Louisville, KY, to gain insight into the organization and its potential impact on their local communities.

    • Nov. 19, 2014
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    Study: Farmers and scientists divided over climate change

    WEST LAFAYETTE, IN -- Crop producers and scientists hold deeply different views on climate change and its possible causes, a study by Purdue and Iowa State universities shows.

    • Nov. 19, 2014
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    Doug and Myrna Brewer, West Branch, MI Courtesy of Harvest Energy Solutions

    Three generations of dairy farmers now use solar energy to run their homes

    WEST BRANCH, MI Ever considered the advantages of installing solar energy

    • Nov. 12, 2014
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    Open enrollment: Before making your choice, make sure you're informed

    The Affordable Care Act, known as "Obama Care," open enrollment begins on Nov. 15, 2014, and runs through Feb. 15, 2015. During this time, it affords the opportunity for individuals who do not have employer health insurance coverage, to select a health insurance plan. The law requires that almost all Americans have a health insurance plan in place or face a penalty.

    • Nov. 12, 2014
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    Tuscola County farm recognized by MAEAP

    VASSAR, MI -- The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development's (MDARD) Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP) is recognizing Tom Hess Farm of Vassar in Tuscola County, as a verified farm in the Cropping System for implementing appropriate pollution prevention practices. The program assists farmers to comply with state and federal environmental regulations and with Right to Farm practices.

    • Nov. 12, 2014
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    Learn and earn at the 2015 Great Lakes Crop Summit

    MT. PLEASANT, MI -- Registration is now open for the 2015 Great Lakes Crop Summit!

    • Nov. 12, 2014
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    MSU post-doctoral scientist Ashley Bennett helped with new research exploring how bees might respond to two contrasting bioenergy production scenarios -- annual row crops vs. perennial grasslands.

    Scientist works to project pollinator response to bioenergy production

    EAST LANSING, MI -- Bioenergy policies based strictly on economic or energy considerations that lack attention to biodiversity impacts will likely have serious consequences for the conservation of wild bees and their pollination services, according to a newly published scientific journal paper.

    • Nov. 12, 2014
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    Falling gasoline prices: There are lots of reasons why

    WEST LAFAYETTE, IN -- Plummeting gasoline prices are the result of lagging economic growth in many parts of the world, the end of the summer driving season, less expensive winter gasoline and well-functioning Midwest refineries, Purdue University energy economist Wally Tyner says.

    • Nov. 12, 2014
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    Association announces 10 Michigan breeders with most registered Angus

    LANSING, MI -- The 10 producers who registered the most Angus beef cattle in the state of Michigan recorded a total of 329 Angus with the American Angus Association during fiscal year 2014, which ended Sept. 30, according to Bryce Schumann, Association chief executive officer.

    • Nov. 12, 2014
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    Now is the time to sample fields for nematodes

    Fall, after soybean harvest, is an excellent time to evaluate why fields yielded the way they did, either good or poor. For soybean fields that did not yield as much as in the past, farmers should consider below ground potential problems, such as Soybean Cyst Nematodes. This microscopic roundworm was first identified in Monroe County in 1989 and has been described as a "the hidden yield robber."

    • Nov. 12, 2014
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    Jon Schoonmaker, assistant professor of animal sciences at Purdue University, says adding a small amount of calcium oxide to distillers grains can improve the digestibility and nutrient value of some livestock feed mixes. (Purdue Agricultural Communication photo/Tom Campbell)

    Purdue scientist: Distillers grains with calcium oxide improve cattle diets

    WEST LAFAYETTE, IN -- Research by Purdue University scientist Jon Schoonmaker and his colleagues has shown that small amounts of calcium oxide can neutralize the acid in distillers grains, a commonly used alternative to corn in many livestock feed mixes.

    • Nov. 12, 2014
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    Ohio student wins Star in Agriscience Award

    LOUISVILLE -- Sarah Cox was named the 2014 American Star in Agriscience recently during the eighth general session of the National FFA Convention & Expo.

    • Nov. 12, 2014
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    MAEAP celebrates 2,500 verifications on Monroe County farm

    LANSING, MI -- The Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP) celebrated 2,500 verifications today at Darling Farms in Monroe County, the farm of Michigan Farm Bureau (MFB) At-Large Director Doug Darling.

    • Nov. 12, 2014
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    Michigan crop update: Bean harvest progresses

    EAST LANSING, MI -- There were 4.5 days suitable for fieldwork in Michigan during the week ending November 2, according to the USDA, NASS, Great Lakes Region.

    • Nov. 12, 2014
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    Ohio crop update: Drier weather aids harvest

    REYNOLDSBURG, OH -- Weather conditions were favorable for harvest in Ohio last week. According to the USDA, NASS, Great Lakes Region, there were 4.8 days suitable for fieldwork in Ohio during the week ending November 2.

    • Nov. 12, 2014
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    Indiana crop update: Full elevators lead to delays

    WEST LAFAYETTE, IN -- Sporadic precipitation throughout the state this week has slowed harvest completion and has kept farmers extremely busy during breaks in the weather, according to the USDA, NASS, Great Lakes Region.

    • Nov. 12, 2014
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    National FFA Organization recently elected officers to serve on the 2014-15 National FFA Officer team.

    National FFA Organization selects 2014-15 officers

    LOUISVILLE -- Students from Georgia, Arkansas, Colorado, Tennessee, Kentucky and New Mexico have been elected by delegates from throughout the United States to serve on the 2014-15 National FFA Officer team.

    • Nov. 12, 2014
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    Take steps to avoid costly agritourism accidents

    Corn mazes, apple picking, hayrides -- autumn might be the best time of year to enjoy agritourism.

    • Nov. 12, 2014