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     Melissa Hart

    Springbrook Holsteins hosts dispersal sale

    MARSHALL, IN -- The Springbrook Dispersal was held on April 5th in Marshall, IN, at the home of Mike and Barbara Jones home of Springbrook Holsteins. After 80 years of breeding Registered Holsteins and three generations of family participating, the Jones decided it was time to hang up the milk stool.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
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    Adam Preston (far right) of Quincy, MI, answers questions of Dairy Challenge contest participants as part of their mission to evaluate and recommend opportunities to maximize dairy productivity.

    Over 260 future dairy leaders take part in 2014 Dairy Challenge

    FORT WAYNE, IN -- Optimism for the dairy industry's future filled the convention center in Fort Wayne, IN, where 264 college students congregated to improve skills, network, and learn about careers and industry innovation. The national Dairy Challenge held April 3-5, 2014, attracted these students from 37 colleges in 25 states and three Canadian provinces.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
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    "...The solar panels they [Harvest Energy] installed are producing more power than projected." - Roger Hobbs, who had these 60-kilowatt solar panels installed.

    Harvest Energy Solutions: The fastest growing solar company in the Midwest!

    JACKSON, MI -- Headquartered in Jackson, Michigan, Harvest Energy Solutions (Harvest) is the fastest growing full-service distributor, installer and integrator of renewable and energy saving products serving the agricultural industry in the Midwest -- and they continue to grow!

    • Apr. 16, 2014
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    Indiana crop update: Spring planting off to a slow start

    WEST LAFAYETTE, IN -- Cool temperatures, saturated soil, heavy midweek rains and localized flooding have prevented most forms of fieldwork, according to the Indiana Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service. There was 1 day suitable for fieldwork during the week.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
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    Local grower is state winner in National Corn Yield Contest

    SCHOOLCRAFT, MI -- An area corn grower has been honored as a state winner in the 2013 National Corn Yield Contest, sponsored annually by the National Corn Growers Association .

    • Apr. 16, 2014
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    Michigan crop update: Calving moving slow, but in progress

    LANSING, MI -- Fieldwork has been very limited due to wet conditions and snow melt according to the Great Lakes Regional office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service. There was one day suitable for fieldwork last week. Subsoil moisture rated 1% short, 47 % adequate, and 52% surplus; while topsoil moisture rated 39% adequate and 61% surplus.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
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    Michigan maple syrup flowing for sweet success

    As you drive through rural Michigan you will see smoke rising from the sugar houses throughout our state. With the warmer temperatures finally here, Michigan's maple syrup producers have started boiling sap. Typically, the maple season starts in February in the southern counties of Michigan's Lower Peninsula and runs into April in the Upper Peninsula. With the colder temperatures this year, the maple syrup season has been pushed back to now.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
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    MSU livestock club recognizes Voogt

    EAST LANSING, MI -- Cattle industry leader Gary Voogt was the honored guest of the Michigan State University Block and Bridle Club at the club's annual awards banquet held March 22. Each year the Block and Bridle Club recognizes an individual who has had a strong positive influence on Michigan agriculture. The MSU Block and Bridle Club was originally known as the Animal Husbandry Club that began in 1929.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
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    MSU offers 5 guidelines for managing 2014 spring horse pastures

    EAST LANSING, MI -- Careful management in the spring will increase the grazing potential of your pasture.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
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    Ohio crop update: Oat planting begins

    REYNOLDSBURG, OH -- There was 1 day suitable for fieldwork in Ohio during the week ending April 6, according to the USDA, NASS, Great Lakes Region. With continuing cold temperatures and heavy rain towards the end of the week, producers were limited to very little or no fieldwork. The work that has been done is limited to top dressing of wheat and some manure application.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
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    Students: Apply for Michigan Youth Livestock Scholarship by May 31

    LANSING, MI -- Since 2000, the Michigan Youth Livestock Scholarship Fund (MYLSF) has awarded more than $350,000 in scholarships and educational awards to outstanding youth who have exhibited at the premier livestock events in the state of Michigan.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
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    Soy biobased products are available!

    WASHINGTON -- Interested in reducing exposure to chemicals in your home or on the farm? Soy biobased products are available!

    • Apr. 16, 2014
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    The snow has melted: Do what you can to slow runoff this spring

    FORT WAYNE, IN -- From the St. Joe and St. Mary's Rivers to the shores of Lake Erie, swimming and water recreation can be impacted by fertilizer-rich runoff.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
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    MBPN announces awards for 2014 Barns of the Year

    EAST LANSING, MI -- The Michigan Barn Preservation Network (MBPN) announced their 2014 Michigan Barns of the Year Awards at the 19th Annual Conference and Meeting this year. "Preservation Roads", the 2014 annual Conference was held March 7-8 at Kellogg Center during Michigan State Universities annual Agriculture and Natural Resources Week activities.

    • Apr. 9, 2014
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    Controversial campaign takes 'tough love' approach

    Controversial and blunt, the Childhood Agricultural Safety Network's "Keep Kids Away from Tractors" campaign has rattled traditional thinking.

    • Apr. 9, 2014
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    Palmer amaranth recommendations for 2014 growing season

    URBANA, IL -- Palmer amaranth is a weed species that must be thoughtfully and carefully managed.

    • Apr. 9, 2014
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    Conservationists honored during National Volunteer Week

    COLUMBUS, OH -- Last year, State Conservationist Terry Cosby issued a challenge to Ohio Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) employees to grow the volunteer workforce, called the Earth Team, by recruiting at least one volunteer in each of Ohio's 88 counties.

    • Apr. 9, 2014
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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.

    • Apr. 9, 2014
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    The Mideast Spring National Holstein Champions, Rocky-Mount Sanchez Finesse (left) exhibited by Vail, Conroy and Budjon was selected Reserve Grand while Rosedale Lexington exhibited by Rosedale Genetics was Grand of the show. The show was held at the Spring Dairy Expo in Columbus, Ohio.

    Spring Dairy Expo brings the cows to town

    COLUMBUS, OH -- The cows went to town as the Spring Dairy Expo converged in Columbus for the annual three-day event. Hundreds of dairy cattle and enthusiasts flocked to the Ohio State Fairgrounds for their first spring show of the year.

    • Apr. 9, 2014
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    All implements of husbandry are required to display a slow-moving vehicle (SMV) symbol to keep motorists on their toes.

    Short spring will mean burst of farm equipment on roads

    LANSING, MI -- Someday, when spring finally finds Michigan, farmers will be hard pressed to bring to their delayed planting season up to speed. Speed is a relative term, though, particularly when it comes to farm equipment on the roadways.

    • Apr. 9, 2014
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    Michigan Milk Producers recognizes 35-year members

    NOVI, MI -- Sixty-three MMPA members were recognized as 35-year members at the 98th MMPA State Annual Delegate Meeting, March 20, 2014. MMPA President Ken Nobis congratulated and praised the members for their dedication to the cooperative.

    • Apr. 9, 2014
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    The MCA-MSU Bull Evaluation Program's 2014 Sale was the most successful one in its 26-year history.

    MCA-MSU Bull Evaluation Program holds record breaking sale

    CRYSTAL, MI -- An outstanding set of bulls and strong cattle prices lead to the most successful sale in the 26-year history of the MCA-MSU Bull Evaluation Program.

    • Apr. 9, 2014
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    OCA thanks cattlemen for voting to increase Ohio Beef Checkoff

    MARYSVILLE, OH -- The Ohio Cattlemen's Association (OCA) received notification from the Ohio Department of Agriculture yesterday certifying that the Ohio Beef Marketing Program Referendum, seeking to increase the state's beef checkoff from $1 to $2 per head, passed with a majority of favorable votes by Ohio's cattlemen.

    • Apr. 9, 2014
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    W.K. Kellogg Biological Station student honoree presents SSSA award to Stabenow

    WASHINGTON -- Christine Sprunger, a Michigan State University (MSU) graduate student based at the W.K. Kellogg Biological Station (KBS) in Hickory Corners, MI, was among 18 graduate students nationwide to be honored with a highly competitive 2014 Future Leaders in Science award by the Soil Science Society of America (SSSA), the American Society of Agronomy and the Crop Science Society of America also known as the "tri-societies."

    • Apr. 9, 2014
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    MSU-CANR signs long-term agreement with Northern Ireland ag college

    EAST LANSING, MI -- For the past two decades, Michigan State University (MSU) and Northern Ireland students have benefitted from a unique exchange program.

    • Apr. 9, 2014