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    Corn that didn't mature fully this summer or dry fully this fall stands a better chance of bridging in storage, creating a possible hazard for farmers.

    MIOSHA safety grants to benefit Michigan farms

    LANSING, MI -- Workplace safety grants recently announced by the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) specifically target smaller businesses, making them ideal for addressing risks inherent in the business of producing food and fiber. Qualifying employers can put individual grants of up to $5,000 each toward the purchase of safety and health-related equipment.

    • Oct. 22, 2014
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    From left: Sen. Bill Beagle, Sarah Landis, Lydia Black, Kara Griffith and Rep. Mike Henne.

    State legislators hear Ohio Youth Capitol Challenge winners' policy proposal

    COLUMBUS, OH -- The winners of the Ohio Youth Capitol Challenge recently presented their policy proposal to local legislators and candidates running for state office.

    • Oct. 22, 2014
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    Annual conference provides fresh thinking for growers

    EAST LANSING, MI -- The MSU Product Center is pleased to announce the seventh annual Making It In Michigan Conference and Premier Specialty Food Show to be held Wednesday, November 12th from 7:30AM -- 4:00PM at the Lansing Center.

    • Oct. 22, 2014
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    Farm safety first: Take steps now to prevent accidents later, Purdue experts advise

    WEST LAFAYETTE, IN -- A few simple precautions and a little bit of common sense can go a long way toward helping prevent farm-related accidents and injuries, especially at harvest time, two Purdue University agricultural educators say.

    • Oct. 22, 2014
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    IFB state convention on the road again

    FRENCH LICK, IN -- Indiana Farm Bureau's annual state convention will be held Dec. 12 and 13 in French Lick at the French Lick Resort.

    • Oct. 22, 2014
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    MSU to co-host Built Environment Showcase Nov. 7

    EAST LANSING, MI -- The Built Environment Showcase is set for Nov. 7 at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center in East Lansing. Key leaders from the built environment -- representatives of industries, the federal government, state agencies, investment companies and Michigan State University (MSU) -- will gather to discuss ways to increase partnerships, economic development, placemaking opportunities and more.

    • Oct. 22, 2014
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    Ohio Farm Bureau Federation examining CAUV formula

    COLUMBUS, OH -- The Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) is bringing together experts to intensify its examination of the complex formula used in calculating Current Agricultural Use Value (CAUV). Many landowners have raised concerns as values are rising at the same time crop prices are falling. OFBF's goal is to provide solutions to those concerns while preserving the integrity and purpose of the program.

    • Oct. 22, 2014
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    Piglet brain atlas new tool in understanding infant brain development in humans

    URBANA, IL -- A new online tool developed by researchers at the University of Illinois will further aid studies into postnatal brain growth in human infants based on the similarities seen in the development of the piglet brain, said Rod Johnson, a U of I professor of animal sciences.

    • Oct. 22, 2014
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    Register for Michigan 4-H November volunteer training workshops

    EAST LANSING, MI -- Each program year, Michigan 4-H, with support from the Michigan 4-H Foundation, donors and other supporters, offers volunteer trainings at sites across Michigan. Each workshop covers an assortment of 4-H program areas, and the goal of these trainings is to provide participants with the necessary skills to become experts in their subjects.

    • Oct. 22, 2014
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    Thirty-two U.S. senators sign letter encouraging members to keep COOL

    The United States Cattlemen's Association (USCA) commends the thirty-two U.S. Senators led by Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY) and Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) for standing up for U.S. cattle producers and supporting the U.S. country of origin labeling (COOL) law. The bi-partisan group of Senators sent a letter to the Senate Appropriations Committee this week urging leadership to reject any efforts to weaken or suspend COOL through upcoming legislation.

    • Oct. 22, 2014
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    MCA to USDA: Don't hijack the checkoff

    OKEMOS, MI -- On Oct. 14, the Michigan Cattlemen's Association along with 43 state cattlemens' associations sent a letter to Agriculture Secretary Vilsack, urging him to cease any efforts to establish an additional beef checkoff under the 1996 General Commodity Promotion, Research and Information Act.

    • Oct. 22, 2014
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    4-H gala launches campaign and recognizes Emerald awardees

    EAST LANSING, MI -- The Michigan 4-H Foundation hosted the 4-H Town and Country Gala for Michigan's Youth Oct. 3 at the Downtown Market in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

    • Oct. 22, 2014
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    Indiana crop update: Rain delays harvest

    WEST LAFAYETTE, IN -- Corn and soybean harvest was hindered and, in some regions, halted by frequent rains, but the mild weather permitted farmers to re-enter fields towards the end of the week, according to the USDA, NASS, Great Lakes Region.

    • Oct. 22, 2014
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    Michigan crop update: Storms, wind cause lodging in corn

    LANSING, MI -- There were 4.8 days suitable for fieldwork in Michigan during the week ending October 12, according to the USDA, NASS, Great Lakes Region.

    • Oct. 22, 2014
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    This ear of corn is in an Indiana cornfield that is near harvest in early October. (Purdue Agricultural Communication photo/Keith Robinson)

    Purdue expert: Prepare now for post-harvest drying

    WEST LAFAYETTE, IN -- The nearly ideal weather that has been credited with helping produce an expected record corn crop in Indiana also is yielding concerns that some of the grain will be harvested wetter than normal and require more artificial drying for storage.

    • Oct. 15, 2014
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    FSA announces key dates for new Farm Bill safety net programs

    WASHINGTON -- USDA announced key dates for farm owners and producers to keep in mind regarding the new 2014 Farm Bill established programs, Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC). The new programs, designed to help producers better manage risk, usher in one of the most significant reforms to U.S. farm programs in decades.

    • Oct. 15, 2014
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    Feral swine study pairs MSU, U of M researchers to assess statewide impact

    EAST LANSING, MI -- A new study will pair Michigan State University (MSU) researchers with researchers from the University of Michigan-Flint to learn more about one of the state's most potentially destructive invasive species: feral swine.

    • Oct. 15, 2014
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    MSU Dept. of Animal Science seeks nominations for Dairy Farmer of the Year

    EAST LANSING, MI -- Nominations for the 2015 Michigan State University (MSU) Dairy Farmer of the Year Award are currently being accepted by the MSU Department of Animal Science.

    • Oct. 15, 2014
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    Bane-Welker to host tailgate festivities at Colts home games

    CRAWFORDSVILLE, IN -- Bane-Welker Equipment would like to invite you to stop by their booth and say hello at Sunday's Colts vs. Ravens game. And then again at all the home games!

    • Oct. 15, 2014
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    ICM, IPM update set for Dec. 16

    EAST LANSING, MI -- The Michigan State University Extension Field Crops Team and Eaton County MSU Extension will host the 2014 Integrated Crop and Pest Management Update on Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the MSU Pavilion for Agriculture and Livestock Education (4301 Farm Lane, East Lansing, MI 48824). Participants will receive MSU Extension's 2015 recommendations for potential pest problems, soil and fertilizer practices and weed control.

    • Oct. 15, 2014
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    USDA unveils key new programs to help farmers manage risk

    WASHINGTON -- U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack today unveiled highly anticipated new programs to help farmers better manage risk, ushering in one of the most significant reforms to U.S. farm programs in decades.

    • Oct. 15, 2014
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    Michigan 4-H dairy judging team takes top honors at World Dairy Expo

    EAST LANSING, MI -- The Michigan 4-H dairy judging team won top honors at the National 4-H Dairy Cattle Judging Contest at the World Dairy Expo Sept. 29 in Madison, Wisconsin. The team finished as the No. 1 team overall, ahead of 26 teams from across the country, as well as the top team in reasons. Several members also ranked in the top 10 individually.

    • Oct. 15, 2014
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    MSU and Macomb Community College host Trends in Ag workshop

    EAST LANSING, MI -- Michigan State University (MSU) and Macomb Community College are working together to present the Trends in Agriculture workshop Friday, Nov. 7 at the Macomb Community College Center Campus, University Center.

    • Oct. 15, 2014
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    MSU researchers earn $7.7 million in specialty crop grants from USDA

    EAST LANSING, MI -- Three Michigan State University AgBioResearch scientists have netted more than $7.7 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture to address the critical needs of the specialty crop industry through research and education.

    • Oct. 15, 2014
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    Ohio crop update: Rain slows harvest

    REYNOLDSBURG, OH -- Heavy rains that occurred later in the week have slowed harvesting activities in the state. According to the USDA, NASS, Great Lakes Region, there were 4.9 days suitable for fieldwork in Ohio during the week ending October 5.

    • Oct. 15, 2014
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    Michigan crop update: Soggy fields halt harvest

    LANSING, MI -- There were 3.5 days suitable for fieldwork in Michigan during the week ending October 5, according to the USDA, NASS, Great Lakes Region. After recent warm and sunny conditions, last week was characterized by cold and wet weather, resulting in soggy fields, which prevented harvest in most parts of the state. Fog and dew also inhibited drydown of crops. Dry beans and hay harvest were wrapping up. Pastures remain in mostly good condition.

    • Oct. 15, 2014
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    Indiana crop update: Showers delay harvest

    WEST LAFAYETTE, IN -- Cool, dry weather in the first part of the week encouraged harvest in most of the state, but rains starting Thursday and lasting into the weekend brought most combines to a halt, according to the USDA, NASS, Great Lakes Region. For the week ending October 5th, average temperatures for the week ranged from 55 to 67 degrees, and from 4 degrees below to 6 degrees above normal. The lowest recorded temperature for the week was 32 degrees; the highest, 89 degrees.

    • Oct. 15, 2014
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    Ohio farmers serve on 2015 NCGA Action Teams, Corn Board

    DELAWARE, OH -- Ohio is well represented as a new slate of farmers was recently announced to serve their industry as members of the National Corn Growers Association's action teams and committees in the next fiscal year, which began October 1, actively shaping the future of their industry by guiding programs and carrying out the policies and priorities of the National Corn Growers Association.

    • Oct. 15, 2014
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    Farm Bureau presidents, including Michigan's, visited with EPA officials recently to express concerns about a proposed rule that would dramatically expand the agency's regulatory authority.

    Michigan farmers to EPA: 'Ditch the rule!'

    LANSING, MI -- Michigan Farm Bureau (MFB) President Wayne H. Wood was among a contingent of state Farm Bureau leaders who converged on Washington, D.C. recently to submit thousands of individual comments opposing what is seen as egregious power grab by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    • Oct. 15, 2014
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    Caution, patience key to harvest safety

    LANSING, MI -- With leaves changing and grain ripening, Michigan's rural roadways are soon to see their annual uptick of slow-moving farm traffic, creating potentially hazardous traffic snarls where motorists least expect them. No matter how slow and bulky it is, farm equipment has as much right to the roadway as passenger vehicles, so it's time for motorists to take caution and exercise patience and restraint.

    • Oct. 15, 2014