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Bringing home the bacon

It’s official: I am in the wedding season of my life. In the past five months, I’ve been to six weddings. I was talking to Bob, the dad at the August wedding. He asked if I was a wedding crasher or how I came to be invited. With the quick wit I don’t have, I [...]

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Will the impact of natural disasters be reduced through regulation?

“He knew too what it was like to live through a hurricane with the other people of the island and the bond that the hurricane made between all people who had been through it,” wrote American novelist Ernest Hemingway in “Island in the Stream.” Hemingway’s home and museum in Key West, Fla., survived Hurricane Irma. [...]

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U.S. dairy industry cautions Japan to respect current trade relationships during review of EU’s list of geographical indications for foods

Japan’s agriculture officials must respect current market access between Japan and its trading partners, including the United States, when reviewing a list of geographical indications (GIs) proposed by the European Union (EU), or else risk disrupting one of the world’s largest consumer marketplaces, the U.S. dairy industry urged. In a letter to the Japanese Minister [...]

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Stink bugs headed indoors

By now, most of us are familiar with the brown marmorated stink bug, the new invasive stink bug that feeds on soybean, corn, fruits and vegetables.  As the cool weather returns over the next few weeks, we will see BMSB come into homes — and infestations can be large. They will spend the winter as [...]

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NMPF supports effort to bring clarity to EPA’s Waters of the U.S. Regulation

The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) told the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that the dairy industry supports a two-step process to roll back the existing Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) regulation and generate a new policy that provides farmers greater certainty in the future. NMPF has supported efforts by the Trump Administration since January [...]

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Autumn turkey hunting season opens soon

If you haven’t considered hunting turkeys this time of year, you have 11 more reasons to do so this season. That’s how many counties have been added to the list of those open to the autumn opportunity this year. Hunters this month and next have their choice of 67 counties in which to pursue turkeys, [...]

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Farm Bill Conservation Coalition comes to a consensus

As U.S. House and Senate agriculture committee leadership readies a framework for the 2018 Farm Bill, the conservation community has come to a consensus on a fundamental set of provisions to strengthen the conservation title of the bill. National Farmers Union (NFU) joined 20 other prominent farm, food, wildlife and environmental organizations today in sending [...]

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Value Added Producer Grant workshops

There are four opportunities scheduled around the state to learn more about how the USDA Rural Development Value Added Producer Grant can be used to help develop and market a product that will bring additional income back to a farm operation. Attendees should bring questions and ideas and get any questions you have answered. These workshops [...]

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Service and advocacy emphasized at FFA Washington Leadership Conference

Every summer, Washington D.C. is turned blue and gold as FFA members from across the country travel to the nation’s capital as participants of the Washington Leadership Conference (WLC). The conference focuses on developing students into motivated citizens who desire to make a difference in their home communities. This year over 2,000 students attended including [...]

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