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Missouri farmer optimistic about future of industry after tough years

June 15, 2019 - 6:45am
LINN, Mo. — At the end of a gravel road, nestled in a valley in the rugged terrain of Osage County, Alfred Brandt’s family farmstead appears.
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Producers turn to silage bags, bunkers

June 15, 2019 - 6:15am
Majestic silos once dotted the countryside, serving as the primary source for corn silage storage.
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11-year-old in central Iowa gets early chance to fulfill farm dream

June 15, 2019 - 6:00am
NORWALK, Iowa — Ben Brown is quiet, but his face lights up when he is asked about his farm. It’s clear he loves talking about the science of it, about choosing seed and experimenting with different treatments.
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Innovations for soybeans help address challenges

June 15, 2019 - 5:00am
From straws to crayons and even detergent pods, Nathan Mosier has seen many different products pass in front of him for the Purdue Student Soybean Innovation Competition.
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U.S. wins more access to EU beef market

June 14, 2019 - 4:15pm
The U.S. secured more access to the European Union’s beef market after the bloc persuaded Australia, Argentina and Uruguay to cede chunks of an import quota.
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Bayer dangles $5.6 billion olive branch to Roundup critics

June 14, 2019 - 4:11pm
Bayer AG will pump about 5 billion euros ($5.6 billion) of its research and development budget into alternatives to its weedkiller glyphosate over the next decade as it battles more than 13,000 lawsuits claiming the herbicide causes cancer.
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Fed cattle prices undervalued to hog prices

June 14, 2019 - 7:00am
“Live cattle futures ended mixed, with nearby and deferred contracts lifted by spillover support from rallying hogs.” This has been a common phrase in recent market commentary.
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Resistance to blight holds in Illinois, study says

June 14, 2019 - 6:30am
URBANA, Ill. — Illinois wheat growers, take heart. A University of Illinois study shows no evidence of a highly toxic Fusarium head blight (FHB) variant, known as NA2, in the wheat-growing region of the state.
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Wettest, wildest planting season farmers can remember

June 14, 2019 - 4:00am
There has never been a spring planting season like this one. Rivers topped their banks. Levees were breached. Fields filled with water and mud. And it kept raining.
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Soybeans facing more acres and weak demand

June 13, 2019 - 6:00pm
URBANA, Ill. — Soybean prices rallied over the last two weeks on planting issues across large swaths of the Corn Belt.
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Perdue announces Kansas City as location for ERS, NIFA

June 13, 2019 - 10:47am
Perdue announces Kansas City region as location for ERS, NIFA
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Iowa pork processing plant gives rural towns hope

June 13, 2019 - 5:30am
EAGLE GROVE, Iowa (AP) — Teacher Stacy Osborn reads her student Esther's writing assignment, a short tale about her family playing with water balloons.
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MU dairy first to use new breeding system

June 13, 2019 - 5:15am
COLUMBIA, Mo. — Early breeding allows lactating cows to be put on grass at peak quality and quantity when the nutritional need of cows is highest.
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Gambling, pot will help repair broken Illinois, Pritzker says

June 12, 2019 - 6:00pm
Bringing a massive casino to Chicago’s struggling neighborhoods and legalizing marijuana across Illinois is the price to pay for stabilizing the fiscal basket case that the state has become, rookie Governor J.B. Pritzker said June 4.
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President proposes easing rules on GM crops

June 12, 2019 - 12:45pm
The Trump administration would exempt many new genetically engineered crops from regulation by the U.S. Department of Agriculture under a broad overhaul of biotechnology rules announced on June 5.
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Republicans, Democrats welcome E15; Dems add a caveat

June 12, 2019 - 8:33am
DES MOINES — President Donald Trump’s trip to Iowa to celebrate his administration’s approval of the year-round sale of the E15 ethanol blend was met Tuesday with cheers from Iowa Republicans.
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Trump tells Iowans he’s undoing “calamitous” past trade policies

June 12, 2019 - 8:30am
WEST DES MOINES — President Donald Trump came to Iowa Tuesday to tout his trade and tariff strategies, calling himself “the best thing that ever happened to farmers” and predicting he will carry the swing state for Republicans again in…
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Startups launch autonomous farm machines

June 12, 2019 - 5:00am
Robots are taking over farms faster than anyone saw coming.
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USDA considers aid to farmers unable to plant because of rains

June 11, 2019 - 4:05pm
The Trump administration is keeping the door open for farmers who were prevented from planting crops this season to still receive some aid payments after weeks of rains across the Midwest stalled sowing.
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Wet weather pushes soybean planting into cover crops

June 11, 2019 - 7:00am
COLUMBIA, Mo. — Cool, wet weather is forcing more farmers to consider how to plant soybeans into tall, mature cover crops this spring.
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