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ASA celebrates soy centennial in 2020

May 3, 2020 - 3:00pm
The American Soybean Association is celebrating its 100th birthday this year, and it hopes to cap off the celebration with an Aug. 4 field day on the farm in Indiana where the organization got its start a century ago.
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Beef one part of family’s diverse farm and store

May 2, 2020 - 7:00am
There is new life on the ground at Boyer Family Farms, something Jason Boyer enjoys even more this year as the world deals with the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Beef producer sees opportunity in direct marketing

May 2, 2020 - 6:30am
For Matt Hardecke, the cattle industry is a way of life, going back to his earliest years helping with the cattle on the family farm.
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100 years: ‘Roaring ’20s’ a transitional time in rural Illinois

May 2, 2020 - 6:00am
Editor’s note: The following is the first in a series about family farm experiences from the 1920s.
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Real worry over euthanization in coming weeks

May 1, 2020 - 7:00pm
The impact of COVID-19 on processing livestock and the trickle-down effect to farms is hitting the tipping point. More farmers are worried about the need to euthanize animals in the next few weeks.
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Executive order aims to keep processors open

May 1, 2020 - 6:55pm
On April 28 President Donald Trump issued an executive order to keep meat and poultry processing facilities open during the coronavirus outbreak.
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Illinois beef producers hit rough stretch

May 1, 2020 - 9:00am
Many beef producers in Illinois will find little to celebrate during Beef Month. A supply glut, production problems due to weather conditions and COVID-19 have taken a toll on the industry.
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Producers keep Angus tradition on the farm family

May 1, 2020 - 9:00am
METROPOLIS, Ill. — Black Angus cattle have called a patch of land in the southern tip of Illinois home for 60 years.
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Pre- and post-emerge herbicides work together on waterhemp

May 1, 2020 - 9:00am
Editor’s note: The following was written by Prashant Jha, Iowa State University associate professor and Extension weed specialist, for the university’s Integrated Crop Management News website.
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Less fat, more fiber slows pig growth amid shutdowns

April 30, 2020 - 4:00pm
COLUMBIA, Mo. — As work at meat processing plants slows during COVID-19, hog producers may want to feed pigs cheaper diets and hold them longer.
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Ag official pushes for solutions at packing plants

April 29, 2020 - 5:13pm
Government officials said this week they expect packing plants closed due to the COVID-19 crisis to reopen soon and to be able to operate in a way that is safer for workers, many of whom have tested positive for the…
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Virus raises questions for China trade

April 29, 2020 - 2:30pm
When the United States and China signed what they termed a “phase one” trade deal in January there was always concern about whether the two sides would live up to the bargain. A few months later, in the midst of…
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Pasture conditions critical to calf marketing flows

April 29, 2020 - 7:00am
The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic will likely stretch into 2021, according to an analysis from the Livestock Marketing Information Center.
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One of life’s best medicines

April 28, 2020 - 7:30pm
We are experiencing a painful and difficult time in the world’s history. I recently thought of something I learned as a teenager: Difficult times will come and go, and there is often little we can do about it except partaking…
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Trump to order meat plants to stay open

April 28, 2020 - 5:04pm
President Donald Trump plans to order slaughterhouses to remain open, setting up a showdown between the giant companies that produce America’s meat and the unions and activists who want to protect workers in a pandemic.
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Short-term grain outlook not expected to change

April 28, 2020 - 3:45pm
Much of the same is expected for the short-term outlook in the grain markets, according to Jack Scoville.
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Pork producers need Fed help, Iowa officials say

April 28, 2020 - 7:40am
DES MOINES — Pork producers need the federal government’s help as they address the new coronavirus, according to a letter some of Iowa’s top elected officials sent to the administration’s pandemic response task force.
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Cost of production per pound or bushel remains key to profit

April 28, 2020 - 7:00am
Cost of production is a crucial part of agriculture, from the beginning stages of farmers penciling out their budgets to the end stage of consumers in grocery stores, wondering how much it cost to produce that pound of beef or…
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Coronavirus-related cattle industry losses estimated in billions

April 28, 2020 - 6:15am
DENVER, Colo. — A study released April 14 estimates cattle industry losses as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic will reach $13.6 billion.
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Soybean quality issues crop up after tough harvest

April 28, 2020 - 5:00am
The 2019 soybean harvest was problematic. Wet weather delayed harvest in many parts of the region, and a hard early frost added additional insult to injury (pun intended).Unfortunately, a wet finish to the season can reduce seed quality by facilitating…
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