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Private well class informs owners on testing, treatment

August 30, 2019 - 11:00am
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Many well owners assume their water is safe, but a course teaches what contaminants might be present in the water, how to get it tested and what to do if the tests come back positive.
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Urgency for vaccine grows as ASF ravages China pigs

August 30, 2019 - 8:15am
BEIJING (AP) — Scientists are working to develop a vaccine to help guard the world’s pork supply as the deadly African swine fever virus ravages Asia’s pig herds.
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‘Regenerative’ crop-cattle mix stimulates profit

August 30, 2019 - 7:00am
REDWOOD FALLS, Minn. — A southwestern Minnesota couple started using cover crops long before cover crops were cool.
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Construction underway, progress made towards herd expansion

August 29, 2019 - 1:00pm
CHATFIELD, Minn. – The ground is finally dry enough in southeastern Minnesota that the Kappers have been moving on with their barn expansion project. It is just in time too, as the cows have been doing their part, calving out…
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Prevent plant numbers suggest acreage came out of soybeans

August 29, 2019 - 12:15pm
The Farm Service Agency’s announcement of a record 19 million acres of prevented planting underscored how unique this growing season has been.
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Politicians respond to ethanol’s exemption woes

August 28, 2019 - 11:45am
As ethanol prices and production slipped on the heels of another round of refinery exemptions announced by the Trump administration, biofuel groups and Democratic party leaders began to fight back in recent weeks.
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Weight only one factor in cattle profitability

August 28, 2019 - 6:30am
INA, Ill. — Glen Gordon Jr. buys cattle by the pound, but in many cases, less is more.
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Farmers fight drift damage with dicamba-tolerant seed varieties

August 27, 2019 - 4:00pm
The wet spring pushed back the weed control timetable for a lot of fields this year, but some things did not change. Weed resistance concerns and dicamba drift issues continue to challenge farmers.
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Late August heat reminder to keep livestock cool

August 27, 2019 - 3:08pm
AMES, Iowa — The summer heat will return to most of Iowa before the seasons turn, according to the National Weather Service.
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Producers vigilant as ASF in China marks one year

August 27, 2019 - 7:00am
As the one-year anniversary of China’s acknowledgment of African swine fever in its country’s herds passes, the U.S. pork industry is evaluating where it stands in its ability to deal with this ongoing threat that has now engulfed much of…
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Cover crops key in climate change fight

August 27, 2019 - 6:15am
In a tough year for farmers, North Dakota’s Dennis Haugen is a standout. And he may have climate change to thank for it.
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Beef, ethanol top farmers’ concerns at Dakotafest

August 26, 2019 - 12:22pm
Concerns covering all avenues of agriculture were brought up when Congressman Dusty Johnson visited Dakotafest in Mitchell Aug. 21. The biggest discussion revolved around the newest round of oil refinery waivers.
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Trump orders biofuel boost in bid to temper farm state anger

August 26, 2019 - 8:24am
President Donald Trump, seeking to tamp down political fallout in U.S. farm states essential to his re-election, has ordered federal agencies to shift course on relieving some oil refineries of requirements to use biofuel such as corn-based ethanol.
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Soybeans sink as China hikes tariffs on U.S. farm products

August 23, 2019 - 9:37am
China announced Aug. 23 that it will impose additional tariffs on $75 billion of U.S. goods in retaliation for President Donald Trump’s latest planned levies on Chinese imports. The measures include an added 5% tariff on soybeans and an extra…
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Pork producers could wrap up healthy 2019

August 23, 2019 - 6:45am
The fourth quarter can be a lump of coal in the stocking for hog producers, but Lee Schulz says the holidays should be a bit brighter this year.
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Presidential candidates join the crowds at the Iowa State Fair

August 23, 2019 - 5:45am
DES MOINES — At some point, just about every presidential candidate shows up at the Iowa State Fair. The result at this year’s fair was an almost overwhelming crowd of candidates, press and political junkies.
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After fire, drainage business rebuilds better

August 23, 2019 - 5:00am
MATOON, Ill. — Bill Dean has seen fire and he has seen rain, but he knows how to rebuild from a setback. He’s done it a few times in his more than four decades in agricultural business.
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Trade issues, USDA reports top of minds at Illinois State Fair

August 22, 2019 - 5:00pm
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The challenging weather this year, continuing trade wars and the latest USDA yield and acreage reports dampened the mood for farmers and their advocates at the Illinois State Fair.
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U.S. crop conditions are ‘hit or miss’ as tour kicks off

August 22, 2019 - 11:14am
Inconsistency is the one constant coming out of a major U.S. crop tour that kicked off on Monday as scouts get to see first-hand the impact of wild weather on Midwestern corn and soybean fields.
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