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Rural health care systems tackle COVID-19 challenges

April 18, 2020 - 7:00am
It is a scary time for front-line medical workers in rural communities, but hospitals and health care groups are working collaboratively to get the job done.
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Growers frustrated with kickoff of crop

April 18, 2020 - 6:45am
Many hemp farmers are experiencing growing pains with the new crop. Some are finding it a bit more painful than others.
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Durum prices impacted less by coronavirus than others

April 18, 2020 - 6:00am
While the ongoing coronavirus pandemic is having a big impact on many commodities, it doesn’t appear to have had a huge impact on durum prices.
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Uncertainty surrounds business loans for farmers

April 17, 2020 - 11:34am
When Congress passed its large Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security Act, also known as the CARES Act, it featured two very big items. One was a one-time payment to individuals. The other was a small business loan program known…
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Industry adjusts to new meat demands

April 17, 2020 - 7:00am
The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many industries to rapidly adjust to meet current demands, and Angie Krieger says the meat industry is no different.
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Soil conditions right, but hold off on planting

April 16, 2020 - 4:30pm
March into early April has been warm enough and dry enough to the point that soil conditions are good for planting. The calendar date is a bit early — after all the crop insurance date is April 11.
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Baker finds sweet spot in sourdough breads, rolls

April 16, 2020 - 4:15pm
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Distillers grains may be less available, affordable

April 16, 2020 - 10:50am
The events of the last few weeks have created a host of unintended consequences and challenges. One of the latest issues to pop up has been the changes in the distillers grains marketplace.
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Declining ethanol demand worries corn growers

April 16, 2020 - 7:00am
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Farmers could add dollars with pennycress

April 16, 2020 - 6:30am
At a time when farmers are urgently seeking ways to maximize profit in their corn-soybean rotations, university researchers in Illinois, Ohio, Minnesota and Wisconsin, along with a startup company in Missouri, are working to develop pennycress into a crop that…
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‘Getaways’ give farm couples time to talk

April 16, 2020 - 6:00am
At a time when social distancing has become the hot term, the idea of a farm couple getaway weekend may sound trite. But it may be just what the doctor ordered for a family-centered industry under stress.
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Hog farmers are hurting, and Smithfield closure is another blow

April 15, 2020 - 6:00pm
Hog producers were already hurting from trade wars and tariffs that slowed pork exports and depressed prices. Then coronavirus hit.
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‘Managing Mother Nature’ helps with bovine respiratory virus

April 15, 2020 - 7:00am
At a time when awareness of respiratory disease is high, John Ellis, a professor of veterinary microbiology at the University of Saskatchewan, told those attending the Dairy Calf and Heifer Association (DCHA) virtual conference recently to follow the lead of…
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NPPC asks for $1B in pork purchases

April 14, 2020 - 4:06pm
The U.S. hog industry, faced with shrinking prices and supply chain disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, is asking the Trump administration and USDA for immediate assistance.
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Price drops, virus concerns weigh on farmer sentiment

April 14, 2020 - 4:00pm
The Ag Economy Barometer plummeted in March, dipping 47 points (28%) from a month earlier to a reading of 121.
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Farmers can use records to make management changes

April 14, 2020 - 5:30am
Many farmers and ranchers keep many records. Utilization of the records for improved management would be the next step to take to improve efficiency, says Heather Gessner, South Dakota State University Extension livestock business management field specialist.
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Drone costs, regs barrier to use

April 13, 2020 - 3:30pm
Have you seen a drone buzzing by in a park and wondered what all the fuss is about?
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Seed growers see through 2019 challenges

April 13, 2020 - 8:30am
Despite being relatively new to growing seed in 2019, Dan Dietz said he and his brother Drew faced and overcame many of the same challenges they are used to as conventional farmers.
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Safety Watch: Preventing rural crashes critical amid health crisis

April 13, 2020 - 7:00am
It seems most people have gotten the message to “stay home and stay put” during the COVID-19 pandemic.For farmers who have to get into the fields for spring planting no matter what is going on, the current stay-at-home orders and…
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Agronomist updates 2020 planting advice

April 13, 2020 - 5:15am
This year, let’s all toss out planting windows for corn. Farmers should be focused on when soil conditions are prime to plant.Soil temperatures need to be on the rise — 50 degrees and rising. Planting 24-36 hours before a cold…
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