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  • Select Sires' Duane Moff Named SMS Genetic Consultant of the Year

    May 30, 2017, 00:58 AM by System

    Duane Moff of COBA/Select Sires Inc. was honored as the Select Mating Service (SMS) genetic consultant of the year in front of an audience of his peers at Select Sires' SMS Genetic Consultant Conference held May 7 through 10 in New York. This national award is presented annually to a genetic consultant who exemplifies the qualities that make SMS known throughout the world as the premier mating program in ... (377 words)

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  • Fastline Promotes Nancy Stephen to Pink Tractor Manager

    May 30, 2017, 00:57 AM by System

    As Fastline Media Group continues to grow and expand its comprehensive digital and print solutions for the agriculture industry, Nancy Stephen has been promoted to the position of Pink Tractor Manager. Stephen has been with Fastline Media Group since 2015 as Marketing Coordinator. As Pink Tractor Manager she oversees all aspects of the Pink Tractor brand including PinkTractor.com and numerous social media accounts as well as serving as Managing ... (282 words)

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  • Smithfield Foods Releases Complete 2016 Sustainability Report, Highlights Charitable Endeavors

    May 30, 2017, 00:57 AM by System

    Smithfield Foods, Inc. published the fourth and final installment of its 2016 Sustainability Report with the release of its Helping Communities and People sections. The sections demonstrate Smithfield's ongoing commitment to charitable giving endeavors that support communities where employees live and work as well as the company's expansion of employee resource groups, which engage employees and further develop their talents. In 2016, Smithfield continued its charitable giving efforts ... (380 words)

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  • Arizona Rancher Calls on Congress to Relieve Rural America's Regulatory Burden

    May 30, 2017, 00:57 AM by System

    Arizona rancher David Cook testified before the U.S. House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations today, calling on Congress to remove layers of red tape and bureaucracy that have become detrimental to the management and health of public lands. Specifically, Cook addressed the Federal Land Policy and Management Act (FLPMA) and the Wilderness Act. "I do not believe it was the intent of Congress to disenfranchise communities like ... (648 words)

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  • Kuhn Launches Precision Fertilizer Spreader

    May 30, 2017, 00:57 AM by System

    Kuhn North America introduces the Axent 100.1, which it calls the industry's first precision fertilizer spreader. The new spreader is able to spread both wide and precisely. "What really blows people away is that it's able to spread Urea 120 feet. And the competition can only spread it 90 feet, at most," says Ryan Pearcy. He says the additional efficiency gained are substantial. For example, a customer ... (86 words)

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  • Robust Organic Sector Maintains Upward Climb, Posts Record U.S. Sales

    May 30, 2017, 00:57 AM by System

    U.S. organic sales show continued growth.

    The robust American organic sector stayed on its upward trajectory in 2016, gaining new market share and shattering records, as consumers across the United States ate and used more organic products than ever before, according to the Organic Trade Association's (OTA's) 2017 Organic Industry Survey released Wednesday at OTA's Annual Policy Conference. Organic sales in the U.S. totaled around ... (904 words)

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  • Summer Doesn't Have to Be a Bummer for Your Lambs

    May 30, 2017, 00:57 AM by System

    For many people, summer is the time for family vacations, days at the pool and watching fireworks. But for growing spring-born lambs, hot summer weather can bring on health and performance challenges. These challenges can affect lambs for their entire life 
    “Heat stressed lambs could experience a decrease in growth rate due to a loss of appetite and suppressed immunity, which can lead to other health challenges,” says Julian (Skip ... (701 words)

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  • Glencore's CEO Reports Company Is Looking to Expand Its Agricultural Business

    May 30, 2017, 00:55 AM by System

    Miner and trader Glencore is looking to expand its agriculture business via its partnership with two Canadian funds, the company's CEO said on Wednesday, but has no plans to move into any commodities it does not already trade. CEO Ivan Glasenberg was speaking a day after U.S. grains trader Bunge Ltd said it was not in talks with Glencore, while Glencore said it had made an informal approach ... (382 words)

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  • Ohio Closes Prison Farms Saying Ag Skills Don’t Translate to Real World Jobs

    May 30, 2017, 00:55 AM by System

    Since 1868, over 12,000 acres of rolling farmland across central Ohio has been tended not by farmers in blue overalls, but by men in off-white shirts and pants emblazoned with the word “INMATE.” (1004 words)

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  • Dairy Farming Offers Profits, but Also Financial Risks

    May 30, 2017, 00:55 AM by System

    On average, larger dairy farms earn higher profits than smaller farms, spurring a steady shift of cows and production to larger operations. Between 2011 and 2015, farms with at least 1,000 milk cows earned the highest average rates of return on equity (ROE), a measure of profitability that captures the return to the capital that farmers have invested in the business. According to the 2012 Census of Agriculture (the ... (217 words)

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  • When to Start Paying Attention to Crop Condition Ratings?

    May 30, 2017, 00:55 AM by System

    The USDA will report crop condition ratings for the 2017 U.S corn and soybean crops in the 18 major producing states in the weekly Crop Progress report beginning May 30 and continuing until harvest. Weekly crop condition ratings have been made for all the major producing states since 1986. Market participants typically follow the crop condition ratings closely as an indication of crop health, yield potential, and change in ... (1820 words)

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  • National Pork Producers Council Issues White Paper on Benefits of NAFTA

    May 30, 2017, 00:55 AM by System

    Following last week's notification by the Trump administration that it will renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the National Pork Producers Council today released a white paper on the benefits of the trade deal among the United States, Canada and Mexico. The paper, which focuses primarily on trade with Mexico, makes the case for not abandoning the 23-year-old pact and for not disrupting trade in sectors for ... (528 words)

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  • Welcome News for Honey Bees

    May 30, 2017, 00:55 AM by System

    The report of honey bee colony losses from the Bee Informed Partnership (BIP), in collaboration with the Apiary Inspectors of America (AIA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) provides welcome news for beekeepers in their efforts to improve the health of their colonies in the United States. An estimated 21.1% of colonies managed were lost over the 2016-2017 winter, representing an improvement of 5.8 percentage points ... (269 words)

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  • Embezzler of $2.6 Million of Oklahoma Beef Checkoff Funds Pleads Guilty

    May 30, 2017, 00:55 AM by System

    Melissa Morton pleaded guilty in Federal Court, Wednesday, to embezzling $2.6 million from the Oklahoma Beef Checkoff over the course of seven years. The former employee of the Oklahoma Beef Council now awaits sentencing by the Court. The Oklahoma Beef Council Board of Directors issued the following statement: "This is a significant step towards bringing this criminal matter to conclusion and we are indebted to federal investigators and the ... (286 words)

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  • Syngenta's: Fortenza Insecticide Seed Treatment Receives EPA Registration

    May 30, 2017, 00:54 AM by System

    Fortenza seed treatment insecticide from Syngenta has received registration approval from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for use on corn and cotton to guard against early-season insect damage. "We designed Fortenza to complement our brands containing Cruiser insecticide, and data shows combining these products enhances the spectrum of insect control activity, raising the bar of protection for U.S. growers," said Dale Ireland, Ph.D., Seedcare technical product lead ... (261 words)

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  • Minnesota Veterinary Student Earns 2017 Zinpro/Schugel Scholarship

    May 30, 2017, 00:54 AM by System

    Zinpro Corporation recently awarded its 2017 Zinpro/Schugel Scholarship to Hunter Baldry, a fourth-year student at the University of Minnesota, College of Veterinary Medicine, who hails from Maple Plain, Minnesota. Asked what problem she would choose to help solve with her education, Baldry said, "the eradication of a major zoonotic disease, such as influenza." She added, "I have a strong interest in research and infectious diseases that affect swine, and ... (376 words)

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  • 2017 May Be Record Year for Corn Replanting

    May 30, 2017, 00:54 AM by System

    How bad has this spring been for corn planting? Bad enough that some seed companies are now getting calls requesting a second round of replant corn, and the planting season is far from over. "As far as I know, this will be an historic replant year, particularly for corn," said Ryan Parkin, director of sales and marketing for Beck's Hybrids. That word "historic" surfaced frequently in DTN interviews with ... (838 words)

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  • Senate Passes Bill to Address Agro-Terrorism Threats to Nation's Food Supply

    May 30, 2017, 00:54 AM by System

    The U.S. Senate approved legislation to address the threat of agro-terrorism and ensure the safety of the U.S. food supply. The legislation was introduced by U.S. Sens. Pat Roberts (R-KS), Chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, and Claire McCaskill (D-MO), Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, in the Senate and U.S. Reps. David Young (R-IA), Donald Payne, Jr. (D-NJ), and Dan Donovan (R-NY) in ... (708 words)

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  • Purina Offers Summer Barn Preparation Tips

    May 29, 2017, 23:54 PM by System

    Whoever coined the phrase "the lazy days of summer" clearly wasn't a pig farmer. Hot, humid summer weather demands extra vigilance to keep pigs comfortable. It can be particularly challenging to support optimal performance in finishing barns when pigs are approaching market weight. Pigs nearing market weight are pushing stocking densities and generating maximum body heat. "When your finishing pigs reach market weight during the heat of summer, they ... (649 words)

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  • Larson Electronics Releases Series of LED Light Packages for Ag Equipment

    May 29, 2017, 23:54 PM by System

    Larson Electronics LLC, a leading industrial lighting company, announced the release of a new series of LED Light Packages for Tractors and other Agricultural Equipment to be added to its catalog of products this week. These LED light packages have been made as complete upgrade kits for heavy-duty farm equipment such as: tractors, bulldozers, and combines. Lights for dedicated use in agricultural environments require a higher level of durability than ... (417 words)

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