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Don’t confirm Clovis: Organic, enviro groups

September 2, 2017 - 8:00am
The undersigned farming, food, consumer and environmental organizations and businesses strongly oppose the nomination of Sam Clovis — a climate change denier with no background in food or agriculture — as the Undersecretary for Research, Education and Economics (REE) at…
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Letter to the Editor: Judges not bought

September 2, 2017 - 8:00am
I must take exception to Herman Lenz’s letter (Aug. 12, “Big Money wins over Constitution”).
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Agronomists highlight corn nematode, N issues

September 1, 2017 - 8:00am
SAVOY, Ill. — The topic of “nematodes and soybeans” is a regular on summer field day tours and in winter coffee-shop conversations. But researchers at the University Illinois Crop Sciences Research and Education Center switched up that traditional approach at…
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Companies prep for new corn technology in fields next spring

August 31, 2017 - 6:00pm
CAMBRIDGE, Iowa — New corn technology continues to make its way to market, despite the challenges of achieving regulatory approvals and tight profit margins.
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Family labor still vital to Iowa farm businesses

August 31, 2017 - 3:19pm
LINEVILLE, Iowa — Doyle Ellis watches his great-granddaughter scoot around the shop on her pink motorized tractor. Nearby, his great-grandson tests the limits of his walker as he sails along the smooth floor.
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Cool temperatures allow for extra working days in Missouri

August 31, 2017 - 8:00am
Cooler than average temperatures were felt across the state last week with temperatures averaging 71.4 degrees, 4.8 degrees below normal, according to the Aug. 28 USDA Crop Progress report.
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Temperatures well below average across the state of Illinois

August 31, 2017 - 8:00am
Cooler weather prevailed across the state last week, according to the Aug. 28 USDA Crop Progress report. Statewide, the average temperature was 68.9 degrees, 4.7 degrees below normal, allowing for 5.9 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Aug.…
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Pig Farmer of the Year finalists announced

August 30, 2017 - 4:10pm
DES MOINES, Iowa — The National Pork Board has announced four finalists who are vying to be named the 2017 America’s Pig Farmer of the Year. The program honors a U.S. pig farmer who excels at raising pigs using the…
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Long cull cow marketing period coming to an end

August 30, 2017 - 1:38pm
After a robust few months, the cull cow market is weakening and will continue to soften through the fall.
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Crop market analyst reconciles USDA reports

August 30, 2017 - 1:35pm
Farmers in some of the primary corn-producing states have been expressing concern about the difference between crop progress reports and crop yield reports in recent weeks.
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Ag equipment companies debut new offerings

August 28, 2017 - 5:45am
The 2017 Farm Progress Show is coming up this next week, Aug. 29-31. Billed as the nation’s largest outdoor farm event, the show offers attendees the opportunity to visit a variety of product displays, experience field demonstrations, and attend presentations…
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Research seeks solutions for climate change, hunger

August 27, 2017 - 6:34pm
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Researchers at the University of Illinois are taking the basics of photosynthesis miles farther in Urbana-Champaign test plots and greenhouses — intervening in the process, through which plants use sunlight to produce energy, to create higher yields.
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‘Way We Live’ awards presented at Iowa State Fair

August 26, 2017 - 5:45pm
DES MOINES — Everyone may talk about the food and the animals and the rides, but at the end of the day the state fair is really about the people.
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Producers weigh planting choices for 2018 soybeans

August 26, 2017 - 2:55pm
CAMBRIDGE, Iowa — Competition for acres among soybean herbicide technologies looks to remain fierce in 2018.
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Plant disease resistance trends troubling

August 26, 2017 - 12:51pm
EFFINGHAM, Ill. — With resistant weeds a hot topic, most farmers are aware that relying on a single herbicide to control unwanted plants is not a good idea. But the same can be said for disease control.
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Iowa eyes trade opportunities amid policy changes

August 26, 2017 - 10:39am
DES MOINES — Agriculture in Iowa may not be hampered by shifts in international trade policy under President Donald Trump.
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Retired teacher aims to farm during daylight

August 26, 2017 - 9:52am
WAVERLY, Iowa — So far, Ron Zelle hasn’t had time to think about how he retired June 30 as agriculture education teacher and FFA advisor at Nashua-Plainfield High School.
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Track U.S. food aid priorities more closely

August 26, 2017 - 8:15am
The in-kind food aid that the United States provides through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and USDA benefits millions of people around the world. However, the need for food aid exceeds the amount of funding available and, therefore,…
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Use public-private infrastructure funding

August 26, 2017 - 8:00am
Rebuild Rural is dedicated to advocating for investment in rural America’s infrastructure and understands that rural America’s infrastructure needs are fundamentally unique. …
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Prices will frame farm bill debate on commodity programs

August 25, 2017 - 8:42pm
Editor’s note: The following was prepared by Carl Zulauf, Ohio State University emeritus economist, for the University of Illinois Farmdoc Daily website.
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