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Going "Wild" in Kentucky Kitchens

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Things have gone “wild” in kitchens all across the Bluegrass State thanks to new recipe cards about "Cook Wild Kentucky". Jeff Franklin has the story.

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Applications for NWF Scholarship Now Open

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For those pursuing a career in ag while in college, the National Wheat Foundation is accepting applications for the Jerry Minore Scholarship. The Chairman of the National Wheat Foundation says, "the scholarship is meant to aid those students who have shown a passion for agriculture both inside and outside the classroom. These students can then educate the next generation on the importance of wheat and agriculture and the significant role both play in society." Jerry Minore...

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Cheering for Goat Cheese

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Goat cheese continues to gain popularity and is proven to have health benefits. The Georgia Farm Monitor takes us to one farm that’s been a smashing success throughout Atlanta.

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Visiting Historic Barns

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Barns are usually the largest buildings found on farms and often one of the most important. For one Virginia county, they're the icon of the culture, and a symbol of community. Virginia Farm Bureau's Dave Miller reports.

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Kayakers find partially fossilized bear skull in Kansas

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EMPORIA, Kan. (AP) — Two sisters have found a partially fossilized bear skull while kayaking the Arkansas River in south-central Kansas. The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks said in a news release Ashley and Erin Watt made the discovery in August after flooding apparently dislodged the skull.

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Black coyote spotted in rural Texas

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A black coyote was seen in rural Texas just outside of Austin.  

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Asian pork market continues to be impacted by ASF

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More African swine fever hits the Philippines. Reuters reports the disease has spread to two more provinces, with one under lockdown and the other having limited effects. 30-Thousand pigs have been culled so far in virus-hit areas. The Philippines first outbreak was declared on September 9th and they’ve had several reported cases since. As ASF spreads across Asia and Europe, the USDA projects there will be global implications to the meat sector. Meatingplace.com reports, beef, ...

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Craig Morgan brings Blake Shelton to tears on 'The Kelly Clarkson Show'

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In September, Blake Shelton helped fuel Craig Morgan's heartbreaking song about the loss of his 19-year-old son to the top of the charts.

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China wants U.S. to address tariffs

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U.S. and Chinese officials continue to work out phase one trade details. According to Brownfield Ag News, China's Ministry Of Commerce spokesperson says tariffs must be removed before a final agreement can be reached. Following negotiations last week, the U.S. suspended the tariff increase on October 15th. China continues to make good on its promise to buy more ag products. According to USDA’s latest weekly export sales, the country purchased 850,500 metric tons of soybeans an...

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USDA answers questions on Farm Bill implementation

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Leaders from the U.S. Department of Agriculture answer questions about Farm Bill implementation. Deputy Secretary, Steve Censky, tells the Senate Ag Committee, the agency is confident the latest biofuel proposal will replace lost gallons. As we previously reported, the EPA's “supplemental details proposal” does say the 15 billion gallon mark will be met, but the flexibility of how they’ll meet that requirement continues to worry biofuel groups.

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USDA Reopens SNAP Eligibility

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The USDA is giving the public the opportunity to review and voice their opinions on the proposed changes to the supplemental nutrition assistance program. Reporter Stephanie Ho has the update.

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US Trade Chief met with full working group to find middle ground on USMCA

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The Trump administration seeks middle ground on USMCA negotiations. Trade Chief Robert Lighthizer met with the full working group on Thursday. This marks the first sit-down with all nine members since they formally responded to the administration’s counter proposals at the end of September. Democrats say everything is "still moving in the right direction," however, Politico reports the working group is still waiting for a formal response to their latest USMCA offer. ...

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Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter are now the longest married presidential couple

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Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter have now been married longer than any presidential couple in American history.  As of Oct. 18, the pair has been together 26,765 days, besting the previous record set by George H.W. and Barbara Bush.  

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Lawmakers ask USDA for Aid Updates

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On the heels of a hard year in agriculture, lawmakers ask USDA leaders for an update on what, and who they're providing aid to. RFD-TV's Corryn LaRue reports.

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Michigan farm family says 22,000 apples were stolen from their orchard

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Spicer Orchards, a popular fall destination northwest of Detroit, had more than 22,000 apples stolen off its trees.  According to WXYZ, a member fo the family went to check on the apples on Oct. 6 as they waited for the harvest and nothing was out of the ordinary. On Oct. 9, they checked again and they were all gone.  

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Johnson and Johnson recalls some baby powder

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Johnson and Johnson has recalled a single lot of its baby powder after a federal test revealed a "sub-trace" of asbestos.

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Country artists bring tears, prayers to CMT awards show

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country music artists cried together and prayed together at an emotional CMT Artists of the Year awards show that reflected the tight-knit community of artists who supported each other through success and loss. 

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Juul halts sales of fruit, dessert flavors for e-cigarettes

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Juul Labs stopped selling fruit and dessert flavors Thursday, acknowledging the public’s “lack of trust” in the vaping industry. The voluntary step is the company’s latest attempt to weather a growing political backlash blaming its flavored-nicotine products for hooking a generation of teenagers on electronic cigarettes. Juul, the best-selling e-cigarette brand in the U.S., has been besieged by scrutiny, including multiple investigatio... More>>

EPA proposal details causes backlash in the biofuel industry

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The Environmental Protection Agency released details on its latest proposal to offset biofuel waivers and the plan has sparked backlash from the industry. Biofuel groups condemn the White House's latest waiver fix. EPA promised 15 billion gallons of ethanol to be blended into the fuel supply in 2020. According to ethanol advocates, the latest proposal offers no guarantees. The method to reach the blending goal could send a ripple effect through the industry, and they say farmers wil...

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Study: Toxic metals found in most baby food

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A national investigation by HealthyBabyFood.org discovered that 95 percent of baby foods tested contain toxic chemicals that lower babies’ IQ, including arsenic and lead. 

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Focus on Sustainability

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Farmers and ranchers are some of the biggest advocates for ag sustainability. Micheal Clements reports on why sharing that message is important, especially right now.

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South Dakota cattleman says beef is a climate change solution

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Todd Wilkinson, a cattle producer from South Dakota, believes that contrary to what environment activists say beef production can be a climate change solution.

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Dakota blizzard runoff could cause flooding downstream

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Missouri could be hit with the runoff from the blizzard that hit the Dakota’s last week. According to Brownfield Ag News, if it warms up, the snow will melt and be sent down the Missouri River. Missouri farmers continue to recover from the flooding earlier this year. Director of the Missouri Department of Agriculture, Chris Chinn, said, “We’re all praying that we have a light winter so there isn’t going to be a lot of additional snow so that our farmers here ... More>>

NCGA gives winterizing reminders as days get colder

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The days are shorter and colder which means it is time to talk winterizing your lawn equipment. 

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Grassley: Impeachment process could help pass USMCA

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Congress is back in session and there are only 7 weeks left this year to get the U.S. Mexico Canada agreement passed. Democrats are pushing up their efforts to impeach President Trump and there's speculation it could interfere with USMCA's ratification, but the Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley says the impeachment process might help get it passed in the long run. “I'm going to assume that, with impeachment, it's not all positive for Democrats to pursue that lin...

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Oregon waterway pesticide levels fall due to farming changes

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SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Environmental regulators say pesticide levels in some Oregon waterways have dropped to fractions of former concentrations due to voluntary changes by farmers. 

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Biofuel producers say deal doesn't follow initial promise

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Following the environmental protection agency's supplemental information on a biofuels deal, producers say the administration is failing them once again. Iowa biofuel leaders say they were supportive of the initial biofuel announcement because of the transparent numbers they heard from the White House. But experts say the details the EPA released don't follow that. The same EPA that many producers no longer trust. Both ethanol and biodiesel producers say the president broke his prom...

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Utah firefighters get purple manicures aiding girl in crash

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CLEARFIELD, Utah (AP) — Two Utah firefighters responding to a car crash left the scene with purple manicures after calming a young girl upset over the collision. 

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Tyson bans ractopamine in U.S. pork supply

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Tyson Fresh Meats will no longer allow the use of ractopamine in the hogs it buys. In the past, the company had only offered a limited amount of ractopamine-free pork.  Ractopamine is fed to hogs in order to help them have more lean meat.  “We believe the move to prohibit ractopamine use will allow Tyson Fresh Meats and the farmers who supply us to compete more effectively for export opportunities in even more countries,” says Steve Stouffer, president, Ty... More>>

USDA Declares United States Free from Plum Pox Virus

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WASHINGTON, D.C., October 17, 2019 - At a ceremony today, USDA Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs Greg Ibach declared the United States free of plum pox virus. Under Secretary Ibach signed a proclamation marking this historic announcement. “Today, our 20-year fight against plum pox disease is officially over,” Under Secretary Ibach said. “Working with our partners, we’ve eliminated this disease and protected the United States’ $6.... More>>

Blue Halloween buckets being used to raise awareness for Autism

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A viral post has encouraged people handing out candy on Halloween to "respect the blue bucket," an indicator that the the trick-or-treater is Autistic or non-verbal.  

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Dutch farmers protest efforts to cut emissions, reduce herds

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THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Thousands of Dutch farmers, many driving tractors, poured into The Hague on Wednesday to protest government moves to rein in carbon and nitrogen emissions to better fight climate change. It was the second major protest this month by Dutch farmers who say the government is unfairly targeting them as it seeks to slash emissions. 

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Farmers encouraged to report wintry weather crop damage

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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Agriculture producers in North Dakota are being encouraged to contact county extension agents to report crop damage and losses associated with last week’s snowstorm. 

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Study Shows Pig Farmers Improving Their Environmental Footprint Through Efficiencies

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DES MOINES, IOWA – Oct. 15, 2019 – A new environmental study has found that pig farms are generating less manure nutrient content associated with odor. Data gathered from more than 106,000 samples at 182 North Carolina farms shows significant reductions in ammonia levels and manure nutrient content. The improvements are attributed to gains in feed efficiency, which means it takes less feed to raise a pig. “For an industry that is continually striving ... More>>

Mexico wants USMCA ratification sped up

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The President of Mexico wants the ratification process of the U.S. Mexico Canada Agreement sped up. According to Informa, he sent a letter to speaker of the house Nancy Pelosi after a group of House Democrats visited Mexico last week. The letter reportedly emphasized this isn't just a deal for the U.S., but one that will impact the people of 3 different countries. Meanwhile, analysts speculate a vote is possible as soon as November, but it may take until December.

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From Farm to Fashion

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Some top fashion designers from all over the world pay a visit to a new American textile mill during a "farm to fashion" tour. RFD-TV's Tammi Arender reports.

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Staying Safe During Harvest Season

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Amid challenging conditions in some areas or threatening weather on the horizon, farmers put in longer hours during harvest and during calving season. Amid the “need to get things done,” safety should stay a top priority. One of the main sources of death on the farm is tractor- related accidents. The University of Nebraska Medical Center shares the basic procedures one should follow if you discover a tractor rollover. "Making sure that the tractor is turned off and...

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Jim Beam Airbnb rental to cost the price of a bourbon bottle

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CLERMONT, Ky. (AP) — For about $23 bucks, you can either get a bottle of Jim Beam bourbon or spend a night at the company's distillery in Kentucky.

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Menacing White-flies Still A Concern

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A few years ago, whiteflies wiped out a majority of the squash and snap bean crops in Georgia. While populations seem to be under control, there's still a concern. Georgia Farm Monitor's Damon Jones takes a look at what steps need to be taken, to minimize infestation risk.

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GM and union reach tentative deal that could end strike

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DETROIT (AP) — Bargainers for General Motors and the United Auto Workers reached a tentative contract deal on Wednesday that could end a monthlong strike that brought the company’s U.S. factories to a standstill. 

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Drone helps find Minnesota boy lost in a dark cornfield

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BECKER, Minn. (AP) — A 6-year-old boy missing in Minnesota was found safe early Wednesday after a search by hundreds of volunteers and the use of a drone with a thermal camera that helped locate the child in a dark cornfield. 

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Missing Steers Reward Now $26,000

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In one of the largest cattle rustling cases in recent memory, the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association is offering a cash reward of $25,000 for information to crack the case. Additionally, the Crime Stoppers of Wichita Falls is offering $1,000, bring the total reward to $26,000 for any potential tipsters. According to the TSCRA, 489 steers were stolen from a ranch near Wichita Falls, TX., sometime between November 2018 and August 2019. The racher did not discover the c... More>>

Early winter weather puts pressure on Northern Plains harvest

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Winter arrived early in the northern plains, crippling livestock and crop operations. Although the system has passed, farmers expect major delays. Farmers who planted late after a rainy spring face an early freeze. Although minimal livestock deaths have been reported, producers are struggling to keep their animals healthy. As temperatures warm up, snowmelt will add more moisture to already saturated fields. Extreme weather conditions plus low prices keeps financial pressure on farme...

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Feds propose opening nation's biggest national forest to logging

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JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service is taking comments on a proposal that would exempt the country’s largest national forest, in southeast Alaska, from a ban on timber harvests and road building in roadless areas. 

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Michigan hemp harvest underway

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Michigan farmers are in the midst of their first-ever hemp harvest. Over 572 grower licenses were issued as part of the state's pilot program. Michigan Farm Bureau has more.

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N.Korea seen as weak link in swine fever’s spread across Asia

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SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea is deploying snipers, installing traps and flying drones along its border as it ramps up efforts to stop wild boars from spreading swine fever from rival North Korea. African swine fever, fatal to hogs but no threat to humans, has wiped out pig herds in many Asian countries. Feral hogs are thought to be a main reason for its spread, and North Korea has been snubbing the South’s repeated calls for joint quarantine efforts, officials sa... More>>

Jeff Dunham is going to be a grandfather

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Ventriloquist and stand-up comedian Jeff Dunham is going to be a grandparent.  

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Ethanol advocates frustrated with the EPA after details on biofuel waivers.

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Ethanol advocates grow more frustrated with the EPA after it releases official details on a plan to offset biofuel waivers. Under the proposed rule the EPA would still grant small refinery waivers but in order to reach the promised 15 billion gallons of ethanol usage, the agency would increase obligations for other fuel companies. The National Biodiesel Board says this gives no assurance EPA's estimates will come close to actual exemptions. The EPA will hold a public hearing on the ...

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China phase one date set; data shows discrepancies

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The announcement led china to share its ag purchase data, but U.S. numbers show some discrepancies. As Reuters reports, China says 'firms' already bought 700 thousand tons of pork this year but U.S. census trade data shows it only purchased about 294 thousand tons between January and August. When you add more recent buying that number hits about 300 thousand. China’s data also promoted 700 thousand tons of sorghum but U.S. data shows only about 628 thousand tons between January...

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Ozark Mountain Daredevils member Steve Cash dies at 73

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Steve Cash, a member of 1970s southern rock band Ozark Mountain Daredevils, has died at the age of 73.  

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WATCH: The Osmond Brothers officially retire after performing one more time for Marie

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Appearing on The Talk on CBS, the Osmond Brothers officially retired after singing to their sister Marie for her 60th birthday. Marie began co-hosting duties on the show on Sept. 9, 2019.  

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Rare yellow cardinal spotted in Florida

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A very rare yellow cardinal was photographed in Port St. Lucie, Florida over the weekend. 

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Missouri Hemp Association plans second growers' conference

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Following a successful conference in 2019, the Missouri Hemp Association is planning another grower conference for January of 2020.

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Fuel in fatal B-17 crash wasn't contaminated, report says

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The weather was calm and clear at the time of a deadly B-17 crash at a Connecticut airport, and tests on the airplane’s fuel did not turn up any sign of debris or contamination, federal investigators said Tuesday. 

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85-year-old Michigan woman still herding cattle

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Shay Pendray is 85 and lives in Michigan. That hasn't stopped her from herding cattle in Wyoming for the last 10 years with her horse Einstein.  

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The benefits of the Orb-Weaver spider

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In October, many hang large fake spider webs as spooky decorations but the spiders that make the real version can be a big benefit to pest control in gardens. 

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The Home Depot offering $25,000 home repair grant to veteran

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The Home Depot Foundation launched Operation Sunrise, a contest inviting people nominate a military veteran in need of a "life-changing" home repair.  The contest is a part of the Foundation's Celebration of Service campaign in which a volunteer force pledges 100,000 hours of service to America's veterans over a seven-week stretch.  "Today we invite everyone to nominate a veteran in their life who deserves to be recognized – whether it is a colleague, ...

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Transparency wanted for beef check-off dollar allocations

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The battle to decode beef check-off dollars continues. According to recent court documents, millions of dollars from an industry marketing fund is being diverted to the National Cattlemen's Beef Association. By law, check-off funds must be used to advertise beef in the U.S. and international markets, and cannot be used for lobbying. NCBA is a trade and lobby group but it claims funds are only being used for marketing and administrative services. However, state cattle groups say doll...

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GM CEO Barra joins talks; deal to end strike may be near

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DETROIT (AP) — General Motors CEO Mary Barra joined negotiators at the bargaining table, an indication that a deal may be near to end a monthlong strike by the United Auto Workers union that has paralyzed the company’s factories. 

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New Voting Technology at Georgia State Fair

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Georgia will become the latest state to adopt new voting technology to prevent fraud. Southeast Produce Weekly's Chip Carter gives us an inside look at how these machines are getting a test drive at the Georgia National Fair.

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Survey says 1 in 4 have never eaten a vegetable

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One in four Americans have never eaten a vegetable in their life. That's according to a survey by veggietracker.com. It shows that 72-percent wish they ate more veggies, a quarter say they’re too expensive, 22-percent say they take too long to prep, and 20-percent aren't sure how to cook them. When asked which vegetables they like the least 27-percent say turnips, 26-percent say beets, and 23-percent say radish.

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Pre-winter weather causing harvest delays

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Winter weather persists across the northern corn belt. As some dig out from a pre-winter snow, others worry the early cold snap could push harvest even further behind schedule. RFD-TV's Jeff Womack reports.

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94 black bears killed on first day of New Jersey’s hunt

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TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Hunters killed 94 bears on the first day of New Jersey’s six-day bear hunt. There were 42 bruins killed during opening day in 2018. Numbers provided by the Division of Fish & Wildlife did not break down the zones where the bears were harvested on Monday. 

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Some tips to make Halloween decor less scary for wildlife

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(AP) Fake cobwebs and some other spooky, outdoor Halloween decorations meant as harmless fun can do real damage to wildlife. Halloween spending has skyrocketed in recent years, and the National Retail Federation says Americans are expected to spend $2.7 billion on Halloween decorations this year. Wildlife organizations say they also have seen an increase in animal visits to local rehabilitation centers for injuries related to the outdoor holiday decorations. “The fake cobwe... More>>

WATCH: Bison released into Badlands National Park

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The World Wildlife Foundation shared some breathtaking video of a herd of bison running into a 22,000 acre expansion in their home at Badlands National Park in South Dakota. 

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Dairy expansion nixed, citing climate change

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota appeals court has ordered the state’s pollution regulators to reconsider their decision to issue a permit for a mega-dairy farm because they failed to consider the effects of greenhouse gas emissions from expanding its herd. The court reversed the permit granted by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency to Daley Farms of Lewiston in Winona County which wants to expand it milking operation from 1,500 to 3,000 cows. Environmentalists say the e... More>>

Taco Bell beef recalled due to metal shavings

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Taco Bell has recalled about 2.3 million pounds of seasoned ground beef after multiple customers found metal shavings in their food.  The recall impacts restaurants across 21 states in the Midwest, Northeast and Southeast.  

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Global Ethanol Summit Underway

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Over four hundred stakeholders from 60 different countries are attending the U.S. Grains Council's first Global Ethanol Summit. While ethanol producers in the United States have had a tough year conversations with international groups changes the dialogue for world-wide use. Emily Skor, Growth Energy CEO, says other countries are looking at ethanol to improve domestic policy. "Whether its clean air, or clean water, or affordable gasoline, or agricultural rural economic develop...

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"Crowd Farming" platform now open to investors.

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The world's first 'crowd farming' platform announces its opening to individual investors. Steward allows people to directly invest in sustainable farms. Founder Dan Miller calls it a "win-win" for both farmers and investors as farmers can purchase the equipment they need while investors receive a return while supporting regenerative agriculture. Steward has invested more than 2-billion-dollars in 16 sustainable farms.

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West Virginia donates 15,000 blue catfish for Kentucky River

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources has given 15,000 blue catfish to boost fish populations in the Kentucky River. 

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'I Love Lucy' premiered 68 years ago today

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One of the most iconic sitcoms in American history premiered on this day in 1951.  'I Love Lucy' first hit the CBS airwaves 68 years ago to begin its six-year, 180 episode run.  

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To save rural hospitals, Georgia requires classes for CEOs

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ATLANTA (AP) — Like many other rural hospitals across the country, Taylor Regional in the small town of Hawkinsville, Georgia, had gone through years of financial troubles. 

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Florida timber farmers face tough choices year after Michael

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BLOUNTSTOWN, Fla. (AP) — The sunsets are a sight to behold in Joe Leonard’s neck of the woods these days. 

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New Jersey’s black bear hunt gets underway for archers

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TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey’s black bear hunt is getting underway. The first three days of the hunt beginning Monday are for hunters armed with bows and arrows. Archers and muzzleloading rifle hunters can participate on Thursday and Friday.

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Alligator caught in rural Maryland

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ADAMSTOWN, Md. (AP) — A fire chief in rural Maryland says an “elusive” 3-foot-long alligator has finally been caught. WJLA-TV reports the alligator was caught Saturday in a retention pond on a private property in Adamstown after animal control officers and others spent hours Thursday and Friday trying to capture it. 

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Six grizzly bears killed in single week in northwest Montana

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MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Early snowstorms in northwest Montana have contributed to the deaths of five grizzly bears in one week on the Rocky Mountain Front. 

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New Mexico forecast to lead US in pecan production in 2019

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico is expected to lead the U.S. in pecan production this year as growers prepare for the upcoming harvest. 

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Family first for this award-winning farm.

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From raising children, crops, and cattle, the Coon Brothers Dairy prides itself as an award-winning farm. The New York Farm Bureau introduces us to the family.

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Visiting the "Baby Barn"

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The baby barn is one of the top draws at the Georgia National Fair. Southeast Produce Weekly's Chip Carter checks in with this report.

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Dems meet with Mexico over USMCA

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Congress is back in session after a two-week recess and the ag industry is watching for progress on the U.S. Mexico Canada Agreement. Agri-pulse reports a group of Democrats recently met with Mexico's President. They discussed enforcement of the deal's labor provisions. One lawmaker described the meeting as positive. The next step is reaching an agreement with the U.S. trade representative on their four key areas of concern. More>>

Opioids In Rural America

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Now to the opioid epidemic in rural America. The President of the American Farm Bureau Federation, Zippy Duvall, sat down with a Tennessee farmer and nurse practitioner to talk about how he's fighting this crisis in his community.

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"Share The Road" with Farmers

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Georgia ag groups and the Governor's ‘Highway Safety Office’ partner together in the name of farmers this harvest season. The Georgia Farm Monitor's John Holcomb has more.

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China wants more talks before signing Trump trade deal.

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China wants to hold more talks to discuss “phase one” of the trade deal before Xi Jinping agrees to sign it. Bloomberg reports that Bejing might send a delegation to finalize a written deal to be signed at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Chile next month. China also wants President Trump to scrap a tariff hike planned for December, in addition to the hike scheduled for this week. The U.S. and China have different takes on last week’s talks and how c...

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Eddie Van Halen reportedly undergoing treatment for throat cancer

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Eddie Van Halen is traveling to Germany for treatment for throat cancer, something that he has reportedly been doing for years.  

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China's pig herd down 41% due to African Swine Fever

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More than a year later, China continues to report outbreaks of African Swine Fever. The latest case was inside a breeding cooperative in the central part of the country, killing nearly the entire herd. The remainder of the herd was culled, and a transportation ban on pigs and related products is still in effect. According to the Chinese Ag Ministry, the disease has wiped out more than 41 percent of the country's pig herd. The sow population is said to be down 38.9 percent, with every...

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Country star Trace Adkins marries actress Victoria Pratt

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Trace Adkins, 57, and Victoria Pratt, 48, have tied the knot. 

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Missouri River flooding lingers

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It’s been a long year for farmers and communities along the Missouri River. Floods started back in March and extended through the growing season, and the ‘high water’ is expected to continue into December. According to the U.S. Army Corps Of Engineers, 2019 runoff for the Missouri river basin is forecast at 61 million acre-feet, which is nearly 2 and a half times higher than average. Kevin Grode with the Corps says more unprecedented precipitation is on the way. &...

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Report: 60 percent of farmers don't have enough internet connectivity

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A new report from the United Soybean Board shows that 60 percent of farmers believe their internet is not reliable enough to run their business and 78 percent of farmers do not have the benefit of choosing their own provider. 

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53 animals taken from Washington home

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OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — It will be up to a court to decide what happens to more than 50 animals taken from a Washington state home, including birds, horses, chickens and an alpaca. 

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Virginia governor issues drought watch for entire state

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Worsening dry conditions affecting Virginia have prompted Gov. Ralph Northam to place the state under a drought watch. 

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All Ohio counties declared "disaster area"

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All 88 counties in Ohio are officially declared disaster areas after a challenging 2019, allowing farmers to sign up for disaster assistance. “Farmers who opted for Prevented Plant this year will already be getting some much-needed help with ‘Top Up’ payments for those unplanted acres automatically, but more funding may be there for counties declared disaster areas,” said Jack Irvin, Ohio Farm Bureau’s senior director of state and national policy. &ldq... More>>

Frost Advisories For Great Lake States

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Frost advisories are in effect for parts of Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, and Michigan. Although temperatures fell into the low 30’s overnight in northern Illinois, it likely didn’t harm plants. Michigan might experience a possible frost on vegetation as temperatures also reach the mid-30s. According to the national weather service, frost still remains possible for southern Wisconsin with rain in the forecast for tonight into tomorrow.

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Federal agency to give $12M for Wyoming broadband expansion

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The Federal Communications Commission is expected to provide $12.1 million to expand broadband coverage to rural parts of Wyoming over the next decade. 

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Two charged in burglary at Vermont farm where pigs escaped

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ORANGE, Vt. (AP) — Two people have been charged in a burglary at a Vermont farm where hundreds of pigs got loose. 

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A solution for food waste in schools: Give it to the pigs

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine has decided that eating like a pig could be a good thing, especially for schools looking to cut down on food waste. A law saying schools can give food scraps away to pig farmers is now on the books in the state. The practice of feeding human food waste to pigs goes back millennia, but some school districts in Maine have expressed confusion in recent years about the rules around the practice. So the Maine Legislature passed a clarifying bill that to... More>>

Report: U.S. and China reach partial deal, trade truce possible

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(Bloomberg News) - The U.S. and China reached a partial agreement Friday that would broker a truce in the trade war and lay the groundwork for a broader deal that Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping could sign later this year.

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Some Welcome News for Corn Farmers

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Just-signed Japan deal secures second largest corn export market for U.S. farmers.

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AARP Live Minute: Protection Against Cruise Scams

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In this AARP Live Minute: Sarah Jennings looks at ways to protect against cruise scams.

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Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg team up for 'Band of Brothers' follow-up series

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HBO's miniseries 'Band of Brothers' is returning with a follow-up series called 'Masters of the Air' which will air on Apple's new streaming platform in March.  

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Soybean Harvest Recommendations

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October 11, 2019   When optimum moisture content achievement a challenge, taking dockage is sometimes the better option. For harvest time, thirteen percent is the optimum moisture content for soybeans. But, since it can be tough to hit the thirteen percent benchmark, some experts say it may be more profitable, to take dockage.

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Grizzly bear killed in Montana after livestock attacks

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HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Wildlife officials in Montana say they captured and killed a grizzly bear that killed livestock east of Rogers Pass along the Rocky Mountain Front. Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks officials said in a statement Thursday that the 612-pound (277.6-kilogram), 5-year-old male was euthanized on Monday. 

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October Winter Storm Bears Down on Northern Plains

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The northern plains get ready to hunker down for freezing temperatures as a fall blizzard – with the likelihood of up to two feet of snow! – takes aim.

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Country singer Aaron Watson to be inducted to Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame

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Country singer-songwriter Aaron Watson will be a part of the the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame's 2020 class.  In addition to that, the native of the Lone Star State was also honored with Texas Cowboy HOF's Spirit of Texas Award.  

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NIAA and Antibiotics Stewardship

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The National Institute for Animal Agriculture points to the nation's pig farmers as a demonstration of how the proper use of antibiotics keeps both humans and animals healthy.

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Chobani unveils new product to raise money for farmers

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Greek yogurt brand Chobani is helping celebrate American farmers by releasing their second limited-edition, the Farmer Batch which is made in partnership with the American Farmland Trust. The flavor, which is a cookies and cream style yogurt, is building on the company's dairy industry initiative Milk Matters. “Dairy farms are critical parts of the economy and landscape in communities across America but dairy farm families are facing tremendous change due to a weak dairy e... More>>

Food Label Disputes Continue to Rage

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Plant-based alternatives in the dairy and meat industries continue to provoke disputes over how those products should be labeled.

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Beijing Taps Pork Reserves to Make up for Short-Falls as Trade Talks Continue

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With soaring prices back home due to a national hog herd ravaged by disease, Beijing is under pressure to reach a deal in U.S. trade talks.

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Despite injury, Jimmy Carter keeps building homes in Nashville

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Former President Jimmy Carter was not going to let a fall and a black eye stop him from continuing build homes in Nashville. 

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Korea finishes ASF cull while China replenishes herds

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China flies in over 900 breeding pigs from Denmark to replenish their herd. Reuters reports this is the first import of live breeding stock since the first African Swine Fever outbreak last year. Reuters reports, the virus wiped out more than half of China's herds, while official government reports estimate losses at much less. Many Chinese producers are building new farms and restocking herds that were previously infected. Meanwhile, Korea finishes culling hogs infected with Africa...

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Freeze a concern for the Northern Plains

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Delayed plantings now have farmers racing to get crops in the bin before the first batch of snow hits the ground. According to Politico, weather analysts say the Midwest could see colder air coming from the Siberian connection instead of from the North Pole. In Chicago, trader Ted Seifreid of Zaner Ag Hedge says its definitely a weather market. “...this isn't an early event, its just the magnitude of the event, the amount of snow we are talking about, and the damage that can ...

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Lower Corn and Soy Product Due To Severe Weather

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The Minneapolis Federal Reserve confirms lower corn and soybean production this year. The bank covers 6 states in the Midwest and expects to see soybean production decline by 26 percent, compared to the national drop of 20 percent. Corn fairs slightly better with a projected 10 percent drop from last year compared to 4 percent nationally. The bank says producers have suffered under severe weather that caused record planting delays and that soybeans have taken an additional hit from ...

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Alternative Proteins Not A Threat

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As alternative protein products gain popularity, meat producers worry it could cut into demand. However, a Farm Bureau official says the additional products won’t disrupt demand. Michael Clements reports.

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Trade hopes tempered as Chinese firms blacklisted

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U.S. and China temper hopes of a possible deal ahead of trade talks. According to the south China morning post, the Chinese delegation may cut its trip short. Negotiators were scheduled to arrive in the capital on Thursday. If no progress is made, U.S. tariffs on $250 billion dollars worth of Chinese goods are slated to rise to 30% from 25% on October 15th. This marks the 13th round of talks between the global powers since last year. According to Politico, while the President has no...

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Pest that feasts on broccoli found in Maine for first time

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Agriculture authorities in Maine say an invasive pest that can damage crops such as cabbage and broccoli has been found in the state for the first time. 

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Renewable energy firm doubles down on western wind projects

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A California-based renewable energy developer plans to increase by seven-fold its investments as it prepares to build more wind farms in New Mexico over the next several years.

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Study: Owning a dog is good for your health

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Dog owners live longer and have healthier hearts, a new study from the University of Toronto shows. 

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Goat breaks in to house; naps in bathroom

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ASHLAND, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio homeowner is busy cleaning up after a large goat broke into her home by ramming through a sliding glass door and then settling down for a nap in a bathroom. The Ashland Times-Gazette reports Logan Keathley returned to his family’s Sullivan Township home Friday to find their German Shepherd agitated and the house reeking. That’s when he discovered “Big Boy,” a goat who had escaped from a farm several miles away, napp... More>>

Ag groups mixed as more details of biofuel plan roll out.

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The latest biofuels plan is supported by some but as the administration prepares to release more details, others say they'll withhold judgment until they see more. RFD-TV's Corryn La Rue reports from Washington DC.

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Market Disruptions From Tyson Plant Fading Away

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It has been seven weeks since the Holcomb, Kansas, Tyson plant fire and cattle futures markets are mostly back to business as usual. That's according to Oklahoma State University economist Dr. Darren Peel. He says the fire caused a dramatic ripple effect from the loss of fresh beef in the wholesale market. In response, The choice boxed cutout jumped more than $23 to $239.87 at its peak. But the cash feeder market dropped on long-term uncertainty with fed cattle taking the biggest hit...

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Farming; It's a Family Business

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From raising children and cattle to industry challenges, one rancher wouldn't have it another way. The Arkansas Farm Bureau shares the lifestyle of a livestock producer.

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Cold Weather Has Big Impact on Grain

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Forecasters predict winter weather will descend into the northern plains and the northwestern corn belt this week. Economist Arlan Suderman, with INTL FCStone warns a freeze event could lower corn yields once the kernel's starch line is only halfway to the black layer. This could be one of the most challenging harvest seasons in quite some time for U.S. farmers. Considering how much of the nation's corn crop was planted extremely late after the wet spring, Suderman says we could be l...

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Perdue Clarifies Dairy Comments

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Secretary Sonny Purdue took heat over a statement that small dairy farms can't survive in today's economic climate. He clarified that statement in an exclusive interview with RFD-TV, 

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Squirrels Hide More Than 200 Walnuts in SUV

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Where have all the walnuts gone? Check under the hood! A Pittsburgh area couple got a surprise when they found squirrels stored over 200 walnuts under the hood of their SUV. Chris Persic tells KDKA TV that his wife complained about a “burning smell” coming from the engine. When she popped the hood, she found the engine covered with walnuts and grass. They took the SUV to a mechanic who found half a trashcan of walnuts under the engine, but not extensive damage. The Pe... More>>

Trade War Snags Farm Exports

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Harvest is underway, marking the second year for farmers bringing in crops with uncertain export opportunities. U.S. Commerce Department data shows agricultural exports are nearly $8 billion dollars behind pre-trade war levels. Sales to China represent the bulk of the loss coming in at $6.7 billion dollars. Soybean stocks have also doubled from last year to a record high level. With negotiations underway, some optimism has come in the form of renewed soybean and pork purchases from C...

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Reactions to Japan Trade Positive

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Several in farm country applaud President Trump's U.S. Japan trade deal. The announcement is a welcome win for the heartland as other trade agendas stall in congress. Details are still coming in, but according to the preliminary deal, Japan will eliminate or reduce tariffs on $7.2 billion dollars worth of U.S. farm goods. Farmers have been operating at a disadvantage in Japan since the White House backed out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement. The new pact with the island nat...

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B-17 crash raises questions about vintage plane safety

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The roar of its four engines, the plexiglass nose, the bristling machine guns — for history buffs and aviation enthusiasts, few thrills compare with that of a flight aboard aircraft like the B-17 Flying Fortress, the World War II bomber that helped smash the Nazi war machine. 

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Long-term fix to Wyoming, Nebraska tunnel could reach $68M

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CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — The cost of long-term repairs to a failed irrigation tunnel serving farmers in eastern Wyoming and western Nebraska could reach $68 million. 

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Alex Trebek says his time as 'Jeopardy' host may come to an end soon

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In a wide-ranging interview with Canada's CTV, long-time 'Jeopardy' host Alex Trebek said his run of more than 35 years may be coming to an end soon.  "I will keep doing it (the show) as long as my skills do not diminish, and they have started to diminish," he said. 

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JBS Removes Additive To Increase Pork Exports

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JBS removes ractopamine from its U.S. pork supply in an effort to increase export opportunities to China as African Swine Fever slashes herds. Ractopamine, an FDA-approved feed supplement, is used in production to raise leaner pork. The meat-packer banned the feed additive in its Brazilian production systems last year. JBS competitors, like Smithfield, have already pulled the drug from its production.

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Testing THC In Hemp

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There's plenty of ‘hemp hype’ in farm country, but there have been some challenges, including making sure the THC level stays low enough to keep it legal. Politico reports the legal threshold is 0.3 percent; anything above that classifies the crop as marijuana. Hemp growers are calling for a national testing standard on measuring THC. USDA says it will release federal guidelines for hemp ahead of the 2020 growing season.

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Human Noise Impacts National Parks

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National Parks have remarkable natural soundscapes, but human-caused noise poses a threat. Colorado State University teams up with the U.S. National Park Service to understand why.

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Bayer says glyphosate trial delayed until further notice

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FRANKFURT (Reuters) - A pending U.S. lawsuit over claims related to Bayer’s glyphosate-based herbicide Roundup has been delayed, the company said on Sunday, with a court status conference in February 2020. “The Oct. 15, 2019 trial date for Winston v. Monsanto in St. Louis City has been postponed,” Bayer said in a statement. The lawsuit is the latest of several to be delayed as mediator Ken Feinberg tries to negotiate a settlement between the company and U.S. plai... More>>

Meat Industry Sues California

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The North American Meat Institute has filed a lawsuit against the state of California, to block enforcement of the voter-approved, "Proposition 12." The measure requires farmers, who market in the state, provide more space for animals being raised for food. The North American Meat Institute, whose members include processors such as Tyson Foods and retailers including Walmart, said enforcing Proposition 12 would hurt producers and consumers by significantly increasing their ...

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Modernizing the Endangered Species Act

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More agricultural groups get on board with new endangered species legislation. The National Cotton Council has more on the draft bills that could modernize the act.

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Harvest Floods A Concern

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Flooding affected spring planting this year, and now, it could make harvest a challenge too. DTN Senior Ag Meteorologist Bryce Anderson says he has seen ‘firsthand’ what’s going on and thinks it will impact farmers working to get crops out of the field. He also worries a lot of precipitation this winter could mean challenges ahead of next spring. He says the peak flood levels have likely passed in most areas, but there's still too much water overwhelming farm count...

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Mexico's USMCA Labor Promises

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A top Mexican official promises the country intends to fully implement their landmark labor reform law under the U.S.-Mexico-Canada-Agreement. Government leaders hope it will ease house democrats' concern they're not allocating enough money in their budget to do so. Mexican Undersecretary for North America, Jesus Seade, tells Politico that Mexico isn't cutting the labor enforcement budget, but will propose a 33-percent cut to its labor department. But he tells Politico it's impossibl...

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USDA Invests $152 Million to Improve Broadband Service in 14 States

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WASHINGTON, Oct. 7, 2019 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Donald “DJ” LaVoy today announced that USDA is investing $152 million in 19 projects (PDF, 121 KB) to provide or improve rural broadband service in 14 states. “Deploying high-speed broadband internet connectivity, or ‘e-Connectivity,’ in rural America expands access to essential health, educational, social and business opport... More>>

USDA Secretary Perdue In Studio

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USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue came by the RFD-TV studio this morning to discuss trade deals, ethanol reform, and calls for a fair cattle market.

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How to make a rainbow crayon pumpkin

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Halloween and October in general have long been a time for orange and black to dominate the decorations, but what if you want to add a little more color to Autumn?  If you want to bring the rainbow to October, Crayola has you covered with a DIY rainbow crayon pumpkin.

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Founding member of Lynyrd Skynyrd Larry Junstrom dies at 70

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Larry Junstrom, a founding member of Lynard Skynard and longtime bassist of 38 Special, died on Sunday. The Big Man on the Big Bass has left us. He rocked arenas all over the world and succeeded in living his dream," 38 Special said in a Facebook post. "He was truly one of a kind, a congenial traveling companion and a great friend to all with a humorous slant on life that always kept our spirits high - a kind man with a big heart for everyone who crossed his path. Ther...

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Nuisance black bear trapped, killed in Big Sky

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BIG SKY, Mont. (AP) — Montana wildlife officials have killed a black bear that rummaged through trash, tried to enter a hotel and stole pizza off somebody’s plate. 

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140-year-old family farm in Utah staying close to its roots

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PAYSON, Utah (AP) — It’s a cool, fall afternoon, and 87-year-old Payson resident, Ron Jensen, sits at his kitchen table inside a nearly 50-year-old home he designed and built himself. 

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Kerrygold and Baileys among EU imports to be taxed

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President Donald Trump's administration has unveiled plans to tax the European Union (EU) imports, including butter, cheese, pork, and several drink products, including liqueurs, following the World Trade Organization ruling on Wednesday. Famous Irish brands such as Kerrygold butter and Baileys Irish Cream as well as Irish whiskeys made in Northern Ireland and other liquors will be affected. The new tariffs will take effect from 18 October. The Unit... More>>

A Closer Look At Leather

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For most of American history, leather has played a critical role. More recently, though, leather sales have declined as faux leather products push to the front of the pack. Mississippi State Extension's Colleen Bradford Krantz, gives us a behind the scenes look into the industry.

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Growing the Perfect Pumpkin

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Families head to the patch in search of the perfect pumpkin. One Idaho farm family shares what it takes to grow this popular autumn squash. The Idaho Farm Bureau has the story.

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As Rural Groceries Fade Away, Lawmakers Wonder Whether to Act

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Nancy McCloud did not have any food industry bona fides. She had never worked in a grocery store; not even a restaurant. And yet three years ago, when her local grocery in central New Mexico closed, she wanted to offer the community (population: 863) the fresh foods they otherwise would have to travel 47 miles to get. Mountainair, New Mexico, is a popular tourist stop because of its proximity to 17th century ruins that harken to the earliest contact between Pueblo Indians and Spani...

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Bull escapes onto streets of Baltimore

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BALTIMORE (AP) — A 1,600-pound bull escaped from a truck into the streets of Baltimore for several hours. The Baltimore Sun reported that it took three tranquilizer shots and a crew of zoo officials to recapture the animal on Wednesday. 

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Addressing Antibiotic Resistance

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Iowa will have a new research center to address antibiotic resistance using a 'one health approach.' The National Institute Of Antimicrobial Resistance and Merck Animal Health shares the story.

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Ellen Encourages Viewers To Eat Less Meat

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Talk show host Ellen DeGeneres encourages her 77 million followers to eat less meat. Cattlemen call the controversial comment “misinformed." Washington Representative, Dan Newhouse, reminds the public this type of 'call to action' can have major implications on commodities. Several ag groups reached out to Ellen, requesting to come on her show and talk to her about the livestock industry.

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Beginning Farmers Face Challenges

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Farmers just coming into the game experience challenges. A new USDA report shows farmers with less than 10 years of experience struggle with financing the operation and gaining access to land and equipment. They are likely to work off the farm, they earn less income, and have more debt than established farmers.

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Oscar-nominated actress Diahann Carroll dies at 84

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Tony Award winner and Oscar-nominee Diahann Carrol has died at the age of 84.  

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Pelosi: USMCA Up To Trump

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The calls to pass U.S. Mexico Canada Trade Agreement continue, despite the buzz of an impeachment inquiry. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says the two subjects have nothing to do with each other. She says the chamber is "awaiting the language on enforceability" adding that move is up to the President. In response, President Donald Trump calls the Democrat's efforts to address high drug prices in the trade deal "political cover." According to Politico, the administrat...

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California man gets jail in death of protected mountain lion

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VENTURA, Calif. (AP) — A man who acknowledged shooting and killing a protected mountain lion that roamed the mountains near Los Angeles has been sentenced to 30 days in jail.

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Record Breaking Rabbit over 4 ft long

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That's a big bunny! Darius is the world's largest rabbit, coming in at a whopping 49 pounds and is 4 foot 4 inches long! He officially became the world's largest rabbit when the Guinness World Records measured him in April 2010. He went on to consistently win the "largest bunny" competitions and recently retired after an eight-year winning streak. He now lives a retired life in Annette Edwards' back garden in the United Kingdom with his bunny pal. “They run free i... More>>

Unemployment reaches 50-year low

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy added a modest 136,000 jobs in September, a gain that managed to help lower the unemployment rate to a new five-decade low of 3.5% but also suggested rising caution among employers.

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USDA and EPA React to Biofuel Plan

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WASHINGTON (October 4, 2019) – Today, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue issued the following statements after President Donald J. Trump successfully negotiated an agreement on the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS): “President Trump’s leadership has led to an agreement that continues to promote domestic ethanol and biodiesel production, supporting our Nat...

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U.S. touts dairy product to Chinese hog farmers fighting swine fever

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CHICAGO (Reuters) - When Beijing announced it was exempting 16 U.S. goods from retaliatory tariffs, Chinese firms hurried to call Proliant Dairy Ingredients in the heart of American farm country. Among the products included in China’s first batch of exemptions last month was whey permeate for animal feed, a dairy byproduct sold by Iowa-based Proliant. While seen as a goodwill gesture ahead of talks to end the U.S.-China trade war, the exemption from a 25% retaliatory tariff im...

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Trump administration unveils new biofuel plan

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WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Trump administration on Friday will unveil a plan to boost U.S. biofuels demand as it seeks the support of farmers in next year’s election, four sources briefed on the matter told Reuters...

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U.S. plans tariffs on EU cheese, wine, aircraft

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Gouda cheese, single-malt whiskey and large aircraft are among the European imports the Trump administration plans to hit with tariffs after receiving the go-ahead Wednesday from the World Trade Organization in a case involving illegal European Union subsidies for the aircraft giant Airbus. 

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Chick-fil-A Ranked Slowest Drive Thru

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More and more people are heading to the drive-thru, leading to longer wait times. We spend an average of 255 seconds in the drive-thru lane in 2019, 20 seconds longer than the year before. 

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Two pilots among 7 killed in B-17 crash in Connecticut

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The two pilots of a B-17 bomber that crashed at a Connecticut airport were among seven people killed in the fiery wreck, officials said Thursday. 

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More Details Ahead of Potential Biofuel Announcement

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More details are coming in ahead of a potential biofuel announcement. Reuters reports the deal may authorize the environmental protection agency to use partial refinery waivers a move to help farmers and boost ethanol consumption. Other provisions include: boosting blend quotas, increasing e-15 access at the pumps, and removing price caps for blending credits. Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds invited President Trump to the state to make the announcement. According to multiple reports, the...

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"Flash Drought" Worsening Across Southern US

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ATLANTA (AP) — More than 45 million people across 14 Southern states are now in the midst of what’s being called a “flash drought” that’s cracking farm soil, drying up ponds and raising the risk of wildfires, scientists said Thursday. 

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Improving Poultry Safety With Lasers and Yucca

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U.S. poultry has new research that aims to improve food safety and poultry production. The first study by Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University is using yucca plant extract on poultry products to reduce salmonella and other bacteria on chicken. The plant could be an all-natural way to improve food safety during processing. The second study by Iowa State University is installing lasers in poultry barns to encourage more movement. Similar to lasers used to play with pets the ...

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USDA Invests $11M In Specialty Crop Research

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WASHINGTON, Oct. 3, 2019 – U.S. Department of Agriculture Deputy Under Secretary Scott Hutchins announced today that the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has invested $11 million in research that will support specialty crop farmers. “This collaborative public-private research effort will focus on applying innovative solutions to pest management problems that often are otherwise not available to specialty crop farmers,” said Hutchins, who leads ...

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Growth in Opioid Supply As Overdose Rates Rise

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As much as 74 percent of farmers have been directly impacted by the opioid crisis and a new report shows a huge growth in painkiller supply, even as overdose rates rise. The inspector general says the DEA approved a 400-percent increase in oxycodone output between 2002 and 2013. The DEA argues drug companies need to be allowed to make enough narcotic painkillers to help patients who need legitimate assistance. The Justice Department says the DEA is not investigating those who work w...

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Bayer Looking At Dicamba Complaints

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Bayer says Dicamba complaints are down in 2019 overall but Illinois has a record number of cases. The state's 590 complaints are up from 330 in 2018 and 246 in 2017. For other states, complaints trend down over the past two years. Bayer's Crop Science President says the company is looking into what's happening in Illinois. He says farmers had the date to apply Dicamba extended from June 30th to July 15th. Since weather delays caused many farmers to plant late this could be part of th...

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Dutch Farmers Protest Climate Change Blame

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Dutch farmers clog highways to protest politicians labeling them as a climate change problem. More than 22 hundred farmers joined the protest in the Hague, a major city in the Netherlands. A recent commission report blames livestock operations for a rise in emissions and recommends cutting animal production by 50 percent. Farmers argue cities are larger polluters than livestock operations. It was not just farmers who took to the streets to protest; children in a farm community headed...

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Analyst: China Likely To Wait Until 2020 To Conclude Trade War

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China buys more U.S. pork and soybeans. New weekly export sales data shows 1.56 million metric tons of soybeans and 3500 metric tons of pork. Those numbers come from the week ending September 26th. USDA shares some private sales activity this week, including another 252,000 metric tons announced today. New purchases and next week's trade talks have renewed optimism the U.S. China dispute will end soon but one Rabo agri-finance analyst doesn't agree. Steve Nicholson says he thinks Chin...

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Chipotle CEO sees no long-term potential in plant-based meat

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In an interview with Barron's, Chipotle CEO Brian Niccol said the restaurant would not be next to join the plant-based meat trend.  

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Walmart pulls Zantac from shelves

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Walmart has become the latest store to halt sales of the popular heartburn treatment Zantac after health regulators warned about a potentially dangerous contaminant in the drug. 

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Cali Dairy Farmers Closer To Methane Reduction Goal

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California dairy farmers get closer to reaching their methane reduction goal with new funding. An additional 102-million-dollars was awarded to support methane reduction projects now totaling to 206-million-dollars in all. There are 229 projects in total. The California Department of Food and Ag estimates 2.2 million metric tons of greenhouse gases will be reduced each year, which equates to 25-percent of the states 2013 inventory for livestock and dairy manure methane emissions. The...

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Ag Groups In Favor Of Foot And Mouth Vaccine Bank

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Agriculture groups urge the USDA to move forward with the 2018 Farm Bill's foot and mouth disease vaccine bank. RFD-TV's Corryn La Rue reports from Washington.

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Gillibrand Asks To Investigate Produce Price Imbalance

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A U.S. Lawmaker asks USDA to investigate an imbalance in produce prices. In a letter to the USDA, New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand says between 2012 and 2017 returns for specialty crop growers remained the same while wholesale shares increased. Some say competition from Canada plus higher U.S. wages could contribute to the disparity. United Fresh says increasing consumption is key to raising prices paid to farmers.

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WTO Rules In Favor of US; Paving Way For Tariffs on EU Goods

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LONDON/BRUSSELS/GENEVA (Reuters) - The United States won approval on Wednesday to slap import tariffs on $7.5 billion worth of European goods over illegal EU subsidies handed to Airbus, threatening to trigger a tit-for-tat transatlantic trade war as the global economy falters. The decision by the World Trade Organization pushes a 15-year corporate dispute over illegal support for transatlantic plane giants to the center of caustic world trade relations and comes on top of a tariff ...

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Antimicrobial Resistance Threatens Livestock

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A rising trend in antimicrobial resistance threatens livestock production in low-income countries. According to a University Of Zurich study, high rates of antimicrobial resistance in animals were found in underdeveloped regions across northeast China, northern India, Iran, Turkey, and southern Brazil. Scientists say developing countries are also at risk. The research team says their open access web platform could help target interventions against the resistance and assist a transit...

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Finished Biofuel Package Could Be Released This Week

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A finished biofuel package could be released this week. Sources tell Reuters, the Trump administration is "close" to finalizing the details and the President could sign it as early as Friday. They say the policy change won’t include a price cap for blending credits, a decision, that should make farm groups happy following the 31 small refinery exemptions in August. The White House and the Environmental Protection Agency haven’t commented on the latest timeline ...

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Chamber of Commerce Urges Congress to Pass USMCA

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Members of Congress are back in their districts this week, and the Chamber Of Commerce is pushing them to speak with constituents about passing the U.S. Mexico Canada Agreement before Thanksgiving.

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Meat Packer Admits To Bribing Inspectors

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Corruption confessions send Brazil's top meatpacker's shares down. Reuters reports, BRF admits to bribing federal food inspectors with more than 4 and a half million dollars in bank deposits and health benefits. Officials launched an investigation into the company last fall. After the news broke, BRF's shares dropped more than one and a half percent.

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Iowa State fan's impromptu fundraiser reaches final total of $2.9 million for Iowa Children's Hospital

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Last week, Carson King said his final goal in his impromptu fundraiser for the University of Iowa Children's Hospital was $2 million. 

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Court Halts Wheat Manipulation

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A Chicago court rules against giant food corporations in a censorship case. Earlier this year, Kraft Foods and Mondelez were accused of making a $5 and half-million profit by manipulating the wheat market to drive down prices in 2011. The companies sued the Commodity Futures Trading Commission for breaching a gag order, however, a panel of judges threw out the case saying the public comments were legal. CFTC and the companies reached "a binding agreement." in the case.

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Groups urge USDA to establish foot-and-mouth disease vaccine bank

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Representatives of the National Pork Producers Council, the National Milk Producers Federation, the National Corn Growers Association and Iowa State University today called on the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to move as quickly as possible to establish a Foot-and-Mouth Disease (FMD) vaccine bank. 

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Organic Farmers Fairing Slightly Better During Trade Wars

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Organic farmers across the country say they may be fairing better than their conventional neighbors who have suffered during the trade war, but they aren't totally immune from rocky markets. There are many reasons farmers have switched 5 million acres of production to organic in recent years, but they often boil down to one thing. Annie Schwagel, a Minnesota farmer, grows food grain corn and soybeans, as well as wheat and field peas on her Minnesota farm, and she says her shift to or...

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Farmer's Mental Health A Focus

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The number of farmers taking their own lives continues to rise at a staggering rate. The Georgia Farm Monitor's John Holcomb visits with an expert, to explain why farmers are more vulnerable, and what's being done to help them.

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South Korea Increases Biosecurity as Typhoon Nears

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South Korea tightens biosecurity measures as the country braces for Typhoon Mitag. Producers worry the system will interrupt feed imports, and spread the virus among herds. The country has seen a spike in cases after an ASF case was found in a North Korea border town last month. Government officials increased border controls and temporarily closed slaughterhouses near the infected region. Forecasters expect the storm system to make landfall this week. As previously reported, in an e...

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Rally for Fair Cattle Prices Tomorrow

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Nebraska cattle producers are invited to a rally tomorrow as a call to President Donald Trump to ensure fair cattle prices. The "Stop The Stealin" rally, hosted by the Organization Of Competitive Markets, will take place in Omaha, NE. The idea came together after the Tyson fire in Holcomb, Kansas. One man says the independent cattle producers are having a tough time and the rally will focus on some key points. The rally will be held tomorrow from 9:30 to 4. The National Ca...

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Dairy Closes As Finances Investigated

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Pennsylvania based dairy, Trickling Springs Creamery, closed its doors amidst a state investigation into its finances. The dairy is currently under investigation for selling over 7 million dollars in promissory notes to investors from 2015 to 2017. Allegations say these notes were sold to at least 110 investors across the U.S., and TSC failed to provide required financial statements. TSC executives Philip Reil, and co-founders Gerald Byers, Elvin Martin, and Dale Martin also allege...

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Former President Jimmy Carter celebrates 95th birthday

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ATLANTA (AP) — Jimmy Carter is celebrating his 95th birthday, becoming the first U.S. president to reach that milestone as he continues his humanitarian work and occasionally wades back into politics and policy debates almost four decades after leaving office. 

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China Pegs More Soy Purchases, But Trade War Still Hurts.

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China pegs more soybean purchases from the U.S. Agricensus reports Chinese authorities gave seven companies a third exemption from tariffs. The market sources say total volume could be between 1 and 2 million metric tons, but no exact figures are confirmed. This is in addition to the last two rounds which are estimated at 3-4.5 million metric tons. While China exempts some soy from tariffs the trade war is hurting ag exports. Politico says replacing the Asian nation is nearly impossi...

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Crop Progress Report Shows Harvest Behind Schedule

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Combines aren't rolling at their usual pace with harvest progress behind for corn, soybeans and spring wheat. Excess rainfall and early snow in the north cause challenges for wheat growers while corn and soybean growers deal with either wet fields or crops that aren't mature enough to harvest. 

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Elliott Wins Roval After Crash Delay

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CONCORD, N.C. – Chase Elliott truly enjoyed burying his No. 9 Chevrolet in the Turn 1 tire barrier … the second time. After seemingly throwing away his shot to win Sunday’s Roval race at Charlotte Motor Speedway by nosing headfirst into the wall while leading on a Lap 65 restart, Elliott stormed back from 31st to win. As he began his burnout celebration on the front stretch, inspiration struck to revisit the scene of his self-induced crime. &ldqu... More>>

Let's Play Hockey!

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The NHL could be on the way to its version of “Are You Ready For Some Football?”. The league is announcing a two-year partnership with well-known band that includes an opening song for NBC Sports’ “Wednesday Night Hockey.” 

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Converting at A-2 Milk

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Declining milk prices and profit margins are driving one Michigan dairy farm to switch from conventional milk to 'a-2 milk.' The Michigan Farm Bureau reports on the reason Mooville Dairy is making the change.

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New FDA Guidelines for Animal Drugs

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The Food And Drug Administration proposes new guidelines for conditional approval of animal drugs. According to the Hagstrom Report, the draft guidelines are meant to help get medications that address serious diseases conditional approval. Until recently only new medications intended for minor use in major species were eligible. The expansion could incentivize drug development and provide veterinarians with alternative treatment options.

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