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MONTICELLO, Ill. – A Wind Energy Community Forum and Q&A will be at 6 p.m. Oct. 7 at the Livingston Center, 224 E. Livingston St., Monticello, Speakers will be Stanley Jay Solomon, Extension educator in environmental and energy stewardship, and Dr. David G. Loomis, professor of economics and executive director of Institute for Regulatory Policy Studies at Illinois State University.

CROWN POINT, Ind. – The program Fall Preparation for a Great Spring Garden will be from 1 to 3 p.m. CDT Oct. 3 at the Lake County Extension office, 2291 N. Main St., Crown Point. Lynn Barbee will cover all the things you need to do in the fall that will lead to a great spring garden.

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We received good news in recent days that the Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers have officially repealed the Obama administration’s Waters of the U.S. rule under the Clean Water Act.

GALENA, Ill. – The University of Illinois Extension will host a mini nature camp from 8 a.m. to noon Oct. 14 at Horseshoe Mound Preserve, 1679 N. Blackjack Road, Galena.

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Nicole Flowers-Kimmerle of East Peoria has joined University of Illinois Extension as the new horticulture educator in the Fulton-Mason-Peoria-Tazewell Unit. Her new role will include a wide range of horticulture programs, educational resources, and overseeing the unit Master Gardener and Ma…

KANKAKEE, Ill. –State Forrester Chris Evans will conduct a morning discussion on tree selection and maintenance and then lead an afternoon walk identifying trees.

STERLING, Ill. – The free precision agriculture program Drones in Agriculture will be at 10 a.m. Sept. 30 at the Jordan Township Building in Sterling. Current and future uses of drones in agriculture will be discussed, and a field demonstration will include the Agras MG-1S RTK octocopter.

ELIZABETH, Ill. –Learn about growing garlic from 1 to 3 p.m. Sept. 25 at the Jo Daviess County Extension office, 204 Vine St., Elizabeth.

BOURBONNAIS, Ill. – The program Apple a Day will be at 10 a.m. Sept. 11 at the Kankakee County Extension office, 1650 Commerce Drive, Bourbonnais.

ELIZABETH, Ill. – The Northwest Illinois Forestry Association will sponsor two chain-saw safety courses: beginners on Sept. 24, and advanced on Sept. 25, both from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Jim Breed farm, 3446 Long Hollow Road, near Elizabeth.

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RUPERT — The Minidoka Irrigation District will shut the northside canal delivery gates Oct. 15. All district water users need to finish watering prior to this date and remove personal property in the district’s rights-of-way as crews prepare for fall maintenance projects.

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When a group of dairy families opened Idaho Milk Products a decade ago, the company faced a murky future at best. Ten years later, after a $30 million plant expansion, it looks like the gamble is paying off.

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It’s been one year since my son, David, told me he thought it was time to move on from the idea of him taking over the farm. What an interesting ride it’s been.

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BRILLION, Wis. – The benefits in reducing farming’s climate-change footprint are immensely enhanced by no-till farming, according to an article by Nicholas Staropoli in the June 2016 edition of the Genetic Literacy Project. Fuel costs saved by running the tractor less can reduce fuel usage by as much as 80 percent, one estimate suggests.

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SANTA ROSA — Elated Sonoma County Winegrowers announced a double-header achievement for the environment at a press conference on Sept. 12 at their Santa Rosa headquarters. Not only have the more than 1,800 members reached 99% certified sustainable vineyards, but they will build on their sustainability leadership by becoming the first wine region to participate in California’s pilot Climate First Certification program.

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Pork processing plants will have fewer federal inspectors, and could have faster line speeds, under a controversial rule the U.S. Department of Agriculture finalized this week.Inspectors reject live animals that look sick, or carcass sections that look suspect. "Under the new rule, just announced, pork companies have a new option," Dan Charles reports for NPR. "They can hire their own people to help out. These company employees would be at each inspection station, weeding out any problematic pig parts before the USDA inspector gives the meat a green light. There will be fewer USDA inspectors in the plant because they won't have as much to do."The new rule also eliminates limits on slaughter line speeds. Critics worry that will injure more workers, but industry representatives say it won't. Casey Gallimore, director of regulatory and scientific affairs at the North American Meat Institute, a lobbying group, "says that the new rules will allow plants to try out new ways of operating that could be more efficient," Charles reports. "She says it won't affect food safety. The additional company employees will be highly trained, and USDA inspectors still will look at every piece of pork that goes into the food supply."Critics say company employees aren't required to have extra inspection training, and worry they won't be as aggressive as USDA inspectors in looking for problems. Patty Lovera, an industry critic with the nonprofit Food and Water Watch, told Charles that "to ask company employees to be under that pressure, of pulling product out and costing their employer money, is a lot to ask."The new rules will go into effect in two months, and pork processors have several months to decide whether to switch to the new inspection system, Charles reports.

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SAVOY, Ill. — With estimates for the lowest price for soybeans and the lowest yields for corn in five years in Illinois, University of Illinois ag economist Gary Schnitkey predicted 2019 losses on both crops for most of the state’s farmers at the university’s Agronomy Day Aug. 22.

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Foxconn's partnerships with UW campuses have seen mixed success so far, with a UW-Milwaukee program drawing more student participation than announced, but developments appearing to progress slowly at UW-Madison.

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WASHINGTON, Sept. 18, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- A national coalition representing almost 10,000 U.S. farmers and ranchers today delivered a letter to Congress urging support for the Green New Deal and calling on lawmakers to make agriculture policy reform a priority for addressing the climate crisis and the economic crisis facing independent family farms.