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BURBONNAIS, Ill. – Are you a teacher thinking about having a classroom worm bin? Learn about vermiculture at 4 p.m. Sept. 3 at the Kankakee County Extension office, 1650 Commerce Drive, Bourbonnais. Vermiculture can utilize school cafeteria waste and provide a variety of classroom-appropriate experiments while maintaining the bin in the classroom.

DUBOIS, Ind. – The program Invasive Species Management for Forest Landowners will be from 6 to 8 p.m. EDT Sept. 5, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 7 at the Southern Indiana Purdue Agriculture Center, 11371 E. Purdue Farm Road, Dubois. Learn how to control out-of-control invasive vegetation on your forest property. This event includes one weeknight session and a Saturday field session.

WASHINGTON — Agricultural producers reported they were not able to plant crops on more than 19.4 million acres in 2019, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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If you ate overall fewer calories, you may have lost a few pounds, and sometimes that can have a big beneficial effect on cholesterol. It also may be the case that you ate more fiber from vegetables, nuts and fruits, which in itself can help reduce cholesterol.

Ag Twitter had a big sandbox to play in after the U.S. Department of Agriculture clobbered the agricultural futures markets Aug. 12 with its number-filled Crop Report and World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates, or WASDE.

Just a head’s up: If you apply for a position as an anchor/reporter for Brownfield Ag News, do not include in your cover letter a paragraph about how you want to agvocate for farmers or farm families or corn growers, cattlemen or asparagus producers. I’m not looking for Willie Nelson or Neil Young. This isn’t Farm Aid. I’m looking for a reporter.

Describing the performance of stocks, bonds and commodities the past five sessions as a week of, “frog walkers’ would be fitting, suitable and appropriate. In my column from July entitled “Frog Walker Time” I wrote: “One of my all-time favorite songs is a saddle song entitled, ‘The Strawberry Roan’ composed by Curley Fletcher, an American composer of cowboy songs and cowboy poetry. The classic cowboy song, ‘The Strawberry Roan’ was written in 1915. Curley passed away in 1954.”

The difference between a fruit and a vegetable is in their culinary use. The confusion between the two terms exists because “fruit” also refers to the mature ovary of a plant, consisting of the seeds and their covering. By this definition alone, vegetable crops such as sweet corn, snap beans, okra, peppers, and tomatoes qualify as a fruit.

CARTERVILLE, Ill. — Native plants are an important part of our ecosystem. They house and feed our native wildlife and provide unique beauty to any landscape. Extension horticulture educator Austin Little and environmental and energy stewardship educator Erin Medvecz will provide a free program about native plants and how to incorporate them into landscaping.

HILLSBORO, Ill. – Timing is important when it comes to treatment of caterpillar pests in trees. The earlier you find these insects, the easier it is to control them. Summer is a nice time to take a cruise in the car and you may notice some webs in the roadside trees.

DECATUR, Ill. – Discover and celebrate the power of pollinators and the monarch butterfly as they migrate across central Illinois in September at the fifth-annual Monarch Madness co-sponsored by the Macon County Master Gardeners and Rock Springs Nature Center.

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – The Illinois Rural Health Association will host its 30th annual Educational Conference Aug. 7-8 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Champaign. The theme of this year’s conference is “30 Years of Improving Rural Health.”

School gardens offer so much more than beautifying school grounds. Imagine being able to dig in the soil to explore its make-up instead of looking at pictures, observe firsthand the act of pollination and the life cycle of plants from seed to seeds, or be inspired by the garden while writing an essay or painting a picture.

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KIMBERLY — Marissa Steiner and Tyler Mangum have been looking through microscopes for hours, scanning hand-sized, yellow sticky cards studded with dead insects.

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China announced Aug. 23 that it will impose additional tariffs on $75 billion of U.S. goods in retaliation for President Donald Trump’s latest planned levies on Chinese imports. The measures include an added 5% tariff on soybeans and an extra 10% on American pork as of Sept. 1. Corn and cotton products were also on the list.

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DES MOINES – Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig today commented on the Iowa Crop Progress and Conditions report released by the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service. The report is released weekly from April through November.

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This past Christmas, Curt Mottet did not spend his nights celebrating. The Richland, Iowa, location manager for Farmer’s Coop Association was instead dealing with the crunch of making sure farmers received anhydrous ammonia before a price increase went into effect at the beginning of 2019.

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“We don’t ever think it’s going to happen to us, but it happened to me… because it happened to him.” Marion County farmer Lacey Miller’s emotion-filled words about her father, Ralph Griesbaum, are enough to bring anyone to tears.

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Kevin Oppermann grazes cattle on 28 acres of pasture at his home farm near Fitchburg, Wisconsin. To accommodate his expanding herd he also began in 2017 converting 24 acres of cropland to permanent pasture at the Fitchburg-area farm his grandparents once owned. The farm is now owned by Oppermann’s parents.

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So far in the Pro Farmer’s crop tour (where they’ve gone thorugh Indiana, Nebraska and Illinois), yields are being pegged all over the place. Indiana is being put around a 161 bushels per acre mark, while Nebraska is showing around 173 bushels per acre.

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Steve Hyde of CHS Hedging said choppy trade is “likely to continue” with trade looking at crop results and weather.

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The lean hog market is technically oversold, holding a larger than normal discount to the cash market, The Hightower Report said.

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The upcoming days will feature a pair of livestock reports, as we will get the Cold Storage report on Thursday. Allendale is projecting 633.631 mln pounds of pork for the end of July, an 11 mln pound increase. Beef is estimated at 397.410 mln pounds, which would be 18% below last year’s mark, but a 3 mln increase from last month.

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“Lower prices may be needed to spur demand,” John Payne of Daniel’s Trading said. “The world has an abundance of exportable wheat and the competition between the EU/Ukraine and Russia is likely to keep prices low for the foreseeable future.”

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Packers “appear poised to make up for the lost production” with strong profit margins, in the wake of the closed packing house, The Hightower Report said. “This opens the door for a more normal trade and a more normal relationship between cash and futures.”

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Support for grains is being found in the ongoing Crop Tour, adding to concerns about the crop not being as good as the USDA is projecting. However, “traders are cautions, as higher trade overnight does not necessarily translate to day session gains,” Allendale said.