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LA SALLE, Ill. — A holiday baking workshop, Gingerbread Cookies for Youth, will be from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Dec. 14 at the University of Illinois Extension Education Center & Community Teaching Kitchen, 944 First St., La Salle, Ill. The class is for third- through fifth-graders.

CORYDON, Ind. — A hauling livestock workshop will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. EST Dec. 14 at the Harrison County Extension office, 247 Atwood St., Corydon. Learn about trailer safety inspections and rules of the road. Participants with driver permits and licenses can drive through an obstacle course with a trailer.

INDIANAPOLIS — Whether you want to watch animals with your kids or enjoy a romantic, late-night stroll under the Christmas lights, there’s plenty to do at the Indianapolis Zoo this holiday season.

Ask me for a few memories of Christmases past, and I instantly recall my dad on a ladder stapling multicolor strings of lights to the eaves of our house. Mom festooned the interior with swags of evergreen and fresh eucalyptus — we lived in Northern California — with gilded angels and shiny ornaments.

I love cookies all year-round, but I especially love all the wonderful varieties of holiday cookies at Christmastime. Hosting family and friends for a cookie exchange party is a wonderful way to start or continue a holiday tradition.

In her opening statement during the “Solving the Climate Crisis: Opportunities in Agriculture” hearing, Kathy Castor, the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis chair, said agriculture not only experiences the impacts of the climate crisis — more generally referred to climate change or global warming — it also is “responsible for nearly 10% of the annual greenhouse emissions” in the United States.

While many in the U.S. dairy sector focus on why the nation’s largest milk bottler, Dean Foods, filed for bankruptcy, the smart money — if there is any smart money left after four years of crushingly low milk prices — is focused on what’s next.

Whether ham, turkey, chicken, beef or fish take center stage at your holiday dinner table, you can thank soybeans. Why? Because livestock, poultry and fish rely on protein from soybean meal to grow into that tasty bounty.

Equine Metabolic Syndrome is essentially a “prosperity disease” of horses that are genetically thrifty. In other words, some types of equines – including certain pony breeds, Morgans, Pasos, domesticated Spanish Mustangs and occasionally warm blood horses – are genetically well-adapted to surviving under harsh conditions, including relatively low feed intakes.

DECATUR, Ill. — Only the best people live in the city of Bestopolis – the best video game player, the best mathematician, the best cinnamon roll maker. There are villains and ghosts, and the key to preventing the city’s downfall might just rely on tinfoil and tolerance.

Each year, one American farmer feeds 155 people. In recognition of their hard work, the Bureau County Farm Bureau Women’s Committee and the Young Leader Committee donated enough food to feed 155 people.

As with any appliance that works with high heat, regular maintenance of both the appliance and chimney is necessary for proper operation and to make sure there are no potential fire hazards.

The process of molting laying hens is done in order to extend the productive life of your laying hen flock. Molting is a natural physiological process of all birds and it occurs throughout the life of your flock.

Even though it is getting cold outside and snow may soon be covering our gardens, we can still exercise our little ones’ (and own!) green thumbs. Bring the garden inside this winter with fun activities and experiments! Winter is the perfect time for kids to learn basic plant concepts.

STEVENS POINT, Wis. — The Black Hawk College Soil Judging Team won first place at the American Society of Agronomy 2019 Region 3 Collegiate Soils Contest in Stevens Point. BHC team members competed against students from Eastern Oklahoma State College and Vincennes University.

How often do you think or talk about your local watershed? For most, it is probably not a standard topic of conversation. The reality is, we all live, work and play in watersheds, and our actions can impact water quality locally and downstream.

ELIZABETH, Ill. — Join the Jo Daviess County Master Gardeners on Nov. 18 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Jo Daviess County Extension office, 204 Vine St., Elizabeth, for a program on how to make herb bundles. The cost of this program is $10 per person. All of the materials needed will be provided.

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Constant change is a staple of a cattle producer’s life. Sometimes it’s instigated by the producers themselves. Sometimes it’s a requirement demanded by outside forces, including government agencies. The question of whether to choose a covered-roof or mono-slope building to house livestock may depend on location, but there’s no doubt government regulations tend to expand rather than shrink.

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Wisconsin farmers who have recently implemented alternative rotations in forage production will discuss their experiences at an upcoming University of Wisconsin-Discovery Farms conference. The subject is being explored due in part to the wet and cold weather conditions of 2019.

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TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s Parliament approved Dec. 3 a trade deal that was agreed upon earlier this year by President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

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The second year of Wisconsin's budding hemp program is winding down, yet work has begun to prepare for next year's crop, which includes making adjustments for lessons learned this year.

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EAST TROY, Wis. – The long-term profitability and sustainability of their third-generation family farm is on their minds, say brothers Frank Henningfeld and Ron Henningfeld. But they aren’t expanding their 65-cow dairy herd in order to produce enough income to sustain their two families. Instead they have started a new income stream. The “stream” is comprised of cheese – primarily curds and Cheddar from their Hill Valley Dairy.

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MANHATTAN, Kan. – When Kansas State University swine nutritionists design diets for pigs, they typically think of medium-chain fatty acids as “good guys.”

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Hopefully everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving and were able to give thanks, or be thankful. Many soybeans were harvested just before Thanksgiving. The snow melted, no more rain storms occurred and snowstorms were offering a break from poor weather. Humidity resided at about 50 percent to 55 percent, making harvest possible. Moisture was measuring at 13 percent to 17 percent. Augers were turning and grain bins were filling quickly.

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The fed-cattle market average this past week was steady on the week prior, with a $115 per hundredweight average on a live basis and $181 per hundredweight dressed.

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RIDGEWAY, Minn. – When Mike Gilles dreams, he dreams big. Waking in the middle of the night, the Minnesota dairyman realized he had a viable solution to depressed milk prices and milk oversupply – a solution that would please both consumers and farmers.

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Increasing adoption of cover crops and improving agricultural sustainability are goals of a nationwide research project. The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently awarded a five-year $10 million grant to North Carolina State University and the USDA Agricultural Research Service to lead the effort.

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Dean Foods recently filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The company is engaged in advanced talks to sell assets to Dairy Farmers of America. But bondholders aren’t convinced that’s a good deal.

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WASHBURN, Wis. – Buying local farm products and knowing the farmers who produce them really aren’t new ideas. Sustainability through use of local produce is a way to conserve resources, improve health and make a rural economy vibrant.