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  • Safety steps to reduce farm work injuries
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  • Tropical weather spawns ongoing disease issues
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  • Expect changes in production forecasts
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    SPONSORED: Leaf diseases in the Indiana corn crop took a while to show up, but the good news is that their late arrival should do little damage to the crop, said Kiersten Wise, associate professor of botany and plant pathology at Purdue University.
  • FFA officers busy advocating for ag
    The state officer team has been incredibly busy ever since we were elected. Some of the events we have attended seemed to have focused around one central theme: maximizing awareness.
  • Big news about Palmer amaranth
    It happened so fast in so many ways. Palmer amaranth has marched right into Illinois fields from the South, and its stubborn invasiveness is hard to beat. Killing off the weed wasn’t so much of an issue three or four years ago, but today it’s a doozy.
  • Mazes lead to corny good times
    It’s no secret that I love the agriculture industry, and I am passionate about advocating for agriculture and helping to preserve the future of the industry.
  • Be patient our you’ll be a patient
    I highly doubt that what I’m about to write will be read by the folks that it’s aimed at because they’re clueless about agriculture, but here goes. Harvest is in high gear, and motorists need to be alert and be patient — or you will be a patient.
  • Reaching noteworthy milestones
    No matter what the occasion is or what is being celebrated, whether it is graduating college or learning to ride a bicycle without training wheels, a milestone of any kind is something that deserves fanfare of some kind.
  • What will ag mergers mean to farmers?
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