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  • Two top veterinary officials with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and farmers affected by the bird flu outbreak said it will take increased surveillance, improved farm security and more money to fight off a possible fall return of the disease that devastated chicken and turkey flocks. 
  • A once-banished crop could soon sprout legally again in select Minnesota farm fields: hemp plants that lead to oils, lotions, seeds, rope fibers and other industrial uses.  
  • Ag industry sees need for immigration reform
    Immigration reform is a contentious, often emotional, topic for many Americans. But for U.S. agriculture, it’s mainly a labor issue. 
  • Sorghum proves sweet for FFA member
    Seventeen-year-old Kaitlyn Elliott understands the hard work and dedication that goes into making sorghum. After all, her family has been doing it for at least four generations on their Gravel Switch farm, and the Boyle County teen is continuing that tradition. 
  • Ag land market continues gradual decline
    While current land values have generally trended lower this past year in comparison to the sharp increases of recent years, results of farm and ranch income at year’s end could shift land market dynamics, reported Farmers National Co. 
  • Don’t get ticked off; get smart
    Lyme disease makes the headlines but there are plenty of additional reasons to avoid tick bites. New research highlights the latest in a growing list of tick-borne threats — a distant relative of Lyme that’s easy to confuse with other illnesses. 
  • Wenona hog farm wins court round
    A lawsuit seeking to block construction of a Wenona hog farm has been dismissed by a central Illinois judge. 
  • Medical marijuana gets powerful lobbyist
    A new group has formed to push for policies in Springfield favorable to the medical marijuana industry with a well-connected former Illinois Department of Agriculture employee as its top lobbyist. 
  • WIU Ag alums to attend vet schools
    Western Illinois University School of Agriculture alumni Jimmy Holtschlag of Quincy and Kayla Henness of Camden had an interest in working with animals as youngsters. But it was their time as undergraduates at WIU that helped along their individual decisions to attend veterinary school. 
  • WIU bull sale sets price record
    The 43rd annual Western Illinois University Performance Tested Bull Sale at the Western Illinois University Livestock Center posted a record sale average. 
  • DeLaval donates during dairy month
    During National Dairy Month, DeLaval reaffirmed its commitment to the future of agriculture with a promotion offered through its network of 28 DeLaval Dairy Service locations within the United States. 
  • Farmers should ‘bushelize’ acres
    The U.S. agricultural industry has gone through an unusual period. “From the early 2000s, we’ve more than doubled the agricultural revenue, and that’s not normal,” said Michael Swanson, Wells Fargo & Company senior vice president. “Typically, the agricultural economy does not grow faster than the general economy.” 
  • Wyffels Hybrids marks exciting year
    Wyffels Hybrids is marking one of the most exciting years in the company’s 70 years in business. “In a year when there was a decline in corn acres our business is up over 30 percent in unit sales,” said Bill Wyffels, company president. 
  • Great time to be farming
    This is a great time to be involved in the agricultural industry for several reasons, including the expanding wealth of many countries. Interesting events occurred in 1970, said Lowell Catlett, regents professor, New Mexico State University. 
  • Record adoption of digital agronomic services seen
    The Climate Corp., a division of Monsanto Co., announced that farmers have mapped more than 75 million row crop acres in their digital agriculture platform, up from 50 million acres in 2014. This acre adoption represents nearly 45 percent of all corn and soybean acres planted in the U.S. 

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