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  • Activist group tries to free foxes
    An animal rights activist group admitted to breaking into an eastern Iowa fox fur farm and trying to free about 30 foxes. 
  • Record harvest sheds light on infrastructure needs
    Farmers across Illinois predict a record harvest, and soon soybeans will leave Illinois fields en route to customers around the world. Access to multiple modes of transportation provides a competitive advantage to Illinois farmers, but aging infrastructure poses a unique challenge to transportation. 
  • Illiana garners environmental OK
    The planned Illiana Expressway between Indiana and Illinois has cleared a federal environmental review. The Federal Highway Administration published a tier two final environmental impact statement on the 47-mile tollway south of Chicago. 
  • Program to promote healthy eating
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture is making up to $31.5 million in funding available to help participants in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program more easily afford healthy foods such as fruits and vegetables. 
  • Valent launches new herbicide
    Valent U.S.A. Corp. announced the launch of Fierce XLT Soybean Herbicide for growers seeking premium residual control of tough weeds and annual grasses. 
  • Water research tackles growing threats to grasslands
    Two Kansas State University biologists are studying streams to prevent tallgrass prairies from turning into shrublands and forests. 
  • Lake Decatur project promotes prairie grass
    A new project hopes to bring new life to Lake Decatur's sediment by providing a foundation that will allow prairie grasses to grow. 
  • Farm deaths surge in Illinois
    Farming claimed the lives of 21 people in Illinois from July 2013 through June, nearly double the number of deaths during the same period a year earlier, according to Bloomington-based Country Financial. 
  • German visitors compare notes on crop production
    Some terms needed translation, both to words and numbers. In Germany, land is measured in hectares, not acres. Corn is measured in quintals, not bushels. 
  • Iowa fish farmers switch to barramundi
    Jeff and Mark Nelson probably wouldn't be insulted to be called Iowa farm boys. They'd probably barely acknowledge a tag of shrewd businessmen with a half-smile. 
  • Effort boosts local, regional food systems
    Turning local and regional food opportunities into economic reality can be a confusing process that became clearer at the Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food, Know Your Farm Bill event — thanks to a broad team effort from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and other agency, university and private-sector representatives. 
  • Prospective House Ag Committee chair joins Schilling
    He had important matters to talk about and tough questions to answer from the 50 or so farmers gathered at Rich VerHeecke’s farm. 
  • Massey Ferguson and Woods Equipment enter into agreement
    Massey Ferguson, a tractor brand of AGCO, and Woods, an implement and attachment brand of the Farm, Ranch and Agriculture Division of Blount International, have joined together to provide the highest quality implements paired with the highest quality tractors. 
  • Swine specialist translates new antibiotics rule
    Challenging? Yes. The antibiotic apocalypse for U.S. pork producers? Not so much. That was Dr. Jim Pettigrew’s take on the recently released Food and Drug Administration rules on the use of antibiotics in food-producing animals. 
  • 5-generation family farm adds finishing barn
    It’s been a busy week for Gavin Duewer. The power came on Monday, the people came on Thursday and by the first day of October, his new 3,600-head finishing barn will be full of pigs. 



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