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  • Farm Bureau: Science only basis for resolving trade issues
    The ability to expand trade opportunities is vital to America’s farmers and ranchers, but using scientific standards as the basis to address barriers erected by trade partners also warrants action, according to a cattle rancher from Colorado. 
  • Urgency expressed by trade pact negotiators
    Negotiators for the Trans-Pacific Partnership convened in Vietnam with a focus on resolving technical issues prior to the upcoming TPP Ministerial meeting in Singapore. 
  • ISA asks Illinois farmers join quality effort
    To help ensure the crop’s future economic value, the Illinois Soybean Association is leading a statewide program to measure protein and oil levels in Illinois soybeans from this fall’s harvest. 
  • TreeHouse branches out with Flagstone purchase
    TreeHouse Foods is buying Flagstone Foods for $860 million as a way to gain access to the growing healthy snacks category. 
  • New bale spear from Worksaver
    Worksaver Inc. introduced the Model JDBS-1480 as an addition to its line of bale spears. It features a bolt-in 52-millimeter spear with a useable length of 52 inches, making it ideal for handling large round bales. 
  • Watch management presentations on your desktop
    Each year, the University of Illinois Extension’s Crop Management Conference series offers 13 hours of training to farmers, Certified Crop Advisers and other professionals working in agriculture. 
  • National designation sought for ancient mounds
    A group is studying ways to get an ancient state historical site in southwestern Illinois some national recognition. 
  • 4 handed 'Torch of Leadership'
    Four agricultural professionals from Illinois were selected to receive the “Torch of Leadership” award from the Illinois Agricultural Leadership Foundation Alumni Association. 
  • You can win $12,000 mower
    Through the DuPont Pioneer “In Your Backyard” sweepstakes, one entrant will win an Exmark Lazer Z X-Series commercial zero-turn mower worth more than $12,000. 
  • Farm Financial Standards Council elects leaders
    Jim Kelm, principal at Kelm Management of Red Wing, Minn., was elected to a second term as president of the Farm Financial Standards Council during the organization’s annual conference here. 
  • Grassland Oregon unveils new cover crop
    After a worldwide search for germplasm and a decade of testing and development, potentially game-changing FIXatioN Balansa clover is being commercially released by Salem-based Grassland Oregon , a pioneer in the research, development and promotion of forage and cover crops. 
  • Turning pig manure into gas
    Construction is underway in northern Missouri on an $80 million renewable energy project, developed and constructed by Roeslein Alternative Energy in collaboration with Murphy-Brown of Missouri, the livestock production subsidiary of Smithfield Foods. 
  • USDA offers rural grants
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture is seeking applications for grants that will be awarded to organizations to provide financial and technical assistance to recipients to help them carry out housing, community facilities and economic development projects, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced. 
  • More parents choosing organic food for kids
    A growing number of parents nationwide agree that organic food is the healthiest choice for the meals they serve their children, according to a new study by the Organic Trade Association. 
  • Genetically modified foods confuse consumers
    Genetically modified foods have been around for years, but most people in the U.S. have no idea if they are eating them. The Food and Drug Administration says such foods don’t need to be labeled, so some states are moving forward on their own. 



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