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  • Study: Lake Erie offers feast for Asian carp
    Runaway growth of algae in Lake Erie since the early 2000s has made the shallowest of the Great Lakes even more vulnerable to an invasion by greedy Asian carp, federal scientists said. 
  • FAA OKS drone crop sprayer
    A drone large enough to carry tanks of fertilizers and pesticides has won rare approval from federal authorities to spray crops in the United States. Steve Markofski of Yamaha Corp. U.S.A. said that the Federal Aviation Administration’s approval is a first. 
  • Gun shop owner bakes bread on side
    Edgar Lindamood makes his bread in a shop that stocks Nagant revolvers, Makarov pistols, 6.5mm Swedish, 7.7mm Japanese and 7.65mm Argentine ammunition. 
  • Cooperative agriculture delivery services grow
    Twenty years ago, Darren Swartz dressed in a suit and tie each day as a sales representative for a Kansas City-based pharmaceutical company. He grew hot peppers in pots on his urban patio. 
  • John Deere career provides opportunities
    Charles Studer learned about the importance of customer service provided by the local farm equipment dealership at a young age on his family’s farm in central Illinois. 
  • Junior National Show gets ready for close-up
    Participants in this year’s World Pork Expo National Swine Registry swine show and the World Pork Expo Junior National should get ready for their close-up. For the first time, portions of the two swine shows are going to be available through a webcast. 
  • PORK Academy tackles business, health topics
    What happens next? That’s the question that will be answered by seminars and sessions at the 2015 World Pork Expo. “To me, the most important activity for pork producers at World Pork Expo is the educational seminars,” said Ron Prestage, National Pork Producers Council president. 
  • Biodiesel's role in pork production to be highlighted
    How and why biodiesel plays a vital role in the U.S. swine industry will be explained at a new business seminar at the World Pork Expo. “We want to explain how the livestock sector is an important stakeholder and how the industries are co-benefiting,” said J. Alan Weber, founding partner of MARC-IV. 
  • Will corn ever go below $3 again?
    Dan Manternach has good news for farmers concerned about the recent dip in grain prices. He believes we are at the low end of a new price structure, which means prices will certainly rise again. 
  • Traders react to USDA reports
    The powerful commodities market turned its focus toward those tiny seedlings sprouting across the nation’s farmland as the latest world supply and demand estimates included new crop production projections. 
  • USDA plugs in new crop to balance sheet
    With this year’s crop breaking through the topsoil, the U.S. Department of Agriculture projects record supplies and lower average farm prices. 
  • Wheat supply grows despite more usage
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture projects winter wheat production up 7 percent from last year and year-end stocks to reach the highest level in five years. Winter wheat production is forecast at 1.47 billion bushels, up from nearly 1.378 from 2014. 
  • Jackson County farm delivers fish all over Illinois
    Logan Hollow Fish Farm is a large stocking operation that supplies fry and fingerlings to farmers and other homeowners throughout Illinois. 
  • Ag diversity and history abound
    Jackson County is a land of contrasts. It includes Carbondale, the largest city in southern Illinois outside the St. Louis Metro Area. Yet much of the county is rural. 
  • Soybean slowdown
    It’s hard for me to complain about the showers we received followed by above-normal temperatures. I would guess that corn is well over 90 percent planted in my area, and the stands look great. Last week’s warm moist weather was just what the doctor ordered for the corn. 

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