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  • The National Institute for Animal Agriculture will host its annual antibiotic symposium Nov. 3-5 at the Crowne Plaza Atlanta Midtown in Atlanta. This year’s conference is titled “Antibiotic Stewardship: From Metrics to Management” and will be a forum bringing together leading researchers, government officials, retailers and industry professionals in animal and human health. 
  • AGCO Corp. challenges farmers to take command of their harvest with all-new 3300 Command Series corn heads. The 3300 allows farmers to get the most from their AGCO combines while delivering more capacity, harvesting more acres in a day and doing it at faster harvesting rates. 
  • The annual National Anthem Singing Contest, hosted by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, is open for entry. Those 18 years of age or younger and related to a NCBA, American National CattleWomen or Cattlemen’s Beef Board member are eligible to enter. 
  • The National Cattlemen’s Foundation is accepting applications for 2016-2017 beef industry scholarships sponsored by the CME Group. Ten scholarships of $1,500 each will be awarded to outstanding students pursuing careers in the beef industry. 
  • A pocket-sized recordkeeping tool that has been used by cattle producers for more than 30 years to enhance profitability will be available for the 2016 year — at a reduced rate for a limited time. 
  • What does a seed company look for?
    As combines roll across Illinois corn and soybean fields, farmers are thinking about harvest, or the end of harvest. Many are making plans and ordering seed and other inputs for 2016. 
  • Commodity pressure rises
    Now that a clearer picture of the old crop marketing year has been painted, the trade turns its focus toward real yields and South American prospective plantings. 
  • Meals in Fields deliver nutrition, safety message
    “Ag safety is not just a slogan; it’s a lifestyle” was the fitting theme for National Farm Safety and Health Week, and that message was literally delivered to the fields. 
  • Low, slow — and wood-fired
    He’s been asked it enough times that he has his answer ready. “I like big butts,” said “Cowboy,” Chris Tornow, one half of the barbecuing and catering business known as Cowboy and Tony’s Butt Shack BBQ in Mendota. 
  • North Carolina farmers rally for hog industry
    Hundreds of eastern North Carolina hog farmers and their supporters are expected to call on Gov. Pat McCrory to increase his support of the state’s hog industry. 
  • Groups seek public policy applicants
    The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and the Public Lands Council’s government affairs office in Washington, D.C., is accepting applications for the spring 2016 public policy internship. The deadline to submit an application is Oct. 16. 
  • Corn Palace gets face lift
    The Corn Palace has been steeped in agricultural tradition since 1892, so when the caretakers of one of South Dakota’s most popular tourist attractions decided it was due for some maintenance, they also decided to gently nudge it into the 21st century. 
  • New ag history museum planned
    Progress is being made on plans to transform a former canning company site in southeastern Michigan into an agricultural history museum. Organizers recently announced an update on the project, now called the American Farm Museum and Educational Center. 
  • Pennsylvania to supply  White House Christmas tree
    This year’s White House Christmas tree will again come from Carbon County, Pa. White House officials were at Bustard’s Christmas Trees in Towamensing Township, choosing the balsam fir to be used this year. 
  • USDA extends dairy Margin Protection Program deadline
    Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that the deadline to enroll for the dairy Margin Protection Program for coverage in 2016 has been extended until Nov. 20. 

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