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  • Prairie Central wins two national FFA contests
    Five judging teams from Prairie Central FFA traveled to the National FFA Convention to compete, and two came home as national winners. “When we came home, the fire trucks met us and escorted us into town,” said Kyle Miller, one of three FFA advisers at the school in Fairbury, Ill. “And we had a big reception at school.” 
  • Young farmer invests in farmland
    Working on his family farm started long before Tommy Justison began his FFA project. “I started with 81 acres my freshman year, and by my senior year I worked my way up to 476 acres,” the Hillsboro FFA member said. “I started my freshman year keeping records, but I’ve been working on my family’s farm since I was knee high to a grasshopper.” 
  • Indiana FFA members recognized
    Years of hard work paid off for three Indiana students when they were named winners of this year’s National Agricultural Proficiency Awards. The awards were given in 49 categories during the National FFA Convention. 
  • Not your father’s auctioneering industry
    Big data and other technologies are expected to play an important role in the future of the auctioneering industry. When Kurt Aumann graduated from auction school in 1982, the scene was different than it is now. Online auctions were unheard of. Mobile phones weren’t used for Internet browsing. 
  • Auctioneers should recognize trends, expert says
    Agriculture sales are an integral part of the auction industry. From farm land to equipment, there are many items on the market. Professionals recently met in Indianapolis for the Indiana Auctioneers Association convention. Several of the attendees were involved in agricultural auctioneering. 
  • Regional grain transportation bottlenecks expected
    The slow-paced harvest has taken some of the pressure off storage and transportation logjams of moving record corn and soybean production, but concerns continue. 
  • Nitrogen prices sway farmers toward more soybeans
    High input costs and low market prices may move more corn acres over to soybeans in 2015. Chip Flory, Pro Farmer publisher/editor, said in a webinar hosted by Allendale Inc. that he’s heard a range of acreage expectations for next year, including 3 million to 3.5 million fewer planted corn acres. 
  • Ag advisers named to Rauner transition team
    Governor-elect Bruce Rauner announced the members of his transition committee and chief of staff. Two members of his “Agriculture Coalition” were named to that committee: Sarah Frey-Talley, president and CEO of Frey Farms, and Jim Schultz, founder of Open Prairie and managing director of Open Prairie Ventures I and II. 
  • Record year for dairy prices
    Dairy producers are enjoying a record year for milk prices. Unfortunately, milk prices have begun to decrease. “2014 is going to be a record year, prices have never been this high,” said Bob Cropp, professor emeritus and dairy marketing specialist at the University of Wisconsin — Madison. 
  • Calf growth increases with more frequent feeding
    Feeding dairy calves three times a day can improve their growth rate. “This research will show you five to 10 years from now the normal standard in our industry will be feeding our calves a minimum of three meals per day,” said Dr. Don Sockett, veterinary microbiologist at the Wisconsin Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory. 

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