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  • An important agricultural region in China is drying out, and increased farming may be more to blame than rising temperatures and less rain, according to a study spanning 30 years of data. 
  • CountryMark’s Fueling Freedom event  raised more than $54,000 to support local National Guard Family Readiness Groups. “We get really excited about this event because it is our opportunity to give back to local National Guard soldiers and their families, as well as spend time with the communities we serve,” said Jon Lantz, CountryMark vice president of marketing. 
  • Medical marijuana gets powerful lobbyist
    A new group has formed to push for policies in Springfield favorable to the medical marijuana industry with a well-connected former Illinois Department of Agriculture employee as its top lobbyist. 
  • Lieutenant governors from across U.S. visit Glass Barn
    Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann welcomed lieutenant governors from around the U.S. to Indianapolis for the National Lt. Governors Association annual conference. The visitors had breakfast and a tour of the Glass Barn at the Indiana State Fair. 
  • Facing world hunger
    With a rising population and a shift in demand for more protein-based foods, the world’s leaders are searching for ways to improve and ensure food security for people now, and 50 years from now. 
  • Farmers should ‘bushelize’ acres
    The U.S. agricultural industry has gone through an unusual period. “From the early 2000s, we’ve more than doubled the agricultural revenue, and that’s not normal,” said Michael Swanson, Wells Fargo & Company senior vice president. “Typically, the agricultural economy does not grow faster than the general economy.” 
  • Wyffels Hybrids marks exciting year
    Wyffels Hybrids is marking one of the most exciting years in the company’s 70 years in business. “In a year when there was a decline in corn acres our business is up over 30 percent in unit sales,” said Bill Wyffels, company president. 
  • Great time to be farming
    This is a great time to be involved in the agricultural industry for several reasons, including the expanding wealth of many countries. Interesting events occurred in 1970, said Lowell Catlett, regents professor, New Mexico State University. 
  • Record adoption of digital agronomic services seen
    The Climate Corp., a division of Monsanto Co., announced that farmers have mapped more than 75 million row crop acres in their digital agriculture platform, up from 50 million acres in 2014. This acre adoption represents nearly 45 percent of all corn and soybean acres planted in the U.S. 
  • Voting ends July 31 for soy election
    July 31 is the deadline for Indiana soybean farmers to cast their votes in the Indiana Soybean Alliance’s annual election of its bard of directors. With contested races in the northeast and the southwest regions, farmers will elect four new directors to ISA’s 24-member board. 
 



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