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A recent email that I received featured a couple of interesting facts about farming. The first referenced the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 2019 Food and Farm Facts series.

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While looking for something else, I recently found an interesting report released earlier this year by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service on the “Agricultural Resources and Environmental Indicators.”

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Even though I wasn’t born yet, or the thought of my existence had even occurred, my life forever changed at the 1969 National FFA Convention, when women were granted full membership in FFA.

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Four-H enrollment season is in full swing. This week, I wrote a story about it for AgriNews.

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I understand that the word “relax” isn’t in farmers’ vocabulary this time of year. But with the weather cooling off and leaves changing color, I can’t help but think of all the fun activities out there.

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Have you heard the latest news? AgriNews is under new ownership. After being owned by Miller Group for its entire life, our newspaper now is owned by Shaw Media.

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Farmers know what impact the trade war with China has on their bottom line. They see it every day in the commodity market.

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Most folks that I’ve talked to just want the 2019 growing season to be over. Crops were planted late, if at all, due to heavy and frequent rains. Once the crops finally got in, Mother Nature turned off the spigot and about half of Illinois and Indiana are in the “abnormally dry” to “moderate…

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This year’s State Fair is one I’ll remember for a long time. It was hot and traffic was a nightmare due to road closures — but the fair experience was fun, educational and memorable.

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This week’s blog will tie together two of the things I love the most about Indiana agriculture — Indiana FFA and the Indiana State Fair.

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Yesterday my family gathered to celebrate the life of my great Uncle, Bob Brummett. He was my grandpa’s older brother — one of seven children all born around the time of the Great Depression.

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I love the month of August in Indiana because it is when “the 17 greatest days of summer” take place during the Indiana State Fair.

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The fallout continues over the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s decision to realign the Economic Research Service under the Office of the Chief Economist and relocate ERS and National Institute of Food and Agriculture offices from D.C. to Kansas City.

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This week was the 2019 Johnson County 4-H and Agricultural Fair, and it also was the first time my son, Graham, showed sheep at the fair.

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There are important or earth-shattering events that occur in our lifetimes that we recall with clarity where we were and what we did. For my folks, the attack on Pearl Harbor was just that type of event.

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It’s muggy and hot, and the trees are heavy with leaves. We are in the midst of summer, and it’s encouraging to see corn and soybeans popping up in Indiana fields — even if they are way behind normal progress.

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U.S. Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service employees impacted by the agency’s relocation to new headquarters in Kansas City, Missouri, have until July 15 to notify USDA whether they will relocate.

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A recent poll conducted by NPR-IBM Watson Health had some disturbing results. The poll, conducted in November 2018, surveyed 3,002 people nationwide and found 84% of respondents said that Americans were, on average, angrier than they were 10 years ago.

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This year during the Indiana FFA State Convention, I gladly volunteered to be a judge for the leadership development events. I have served as a judge several times over the years, usually being one of the judges in the creed speaking contest or the extemporaneous public speaking contest.

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When writing the story in late May for the newest version of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Market Facilitation Program, I kept searching for further specifics, primarily some sort of payment formula. There were none to be found.

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It’s Dairy Month, and I’ll take any excuse to eat more cheese and ice cream. Grilled cheese, yogurt, butter — there are so many delicious foods, and I am probably one of dairy’s biggest fans. But since I’m trying to lose weight — in moderation, of course.

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I thought when I completed my 10th year in 4-H, that was the end my 4-H experience, but hoped that one day I would be able to help my children enjoy the 4-H experience just like I did. Little did I know how much being a 4-H mom was similar to my days when I actually was a 4-H member.

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This week I attended a Women in Agribusiness seminar. Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch, state Sen. Jean Leising, state Rep. Melanie Wright and Julia Wickard, assistant commissioner and agricultural liaison at Indiana Department of Environmental Management, are all strong female women involved in agri…

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As I was getting ready to go to a local Memorial Day service this morning at the cemeteries, my thoughts went to my family during World War II.

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This week I’m working on an important project — our annual county fair tab. Indiana is home to dozens of magnificent fairs, and they are the perfect spots to make summertime memories with your family.

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Ashley Langreck can be reached at 800-426-9438, ext. 192, or alangreck@agrinews-pubs.com. Follow her on Twitter at: @AgNews_Langreck.

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Although it has been a wet start in much of the state, spring is in full swing throughout Indiana with summer just a few weeks away. I love this time of year, because so many events and activities take place, ranging from county fairs to farmers markets opening for the season.

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Soon, I am taking a week off of work to relax on the beach with my family. I’m fully aware that, while I’m doing nothing, farmers in Indiana will be working furiously to plant.

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The recent spread of measles, attributed to false information that’s been disseminated, is an unfortunate example of the battleground that is social media over the past decade-plus.

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This week, I have been so uplifted and inspired by a farm couple, Aaron and Kelley Lee, who I interviewed on Monday.

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John Deere has developed a new passport program to encourage people to visit several of their attractions located in Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin.

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When I drive through the countryside near my house, I’m surrounded by waterlogged fields. It’s officially mud season in Indiana.

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Growing up, some of my fondest memories were the times I was participating in 4-H or FFA related activities, which is why I am so excited that my oldest child, my son, Graham, finally is old enough to be in 4-H this year.

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If you’re looking for some interesting reading after a tough day, click on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service’s 2017 Census of Agriculture.

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I had the pleasure of covering the first-ever Southeastern Indiana Llama and Alpaca Conference. It’s always a treat to go to an inaugural event.

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Biosecurity is a concern for livestock producers, including sheep producers, regardless of the size of their flock. Shepherds tend to buy diseases, Dr. Clifford Shipley said during the Sheep Day program hosted by the Illinois Lamb and Wool Producers. He encouraged producers to screen animals…

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This is my first time covering the release of the Census of Agriculture report, and it’s exciting to see the trends going on in agriculture. My favorite one has to be the increase in women who farm.

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