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Now that our weather has returned the end of the growing season back to the way it started out – wet — it’s hard to remember that there was a drought period stuck in the middle that really impacted how our crops and pastures developed. We humans have such a short memory and habit of living i…

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By now, we should not be surprised by anything 2019 throws our way. But an October snowstorm? Come on, get serious! Well, I am serious, and my does it look and feel like winter here on Oct. 31. We received two different 2-inch snows, the first a heavy wet one, the second a solid blowing kind…

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Harvest is fast approaching the end here in Southern Illinois. There are still a few fields left to get through, but most of the farmers have made it to the end of the tunnel once again. It has been another productive year for most all of us in our area. It was hard to picture how it would t…

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ROCKFORD, Ill. — After debuting nearly 15 years ago, the Pork Checkoff’s Operation Main Street program has reached a major milestone — sharing facts about pigs and pork to 10,000 audiences.

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DES MOINES, Iowa — A new cutting-edge video series from the National Pork Board creates opportunities for farmers and others involved in pork production to share with consumers a firsthand view inside today’s modern farms.

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — After a year of successful checkoff-funded projects and events, the Indiana Sheep and Wool Market Development Council is accepting new funding requests at its Nov. 19 meeting in Louisville.

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The Illinois Beef Association Board of Governors recently approved funding for a research project at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign for understanding how cattle respond to feeding on different flooring strategies in slatted buildings.

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CHICAGO (AP) — Urban farming has become more common in Chicago neighborhoods, and now lawmakers have begun pushing for stricter legislation that could regulate the number of animals for each household and impose more requirements.

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DES MOINES, Iowa — A new environmental study has found that pig farms are generating less manure nutrient content associated with odor.

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — The Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine will host a calving school for beef and dairy producers on Nov. 23 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Lynn Hall, 625 Harrison St., West Lafayette.

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MADISON, Wis. — The 2019 National 4-H Dairy Cattle Judging Contest the World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wisconsin, was another exciting and memorable event for Illinois 4-H members.

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ST. PETER, Minn. — The Swine Vet Center, a clinic with 15 veterinarians focused on pig health, has launched a new website to keep its customers and the pork industry posted on its latest services, ideas and initiatives.

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This weekend in Northern Illinois is reminding us of the weather to come. It may be close to freezing temperatures. My husband and I have escaped that reminder for a long weekend in Georgia. Amazing how different the climate is a few hours away. Today in Georgia it is going to be 85, and the…

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Hello from Graze-N-Grow. Now that we’ve had our first freeze, can we expect an Indian summer this year? I guess anything is possible this year, weather wise. I can remember how my spirits were lifted with our first August rain after four weeks without. With almost a foot of rain in September…

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The old ewes are doing a good job cleaning up an old neglected farm pasture. First, I divided the pasture into seven lots that I estimated the 88 head could eat each lot down in about seven days. They start with mature grass that is knee-high to crouch-high and eat it down to the top of the …

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Authorities say a tractor-trailer hauling cattle overturned on a Kansas City highway, causing several other crashes as more than 40 animals broke free.

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Most years we have finished our harvest by now and are all about getting manure put away in anticipation of the frozen ground that’s sure to come. This is not most years. We just got started chopping and that was a field of forage sorghum we planted early. The corn has been slow to mature an…

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Are you doing research to establish a crawfish, catfish, or shrimp farm? Hopefully, you are not and are part of the state that has not received excessive rainfall. Unfortunately, we have not been that lucky. Our rain total for September was 9 inches and we received another 2 inches the night…

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We griped about the rain and wet weather all year. Well, it finally spun to the other side. We logged a couple of tenths of an inch of rain all month. We have had less than half an inch in the past 50 days. When you throw in the heat and wind that has plagued us for the past several weeks, i…

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Even cows have emotions and a happy cow is a better milk producer than one under stress. But how do dairy farmers read an individual bovine animal not known for its facial expression amongst a herd of up to 10,000?

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Animal mortality management is not a popular discussion topic. However, the reality of animal agriculture is mortalities will happen in any livestock operation. While the losses are usually a small percentage (1-5%), illness, defects, age, and other natural causes will claim an occasional an…

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Even though a lot of stores are selling pumpkin spice flavored foods and beverages, I do not feel ready for fall. The weather the past week has been more summer like, which is nice for the crops that were planted late. The fall season is the beginning of a busy time around my farm and fiber …

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Hello from Graze-N-Grow. We were blessed again with an inch and a half of rain last Thursday night. Our cover crops are growing great on the wheat stubble, and I had a highboy blow rye and turnips on the corn the last day of August. It’s amazing how that germinated even before any rain, and …

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Hello from McLeanCounty where it has been kind of dry. About every week, I get about half an inch of rain that has added up to 2.5 inches over the last month. My pearl millet in my summer annual mix even has trouble growing, so I’m getting kind of short on feed. So, with the dry conditions, …

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ROSEMONT, Ill. — The Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy, which brings the dairy community together to advance a shared social responsibility platform, is accepting nominations for the ninth annual U.S. Dairy Sustainability Awards.

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The Illinois Pork Producers Association is recruiting for the 2020 State Ambassador Internship. This individual will serve as a representative of the association and the pork industry during the upcoming year.

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