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  • Mexico remains vital market for U.S. pork, beef
    Although the demand for U.S. meat exports remains strong the competition from other countries intensified. “The reality is the world is waking up to the growth in exports,” said Philip Seng, U.S. Meat Export Federation president and CEO. 
  • Decatur farm store sells baby chicks
    Lots of shops like to crow about how they’ve got cool stuff going cheap. But Blain’s Farm & Fleet store in Decatur flies right to the top of the pecking order: It sells baby chicks, and they go cheep pretty much all the time. 
  • Interns named for Growmark program
    The Exploring Agriculture Intern program was developed by Growmark Inc. to help bridge the gap between students and faculty at the two-year community and technical college level and the Growmark system retail companies. 
  • Iowa reports new bird flu cases
    Two more Iowa farms have tested positive for bird flu. The Iowa Department of Agriculture says two northwest Iowa farms raising young chickens to eventually lay eggs likely have the virus. 
  • Avian flu drives up egg, turkey prices
    Prices for eggs and turkey meat are rising as an outbreak of bird flu in the Midwest claims an increasing number of chickens and turkeys. Market experts say grocery stores and wholesalers are trying to stock up on eggs, but there’s no need to worry about having enough turkeys for Thanksgiving. 
  • Ohio State Fair limits poultry to block flu
    Poultry from states where a deadly bird flu virus has surfaced won’t be permitted at this year’s Ohio State Fair, according to the Department of Agriculture. The agency also warned the fair’s poultry show may be canceled altogether if the outbreak gets worse. 
  • Apply for Indiana 4-H Dairy Youth Academy
    Applications are being accepted for the Indiana 4-H Dairy Youth Academy, a program for students in grades 10-12 who want to learn more about careers in the dairy industry. 
  • Pasture walks and field tours offered
    The Southern Indiana Purdue Ag Center in Dubois will host the “Grazing 102” workshop June 9 and 10. Livestock producers will learn the essential concepts of managing a successful grazing operation. 
  • Junior National Show gets ready for close-up
    Participants in this year’s World Pork Expo National Swine Registry swine show and the World Pork Expo Junior National should get ready for their close-up. For the first time, portions of the two swine shows are going to be available through a webcast. 
  • PORK Academy tackles business, health topics
    What happens next? That’s the question that will be answered by seminars and sessions at the 2015 World Pork Expo. “To me, the most important activity for pork producers at World Pork Expo is the educational seminars,” said Ron Prestage, National Pork Producers Council president. 



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