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  • USDA: Genetically modified wheat found in Montana
    Unregulated genetically modified wheat has popped up in a second location in the U.S., this time in state of Montana, the Agriculture Department said. 
  • New programs to help farmers manage risk
    U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack unveiled highly anticipated new programs to help farmers better manage risk, ushering in one of the most significant reforms to U.S. farm programs in decades. 
  • ‘Robofish’ to aid Great Lakes study
    Michigan State University is using a $1 million federal grant to build a better robofish that can observe the feeding and migration habits of trout, walleye, sturgeon and other Great Lakes aquatic species. 
  • Funding brings technology to the public
    DigiTech hubs, sometimes called “makerspaces,” soon will be available in Illinois due to special initiative funding from University of Illinois Extension. 
  • Search for better biofuels microbes leads to human gut
    Scientists have scoured cow rumens and termite guts for microbes that can efficiently break down plant cell walls for the production of next-generation biofuels, but some of the best microbial candidates actually may reside in the human lower intestine, researchers report. 
  • USDA anticipates record-shattering crops
    Big crops got bigger in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s latest corn and soybean production estimates. Corn production is forecast at 14.5 billion bushels, up less than 1 percent from the last month’s forecast and 4 percent above 2013. 
  • No shockers in USDA production estimates
    There was no fodder for the bulls nor the bears in the latest crop production and supply and demand estimates. “There weren’t a whole lot of surprises. Everything came in exactly what we were looking for,” said Peter Georgantones, analyst with Roy E. Abbot Futures. 
  • Corn stocks add up amid record estimates
    Corn stocks turned upward and the soybean surplus was reduced in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s world supply and demand estimates released recently. 
  • Rauner: Farmers will have a seat at my table
    Bruce Rauner has promised to place farmers in his administration if he is elected governor. The Republican, who is challenging incumbent Pat Quinn for the state’s highest office, said in an interview with AgriNews that unlike his opponent, he would make sure the agriculture director is a farmer or at least has a farm background. 
  • Sudden death syndrome hammers some soybean fields
    Sudden death syndrome made its presence known in Illinois soybean fields this season in one of the worst outbreaks in years. The disease — whose symptoms involve yellowing leaves, dropped pods and rapid death of the plant — is resulting in yield loss on some farms, though it is not a widespread problem. 
  • ‘Field Moms’ pitch in as farmhands on harvest tour
    Gerald Thompson and his son, Tyler, hosted a “Field Moms” tour of their farm that was highlighted by the visitors riding and driving the combine and tractor pulling a grain cart. 
  • Michigan father and son run potato farm and business
    "We're farmers for two months of the year and businessmen the other 10," said Bill Kitchen, president of Kitchen Farms. The potato operation, nestled between Mancelona and Boyne Falls, is a true family success story. 
  • International grain buyers visit Illinois
    Thirty-three guests representing eight countries toured farms and agriculture-related businesses across the state. 
  • Experts emphasize human cost of ag accidents
    How much does it cost to be safe on the farm? For Midwest farmers facing a potentially long, wet harvest to get crops out of the field and into storage, minutes matter. Minutes and hours can mean money during the harvest rush. 
  • Safety matters … for rescuers, as well as farmers
    Who’s coming to save you, if you are involved in a farm-related accident? Chances are, it’s going to be a volunteer firefighter or first responder. 

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