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  • Speaking up for pig farmers
    Schoettmer Prime Pork has experienced steady growth since the farm started in 1987. The operation has been successful thanks to the leadership of Keith Schoettmer, a first-generation farmer who is able to see the whole picture. 
  • Let’s be careful out there
    Harvest season is a busy time for farmers as they put in extra hours to pull crops from their fields. Drivers can expect to see slow-moving farm vehicles on roadways to get the job done. 
  • Japanese trade team eyes Indiana corn
    A U.S. Grains Council trade team representing Japan visited the Hoosier state recently to see the quality of this year’s corn crop. 
  • Initiative helps dairymen improve management
    In just one year, the Dairy C.A.R.E. Initiative has touched the ownership or veterinary care of 25 percent of the nation’s dairy cows. “Yesterday was the one-year anniversary of this initiative that began in this tent,” said Rick Jackson, U.S. dairy product manager for Merck Animal Health. 
  • Crossbred calves add value
    A program for dairymen and feedlot operators is aimed at adding value to dairy cattle by producing high-quality beef. Developed by Wulf Cattle, the Breeding to Feeding program was initiated in 2010. However, Limousin cattle have been raised by the family since 1955. 
  • Couple says farm best place to raise kids
    There are many reasons the Becker family chose farming as their profession. It’s a way for Kyle and Emily Becker, farm owners, to know where their food comes from. 
  • Deadlines near for Hoosier Beef Congress
    The state’s largest cattle show will be Dec. 4 to 6 this year at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. Entry deadlines for the annual Hoosier Beef Congress are quickly approaching with All Star and Breed Sale entries due Oct. 15 and Junior Show registration due Nov. 1. 
  • Family adds vineyard to farm
    Mallow Run Winery is more than just a vineyard and tasting room — it is a family-run business with a farming heritage that dates back to the 19th century. 
  • Keep focus on high yields
    Following several months of crop reports full of surprises for the trade, the October estimates for production and balance sheets settled into the range of expectations. 
  • USDA trims harvested acreage estimates
    As anticipated, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reduced harvested acre estimates in the October crop production report, putting them in line with crop insurance fillings. 
  • Keep kids safe on farm
    Whether a young person lives on a farm or is visiting, there are many hazards and situations that can put them at risk. The leading causes of death on farms involve accidents with machinery, motor vehicles or drowning. 
  • USDA: PED virus likely linked to China
    A virus that killed more than 8 million baby pigs in 2013 and 2014 nearly matches the DNA of a virus found in China and likely was carried into the United States on reusable tote bags used in international trade, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said. 
  • Reindeer doctor specializes in reproductive issues
    Dr. Isaac Bottl’s work day always starts the same way. He walks out the back door of his Springville veterinary clinic, collects a few scoops of feed from a small garage and goes to feed his reindeer — Sven and Twinks. 
  • Tree deaths may be related to weather stress
    Homeowners and landowners need to keep an eye on trees that may be dying from weather-related stress, Purdue University tree experts say. Symptoms recently noted on mature oak, tulip and maple trees in Indiana include leaf scorch — the browning of leaves — branch dieback and premature defoliation. 
  • Fall soybean sample collection to promote value
    We experienced a tough growing season in our area in 2015, which was the case for many farmers throughout Illinois. I had several acres that were lost to flooding. 

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