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  • World Pork Expo to be June 3-5
    The dates are set for the 2015 World Pork Expo — June 3-5 at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines. World Pork Expo is sponsored by the National Pork Producers Council and presents a range of activities, including the world’s largest pork-specific trade show, educational seminars and swine shows and sales. 
  • Low prices putting brakes on hog expansion
    Larger numbers of hogs plus U.S. Department of Agriculture revisions that increase hog statistics equals expansion of the U.S. pork industry. Right? Not so fast, said three noted livestock economists in response to the second-quarter 2015 USDA Hogs and Pigs report. 
  • GOP pitches voluntary GMO-free label program
    Inspired by the popular “USDA organic” label, House Republicans are proposing a new government certification for foods free of genetically modified ingredients. 
  • Purdue leads research to improve water management
    A Purdue University researcher is heading a $5 million federally funded project examining the economic and environmental benefits and costs of storing water on farms in ways for crops to use it when they need it and to reduce nutrients draining into waterways. 
  • Business mushrooms to be state's largest fungus producer
    Kevin Doyle tells mushroom stories the way anglers talk about landing the big one. Once, during a walkabout on his farm, he came across a giant grifola frondosa, or hen-of-the-woods mushroom. 
  • Payment limits may be set under farm bill
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced a proposed rule to limit farm payments to non-farmers, consistent with requirements Congress mandated in the 2014 farm bill. 
  • National Ag Day sends message to Capitol Hill
    Families all over the world celebrate the holidays of Christmas, Easter and New Year’s. Farm families and agriculturalists, however, hold a special place in their heart for another national holiday. 
  • Learn steps to better spring forage
    With planting season approaching, farmers planning to grow forage should keep in mind six major considerations that could determine the success of their crop, a Purdue Extension specialist said. 
  • Madison County farmer cherishes time with sons
    Shuter Sunset Farms is busy with activity as Mike Shuter and his sons, Patrick and Brian, prepare for planting season. 
  • Farmers' hard work keeps the world fed
    Farmers in America aren’t just worried about feeding their families or community. A hundred years ago, this probably was true. But now American farmers have a much bigger challenge. 
  • Plan unveiled to aid farmers
    America’s farmers are the backbone of our economy, and I am proud to represent the 1,200 farms that call the 2nd District of Illinois home. Strong investments in our nation’s farmers are crucial to ensuring a continued and sustainable economic recovery. 
  • Weather outlook: Expect swings in conditions
    As Indiana frees itself from the grip of a harsh late winter, the State Climate Office says a developing weather pattern is likely to produce variable conditions this spring. 
  • Faith and farming
    High-profile corporations are not the only entities addressing concerns about modern agriculture. Many religious institutions are doing the same thing. 
  • City slickers, farm folk find common ground
    Sometimes, you don’t need to beat people over the head. That might seem like an obvious statement, but I’m talking about agriculture and the ag message. 
  • Tool helps farmers assess climate impact
    The Useful to Usable climate initiative based at Purdue University has added an online tool enabling farmers and agricultural advisers to better assess how climate patterns in other parts of the world can influence local conditions and corn yields across the Corn Belt. 

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