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  • Indiana: Mild, dry weather expected early this winter
    Indiana likely will be mild and dry early this winter and then return to more normal weather later in the season, the Indiana State Climate Office says. 
  • Lack of regulations for exotic animals sparks concern
    Some Indiana officials and others are worried about the loss of state oversight for exotic animals since a state appeals court ruling that struck down regulations on fenced deer-hunting preserves. 
  • Bison rancher learns on job
    Bison are instinctual. Being a bison rancher is not. Looking back, Zach Martin sees as a waste the time he spent coming up with excuses not to work on Mike Surak’s Fortville bison farm. 
  • D.C.-area farm raises Randall Linebacks
    Ten years ago, Robert Wiedmaier was among a handful of D.C. chefs invited to a private dinner hosted by Brian McBride, formerly of Blue Duck Tavern. On the menu: seven courses of America’s oldest and rarest breed of cattle. 
  • Steady water levels expected in Great Lakes
    Water levels in the Great Lakes should remain mostly above average over the next six months as a powerful El Niño gives the region a break after two bitterly cold winters, but it’s unclear whether there will be longer-term effects, federal scientists said recently. 
  • Reduce energy use to save money this winter
    Although we have enjoyed a warm fall season, remember we live in Illinois and next week could be a different story. 
  • Lily’s tale: Let me tell your animal stories
    Meet Lily. She’s a beloved 10-year-old miniature donkey who belongs to Andy Ulrich of Sumner in Lawrence County. Lily arrived in Andy’s care about a year ago, just before Andy’s church hosted its annual “A Walk to Bethlehem” live nativity. 
  • Xtend soybeans nearing market release
    SPONSORED: Farmers who battle glyphosate-resistant and other tough-to-control weeds will have an additional weed management tool in 2016 with the anticipated introduction of the Roundup Ready Xtend Crop System. 
  • Feed the birds this winter
    Winter is coming. No, I am not a Game of Thrones fan; but let’s be honest, it is just around the corner. Winter brings many changes. One of these is that many birds migrate out of the area in the fall. 
  • Unusual growing year brings weed, insect surprises
    SPONSORED: An unusual growing year that went from extremely wet to very dry brought surprises, some welcome, some not, even before combines started rolling in farm fields. 
  • Prospects for corn, soybean production estimates
    Current corn and soybean prices reflect, in part, the large U.S. crops just harvested. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service will release the final estimates of the size of those crops in the second week of January. 
  • Indiana sets pace on cover crops
    As harvest season ends and farmers in the United States ready themselves for winter, one change could make a difference in soil health and the climate-impacted world: planting cover crops. 
  • Bankers see farm income, land values down
    Farm income continued to decline across areas of the Midwest and Mid-South during the third quarter of 2015 compared to a year ago, while farmland and ranchland values are going in different directions. 
  • Video: Week in Review
    This week's top agriculture stories: A Christmas present from the far north and plants to brighten the holidays. 
  • History comes alive at Vandalia Statehouse
    There was a time when history was not interesting to me, but that has really changed. I’ve learned that history is fascinating, especially when it involves talking with a farmer who has experienced vast changes in the way he manages his farm and the tools he uses to grow food and fiber. 

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