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  • During National Dairy Month, DeLaval reaffirmed its commitment to the future of agriculture with a promotion offered through its network of 28 DeLaval Dairy Service locations within the United States. 
  • A lawsuit seeking to block construction of a Wenona hog farm has been dismissed by a central Illinois judge. Opponents of the 20,000-head hog farm in Marshall Country had challenged developer VMC Management Corp. of Williamsburg, Iowa, and the Illinois Department of Agriculture, which granted preliminary approval of the project in October. 
  • A new group has formed to push for policies in Springfield favorable to the medical marijuana industry with a well-connected former Illinois Department of Agriculture employee as its top lobbyist. 
  • The 43rd annual Western Illinois University Performance Tested Bull Sale at the Western Illinois University Livestock Center posted a record sale average. 
  • Western Illinois University School of Agriculture alumni Jimmy Holtschlag of Quincy and Kayla Henness of Camden had an interest in working with animals as youngsters. But it was their time as undergraduates at WIU that helped along their individual decisions to attend veterinary school. 
  • Lieutenant governors from across U.S. visit Glass Barn
    Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann welcomed lieutenant governors from around the U.S. to Indianapolis for the National Lt. Governors Association annual conference. The visitors had breakfast and a tour of the Glass Barn at the Indiana State Fair. 
  • Facing world hunger
    With a rising population and a shift in demand for more protein-based foods, the world’s leaders are searching for ways to improve and ensure food security for people now, and 50 years from now. 
  • Farmers should ‘bushelize’ acres
    The U.S. agricultural industry has gone through an unusual period. “From the early 2000s, we’ve more than doubled the agricultural revenue, and that’s not normal,” said Michael Swanson, Wells Fargo & Company senior vice president. “Typically, the agricultural economy does not grow faster than the general economy.” 
  • Wyffels Hybrids marks exciting year
    Wyffels Hybrids is marking one of the most exciting years in the company’s 70 years in business. “In a year when there was a decline in corn acres our business is up over 30 percent in unit sales,” said Bill Wyffels, company president. 
  • Great time to be farming
    This is a great time to be involved in the agricultural industry for several reasons, including the expanding wealth of many countries. Interesting events occurred in 1970, said Lowell Catlett, regents professor, New Mexico State University. 



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