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  • Agritourists voice environmental concerns
    While most agricultural tourists responding to a Purdue University survey indicated that agriculture is an important industry, those who said they had visited a livestock farm tended to have concerns about how animal feeding operations affect water quality in their county.
  • Adkins Energy awards scholarship
    Rene Powers, the daughter of Don and Amy Powers of Stockton, has been awarded the $1,500 2016 Adkins Energy LLC scholarship.
  • Add microbial xylanase to rice bran to boost energy
    Research at the University of Illinois is finding ways to make rice bran, an abundant co-product of the production of white rice for human consumption, more efficient as a feed ingredient for pigs.
  • Good news on nitrates
    The flow of nitrates from farm fertilizer and treated wastewater into the Illinois River that contributes to a dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico has fallen, a new study says.
  • Higher Lake Michigan water levels affect beaches, boaters
    Lake Michigan water levels are up, making beaches smaller, but helping boaters. Steve Hungness, chief of operations for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Chicago District, said water levels are roughly a foot above the 90-year average.
  • Purdue imagines world without GMOs
    Higher food prices, a significant boost in greenhouse gas emissions due to land use change and major loss of forest and pasture land would be some results if genetically modified organisms in the United States were banned, according to a Purdue University study.
  • New study boosts GMOs
    Genetically manipulated food remains generally safe for humans and the environment, a high-powered science advisory board declared in a new report.
  • Earth sets heat record 12 straight months
    Earth’s heat is stuck on high. Thanks to a combination of global warming and an El Niño, the planet shattered monthly heat records for an unprecedented 12th straight month, as April smashed the old record by half a degree, according to federal scientists.
  • Learn to be ‘top farmer’
    Farmers and agribusiness professionals can learn about the agricultural business climate, strategies to successfully grow their operations and implications for agricultural producers of changing consumer demand July 7-8 at Purdue University’s annual Top Farmer Conference.
  • Expect steady gas prices over summer
    Current supplies of gasoline and expected production this year should keep prices at the fuel pump 40 to 60 cents per gallon lower than last summer despite supply disruptions that have pushed prices higher in recent months, especially in the Midwest, Purdue University energy economist Wally Tyner said.

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