Labor bill changes could affect youth programs

Proposed modifications to the federal labor regulations regarding youth employment could mean significant changes to the type of work young people can do on the farm.  There has also been concern about how those changes may affect how 4-H and FFA members complete their projects.  Indiana Representative Marlin Stutzman says they are checking into that… Read more »

Indiana pork farmers reach milestone

Recognizing the need for high quality protein in area food banks, Indiana pork farmers launched the One Million Meals program through a partnership with Feeding Indiana’s Hungry in the summer of 2009.  Sarah Ford, Director of Public and Industry Relations at Indiana Pork says they are excited to reach this milestone.  Ford says the idea… Read more »

Weather woes continue to delay IN harvest

Indiana farmers made limited progress last week as cool, wet weather set in and kept harvest to a minimum.  Both corn and soybean harvest have caught up slightly but are still days behind last year’s pace. Ninety-four percent of the corn crop has matured compared to 100 percent last year.  Just 42 percent of corn… Read more »

American Royal shows draw nationally

The American Royal expected up to a couple thousand head of cattle, hogs, sheep and goats for livestock shows in Kansas City that began late this past week. “And of course, that’s our heritage,” said Bob Petersen, CEO of the American Royal. “We were founded in 1899 as a livestock show here in the Stockyards… Read more »

New extension system debuts in South Dakota

The extension agents that for nearly a century were relied upon for answers to agricultural and homemaking questions are now a piece of South Dakota history. The extension offices that were an integral part of almost every county seat in the state are this week replaced by eight regional centers. South Dakota State University Extension… Read more »

HSUS goes after ‘puppy mills’ at federal level

The Humane Society of the United States says it is trying to get President Obama to close a loophole they say is causing the “puppy mill” problems in the nation. HSUS says more than 20-thousand signatures have been submitted to the White House “We the People” online petition campaign, more than enough to get the… Read more »

Bollinger named Star in Agriscience

As a freshman in high school, Keith Bollinger, from Buffalo City, Wis., enrolled in a natural resources class. It was a prudent decision, as Bollinger today is a wildlife ecology major at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. He also volunteers and is employed with two government services helping to restore Wisconsin prairies and control invasive… Read more »

Illinois hog unit gets ribbon cutting

Plenty of hog houses go into service with very little fanfare, but two units near Utica, Illinois get a ceremonial grand opening this week. “Our ribbon cutting is kind of our opportunity to have the community out and actually see the building prior to the hogs going in and our chance to kick off our… Read more »

Outside markets support corn and soybeans

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Soybeans were higher on fund and technical buying, along with spillover from the outside markets. The dollar was lower, while the Dow, gold, and crude oil were higher, and the cash basis remains firm thanks to slow farmer selling. USDA reports 80% of soybeans are harvested, compared to 91% last year and 71% on average…. Read more »

Farmer assesses land and roads, post flood

After months of Missouri River flood waters over his farm and home, Northwest Missouri farmer Richard Oswald is back on his land. Oswald tells Brownfield he’s focused on getting his fields ready for planting next spring. “We have to,” says Oswald, “You know, that’s something we absolutely must do is get that land planted in… Read more »