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LLCC cuts ribbon on Kreher Agriculture Center

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Officials of Lincoln Land Community College, the LLCC Foundation and the Kreher Farm Charitable Perpetual Trust cut the ribbon May 6 to open the new Kreher Agriculture Center on the LLCC campus. “Today we continue to honor the intent of our generous donors, Charles and Ir...
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Compeer Financial awards 59 county fair grants

SUN PRAIRIE, Wis. — Compeer Financial’s Fund for Rural America, the Farm Credit cooperative’s giving program, is supporting county fairs with grants to improve facilities and experiences offered to rural communities across the Upper Midwest. 59 fairs received County Fair Facility Upgrade Grant...
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USDA seeks nominees for National Dairy Promotion & Research Board


WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is seeking nominees for 12 dairy producer seats on the National Dairy Promotion and Research Board.  Nominations are due May 31, 2021. Appointed members will serve three-year te...

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World Pork Expo’s seminars educate on latest pork insights

DES MOINES, Iowa — Professionals in the pork industry will be the first to have access to the latest production and management strategies at this year’s World Pork Expo. This year’s line-up of PORK Academy and Business Se...
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Premier cattle industry education experience to take place Aug. 9-10

CENTENNIAL, Colo. -- Tune in to Tennessee for the 28th annual Cattlemen’s College, Aug. 9-10, which kicks off the 2021 Cattle Industry Convention & NCBA Trade Show in Nashville, Tenn. Cattlemen’s College, sponsored by Zoetis, brings thought-provoking, stimulating sessions that can help gener...
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National News


Biden-Harris administration outlines "America the Beautiful" initiative

WASHINGTON -- Today the Biden-Harris administration outlined a vision for how the United States can work collaboratively to conserve and restore the lands, waters, and wildlife that support and sustain the nation. The recommendations are contained in a  
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National FFA continues to support the next generation of leaders

INDIANAPOLIS -- FFA awarded more than $1.5 million in scholarships to 974 recipients, thanks to the generosity of 309 sponsors and donors. More than 4,656 students applied online for the scholarships, with many applicants being considered for multiple awards. The scholarships were available to s...
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Chicken prices rising, supplies low

COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Poultry prices, especially prices for chicken breasts, have skyrocketed due to surging demand, tighter supplies and a transitioning supply chain, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service experts. David Ander...
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The surprising power of chicken manure

MADISON, Wis. -- Each year, American farmers raise billions of chickens, more than enough for a "chicken for every pot," as Herbert Hoover's campaign once promised. But all those birds mean a lot of something else: manure. Poultry litter is the mix of manure and bedding materials coming from the ...
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FARM Program publishes 2021 Drug Residue Prevention Manual

ARLINGTON, Va. -- The National Dairy Farmers Assuring Responsible Management (FARM) Program published its 2021 Milk & Dairy Beef Drug Residue Prevention Reference Ma...
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On the Lighter Side


Drone trucker: Sharing wild Australian landscapes for a cause

Each week, trucker Ben Stamatovich's route takes him 1,615 miles across southern Australia, between the cities of Adelaide and Perth. Along the way, he enjoys breathtaking landscapes. On a whim one day, Stamatovich decided to bring along a drone to capture some of the beauty. He's since garnered lot...
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