February 19, 2020

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Farmers worry Florida bill will worsen labor scarcity woes

FLORIDA CITY, Fla. (AP) -- On a recent afternoon, many stools stood empty beside a conveyor belt where workers examined a stream of green tomatoes and tossed aside those with holes and cracks at a South Florida packing house.

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Wednesday 02/05/2020
Alternative calving workshops to be held

BROOKINGS -- The South Dakota Grassland Coalition, in partnership with SDSU Extension and the Natural Resources Conservation Service, will host a series of workshops focused on alternative calving methods this month.

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Monday 02/03/2020
In fight to survive, dairy farmers look for any tech edge

PICKETT, Wis. (AP) -- At Rosendale Dairy, each of the 9,000 cows has a microchip implanted in an ear that workers can scan with smartphones for up-to-the-minute information on how the animal is doing -- everything from their nutrition to their health history to their productivity. Feed is calibrated to deliver a precise diet and machines handle the milking. In the fields, drones gather data that helps bump up yields for the row crops grown to feed the animals.

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Wednesday 01/15/2020
Ag Dept. seeks summer interns

PIERRE -- The South Dakota Department of Agriculture is seeking to fill several paid internships for this summer.

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Wednesday 12/18/2019
I-29 Moo University winter workshop series to focus on dairy calves

BROOKINGS -- SDSU Extension encourages dairy producers to register for the I-29 Moo University Winter Workshop series, "Prosperity of Dairy Calves," to be held in five locations across the region beginning Jan. 6.

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Monday 12/09/2019
CAFO training to be held Wednesday

BROOKINGS -- An environmental training session for operators of Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) will be held on Wednesday at the Crossroads Convention Center in Huron. Specialists from SDSU Extension, the South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources and the Natural Resources Conservation Service will be conducting the training.

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Thursday 12/05/2019
Senator: Trade hurting Maine blueberries, farmers need help

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- Maine's independent senator says the state's blueberry growers need help from the federal government to survive the Trump administration's trade battle with China.

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Wednesday 12/04/2019
African swine fever kills more than 20 wild boar in Poland

WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- An outbreak of African swine fever in Poland near the German border has killed 21 wild boar, the agriculture minister said Wednesday.

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Monday 12/02/2019
Managing Soil: Maximizing Profit Workshop is Tuesday in Colton

BROOKINGS -- South Dakota State University Extension will host the "Managing Soil: Maximizing Profit" workshop in Colton on Tuesday. Registration begins at 8:45 a.m. and the workshop runs from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Wednesday 11/27/2019
Cranberry farmers want to build solar panels over their bogs

CARVER, Mass. (AP) -- Plummeting cranberry prices and the country's ongoing trade wars have America's cranberry industry eyeing a possible new savior: solar power.

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Friday 11/22/2019
Progress slowed for harvest

Bad weather and wet fields have delayed completion of this fall's harvest in South Dakota.

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Friday 11/15/2019
FSA director tells farmers: schedule county meetings

HURON -- South Dakota's farmers may think they've applied for all the programs they can to help mitigate some of the losses brought on by extreme weather and the Trade War, but South Dakota's Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director Paul Shubeck says there may be other resources available.

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Friday 11/08/2019
$800 million in disaster aid to farmers hit by hurricanes

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- The federal government announced $800 million in aid Friday to farmers in three southern states that were devastated by last year's hurricanes.

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Wednesday 11/06/2019
BQA certification will be held in Mitchell Nov. 21

BROOKINGS -- To help beef producers meet Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) certification expectations, SDSU Extension will host an in-person BQA certification course on Nov. 21 from 2-4 p.m. in the Technology Center Amphitheater at Mitchell Technical Institute (MTI) in Mitchell

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Tuesday 11/05/2019
Wisconsin Senate to vote on firing agriculture secretary

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin's Republican-controlled Senate prepared Tuesday to fire the state agriculture secretary appointed by Democratic Gov. Tony Evers, the latest in a series of skirmishes between the governor and the GOP that comes as Wisconsin is losing dairy farmers at a record pace.

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Thursday 10/31/2019
Scientists say quarter of all pigs could die of swine fever

SYDNEY (AP) -- Around a quarter of the world's pigs are expected to die from African swine fever as authorities grapple with a complex disease spreading rapidly in the globalization era, the World Organization for Animal Health's president said Thursday.

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Wednesday 10/30/2019
Cranberry farmers want to build solar panels over their bogs

CARVER, Mass. (AP) -- Plummeting cranberry prices and the country's ongoing trade wars have America's cranberry industry eyeing a possible new savior: solar power.

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Tuesday 10/29/2019
Vermont remembers farmer who refused to sell for interstate

ASCUTNEY, Vt. (AP) -- A symbol of progress overtaking the state's agricultural past -- a tree that once shaded a farm now largely buried beneath Interstate 91 -- is dying and must be cut down.

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Wednesday 10/16/2019
Farmers blame Trump for biofuels rule they view as betrayal

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Farmers and biofuel industry officials are reacting angrily to a rule released by the Environmental Protection Agency that they say doesn't uphold a promise President Donald Trump made to fulfill the intent of an ethanol law passed by Congress.

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Thursday 10/10/2019
Spain: Olive farmers protest low prices, US tariff plans

MADRID (AP) -- Several thousand olive farmers have marched through Spain's capital to protest plunging prices and to demand protection from tariffs the United States plans to levy on European Union on agriculture products.

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