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STATEHOUSE (March 28, 2019) – The Kirkpatrick Farm was recently recognized at the Statehouse for being in operation for 178 years, according to State Sen. Ron Alting (R-Lafayette) and State Re…

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The number of American farms has fallen since 2012, reflecting both a long-term trend and hard times in the ag industry. But farmers are generating more money from livestock, according to the 2017 Census of Agriculture.

An Idaho potato is any potato grown in Idaho; but when most consumers think of Idaho potatoes, they visualize the Russet Burbank. Idaho’s weather and high elevation provide optimal conditions for growing these potatoes. The long, mild growing season with rich, light soil and high elevations are ideal. This was realized in the early 1900s, when the Russet Burbank was first brought to the area and the state became a major potato-producing powerhouse.

Indiana has lost 2,046 farms over the last five years — an average of more than 400 a year — as farmers are getting older and farm incomes are shrinking, according to the latest U.S. Census of Agriculture.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — The American Soybean Association (ASA) is disappointed that the European Union has voted on a mandate to move forward with an EU-U.S. Free Trade Agreement that excludes agriculture. The EU is a critically important market for U.S. food exports, including soybeans.

Iowa farmers were waiting for warmer weather and drier conditions as snow, ice and rain throughout the State prevented much fieldwork during the week ending April 14, 2019, according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Statewide there were 1.9 days suitable for fieldwork. Southwest Iowa had the most days suitable for fieldwork at 4.1 days. Fieldwork activities remained mostly limited to applying anhydrous and spreading manure with very little planting done.

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RENSSELAER — Two White County students with the Rensselaer 4-H team took first place out of 27 teams at the National Livestock Judging Competition late last month in Kansas City, Mo.