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ATLANTA — Late last week (Jan. 3, 2020) Coca-Cola Company announced via a press release that it has acquired the remaining stake in fairlife LLC from its joint venture partner Select Milk Producers.

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There has been no shortage of news capable of pushing the grain markets one way or another in the past two weeks. It started with a USDA report, but also included the signing of a “phase one” trade deal with China and the Senate passage of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement last week.

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Up until recently, most precision ag tools have been for those producing crops, but a coordinated effort with several groups has resulted in a precision ag forecasting tool that will help cattle producers predict the forage production on their range or grasslands.

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I arrived at my silent, snowy woodlot Jan. 20 – the recognition date of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

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OPINION  The phrase “big dairy” is often used to depersonalize dairy farmers and imply some large, faceless force foisting an agenda. Consolidation has occurred in agriculture for generations and family farms are expanding. But about three-quarters of U.S. dairy farms have fewer than 100 cows on them, according to the 2017 Census of Agriculture.

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I’d heard the statement dozens of times from farmers and rural folk.

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SHULLSBURG, Wis. – Producing a corn yield of 322 bushels per acre, grain farmer Tim Appell of Shullsburg won awards in the 2019 National Corn Growers Association Yield Contest. He took second place nationally in the conventional non-irrigated category. His yield ranked first place in the same category in Wisconsin.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — David Daniken, a fifth-generation southern Illinois farmer, is good at managing his mixed farm operation, including Christmas trees, pumpkins, a corn maze and row crops. However, he says he’s not as good at telling his farm’s story to the public.