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The U.S. Department of Agriculture has extended the deadline from Sept. 20 to Sept. 27 for dairy farmers to enroll in the Dairy Margin Coverage program for 2019. Enacted in the 2018 farm bill, the safety-net program offers risk protection to dairy producers when the difference between the all-milk price and the average feed cost – the margin – decreases to less than a certain dollar amount selected by the producer.

DECATUR, Ill. — Despite reports that may indicate the opposite, U.S. farmer support for President Donald Trump remains strong — even as some of his policy moves may be inducing anxiety from those same farmers.

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NEW YORK, Sept. 23, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, nineteen forward-thinking, agriculture-centric companies, together with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), launched a new initiative to protect and restore biodiversity within their supply chains and product portfolios. This coalition - named "One Planet Business for Biodiversity" (OP2B) - was formally launched on stage at the United Nations Climate Action Summit by Emmanuel Faber, Chairman and CEO of the global food and beverage company Danone.

ORLINDA, Tenn. - Standing between two rows of thigh-high hemp crops close to the Tennessee-Kentucky border, the retired owner of a New Hampshire convenience store cheerfully recalled why he chose to grow his first hemp crop this year. Barry Paterno, 67, is a gardener, not a farmer - he likes to grow tomatoes and corn. But he saw on the local TV news that an acre of hemp could bring in as much ...

RUPERT — The Minidoka Irrigation District will shut the northside canal delivery gates Oct. 15. All district water users need to finish watering prior to this date and remove personal property in the district’s rights-of-way as crews prepare for fall maintenance projects.

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“Ripe ears on a green stalk” was the advertising line of a seed-corn company some years ago. I think every farmer who wants to harvest corn for grain likes to see that because it means the plant was able to be physiologically mature before frost. It also allows the maximum amount of the hybrid's potential yield.

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Corn, soybean and cotton farmers shudder at the thought of Palmer amaranth invading their fields. The aggressive cousin of waterhemp – itself a formidable adversary – grows extremely rapidly, produces hundreds of thousands of seeds per plant and is resistant to multiple classes of herbicides – including glyphosate.

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When a group of dairy families opened Idaho Milk Products a decade ago, the company faced a murky future at best. Ten years later, after a $30 million plant expansion, it looks like the gamble is paying off.

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It’s been one year since my son, David, told me he thought it was time to move on from the idea of him taking over the farm. What an interesting ride it’s been.

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We received 1.7 inches of rain at my house in the last week. We started chopping silage Monday. We opened the silage field by harvesting eight rows around the outside and one pass down the middle. There were spots in the field that had standing water in the spring that only yielded 50 to 60 bushels, or less.