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WEST LAFAYETTE — A new, old industry. That’s how the U.S. Department of Agriculture characterizes hemp, a versatile crop grown around the world for thousands of years, including in the U.S., b…

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana State Department of Agriculture awarded more than $468,000 to six projects designed to grow the state’s specialty crop sector, funded by USDA’s Specialty Crop Block …

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The bleak days of January may not seem like a time for celebration but my ancestors knew how to break the winter blues. About Jan. 25 was the time for Scottish settlers in the Galesville area of Trempealeau County, Wisconsin, to celebrate the life of poetry of the Scottish bard Robert Burns. It was known as Burns Night – an evening of music with bagpipes, singing, dancing, poetry recitation, eating Scottish food, and drinking perhaps a wee dram or more of whisky.

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OPINION  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has issued proposed regulatory changes related to required pump labeling and infrastructure compatibility for E15. This is a long-awaited proposal and gives stakeholders, including the National Corn Growers Association, the opportunity to provide comments that will be considered by the incoming administration to complete the rulemaking process to address retail barriers.

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MECKLENBURG, N.Y. – At 50-acre Wellspring Forest Farm in the Finger Lakes Region of central New York, the goal is to farm in the image of a forest – agroforestry.

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The process for earning organic certification may seem daunting. But there are many resources available to farmers wanting to label and market their products with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Organic Program seal.

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A team from Wisconsin’s Polk County 4-H earned first place in the North American Dairy Educational Experience contest. The recently held contest was developed to provide a learning experience after the in-person National 4-H Dairy Bowl Contest was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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As the climate trends warmer and drier, global food security increasingly hinges on the ability of crops to withstand drought. But scientists and producers aren’t focusing on the correct metric when measuring crop-relevant drought, according to new research from University of Illinois scientists, who urge the scientific community to redefine the term.

WASHBURN, Wis. – At many crossroads in rural Wisconsin stand empty buildings that once housed small businesses – many of which were neighborhood stores. Proprietors sold local produce and a mixture of goods that families needed. Nobody became rich but there was a sense of community. Those little stores were the place, like rural Post Offices, where neighbors gathered to learn news, trade ideas and weave the fabric of life.

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Dairy Business Association names new president