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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The Illinois Department of Agriculture announced additional label restrictions for the 2020 growing season for the herbicide dicamba.

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency State Executive Director William J Graff has announced that Alexander, Pulaski and Union counties are accepting applications for the Emergency Conservation Program to address damages from 2019 spring flooding.

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OMAHA, Neb. — Farmers across the U.S. and Canada can access advanced technology for marketing their grain more effectively and improving profitability when STRATUM, a new, first-of-its-kind digital platform, is introduced by GrainBridge in the first quarter of 2020.

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BRENTWOOD, Tenn. — Tractor Supply Company continues its mission to support youth in their local communities by launching its Fall Paper Clover campaign, a biannual fundraiser in partnership with National 4-H Council to provide scholarships for 4-H members.

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service is the kind of government bureaucracy few can identify but millions rely on for their livelihoods.

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Tar spot has made annual appearances in Illinois since its initial detection in 2015. Last season, conditions that favored disease development and spread allowed the tar spot fungus, Phyllachora maydis, to develop to a significant degree well before the crop had matured, and many saw significant losses.

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Kathleen Hite, with the Twin Falls Area Chamber of Commerce, pets a pig during a tour Wednesday of Tubbs Berry Farm in Twin Falls.

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Kirk Tubbs speaks to the Twin Falls Area Chamber of Commerce members during a tour Wednesday at Tubbs Berry Farm in Twin Falls.

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Kirk Tubbs speaks to the Twin Falls Area Chamber of Commerce members during a tour Wednesday at Tubbs Berry Farm in Twin Falls.

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Heidi Tubbs speaks with Twin Falls Area Chamber of Commerce members during a tour Wednesday of Tubbs Berry Farm in Twin Falls.

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Twin Falls Area Chamber of Commerce member Tony Kevan holds onto some cloves of garlic during a tour Wednesday of Tubbs Berry Farm in Twin Falls.

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With the extreme weather in the Corn Belt this spring, there has been a lot of concern that crops weren’t going to have enough time before the killing frost hit. Typically the first frost occurs from the end of September through the first half of October in much of the Corn Belt. Sometimes that frost can be toward the middle of September, which had a lot of growers nervous. Fortunately the unseasonably hot September mitigated most of the frost concerns I’ve heard from growers even in Wisconsin. That’s not to say it doesn’t exist.

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Agricultural producers now can enroll in the Agriculture Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage programs – two U.S. Department of Agriculture safety-net programs for the 2020 crop year. Meanwhile producers who enrolled farms for the 2018 crop year have started receiving payments for covered commodities if payments were triggered under such programs.

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FALL RIVER, Wis. – Bella Rees has a big project to complete before she turns 100 years old – a large display filled with photos, letters, notes and documents of her life. In her room at an assisted-living facility she has a large table filled with photos – ranging from the 1920s to recent snapshots.