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There’s a lot of talk about dairy-farm efficiency, productivity and profitability – and that magical spot where they all meet. A good example of this in the milking parlor.

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Craft breweries may be fueling an unprecedented geographic expansion of hop production across the United States, according to researchers at Pennsylvania State University and the University of Toledo. Their findings suggest that as more craft breweries emerge around the country so may new opportunities for farmers.

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A beautiful blanket of white snow envelopes the Bayfield Peninsula in far-northern Wisconsin. The cold waters of partially frozen Lake Superior moderate winter cold as fruit trees slumber in orchards that provide apples, pears and other fruit in the summer and fall. At first glance visitors see nothing going on, but just a little investigating will reveal activity on many farms. So it is at the Bayfield Apple Company on Bayfield County Highway J.

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GILMANTON, Wis. – “Different challenges, different places, opportunity for everyone,” is how Heather Darby of the University of Vermont describes hemp farming to a group of interested farmers in Buffalo County, Wisconsin.

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CALEDONIA, Minn. – Anyone looking for Rachelle Meyer in the evenings will find her with five small children milking cows for her father-in-law and his brother. During the day she’s busy building her own farm business called Wholesome Family Farms.

For best results, bring a fresh cut (not frozen) steak to room temperature before cooking. Look for a steak with a lot of marble from 1 to 3 inches thick.

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Hughes’ chocolate “moose” cake is one of her popular desserts at her Hughes Bar X restaurant in Albany, Mo.

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Charmayne Hughes, of Denver, Mo., reopened her Hughes Bar X restaurant in Albany after the original burned years ago. She and her late husband, Donald, had a beef cattle operation, and she says she’s most famous for her prime rib.

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SPRING GROVE, Minn. – Dayna Burtness didn’t grow up on a farm. But her family are sixth-generation farmers; her roots are sunk deep in this area of southeastern Minnesota.

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The 2020 Iowa Power Farming Show will feature new equipment available to producers, as well as well as vendors from many areas of agriculture. The show runs Jan. 28-30 in Des Moines.

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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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Ensuring cows are healthy will improve productivity, longevity, fertility and resistance to disease – plus reduce their upkeep costs. A key to well-being is controlling and limiting their stress.