URBANA, Ill. — The old workhorse of a feed mill for the University of Illinois officially retired in March, and the structure is set to be torn down this fall. Replacing it with state-of-the-art equipment on a new site nearby in Urbana is the Feed Technology Center.

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Making Midwestern agriculture more resilient by diversifying farms, marketing and the agricultural landscape is the aim of a new $10 million project that’s being funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture. The project is led by Purdue University with several partner institutions involved.

We regularly write about fertilizer prices because that particular input accounts for a large share of variable production expenses. The recent surge in fertilizer prices has been widely discussed but this week’s post breaks down the latest data to provide five insights.

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OPINION  The American Farmland Trust is proud to stand alongside 164 other organizations and corporations in calling for Congress to maintain the $28 billion proposed for conservation programs in the reconciliation package. This funding recognizes the critical role that our nation’s farmers and ranchers can play in combatting climate change. It represents a once-in-a-generation opportunity to provide producers with the tools they need to protect their land, increase resilience to extreme weather, sequester carbon and reduce emissions – all while improving their soils and profitability.

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Handling cattle safely and efficiently requires attention to detail. That was one of the key messages Temple Grandin shared during an August program hosted by Wisconsin cattle-producer associations. A professor of animal sciences at Colorado State University, she’s a world-renowned animal behaviorist and designer of livestock-handling facilities.

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Suddenly, there is an incentive to store grain. Just a few weeks ago the market was telling farmers to sell their grain now. There was little carry in that market. That has changed.

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Fertilizer prices are approaching decade highs.