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‘Small Animals Day’ to spread the word about ag in Michigan

Know some non-ag people? Pass the word that they and their children can enjoy spending a day with the animals, during Michigan State University’s annual Small Animals Day.
4/15/2015
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Michigan right to farm report reflects dispute resolution

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development has released its latest report on the Right to Farm program.
4/15/2015
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100 safe-dairy proposals ready for NCIMS meeting

One hundred proposals regarding the safety of Grade A dairy products have been submitted for review in advance of the upcoming National Conference on Interstate Milk Shipments.
4/15/2015
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Indiana man, 18, arrested for gasoline theft on farm

Stealing from farms is often not discovered until after the thieves are long gone – but the actions of one Indiana farmer who saw it happening to him could have solved a spree of similar thefts.
4/15/2015
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House members and dairy industry urge ‘balanced’ TPP deal

The dairy industry praised the more than 75 House members last week who have urged the Obama Administration to negotiate a strong market-access outcome for the U.S. dairy industry in the Pacific Rim trade agreement.
4/15/2015
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USDA says pork should be up to record production this year

Wholesale belly prices were $65.45 per cwt. Friday, which is less than one-third of what they were a year ago.
4/15/2015
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April stocks balance sheet updates a crops non-event

Balance sheet adjustments on corn were minimal in the April update. Feed use was the only change to demand, with a decrease of 50 million bushels, and was enough to push corn carryout to 1.827 billion.
4/15/2015
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U.S. ethanol exports strike volume record in February
 U.S. exports of denatured and undenatured ethanol in February totaled 85.2 million gallons (mg), up 24 percent from January, which represented the highest February export volume on record, according to a Renewable Fuels Assoc. (RFA) analysis of recently released government data.
4/16/2015
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Ag predictions are uncertain, careful decisions necessary
The 2015 crop year offers fewer certainties for farming outcomes than most, but not all, years in recent history.
4/16/2015
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Next week sees arrival of late spring through Midwest
April  20-26, 2015
I had no inclination to read or to write, but only to spend the hours looking upon the earth’s April beauty, so lavishly spread before me here, listening to the field sparrow’s song, and smelling the fragrances of the leaves, the musk of the turned soil, the delicate perfume of the pasqueflowers, spending the hours in the sure knowledge that none would ever come again.
-August Derleth, A Countryman’s Journal, April 15
Lunar phase and lore
4/16/2015
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