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Senators get behind efforts to stop EPA drop in biofuel levels
The oil industry is leading EPA down a dangerous road with its latest proposal for the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) – that’s what 38 U.S. senators said in recent letter to the agency.
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New OSU ag dean brings in a teacher's perspective
Dr. Cathann Kress, the new vice president for agricultural administration and dean of the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) at The Ohio State University, comes from serving as VP for extension and outreach and director of cooperative extension at Iowa State University.
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September hog numbers up 2 percent; more growth is ahead

 Based on last month’s hog and pig inventory, which was up 2 percent, farm market analysts forecast healthy and profitable growth ahead for the U.S. pork industry.


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Are American consumers demanding fattier pork?
Walk into any Arby’s fast-food restaurant these days and a new item on the menu is quickly picking up a lot of fans. The main reason: porchetta, the fattier version of bacon.
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Four arrested after piglets are stolen, killed in Illinois
Four people, including two adults and two juveniles, were arrested last week and face charges in connection to the theft, torture and killing of 30 piglets from the Logan Sow Center in southern Illinois.
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Proper manure handling a piece of harvest safety
When talk turns to harvest safety, most advice centers on grain transportation and handling once corn is delivered to local elevators or other storage sites. With the 2017 harvest well underway, safe handling of liquid manure used to fertilize fields after the harvest must also be considered, points out University of Illinois Extension farm safety expert Ted Funk.
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$9.6 in farm safety net and CRP checks mailed
Nearly $9.6 billion in farm safety net and conservation payment checks are coming to U.S. farmers, many of whom are dealing with crop, livestock, machinery or structural damage resulting from hurricanes that have wrought havoc on southern coastal states in recent weeks, along with other natural or man-made disasters.
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McKinney: If farmers grow it, we will sell it
 Ted McKinney, newly confirmed USDA undersecretary for trade and foreign agricultural affairs, is known for his passion for agriculture and has already visited dozens of countries in his agricultural-based career.
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Researchers seek salmonella vaccines, sources of infection
Poultry and feed industry researchers are identifying potential new guards against salmonellosis, one of the most common foodborne illnesses in the United States.
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Advocates drumming up support for export $$ bill
As commodity groups prepare for the new farm bill, they have put their unified voice behind a Senate measure to double the funding for two USDA export promotion programs.
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