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U.S. farm exports hit third-highest on record in 2017
U.S. agricultural exports totaled $140.5 billion by the end of fiscal year 2017, rising nearly $10.9 billion from the previous year to the third-highest level on record, according to USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue.
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Colletti helming ISU ag college, as WIntersteen made president
Joe Colletti, Iowa State University senior associate dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and associate director of the Iowa Agriculture and Home Economics Experiment Station, has been named the college’s interim dean effective Nov. 
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NPB: Pork farmers still focused on responsible antibiotic stewardship
U.S. hog producers are continuing to focus on antibiotic stewardship, according to the National Pork Board (NPB), which has been leading an effort this year to invest in antibiotic research.
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Annual Indiana summit stresses ag innovation to solve problems
 Last week, AgriNovus – an industry sector initiative formed to cultivate agricultural innovation in Indiana – hosted its annual Ag Biosciences Innovation Summit. The event featured speakers on topics of ag innovation efforts in Indiana, and how to foster more innovation among researchers, companies, universities and organizations in the state.
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EU approves glyphosate for five more years, with a split decision
With Germany as the surprise deciding vote, the herbicide glyphosate has gained a five-year renewal in the European Union.
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Michigan farm hosts three FIRST seed trials this year

There were three separate groups of seed tests at the farm of Jim and Dennis Orr in Charlotte this season. The tests were for different corn varieties, conducted by the Farmers’ Independent Research of Seed Technologies (FIRST), a firm based out of Cary, Ill.
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Michigan Rural Development grant funds up for application


The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) has announced it is taking applications for its Rural Development Fund (RDF) grants program.
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Buyers are still looking for new, non-GMO, organic bean acres
This region’s buyers of organic and non-genetically modified (GMO) soybeans are looking for acres to fill 2018 contracts, and a longtime Michigan soy processor is expanding to meet growing global demand for identity-preserved soy products.
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Views and opinions: Artist helping an Iowa FFA chapter with its fundraising
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Views and opinions: Good things, bad times, relationships all will end
Verses from Mama by Sandra Sheridan
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