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Some farm data will go offline in new USDA rules

Views and opinions: Budget standoff and trade are among frozen policies
Views and opinions: Wheat acreage declines; net revenue remains negative
   
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Ag groups urge Trump to follow through on infrastructure plans
President Donald Trump renewed his pledge to rebuild America’s crumbling transportation infrastructure system during his first State of the Union (SOTU) address last month.
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Board to review amusement ride inspection chain in Ohio

More than six months after one of the most catastrophic carnival ride accidents in Ohio history, a state advisory board has agreed to form a new committee to review the amusement ride inspection process.
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National team collecting data for best ag practices in water quality
A new water quality assessment will focus on compiling existing data about how agriculture impacts water quality.
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Indiana's annual Small Farm Conference to be March 1-3
Attendance at the Indiana Small Farm Conference has increased yearly since it started in 2013, mirroring a growing interest among Hoosiers in getting into small-scale agriculture, an organizer said.
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Indiana health plan adds work requirement to keep benefits

The extension of Indiana’s health insurance program for low-income residents includes a work requirement along with funding for substance addiction treatment.
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Economist: Solar tariff likely to breed Chinese backlash on ag
 In California, more than half of paid generated energy is used to move water. In pumping groundwater, moving it around fields for irrigation or providing drinking to herds, agriculture is a primary user of energy.
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Michigan Wheat hosting sixth annual meeting on March 21
The Michigan Wheat Program’s (MWP) sixth annual meeting is slated for March and registration is now open.
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MSU Farmers Day to kick off next half-century in Coldwater

 The 51st annual Farmers Day is slated for Feb. 19 at the Branch Area Career Center in Coldwater, with a full slate of educational seminars, entertaining speakers, a trade show and an opportunity for Restricted Use Pesticide (RUP) exams.
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Horses quarentined in Ohio, Kentucky by equine herpes
The Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) has confirmed positive cases of equine herpes virus (EHP) in five horses at separate locations around the state. The agency has placed multiple facilities under quarantine and is actively investigating where these animals have been and what other animals have been exposed.
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BOAH still monitoring bovine TB zone in southeast Indiana
Having a veterinarian test his cattle for bovine tuberculosis (TB) was an inconvenience, but it had to be done, said Dave White, a cattle producer in Brookville who owns White’s Livestock Auction and is the market representative on the Indiana State Board of Animal Health (BOAH).
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