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Veterans rein in post-traumatic stress with new horse program
Tootsie, Rocky, Whisper and Snowflake at Giant City Stables are saddled up to help southern Illinois veterans cope with post-traumatic stress syndrome and other well-being issues.
2/13/2015
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Obama budget proposes cuts to federal ag insurance co-pay
President Barack Obama’s fiscal year 2016 budget proposal calls for cuts in spending for agriculture but maintains the focus on rural America by continuing efforts that are working in reversing population and economic decline in less populated areas of the nation.
2/13/2015
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Beacon Credit Union buys lender Midwest Ag Finance
 Beacon Credit Union announced Friday it has reached an agreement to acquire Midwest Ag Finance. The agreement has been approved by the board of directors for both financial institutions and includes the purchase of assets and assumption of liabilities.
2/13/2015
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SW Ohio Small Farm Conference and Trade Show is March 13-14
Want to explore options that can open doors to your small farm success? Then the Southwest Ohio Small Farm Conference may be just for you.
2/19/2015
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Proposed crop insurance cuts look bipartisan

The recent attention to possible crop insurance cuts in the president’s 2016 budget proposal shows how complicated party politics may be in the new Congress.
2/19/2015
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USDA projects lower crop prices, reduced acreage in 2024 report

Prices for crops will rebound after reductions in 2015 and 2016, according to USDA’s updated Agricultural Projections to 2024 report.
2/19/2015
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Interpretive rule withdrawn from ‘Waters of U.S.’ plan

Farmers have notched a victory in the ongoing battle over an effort of the federal government to tighten controls on the use of their land.
2/19/2015
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After report, USDA will study livestock centers

USDA has opened a 60-day review and ordered an update to its animal welfare plan at all 49 federal centers that perform livestock research – in response to a recent New York Times story of animal abuse.
2/19/2015
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NCC: Cotton planting likely to be down this growing season

 With the decline in cotton prices has come talk of declines in production for this year’s crop – something that was reflected in planting intentions surveys released by the National Cotton Council (NCC).
2/20/2015
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