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There are many legal rules covering farms – rules that producers might not be aware of.

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INDEPENDENCE, Wis. – From the pages of the New York Times to the edge of his manure pit and from his back-40 to Washington, D.C., it’s anybody’s guess where to find Joe Bragger.

Weather has created a major issue for farmers when it comes to planting over the past few growing seasons, coming to a head in 2019. It was common around the Midwest to see much of the planting get done in mid-May or early June, which is a few weeks behind schedule for most.

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Republican-led farm aid legislation — proposed as a revision of Democratic Gov. Tony Evers' efforts earlier this year — would provide farmers with tax credits and health insurance deductions that would cost about $36 million annually.

RIDGEWAY, Minn. – Maximum use of his land and maximum gains in his beef herd motivated Mike Steinfeldt of southeastern Minnesota to switch from pasturing his cattle to rotational intensive grazing. Both he and the animals are reaping the benefits.

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This past week we reviewed the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s latest farm-income projections and noted sector-wide incomes are expected to increase again in 2020. Also current projections reflect an increasing trend in farm income since 2016, with levels at more than the long-run inflation-adjusted average.

Plant disease issues are faced by the agricultural community each year in some shape or form. They are caused by bacteria, viruses, nematodes, fungi and fungal like organisms.

U.S. pork exports finished 2019 on an excellent note, setting new records for both value and volume, according to statistics released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation. For the year, 5.89 billion pounds of U.S. pork and pork-variety meats valued at $6.952 billion were exported to countries around the world, an increase of 10 percent and 9 percent respectively from 2018.

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For the first 21 years of my life I lived on a farm with two houses. My family lived in one house and an elderly farmer named Sam lived in the other. For many years we would make enough supper to share with Sam, taking a hot plate of food to his house.

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OPINION  With the Wisconsin Assembly expected to finish its last day of the legislative session this week, legislators continue to work on a final package of bills that would offer much-needed tax relief and regulatory reform to help Wisconsin’s farmers and agriculturalists.

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The new 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV), the world's best-selling plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, now also holds the title of the greenest family car, having been honored as the first-ever 2020 Family Green Car of the Year by Green Car Journal.

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The latest weekly steer-carcass average weight was 897 pounds, a decrease of 4 pounds from the prior week – but 12 pounds heavier than the same week one year ago. Average heifer-carcass weight in the latest weekly data was 833 pounds, an increase of 1 pound from the previous week and 13 pounds heavier than the same week the previous year. It appears carcass weights have resumed a long-term increasing trend after moderating the past three years.

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LARCHWOOD, Iowa (AP) – Doug Stensland says his family’s dairy faced a decision in 2015, when what would become a farm-ending crisis for many operations was just beginning. His family needed to decide whether to grow bigger or do something different.

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Kubota Corporation recently demonstrated “X tractor - cross tractor,” an autonomous-tractor prototype at the Japan World Exposition. The tractor is equipped with artificial intelligence and electrification technology. Kubota stated that it will continue developing products to realize smart agriculture with technology to address challenges faced by Japanese farmers.

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The National Mastitis Council recently presented National Dairy Quality Awards to 38 dairy farms. The farms were selected from 82 applications submitted for the 2019 awards. Farms were nominated by professionals such as dairy-plant field staff, veterinarians, Extension specialists and Dairy Herd Improvement Association supervisors. Among the six platinum winners were two dairy farms from Wisconsin.

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Organic Valley recently named two consumer-packaged-goods industry professionals to newly created positions on the cooperative’s executive-leadership team. They are Ty Brannen, who will serve as executive vice president of supply-chain management, and Staci Kring, who will serve as chief revenue officer.

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Wet grain could pose a danger to anyone working around it. Because of difficult harvest conditions this past fall, grain may have been stored with greater than normal moisture content, which could pose a danger to anyone working around the grain.

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Throughout the 2019-2020 show year, Gelbvieh and Balancer females and bulls competed at shows to earn points for the American Gelbvieh Association’s Ring of Gold program. Each year the qualifying animals are ranked at the conclusion of the National Gelbvieh and Balancer show at the National Western Stock Show. This year a total of seven shows were included in the Ring of Gold tally.

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The Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service – MOSES – will present a new award category at the MOSES Organic Farming Conference. The award will recognize “changemakers” who remove barriers and empower others to farm in ways that are environmentally responsible, socially just and economically viable, the organization stated. Earning 2020 Changemaker awards will be Steve Acheson, Reginaldo Haslett-Marroquin, Loretta Livingston and Joy Schelble.

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Members of the Dairy Innovation Hub advisory council recently held their first in-person meeting. The Dairy Innovation Hub was established to capitalize on research and development at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, UW-Platteville and UW-River Falls. The hub was awarded $8.8 million in state funding in the 2019-2021 biennial budget.

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The seed-coating market is projected to grow at an annual rate of 8.5 percent and reach a projected value of $3 billion by 2025. Quality, appearance and nutritive value of seeds are key factors driving growth of the seed-coating market, according to MarketsandMarkets. Seed coatings help to increase the value of seeds by enhancing their appearance and improving flowability through planters.

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For some reason farm work often leads one to crave outdoor adventure. It may be because the physical and mental work on a farm leads to tangible results that everyone can see. Those results are not theoretical; they are as real as crops going to market. Outdoor adventure also has tangible outcomes too … rivers paddled, trails hiked, vistas experienced and nights camped.

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Editor's note: This article is part of a series of articles featuring members of the Soil Sisters, an official program of Renewing the Countryside. The community of women farmers advocate for family farming and locally produced food.

WAUSAU, Wis. – Dave Fierek is on a mission. He’s a Hatley, Wisconsin, hemp farmer who wants to help people experience the benefits of hemp and cannabidiol oil through product offerings and educational conversations. He brought together those interested in a recent conversational event in Wausau.

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MACEDONIA, Iowa — Bruce and Ruby Bentley look at each other and smile as they are asked about their wedding day. Their eyes meet as they offer advice for a long and successful marriage. They giggle when talking about their first kiss.

“Big data” is big in agriculture – and becoming bigger. Farmers and their agricultural-industry partners are increasingly using sensors, global-positioning-system guidance, telematics and unmanned-aerial vehicles to collect agronomic data.