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ISSUE DATE: 07/23/2012

Missouri will host international elderberry symposium

By Doug Rich

This specialty crop is not really new but the interest in it is new.

Elderberries are native to the U.S. and have been grown successfully in every state, with the possible exception of Hawaii. Terry Durham, an elderberry producer from Missouri, said elderberries can be grown in every county in the Midwest.

The health benefits of the crop have attracted people for hundreds of year. Hippocrates called elderberries his "medicine chest." Elderberries are commonly used to boost the immune system, lower cholesterol, improve vision and to lessen joint and muscle pain.

"Elderberry is an understudied and neglected crop," Andrew Thomas, research assistant professor of plant sciences at the University of Missouri, said. "When you look at its antioxidant content, it is nearly off the charts. It's fairly easy to grow, internationally known and has many uses including wine, juice, jams, cooking food colorants and increasingly in medicinal/nutraceutical products."

Thomas has been growing elderberries on at the University of Missouri Southwest Missouri Research Center for 15 years.


NEWS

Chinese university honors Iowa State professor
Colorado named as a USDA 2012 StrikeForce State
Cup of joe
Hot weather boosts likelihood of blue-green algae
House committee approves farm bill
July 24 webinar discusses EPA, Clean Water Act
KSU President: Opportunities abound for agriculture
ROZ program aims to revitalize rural Kansas
USDA streamlines disaster aid process, helps producers with changes
USFRA seeks 'Faces of Farming and Ranching'

CROPS

Angular leaf spot found in cotton
Cover crop initiative funds available
Early emergence of western bean cutworm observed
Eco-Fuel for 85 cents a gallon at grand opening in Colo. Springs
EPA issues notice of data availability on grain sorghum
Few bright spots in Texas crop situation
FSA reminds producers to report crop losses
High Plains Resource Conservation and Development to host meeting
Hoffman crew sees thirsty crops, celebrates Kaidence's birthday
Missouri will host international elderberry symposium
National Cotton Council urges prompt passage of farm bill
Nebraska Soybean Board ballots due July 31
Ogallala Aquifer down from 2011 drought
Osowski Ag's progress halted by green wheat
Pennycress harvest enhances biodiesel diversity
PIE program tours set
Researchers discover gene that controls shattering in sorghum
Rolands continue cutting near Hemingford after rain delay
Scientists combat nematodes in cotton
UNL launches Monthly Panhandle Crop Report
Winter canola risk management schools planned
Zeorian girls take a trip to the mountains

LIVESTOCK

Bison month is great time to make meals sizzle
Cause of lameness in cattle determines treatment
Chefs study beef production from pasture to plate
Iowa Cattlemen's Association names Carcass Challenge winners
Kansas Hereford Association to host tour
Nebraska Cattlemen Foundation honors steer challenge winners, scholarship recipients
New Mexico reports more cases of Vesicular Stomatitis
Register now for Cattle Trails Wheat and Stocker Conference
Sessions will help CAFO operators understand permit options
Simmental recognizes volunteers, elects officers
South Dakota State Fair to hold Beef Cook-Off
Steer Feedout Finale is June 28
Steer-Aid clinic teaches youth
Stockgrowers react to WTO final ruling on COOL
Stray cattle from Mexico captured in Texas
Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course to offer youth program
Watch for rabies symptoms in livestock
Wyoming Stock Growers present awards

EDITOR

Is the farm bill corporate welfare or a National Economic and Security Act?
The right priorities
Why the wait?

COLUMNS

Centrifuge separates solids from liquids
Just a scoop full
New line of plant nutrients receives approval
No enemy like yourself
Praying for rain

MARKETS

A few areas receive much needed rain
Ada livestock auction report
Alfalfa conditions mostly good
Amarillo livestock auction summary
Apache livestock auction report
Arkansas livestock auction summary
Clovis livestock auction report
Continued high temps, limited precip widespread
Corn crop condition declines
Crop conditions continue decline
Dalhart livestock auction report
Drought conditions expanding
Dryland crops, pastures continue to be stressed
Ericson livestock auction report
Even with rain, drought conditions continue
Georgia cattle auction summary
Grain market close
Grains closed sharply higher
Hay trade slow to moderate
High Plains slaughter news report
Hub City livestock auction report
Joplin regional cattle sales report
Lexington livestock market report
McAlester livestock market report
Most areas of state receive rain
Most hay prices remain steady
Newell sheep sales report
Pratt livestock feeder cattle auction
Rain brings a little relief, much of state still very dry
Salina livestock auction report
San Angelo livestock auction report
Superior video auction report
Texas Direct feeder cattle summary
Tulia livestock auction report
Warm temps persist
West Plains regional cattle sales report

RANGE

CRP emergency grazing approved for more Kansas counties
Extension to host Nebraska Grazing Conference in Kearney
Perilla mint, other weeds can be toxic to grazing livestock
Range School set for Aug. 21 to 23 in Scott County
Teff shows promise as summer forage alternative
Test forage before cutting to avoid nitrate toxicity challenges

FAMILY

Beneficial insects
Biotech brings summer science fun to camp
Blue ribbon desserts
Carbon County 4-H welcomes new educator
Determining what's wrong with trees
Dodge City Days brings excitement to kids
July is National Grilling Month
Meditation
Miss Oklahoma encourages 4-H dairy cow campers
OSU Extension offers 'Fall Season Vegetables' workshop
Parents' Corner: 'In My Barn' game helps young students build math skills
Pick a place for a picnic
Skymeadow's features make it beautiful
Small flock and vegetable short course set for Aug. 10
The many uses of slug slime
Time to start planning fall gardens
Tomato Day is July 28

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