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More than 500 National Farmers Union members from across the country recently gathered in Savannah, Georgia. for the organization’s 118th Anniversary Convention. Over the course of the event, attendees engaged with industry experts, policymakers, thought leaders and fellow farmers on the issues that matter most to them, including farm economy, mental health, corporate consolidation in the agricultural sector, climate change and sustainability, and the success of the next generation of fa… Read more

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U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue recently announced that China has continued its progress in implementing the U.S.-China Phase One Economic and Trade Agreement and has taken several additional actions to realize its agriculture-related commitments. The agreement entered into force on Feb. 14, 2020, and the actions announced here build upon the measures announced on Feb. 25. The most recent actions include: Read more

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With growing concerns surrounding novel coronavirus Centura Health believes accurate and current information is a key part of keeping our communities whole and healthy. Here are six common myths presently circulating in conversations and online. Read more

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TerraKat is offering attendees the opportunity to learn from a customer why they should take a chance on this brand-new Kansas manufacturer. “Startup Company ‘Spreading’ the Savings,” will be presented on March 21 at 11:30 a.m. by Wesley Werth. The presentation is free and open to anyone attending the 66th Annual 3i SHOW, March 19 to 21, at the Western State Bank Expo Center in Dodge City, Kansas. Read more

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The first-ever 3i Gun Show will be held all three days at the upcoming 2020 3i SHOW, March 19 to 21 at the Western State Bank Expo Center in Dodge City, Kansas. Held in the southwest corner on the concrete side of the expo center, the gun show will consist of gun vendors and private party gun enthusiasts from around the Midwest who travel throughout the area to attend different shows. Read more

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The Department of Agriculture is currently on a hiring sprint for multiple vacancies at the Economic Research Service and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Both agencies relocated to the Kansas City metropolitan area in the fall 2019 and are seeking qualified candidates for a variety of positions—from entry level to executive positions and administrative careers to scientific experts. The USDA is seeking a talent pipeline of qualified candidates to apply for openings on the… Read more

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture will invest more than $41 million this fiscal year through the Joint Chiefs’ Landscape Restoration Partnership for projects that mitigate wildfire risk, improve water quality and restore healthy forest ecosystems on public and private lands. Funding for 36 projects includes $10.6 million for 16 new projects and $30.5 million to complete work on 20 projects previously selected in 2018 and 2019. Read more

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USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service is now accepting applications for the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program. This program, created under the 2014 Farm Bill and reauthorized in the 2018 Farm Bill, provides funding for the purchase of conservation easements to help productive farm and ranch lands remain in agriculture and to restore and protect critical wetlands and grasslands. Read more

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Twenty-one farm and ranch groups representing millions of U.S. farmers and ranchers are launching Farmers for a Sustainable Future, a coalition committed to environmental and economic sustainability. This coalition will serve as a primary resource for lawmakers and policymakers as they consider climate policies. Read more

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Agriculture is a high-risk occupation with the incidence of work-related injury or death much above the general population. Hearing loss, disabling injuries, back problems, amputations, and chronic respiratory issues are just a few of the more obvious conditions farmers may find themselves experiencing. Other health issues include stress and anxiety, an aging farm population dealing with joint health issues, a disabling disease, such as cancer or heart disease, stroke, visual impairment,… Read more

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Agriculture Future of America has selected 25 Ambassadors to serve for the organization’s 2021 fiscal year. These students represent 25 schools from 21 states. During their year of service, these students will interact with agribusiness leaders, campus faculty and fellow students as they represent AFA. Read more

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The Association of Equipment Manufacturers, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in partnership with the Equipment Dealers Association and the Farm Equipment Manufacturers Association, are sponsoring Agricultural Power and Technology and Mechanical Systems in Agriculture CASE Institute scholarships for agriculture teachers. CASE is an acronym for curriculum for agricultural science education. Read more

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The United States Department of Agriculture announced the selection of 30 university students who will attend USDA’s 2020 Agricultural Outlook Forum as participants of the USDA Future Leaders in Agriculture Program. These undergraduate and graduate students will participate in a weeklong trip to Washington, D.C., capped off by their attendance at the Forum, USDA’s largest annual meeting, held recently in Arlington, Virginia. Read more

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U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service seeks public comments on its interim rule for the Regional Conservation Partnership Program, which helps partners develop and implement unique conservation solutions that engage farmers, ranchers and forest landowners. The rule—now available on the Federal Register—takes effect on publication and includes changes to the program prescribed by the 2018 Farm Bill. Read more

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Estate planning can be overwhelming, but a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialist offers a guide to estate planning in five steps to help make the process manageable and ensure family legacies can be passed on as intended. Read more

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In a new study, researchers found that more than 16,000 researchers have returned to China from other countries since that nation has opened up to international engagement. More than 4,500 left the United States for China in 2017—nearly double the number who left in 2010. Read more

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Recognizing the high levels of stress affecting America’s farmers and ranchers, Farm Credit, American Farm Bureau Federation and National Farmers Union have partnered on a program to train individuals who interact with farmers and ranchers to recognize signs of stress and offer help. Read more

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Protein options, refrigerated snacks, a new generation of foodies and more are on the menu for 2020, as the Oklahoma State University Robert M. Kerr Food and Agricultural Products Center selects the hottest food trends for the upcoming year. Read more

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As planning for the 2020 Mid-America Workforce Summit continues to be finalized, Western Kansas Manufacturers Association, sponsor of the annual summit, are excited to announce that the early bird registration rate has been extended indefinitely for attendees. The summit will be Jan. 22 to 23, 2020, in Topeka, Kansas, at the Topeka Capitol Plaza Maner Conference Center. Read more

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The National Weather Service is presenting “Weather and Climate” on March 20, at 2 p.m. during the 66th Annual 3i SHOW. The seminar is free and will be held in the “Presentation Area” on the concrete side of the Western State Bank Expo Center. The 3i SHOW is scheduled for March 19 to 21, 2020, in Dodge City, Kansas. Read more

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Fairbank Equipment is showcasing the SureFire QuickDraw trailer at the 66th Annual 3i SHOW March 19 to 21, 2020, with on-demand demonstrations. Don’t miss this crowd-pleasing spray tender demonstration being held in exhibit spaces I-249-251 on the concrete side of the Western State Bank Expo Center in Dodge City. Read more

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University of Missouri Extension’s recent land value survey shows that average land prices for non-irrigated cropland across the state increased about 4% or $204 per acre from last year. Read more

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The United States Department of Agriculture and Bureau of Indian Affairs signed a Memorandum of Understanding to improve tribes’ and tribal members’ access to farm conservation programs to advance conservation in Indian Country. The MOU was signed in Catoosa, Oklahoma, where USDA Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation Bill Northey was joined by BIA Director Darryl LaCounte at the Indian Nations Conservation Alliance-National Tribal Conservation Districts Conference, organiz… Read more

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The Mulhall-Orlando, Oklahoma, FFA members have been attending a variety of activities this fall. Everything from livestock shows to creed speaking contests, these experiences give students opportunities to learn skills that will help them in future career paths. Read more

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The Nebraska Department of Agriculture recently announced its selection of the 2019-2020 Nebraska Agricultural Youth Council. NAYC members are college students who promote Nebraska agriculture and teach young Nebraskans about agriculture and the many careers available in the ag industry. NDA sponsors NAYC and its activities throughout the year. Read more

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The top high school students in the country and around the world were selected to attend the recent World Food Prize Global Youth Institute in Des Moines, Iowa, during the Norman E. Borlaug International Symposium, which drew 1,000 people from 50 countries to discuss the world’s hunger and food security issues. This year marked the 25th anniversary of this prestigious youth education program welcoming over 460 students and teachers from 26 U.S. states/territories and 10 countries. Read more

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U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the “OneUSDA Internship” opportunity for summer 2020. As part of the Federal Pathways Program, the OneUSDA Internship Program will provide students a way to explore serving their country through a career in government while gaining work experience in agriculture, natural resources, rural development, and other career fields. Read more

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture recently announced $1.92 million in four competitive grants supporting projects to provide stress assistance programs to support individuals who are engaged in farming, ranching, and other agriculture-related occupations. These projects were awarded to four regional entities to help launch the Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network. Funding for the grants comes from the Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Netw… Read more

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