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Invasive weeds may be partially to blame for flooding along U.S. rivers

Saturday, December 31, 2011

LAWRENCE, Kan. — Scientists say invasive weeds are overrunning many vital “riparian” lands — the ecologically diverse natural habitats that run along the millions of miles of our nation’s waterways and help to prevent or moderate flooding.

Disease-causing strains of Fusarium prevalent in bathroom sinks

Saturday, December 31, 2011

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — In the first extensive survey of its kind, researchers in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences sampled nearly 500 sink drains from 131 buildings — including businesses, homes, university dormitories and public facilities — in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida and California.

Soybean yield and quality contest winners announced

Friday, December 30, 2011

WORTHINGTON, Ohio — The 2011 Ohio Soybean Yield and Quality Contest had a total of 128 applicants in its second year running.

Weed killer Atrazine aids conservation tillage

Friday, December 30, 2011

GREENSBORO, N.C. — According to a new study by Paul D. Mitchell, ag economist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the herbicide atrazine benefits U.S. corn, sorghum and sugar cane farmers by up to $3.3 billion annually, thanks to increased yield, decreased cost and reduced soil erosion.

Rare swine breeds: Are heritage hogs the next niche market?

Friday, December 30, 2011

PITTSBORO, N.C. — In the world of local niche foods, raising heritage livestock is becoming just as popular as growing heirloom fruits and vegetables.

Great Lakes Regional Dairy Conference set for Feb. 9-11 in Mich.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

ELSIE, Mich. — The 10th annual Great Lakes Regional Dairy Conference will take place Feb. 9-11 at the Soaring Eagle Resort, Casino and Conference Center in Mount Pleasant.

The brake sign is flashing

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Seems we always find religion when we are standing on the brakes. All I could think — and say aloud — as we skidded, squealing tires, seat-belt constricting my heart, which seemed poised to leap out of my chest, was “oh God! Oh God! Oh God!”

Farm and Food File: Readers respond in year-end column

Thursday, December 29, 2011

As we slip into the sweet week between Christmas and New Year’s there’s only one task to complete before clearing the desk and brain of all things 2011: readers having the last word in the last column of the year.

Welcome 2012

Thursday, December 29, 2011

If you are anything like me I cannot believe how quickly the year 2011 passed by. It seems like the older I get the faster the year’s pass by.

Plan ahead to avoid repeat of 2011

Thursday, December 29, 2011

2011 will certainly be remembered for a long time as one of the wettest on record. I can’t cite any “official” data, but we’ve had at least 12 more inches of rain this year than our average.

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