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High-Tech Feeders Free Dairy Farmers

Michele Rohe puts her face lovingly up to a calf at her dairy farm near Freeport, Minn. The farm's open pens give heifer calves a chance to move around, feed when they want and interact with other calves and humans.

November 21, 2014

By Tom Meersman Star Tribune (Minneapolis) (MCT) FREEPORT, Minn. — The calves at Rohe Dairy don’t bawl when they’re hungry. They live together in small groups in a tall, well-ventilated barn here, about 90 miles northwest of Minneapolis, and they eat whenever they please from an automated ca...

Ag Coops Look For Interns At Northeast

Ag Coops Look For Interns At Northeast

Nancy Sutton Smith, Viewpoint Adviser

October 17, 2014

Agriculture Cooperatives hoping to get a jump on summer intern hiring set up booths Thursday in Northeast's Lifelong Learning Center for Ag Career Day.  They talked with interested Northeast students who ordinarily might not start to look for internships until spring. Northeast agriculture instructor...

For Farmers, Decisions From New Farm Bill Will Be Taxing

For Farmers, Decisions From New Farm Bill Will Be Taxing

February 23, 2014

By Chris Adams McClatchy Washington Bureau (MCT) WASHINGTON — All the jawboning about the big farm bill was over two weeks ago, when Congress finally passed the $956 billion package. But for America’s farmers, the decisions are just beginning. And they could get complicated. “The trick...

USDA To Set Up ‘Climate Hubs’ To Help Farmers Amid Climate Change

A midwestern farmer tills and fertilizes his land near Omaha, Nebraska.

February 6, 2014

By Kathleen Hennessey Tribune Washington Bureau (MCT) WASHINGTON — The Obama administration will set up 10 centers around the country to help farmers and ranchers adjust to the increasing frequency of severe weather and other risks associated with climate change. Agriculture Secretary Tom ...

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