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As a fourth-generation cattle farmer, Jared Decker knows that cattle suffer from health and productivity issues when they are taken from one environment -- which the herd has spent generations adapting to -- to a place with a different climate, a different elevation or even different grass. But as a researcher at the University of Missouri, Decker also sees an opportunity to use science to solve that problem, both to improve the welfare of cattle and to plug a leak in a nearly $50 billion industry in the United States.

WESTBY, Wis. – Organics are at the heart of Tiffany Cade’s passion for providing her community with produce that has fresh and local flavor. Deep Rooted Organics is a Certified Organic Farm near Westby.

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We had a very nice last week of October and first week of November, with dry and warm weather making for perfect harvest conditions. Farmers in our area of western Wisconsin were busy doing everything from harvesting corn and soybeans, to putting up cornstalk bedding and a limited amount of tillage. I even saw one farmer had some hay windrowed that he was working on.

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture is awarding $25 million to 18 new projects through the Conservation Innovation Grants program. The On-Farm Conservation Innovation Trials projects will support adoption and evaluation of innovative conservation approaches in partnership with agricultural producers.

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We hear a lot about the global supply chain being broken. Demand for many products is outstripping supply; that’s causing prices to increase. Of course the longer the chain, the weaker the links. Maybe if more folks looked for products closer to home they’d discover abundance.

IRONWOOD, Mich. – Some people worship weekly in a church, synagogue or mosque, carving time out of busy schedules for spiritual renewal. The respite takes place every week in a building. The rest of life is disconnected from it.