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A new web-based tool developed by Dr. William F. Lazarus, Extension Economist and Professor in the Department of Applied Economics, is now available. The web-based calculator may be used to compare the economic value of manure from alternative manure application rates and methods.

The value is based on crop nutrient needs for a specific field and crop rotation, fertilizer prices, manure hauling costs, manure type and application method.

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020112_cornA specific gene in corn seems to confer resistance to three important leaf diseases, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists and their university colleagues.

This discovery, published in 2011 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, could potentially help plant breeders build disease-resistance traits into future corn plants.

The research team included Agricultural Research Service (ARS) plant geneticists Peter Balint-Kurti, Jim Holland and Matt Krakowsky in the agency's Plant Science Research Unit in Raleigh, N.C., and scientists with the University of Delaware, Cornell University, and Kansas State University. ARS is the USDA's chief intramural scientific research agency.

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Under pressure from farm groups, the Labor Department has agreed to modify a plan that's intended to keep children away from some of the most dangerous farm jobs.

The proposal now will include broader exemptions for children whose parents are part owners or operators of farms, or have a substantial interest in a farm partnership or corporation, officials said. The rules would ban children younger than 16 from using most power-driven equipment and prevent those younger than 18 from working in feed lots, grain bins and stockyards.

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John Deere announced today it has established a strategic agreement with MacDon Industries Ltd. to better serve existing and future John Deere self-propelled windrower customers globally.

"This agreement allows us to expand the John Deere hay and forage product portfolio to better serve our dairy, livestock, commercial hay and small grains customers," said William F. Norton, Vice President, Global Hay & Forage Platform.

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Wilbur-Ellis Company employee Dan Wray, general manager of the North America forage operations, has been appointed president of the Export Processors Council (EPC), a division of the National Hay Association (NHA), which works to advance industry issues and guarantee the safe export of forage products. Wray is also on the board of directors of the NHA.

As president, Wray will work with the EPC to promote the NHA’s mission in foreign markets by collaborating with foreign agriculture governmental agencies and foreign trade associations to set policies and guidelines in hay exports.

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