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Twenty-six teams from universities across North America will vie for prizes and global recognition for their design innovations in American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers' (ASABE) 15th Annual International ¼-Scale Tractor Student Design Competition.

The competition will be held May 31 – June 3 at the Expo Gardens in Peoria, Illinois. The event is free and open to the public.

The teams have spent the 2011-2012 academic year designing and building utility or recreational pulling tractors that they will present and demonstrate at the competition.

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The Farm Progress Hay Expo, the nation's largest two-day hay event, will take place June 20 and 21 at the Central Iowa Expo site near Boone, Iowa. (The Central Iowa Expo facility is where the Farm Progress Show is held in Iowa, as well.)

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Indiana's forage crop is thriving after an extremely mild winter. A new Purdue University website offers growers and livestock producers a place to buy and sell it.

Forage Finder can help growers sell – and buyers take advantage of – what has the potential to be a high-yielding crop. The site is free to use.

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As spring planting goes into high gear in the U.S., farmers are going high-tech in order to use less fertilizer, save money and protect the environment, reports Voice of America.

Satellite-based GPS navigation systems are becoming standard on modern farm equipment, helping farmers get the most from their fields. 



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In recognition of the USDA's 150th Anniversary, the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) launched an online historical timeline.

The history provides important information about the advancement of agricultural statistics as well as the background of NASS itself.

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