NAFTA Holds Mexico’s Door Open to U.S. Wheat; Could Open Cross-Border Trade with Canada

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Farmers Edge and Planet Partner to Change Global Agriculture Using Daily Satellite Imagery and Real-Time Big Data Insights

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Filament seeks 2018 summer intern

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Tractor Supply, 4-H Partner for Fall Paper Clover Campaign

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 2016 National Beef Quality Audit Shows Continued Progress in Animal Health Practices of Beef and Dairy Industries

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American Association of Bovine Practitioners Foundation and Zoetis Award $60,000 in Veterinary Student Scholarships at 2017 AABP Conference

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Merck Animal Health Provides Dairy Producers with Biosecurity Training

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New Holland Agriculture Showcases New Products at World Dairy Expo

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First Arrival® with Encrypt® and Last Stand® with ImmWave® now provide more immune support

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NFU E-News

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Canada should abandon supply management in return for U.S. lumber deal

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Visit Alltech and KEENAN at World Dairy Expo and enter to win a trip to Ireland

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Tom Burke joins the Saddle and Sirloin Portrait Gallery

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Running of the Veterinarians

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East Central/Select Sires offers three summer internships

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AGCO Announces $2 Million Investment in Maryland Assembly and Distribution Facility

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American Farm Bureau Market Intel – 09/21/2017

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It’s more than price

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Statement by Agricultural Export Coalitions in Support of the Cultivating Revitalization by Expanding American Agricultural Trade and Exports (CREAATE) Act in the U.S. Senate

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USDA: Help on Way for Households Hit by Irma

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NFU Fly-In Brings 320 Farmers to D.C.

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Merck Animal Health Extends Support to Future Bovine Practitioners

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Joe Saini Inducted Into Liquid Feed Hall of Fame

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NYFVI RFP: Farmer Relevant Projects Wanted. New Technology Encouraged

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National Association of Animal Breeders, Inc. Agreed To Refrain From Adopting Rules that Restrict Competition Among Members

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NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF ANIMAL BREEDERS HOLDS 71st ANNUAL CONVENTION

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Protect Annual Income with the Option of Options

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Latest Safe Feed/Safe Food Guidance Document Helps Feed Manufacturers

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College Aggies Online scholarship competition kicks off September 10

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Free webinar: Large Commercial Producer Project

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Good management practices increase silage safety

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DATCP Hosting Webinar Sept. 22 About How to Obtain Exporting Documents

DATCP Hosting Webinar Sept. 22 About How to Obtain Exporting Documents Release Date: September 5, 2017   Media Contacts: Rick Hummell, 608-224-5041 [email protected] or Bill Cosh, Communications Director, 608-224-5020 [email protected] MADISON – Businesses or individuals interested in learning about exporting documents available through the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) are invited to register for a free webinar at which requirements and processes for obtaining the documents will be reviewed by agency staff. The webinar, “DATCP Exporting Documents: Certificates of Free Sale, Phytosanitary Certificates & More,” will

Alliance releases report from 2017 Animal Rights National Conference

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