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Hutchinson Leader/Litchfield Independent Review

November 2012

What’s Inside

AGRICULTURE is published in March and November by ...

It starts with the cows

‘We’ve been blessed’

Hutchinson’s compost operation depends on area farms for a key ingredient

Area farmers this year grew possibly the best crops in the entire country

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Minnesota speciality crops get a boost / Page 8 Drought picture worsens for Minnesota / Page 14 Grain problems require feeding strategies for swine / Page 17 Livestock ‘waste’ is a valuable resource / Page 20 U of M Extension to host land rent meetings / Page 23 Tips help families deal with farm stress / Page 28 New perspective on global agribusiness / Page 32

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