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Agco Parts . ............................................................. 35 Branson Tractors ................................................... 16 Challenger . ............................................................. 24 Elite Trailers............................................................ 28 Featherlite Trailers................................................ 12 Giant Rubber Water Tanks.................................... 13 Hesston .................................................................... 42 Hotsy ....................................................................... 48 Kioti Tractors ......................................................... 44 MacDon . ................................................................. 32 Massey Ferguson . ................................................. 10

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Kaddatz Equipment . ............................................. 47 Kern County Tractor Parts .................................. 38 King Auto Sales ...................................................... 32 Maibach Tractor Parts & Service ........................ 46 Meyers Tractor Salvage LLC ............................... 47 Mike’s Equipment Co. . ......................................... 47 47 Pre-Owned Parts Inc. ........................................... 46 Staheli West, Inc. . ................................................. 25 Walinga Inc. . .......................................................... 22

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Services Buckley Steel, Inc. .................................................. 47 Double Arrow Embryo Transfer Service............. 41 Equity Financial Resources . ................................ 45 Farm Bureau Insurance ....................................... 45 Flynn Farms ........................................................... 47

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Joe Stubblefield & Associates .............................. 47 Lubbock Electric Co............................................... 13 Mowrey Auction Co., Inc. ...................................... 45 Oregon Opportunities............................................. 47 Porter’s Seed Cleaning, Inc. ............................... 46 S & W Welding Inc. ............................................. 45 Signature Siding ...................................................... 6 Stukenholtz Laboratory Inc. . ............................... 43

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Amsoil .................................................................... 47 BTL Liners ............................................................ 43 Bitterroot Valley Forest Products ........................ 23 Colorado Certified Potato .................................... 37 Custom Marketing Co. ......................................... 45 CVR Mfg., Inc. ..................................................... 46 Diamond W Corrals . ............................................ 29 Double J Mfg. & Repair., Inc. . ............................ 46 Emerson Manufacturing Co. .............................. 45

E Tip, Inc. .............................................................. 33 Fabra Dome Structures .......................................... 4 FarmTek . .................................................................. 5

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Hey Machinery Co., Inc. ....................................... 47 Hoskins Mfg. Co., Inc. .......................................... 46

Ioka Marketing ...................................................... 26

McTavish Steelworks LTD..................................... 11

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Adams Truss, Inc. ................................................. 46

Maz-Zee S.A. International .................................. 27

Shows & Events North LA Agri-Business Council ............................ 7

2T Cattle Guard ..................................................... 45

Koehn Marketing Co. ............................................ 45

Hoffman A.I. Breeders Inc..................................... 47

National Farm Machinery Show ............................ 6

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Mighty Grow Fertilizer.......................................... 45 Mike’s Heating........................................................ 47 Neptune’s Harvest . ................................................. 9 Oxarc ....................................................................... 21 Performance Medical ........................................... 11 Powder River .......................................................... 17 Quality Irrigation . ................................................. 46 Schiltz Manufacturing ........................................ 46

Schweiss Doors ....................................................... 18 Scott Manufacturers .............................................. 23

Sea Minerals FA ................................................... 18 Smith Steel ............................................................. 47 Strat-O-Span Bldgs. . ........................................... 47 Tower Stool® LLC ................................................. 46

Wadsworth Mfg. ................................................... 21 Watkins & Sons Mfg., Inc. .................................... 9 Weigh All, Inc. ......................................................... 4

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Husband, Wife Try Ways To Extend Growing Season AP Wire Service By Charlotte Ferrell Smith Charleston Daily Mail POCA, WV (AP) – Shady Oaks Farm is an ongoing project for husband-andwife team Chris and Leslie Burdette, who strive to farm throughout the year. “The big push with farmers is to get them to think outside the box,” Leslie said. “If you want to make a living at farming, you have to farm year-round to have an income every month. I think I can at least make money 10 months a year, January and February being the coldest months.” They are always looking for new methods for extending the growing seasons. Chris, 54, and Leslie, 57, moved onto the 32-acre tract of land 16 years ago when they married. It was a second marriage for each of them. Since that time, they have invested countless hours into the Putnam County land that Chris inherited from his parents. It’s a secluded four-wheel-drive ride to reach their gardens and home perched

high atop mountainous terrain with a breathtaking view. “We started planting ginseng in the woods 17 years ago when we were dating,” Leslie said. “It’s medicinal and increases stamina. I’ve never used it. Isn’t that funny? It grows slow. It takes 10 to 15 years to get the root up to size. It’s another avenue for making money on the farm.” Then they became interested in woodland plants – trillium, goldenseal, bloodroot and ferns. “I was fascinated with the diversity of plant life,” Leslie said. About 12 years ago, they planted blueberry bushes, but they did not do well. A couple years later, they built a greenhouse and bought some plugs for growing bushes. About six years ago, they went to a blueberry farm in Kentucky where the owner taught them how to use cuttings to start their own. At one time, they had more than 2,000 bushes and sold blueberries to those who wanted to pick their own.

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However, Chris became disenchanted with the varieties and began pulling the bushes. They now have fewer than 1,000 and are in the process of planting different varieties to build the crop. Three years ago, they acquired a high-tunnel greenhouse to extend the growing season. High tunnels look like greenhouses but are simpler and less expensive to construct. “It has no heat or electricity,” Chris said. “You can roll the sides up and down and plant directly in the ground.” Through this system, the plants are irrigated from the bottom. The top of the structure protects the plants from the elements while airflow can be regulated through the side vents. The structure is permanent, and crops are rotated. The current crop of red raspberries will soon be gone. That area can be used during colder months for spinach, radishes and carrots. The couple built a low tunnel by bending pipes into half hoops and placing them in the ground. These are covered for protecting winter crops of carrots, radishes, spinach, chard, arugula and various kinds of lettuce. “I have parsley in another tunnel,” Leslie said. “It will be ready in 30 days. I started planting lettuce in August in a greenhouse. It’s risky planting in the ground in the heat. I like to plant it where I can control the weather. Mother Nature can kick your tail. I have more control when I start my own plants.” One greenhouse is now filled with parsley, chard and carrots while another holds young blueberry bushes. Another project is rescuing heirloom flower bulbs such as daffodils and irises. The Burdettes travel to various

counties, and when they see an abandoned house, they find out who owns the land. Then they ask permission to dig flower bulbs. They estimate they now have 30,000 bulbs with plans to begin selling them. They once watered everything they grew by hand. With funding through the Natural Resources Conservation Service several years ago, they installed an irrigation system. Similar funding helped pay for the high tunnel. They are in the third year of working through the complicated details required to become a certified organic farm, a feat they hope to accomplish by next spring. As their farm continues to grow, they also run a service business called ProClean Window Cleaning. “We both do that,” Leslie said. It helps pay the bills as their farm continues to grow. The lumber has arrived for building chicken coops over the winter. They will buy chickens in the spring and sell the eggs. Animals now roaming their land include deer, wild turkeys, a few cats and a dog named Hazel, who mysteriously appeared a few years ago. Their products can be purchased through the Ittle Bitty Mobile Market that travels to various areas. Aside from Shady Oaks, participating farms include Thankful Valley, Ittle Bitty, Shooting Star and Bradley. Shady Oaks also offers products at Wild Ramp, located at Heritage Station in Huntington. For more information about Shady Oaks Farm, contact Leslie or Chris Burdette at or call (888) 304-5638. -

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Hydroponic Fodder Sprouts Savings On Feed At Lensmire Family Farm Kerry King, Direct Media Specialist at Lensmire Family Farm, owned and operated by Tom and Jane Lensmire, is home to about 80 Holstein, Jersey and Swiss dairy cows. Located in Cleveland, WI, the farm has been in the family for 23 years and spans 80 acres of land. The Lensmires began rotational grazing about 13 years ago and still use this practice today, in addition to purchased feed. However, an interest in hydroponics led them to FarmTek’s Fodder-Pro 2.0 Feed Systems after reading about hydroponic fodder in the company’s catalog. “Before we purchased the system, we were feeding baled hay, corn silage and a grain mix consisting of corn, cottonseed and dried distiller’s grain,” Jane explains. After some research and discussion with local farmers and family, the Lensmires decided to purchase a system. “We decided that growing hydroponic fodder was a good fit for our operation and decided we could do it in an old building we were using for storage,” Tom states. This was a costeffective option that allowed the Lensmires to use a standing structure instead of building a new one, saving money and time. The Lensmires did their research on fodder and Jane explains, “The FarmTek system seemed to be the one that would

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fit our needs and keep us within our budget.” Tom, Jane’s husband, contacted FarmTek and worked with the company’s fodder specialist, who sent information and helped the Lensmires make their decision. “FarmTek had the most information available about hydroponic fodder,” says Tom. Since introducing the system to their farm and learning what works best for their needs, Jane says the system is working out well. But the Lensmires aren’t the only ones reaping the benefits of feeding fodder. “The animals eat every last bit of it!” Jane exclaims. “It’s highly digestible and the animals really like it.” Their cows’ production has increased and they are enjoying the feed. Since introducing their cows to fodder, the Lensmires have seen production increase by 4 to 5 pounds of milk per cow per day. “Feeding fodder has enabled us to cut back about 10 lbs. of grain mix per cow per day, which has been a good cost savings for us,” Tom says. “We have also cut down on the paddock space for grazing since we have introduced fodder,” he continues. When sharing any advice for those who may be considering purchasing a fodder system, Tom and Jane offer this: “Do your research to make sure you choose what is right for your operation. Talk to people and be willing to put in the time and effort to get through the learning curve. Once you’ve accomplished that, things run pretty smoothly!” The Lensmires were pleased they chose FarmTek to work with through the process of researching, purchasing and assembling their system. They attended FarmTek’s three-day seminar on hydroponic growing, which Jane explains was informative and helpful. “We are happy with our investment,” she concludes, “and are looking forward to seeing what else we can accomplish with it!” FarmTek designs and manufactures Fodder-Pro Feed Systems, which are complete systems for any fodder need. For more information about FarmTek’s mobile fodder training or their hydroponic fodder systems visit -

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Ranks of Maine Cheese Makers Growing At Fast Rate By Clarke Canfield Associated Press MONROE, ME (AP) – Maine now has more artisan cheese makers than any state except New York, according to a cheese expert who tracks artisan cheese making nationwide. When Jeff Roberts wrote his book, “The Atlas of American Artisan Cheese,” in 2006, he identified 25 cheese makers in Maine who produce cheese by hand using traditional techniques. There are now about 75 of them, he said, making Maine the fastest-growing artisan cheese producing state.

“To me, that’s a truly remarkable expansion in a relatively short period of time,” said Roberts, who lives in Montpelier, VT, and is a consultant to the Vermont Institute for Artisan Cheese at the University of Vermont. “And most of us outside of Maine have never heard of Maine artisan cheese because it really doesn’t leave the state.” Some people were able to visit with cheese makers Oct. 13 during the Maine Cheese Guild’s annual Open Creamery Day. They were also able to talk to the cheese makers in their creameries, meet their

animals and learn the stories behind the 150 artisanal cheeses that are made in Maine. In all, a dozen or more cheese makers participated, with offerings ranging from chevre, cheddar, gouda and fromage blanc to marinated, goat and organic varieties. Artisan cheeses are known for complex tastes and varieties. Although the number of cheese makers has shot up, the volume of cheese made in Maine is still small, said Eric Rector, owner of the Monroe Cheese Studio in Monroe and president of the Maine Cheese Guild.

Most of the cheese makers sell their products locally at places like farmers markets, he said. Still, the state’s largest producer, Pineland Farms, distributes nationally. In all, Maine cheese makers produce an estimated one million or so pounds a year, Rector said. “Many plants outside of Maine make one million pounds a month,” he said. Roberts said as of this year, there were 85 artisan cheese makers in New York, about 75 in Maine and more than 70 in Pennsylvania. Nationally, the number has grown from about 400 in 2006 to about 825. -

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edge needed for the upcoming farming season. Aside from the exhibits, the Family Living Center, located in the North Wing, provides attendees a chance to take a break and browse through a selection of jewelry, crafts, antiques and collectibles. Visitors can casually shop for souvenirs for friends, farm toys for the kids and unique accessories for around the house. Held in conjunction with the National Farm Machinery Show, the Championship Tractor Pull takes place each night and Saturday afternoon in Freedom Hall. This event invites the nation’s best drivers and their power-pulling machines to compete for a share of more than $200,000 in prize money awarded in part by the pull’s sponsor, Syngenta. The National Farm Machinery Show is located at the junction of I-65 and I-264, less than five minutes from the Louisville International Airport. Open daily from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m., admission to this show is FREE and parking is $8 per vehicle. For additional information about the National Farm Machinery Show and Championship Tractor Pull, visit -

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32nd Annual Ag Expo Announced Contact: Sandy Lyons AG EXPO 2014 will be held January 17 and 18, 2014, at the Ike Hamilton Expo Center in West Monroe, LA. Each year, more than 10,000 attend from throughout Louisiana and adjacent regions of Arkansas, Mississippi and Texas. Exhibitors come from all over the United States. The deadline for exhibitor reservations is December 28, 2013. Vendors of farm equipment and supplies, technology, services, chemicals, seed, commodities,

livestock and related businesses and trade associations are all invited to participate. The event will also feature educational displays and programs for the public coordinated through LSU AgCenter; a Jr. Livestock show featuring more than 400 animals, stock dog trials (featuring Border Collies), Miniature Cow Show and educational seminars for Master Gardeners, Master Loggers and Farmers. The Louisiana Cattlemen’s Association Annual Meeting is held con-

currently at the Hilton Garden Inn across the street from Ike Hamilton. Ag Expo is sponsored each year by the North Louisiana Agri-Business Council, with extensive cooperation from LSU AgCenter, LA Tech University, University of Louisiana at Monroe, and the Louisiana Cattlemen’s Association. The title sponsor is Monsanto. Show hours will be Friday, Jan. 17 from 2 to 8 p.m. and Sat., Jan. 18 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission at the door is $7, children under 6 admitted free. For additional information, including Ag Expo Exhibitor application, event activities and attendance information please visit www.agex, call (318) 355-2495 or email -

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NEW! Flexwing Finishing Disc Added To AMCO Product Lineup

AMCO is proud to announce the availability of the new C15 Double Offset Flexwing Tandem Disc Harrow. This finishing disc features blades spaced at 7.5” and is built from our field-tested, heavy-duty F15 disc frame that has proven itself year after year as a tough till-

age tool. “Today’s production agriculture industry operates at faster ground speeds and with more horsepower. Backed by our AMCO heavy-duty construction techniques and commitment to durability, the C15 keeps you out of the shop and in

the field,” said Marketing Manager Luke Andries. Perfectly suited for primary or secondary tillage, seedbed prep or incorporation of chemicals, the C15’s 7.5”blade spacing forces dirt and residue to break down into finer pieces. “To alleviate the tendency to clog that comes with narrow blade spacing, we’ve engineered a scraper for the C15 that is installed next to the bearings, where clogging is most likely,” said Andries. Another great feature of the C15 are the flexwings, which are designed to follow the contour of your field for a smooth and even finish. The C15

THE C15 Double Offset Flexwing Tandem Disc Harrow FEATURES: • 7.5" blade spacing • Protect-O-Shield® triple-sealed regreasable bearings with industry-leading two-year warranty  • Optional blade sizes • Standard bearing risers • 90" tongue for dual wheels complete with tongue jack

Strong, Dependable and the best for over 35 years • 5 Models Available (2 NEW Models) to choose from with minumum 50hp to operate • High-carbon cutter heads that have been heat treated and made to last • All models come fully assembled and ready for work

Perfect for building and maintaining food plots, logging roads, gardens & turn rows • 5 Models available from 6’ to 10’2” • Features shock absorbing gang risers to soften unpredictable rough terrain • Exclusive Protect-O Shield bearings to enhance and prolong the life of your bearings

AMCO’s double offset flexwing wheel tandem disc harrows are quality tillage tolls that “flex” to match the contour of the field • 3 Series Available: Workhorse, Heavy Duty, and Giant • Options Available: Shock Absorbers, Split Gangs, HD Wheels, HD Scrapers

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has 1½” square cold-rolled, highcarbon steel alloy axles. Standard options include your choice of either 24” smooth or cutout disc blades with steel 7.5” spacer spools that come standard. Other blade sizes are also available. All C15s come with replaceable highcarbon steel scraper blades mounted on heavy-duty shanks. If you would like more information on the high-performing C15 Double Offset Flexwing Tandem Disc Harrow, please call us toll free at (800) 748-9022. AMCO offers programs for dealers throughout the year – ask about our current incentives!

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Ěƍ ƍ Neptune’s Harvest Organic Fertilizer Helps Create Healthy Plants And Soil  ƍ 

Ocean Crest Seafoods Inc., Neptune’s Harvest Fertilizer’s parent company, in Gloucester, MA, inadvertently ended up in the organic fertilizer business. A wholesale fish and seafood company established in 1965, Ocean Crest had a need to dispose of the fish remains created after processing, called gurry. Gurry makes up 60 to 70% of the fish after it is filleted. Initially, a plant in Gloucester was taking the remains and turning it into pet food, but in the early 1980s, this company went out of business, leaving all the fish processors in Gloucester high and dry. “We were all paying fishermen to bring it back out to sea and dump it,� recalls Ann Molloy, director of sales and marketing. “This was expensive, wasteful and bad for the environment.� So Ocean Crest got together with researchers from the University of Massachusetts’ marine science research center and developed the process of turning the gurry into fertilizer, which allows the company to use 100% of the fish. The products that this collaboration came up with are beneficial to the environment in more than one way. First of all, the products are organic. “To make our products, we use what nature has given us from the mineral-rich North Atlantic Ocean, which is nature’s perfect source for the nutrients plants and soil need, to stay healthy� says Ann. Secondly, the company uses every part of each fish and shellfish, so there is no waste that is being dumped back into the ocean or sent to landfills; instead, the “waste� is

used to help grow stronger, healthier plants. “We are constantly growing and innovating,� shares Ann. “The process we use did not exist before we developed it. We are currently looking into new and exciting products made from other seafood byproducts.� “The whole world use to be under water. They found Fish fossils on the top of Mount Everest. Ever since then it’s been demineralizing. By adding products from the ocean back to the soil, it replenishes it, and brings it back to life,� says Ann. The company is always looking for other environmentally friendly products to complement their line, which includes the Hydrolyzed Fish Fertilizer, Fish-Seaweed Blend, Seaweed Plant Food, Crab Shell, Kelp Meal, Turf Formula, Biologicals, Humate Concentrate, Garlic Spray, Cedar Oil and various other natural insect and animal repellents. “We feel very strongly about sustainable development. Everything we do is toward that goal. We need to love our Mother Earth.� Ann says the overarching goal of Neptune’s Harvest is to produce organic fertilizers that work better than chemicals so more people are using organics and protecting our land and groundwater. “We sell to big farms, small home growers and everyone in between,� she explains. “We sell to homeowners, landscapers, golf courses and all kind of farmers, but mostly grass farmers. The more chemical growers we can convert to organic, the better off our planet and all of us will be. Profit comes when you are doing the right things

and putting the planet and its people time as needed on the phone with our first. We believe fully in karma. customers, explaining all the options for solving problems organically,� What goes around comes around   

 ĆŤ and if we are doing the right things, shares Ann. The company’s plan for the future it feels good, and good things come is to continue to expand the market of it.â€? The Neptune’s Harvest organic for its products and to keep developline of products not only helps cre- ing new organic products that will ate healthy plants and soil, but use of help the environment. “We recently these products eliminates, or greatly bought a warehouse to continue our reduces, the need to use pesticides or expansion,â€? shares Ann. A final fun fact about Neptune’s any other chemicals, which reduces the negative impact on the environ- Harvest is that it is a family-run ment, says Ann, adding that the prod- businesses. Out of 45 employees, ucts also build up the organic matter 16 are family. For more information on Neptune’s in the soil, which helps the soil hold water, so growers don’t need to use Harvest Organic Fertilizer, go to nepas much water. “We spend as much $BMMGPS'SFF4BNQMFBOEDBUBMPHPOBMMPVS0SHBOJDQSPEVDUT 5PWJFXNPSFUFTUJNPOJBMT BOE UPTFBSDIGPSBEJTUSJCVUPSOFBSZPV QMFBTFWJTJU


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Featherlite Model 1611 Utility Trailer Named One Of Top 50 New Products CRESCO, IA – Featherlite’s Model 1611 bumper pull trailer has been named one of the Contractors’ Top 50 New Products by Equipment Today and The winners were selected from new products featured from February 2012 to February 2013. The top products were determined by the number of times readers inquire about the products featured in the magazine, as well as web page views and inquiries on the website. This is the third year for the awards, where products are grouped into one of nine categories — attachments, demolition & recycling, earthmoving, engines & components, lifting equipment, road

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Dairy Calf And Heifer Association Unveils New Brand Identity New look supports organization’s goal to be the modern, industry-leading source of calf and heifer information.

Megan Pierce Filament Marketing, LLC Madison, WI – The Dairy Calf and

Heifer Association (DCHA) introduces a new logo and brand identity. The fresh, new look symbolizes the Dairy Calf and Heifer Association’s goal to update and modernize its vision to be the industryleading source of calf and heifer nutrition, providing industry standards for profitability, performance and leadership that will help members improve the vitality and viability of their individual efforts and that of their business. “The board of directors is very excited to share DCHA’s fresh new look and feel with the dairy industry,” says Jack Banker, calf and heifer raiser and current DCHA president. “The new logo is just one of the many changes underway

to help drive the organization back to its core vision of being the leading source of calf and heifer raising knowledge.” The logo and brand identity were approved by the Dairy Calf and Heifer Association board of directors September 30, 2013 and will be integrated throughout membership and marketing efforts as the organization continues to refocus its efforts. Plans are underway for the 2014 annual conference, themed “Be a ‘Driver’ of Change.” It is set for April 1-3, 2014 in Green Bay, WI. Conference details and registration will soon be available at For more information or to join

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The building housing the store is adapted from a brick building constructed by Berea students with clerestory windows and a vaulted, poplar ceiling made from wood harvested from Berea College forests. Behind the store is a building that will be used as a milling facility for processing small grains, beans and popcorn. The opening date is uncertain because of some construction issues, but officials hope the store will be open by the end of the year. Currently, Berea College Farm sells at the Berea Farmers Market, but the college wanted a space to market its products year-round. Student Emily Grace Sarver-Wolf works on the farm and is excited about developing new farm products. In ad-

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Company Hopes Home Will Draw Chinese To Muscatine

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By Kyle Munson The Des Moines Register MUSCATINE, IA (AP) – This Chinese investment in America is neither a mountain of Iowa soybeans nor a $4.7 billion takeover of pork producer Smithfield. It’s a comparatively modest $180,000 purchase of a two-story house with a tuckunder garage in Muscatine. But as far as its new Chinese owner is concerned, this 1,380-square-foot home on one-fifth of an acre at 2911 Bonnie Drive represents an initial step toward greater ambitions. This is the house where Chinese President Xi Jinping slept for a couple of nights in 1985 – when he served as a relatively minor provincial official in charge of a humble agricultural delegation to Iowa. Nobody at the time could imagine that his visit would pay such belated and exponential diplomatic dividends. When Xi returned to Iowa last year as vice president of China, he praised the “unequaled beauty of Muscatine at sunset” during his remarks at the state Capitol. So perhaps it’s appropriate that what seems to be the first shrine to the 60-year-old Xi on American soil is a 47-year-old home on a leafy residential street in this Mississippi River town, situated near the back entrance to the local high school. The Des Moines Register reports owner Lijun Cheng foresees some of his 1 billion fellow citizens making pilgrimages to the city that helped introduce Xi to America. “It was crazy,” Lisa Ferreira, the previous owner of the property, said of her sale that closed this summer. “I didn’t even have my house on the market.” Susan Gill has lived next door to the house for 32 years and was surprised to hear that Bonnie Drive is a famous street in China. Her view of her own neighborhood is rather different: The daily stream of school traffic includes students’ windowrattling car stereos and the harried parents who speed by, late to pick up their kids. “Usually we have a little horn cantata going out here,” Gill said on a recent afternoon. The house has had “a lot of updating” since Ronald Reagan’s heyday, Ferreira added. Tom and Eleanor Dvorchak lived in the house in 1985 and played host to Xi. The Chinese official slept in the upstairs bedroom that belonged to the Dvorchaks’ son, Gary, who at the time was away at the University of Iowa. “They’ve got to get some Star Trek wallpaper,” Eleanor, 72, said of what Cheng must do to restore some of the corner bedroom’s authentic 1985 appearance. The

Dvorchaks now live in Zephyrhills, FL. Cheng’s business background includes investment in the animation company responsible for popular cartoon characters Pleasant Goat and Big Big Wolf that have become as pervasive in China as our classic cat-and-mouse pair Tom and Jerry. He and his colleagues – including real estate developer (and former basketball player) Daniel Wang and Ankeny resident Lang Deng (who works in IT for seed company Pioneer) – have founded what they call the Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Iowa (CCCI). They hope to produce a counterpart of America’s Farm Progress Show in China and establish an Iowa chapter of the China Confucius Foundation (CCF), based on the wisdom of the Chinese teacher who lived 2,500 years ago. The latter goal is on tap first as Changming Li, CCF vice president, visits Des Moines later this month. The CCCI partners also have held a “China Week” in Iowa and plan to produce a respective “Iowa Week” in their home country. The Bonnie Drive house, meanwhile, will be converted into a museum and “a window to show Chinese culture to other people,” Cheng said. The CCCI investors see the house as a puzzle piece in creating a continuous symbiotic cycle: Xi-specific tourism helps draw curious Chinese investors to Iowa to forge projects, and the projects in turn help grow tourism traffic between Iowa and China. All this of course is within the context of the general growth in recent years of shared business and diplomacy between Iowa and China, including a visit this month by the “Old Friends” that accompanied Xi in 1985 and a 30th anniversary celebration of the sister states agreement between Iowa and China’s Hebei province (led by the Iowa Sister States nonprofit that I’ve been involved in in recent years). Tony Joseph, president of his own international freight service, also leads the Mayor’s Muscatine China Initiatives Committee and has tried to help Cheng arrange maintenance for the Bonnie Drive house – what he referred to as a tangible landmark of the Xi afterglow in Muscatine. “It’s the first direct investment because of the Xi Jinping relationship or connection,” Joseph said. Meanwhile, in what seems like a neat and tidy historical echo, the Dvorchaks’ grown son, Gary, currently works and makes his bedroom in Xi’s hometown, Beijing. Perhaps he misses the unequaled beauty of the sunset over the Mississippi. -

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USDA Announces Availability Of Funding To Develop Advanced Biofuels

WASHINGTON, DC – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced the availability of $181 million to develop commercial-scale biorefineries or retrofit existing facilities with appropriate technology to develop advanced biofuels. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) remains focused on carrying out its mission, despite a time of significant budget uncertainty. The announcement is one part of the Department’s efforts to strengthen the rural economy. “This financing will expand the number of commercial biorefineries in operation in the U.S. that are producing advanced biofuels from non-food sources,” Vilsack said. “USDA’s Biorefinery Assistance Program is yet another way USDA is helping to carry out the Obama Administration’s ‘all-of-the-above’ energy strategy to develop every possible source of Americanmade energy. But the benefits go beyond reducing our dependence on foreign oil. These biorefineries are also creating lasting job opportunities in rural America and are boosting the rural economy as well.” The Biorefinery Assistance Program was created through the 2008 Farm Bill and is administered by USDA Rural Development. It provides loan guarantees to viable commercial-scale facilities to develop new and emerging technologies for advanced biofuels. Eligible entities include Indian tribes, State or local governments, corporations, farmer co-ops, agricultural producer associations, higher education institutions, rural electric co-ops, public power entities or consortiums of any of the above. Sapphire Energy’s “Green Crude Farm” in Columbus, NM, is an example of how this program is supporting the development of advanced biofuels. In 2011, USDA provided Sapphire Energy a $54.5 million loan guarantee to build a refined alga oil commercial facility. In continuous operation since May 2012, the plant is producing renewable algal oil that can be further refined to replace petroleum-derived diesel and jet fuel. According to the company, more than 600 jobs were created throughout the first phase of construction at the facility, and 30

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full-time employees currently operate the plant. The company expects to produce 100 barrels of refined algal oil per day by 2015, and to be at commercial-scale production by 2018. After receiving additional equity from private investors, Sapphire was able to repay the remaining balance on its USDA-backed loan earlier this year. In 2011, USDA issued a $12.8 million loan guarantee to Fremont Community Digester for construction of an anaerobic digester in Fremont, MI. The digester, which began commercial operations late last year, is the largest commercial-scale anaerobic digester in the United States. It has the capacity to process more than 100,000 tons of food waste annually to produce biogas and electricity. Biogas from the digester runs generators that total 2.85 megawatts in capacity. The electricity produced is sold to a local utility and is providing power for about 1,500 local homes. Applications for biorefinery assistance are due by January 30, 2014. More information about how to apply is available in the October 2, 2013 Federal Register announcement or by contacting the USDA Rural Development National Office. Since the start of the Obama Administration, the USDA Biorefinery Assistance Program has provided approximately $684 million in assistance to support biofuels projects in eight states. Secretary Vilsack noted that this funding announcements are another reminder of the importance of USDA programs such as the Biorefinery Assistance Program for rural America. A comprehensive new Food, Farm and Jobs Bill would further expand the rural economy, Vilsack added, saying that’s just one reason why Congress must get a Food, Farm and Jobs Bill done as soon as possible. President Obama’s plan for rural America has brought about historic investment and resulted in stronger rural communities. Under the President’s leadership, these investments in housing, community facilities, businesses and infrastructure have empowered rural America to continue leading the way – strengthening America’s economy, small towns and rural communities. USDA’s investments in rural communities support the rural way of life that stands as the backbone of our American values. President Obama and Agriculture Secretary Vilsack are committed to a smarter use of Federal resources to foster sustainable economic prosperity and ensure the government is a strong partner for businesses, entrepreneurs and working families in rural communities. - January 21, 22, 23

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Six Simple Tips For Sanitation To Boost Calf Health Megan Pierce Filament Marketing, LLC Shoreview, MN – Navel dipped – check; colostrum fed – check; hut or pen cleaned between calves and feeding equipment sanitized between feedings – check and check. Calf raisers take many steps to prevent their calves from getting sick. But despite taking these preventative measures, one of the first frustrations heard when doing a walk-through of calf facilities is that calves are still getting scours between 7 to 10 days of age. This is according to Devin Hyde, a calf and heifer specialist for Purina Animal Nutrition located in Minnesota. Having sick calves despite having taken all of the proper actions to support calf health can be one of the most discouraging challenges that calf raisers must overcome, says Hyde. She notes that it is not uncommon for calf raisers to overlook their calf facility cleaning and sanitation protocols, which are a vital part on any dairy. The incidence of scours is typically caused by a bacterial overload on the feeding equipment and/or the environment. Calf raisers should address their

equipment sanitizing protocols to limit bacterial exposure as much as possible. Skipping these steps can allow disease and illness to quickly spread from calf to calf, negatively affecting the overall health and profitability of the herd. Hyde recommends calf audits be done frequently to evaluate what the cleaning procedures are and what type of disinfectant is being used. Hyde urges calf raisers to use these six easy steps developed by Dr. Don Sockett, University of Wisconsin Veterinary Diagnostics Lab to make sure they are getting the job done. 1. Rinse using warm, 90 degrees F water. 2. Soak in hot water, greater than 130 degrees F, with 1 percent chlorinated alkaline detergent. 3. Wash water should be greater than 145 degrees F. Using a brush will help eliminate any other residue. 4. Rinse using a cold water solution that contains 50 parts per million of chlorine dioxide. 5. Dry by letting the equipment drain and dry completely before re-use to prevent the growth of bacteria. 6. Final preparation of equipment should

include spraying the inside and outside of calf equipment with a 50 parts per million chlorine dioxide solution two or less hours before the next use. Hyde also emphasizes that cleaning shouldn’t stop with milk feeding equipment. Calf starter and water buckets should also be cleaned on a regular basis. Milk bottles and buckets should be cleaned daily, while calf starter and water buckets should be cleaned and disinfected between calves (at a minimum). Milking parlor managers focus on similar sanitation practices every single day, multiple times per day. As calves are the future of dairy herds, the same mentality should be in place for calf facilities. Doing so, can help overcome calf health challenges and allow producers to focus on keeping calves healthy and growing so that they can reach their full potential.

For more information, please contact Devin Hyde at (507) 226-5126, email or visit www. Purina Animal Nutrition LLC (www. is a national organization serving producers, animal owners and their families through more than 4,700 local cooperatives, independent dealers and other large retailers across the United States. Driven by an uncompromising commitment to animal excellence, Purina Animal Nutrition is an industry innovator, offering America’s leading brands of complete feeds, supplements, premixes, ingredients and specialty technologies for the livestock and lifestyle animal markets. Headquartered in Shoreview, MN, Purina Animal Nutrition LLC is a wholly owned subsidiary of Land O’Lakes, Inc. -

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Ranchers Use Sun To Provide Water For Livestock AP Wire Service By Tessa Schweigert Powell Tribune POWELL, WY (AP) – When far from surface water, livestock can get a drink with the help of the sun. In many dry pastures of Wyoming, water is scarce, but sunshine abundant. Some farmers and ranchers are using solar-powered pumps to provide water for their livestock. “You don’t need batteries or anything. When the sun is shining, it pumps water,” said Milton Geiger, energy extension coordinator for the University of Wyoming. “Even when it’s cloudy, it will still pump some water.” With the cost of solar panels dropping in recent years, more livestock producers may consider solar-powered watering systems. “It’s a brilliant ag application,” Geiger said, saying the pumps are one of the best uses for solar panels. Geiger demonstrated a solar-powered pump at the Powell Research and Extension Center field day in July. The pump is part of the UW renewable energy demonstration trailer. “With livestock watering, I hope it will be a generally accepted as the best practice,” he told the Powell Tribune.

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Livestock producers have used windmills to draw groundwater for livestock, but wind can be inconsistent in the Cowboy State. While you can’t always count on a windy day in Wyoming, you can usually expect a sunny one. Geiger said Wyoming has a “very robust resource” for photovoltaics – the method of generating power by converting solar radiation into electricity. “Powell has a better solar resource for photovoltaics than Miami,” he said. “It’s by virtue of altitude, lack of cloud cover, and even on cold days, we get sun. “Like anything electronic, these actually work better when they’re cold,” Geiger said. “When you heat them up, it increases resistance.” Snow on the ground on a sunny day helps increase the reflectivity of the solar rays. The solar panels can withstand wind and hail, he said. The pumps can draw groundwater from hundreds of feet below the surface, depending on the model. The pump Geiger demonstrated at the UW Extension field day went down to 200 feet. Some solarpowered pumps go down to more than 1,200 feet.

“You pump more water when it’s sunny, and that way you have a reserve of water in the field, which is good anyway,” Geiger said. The pump demonstrated by UW can run directly off one or two panels, pumping three to five gallons per minute. Other pumps can provide a greater flow if required, Geiger said. Economically, “it works magnificently when you’re more than an 1/8 of a mile from a utility service,” he said. Geiger said they work anywhere. The pump can be built to stay in one pasture or to travel with grazing livestock. “You can have them fixed or on a trailer and taken from pasture to pasture,” Geiger said. He said livestock producers must consider the cost of using solarpowered pumps. Solar powered systems can be more cost effective than alternatives, especially when you get more than an eighth of a mile from utility service. Geiger said research shows that the systems are a prudent investment over a seven-year life cycle. The solar panels for a system, not including the pump or control, cost about $0.75 per watt versus more than $4 per

watt in 2000. “Depending upon water needs, most pumps use 200 to 2,000 watts, but it varies,” Geiger said. Eight years ago, the state of Wyoming funded a pilot program that provided between two and four pumps in each of the state’s 23 counties. When the pilot program was launched in the spring of 2005, thenDepartment of Agriculture Director John Etchepare said in a news release that solar energy looked to be a valuable resource for Wyoming’s farmers and ranchers. “In all of the years I was in ranching, having reliable water sources was a number one priority,” he said. “We were almost totally dependent on our windmills for our livestock and wildlife water. Let me assure you that the wind does not always blow in Wyoming.” Unlike windmills, solar panels often require little maintenance. “They do degrade over time, but have 25-year warranty,” Geiger said. Noise and wildlife impacts – sometimes a concern with wind energy – aren’t an issue with solar panels. “Solar is pretty benign as far as other environmental impacts,” Geiger said. -

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with a suggestion of three applications per year for $24/acre/year. It is applied as a foliar spray on green plants. Not only is it a cheaper method, but Sea Minerals FA has a lasting positive effect on the microbes in the soil. Sea Mineral nutrients stay in the soil from year to year and build and enhance the soil. Sea Minerals FA can be used without any other fertilizer with good results. It can also be mixed with other ingredients, such as weed killers or

fertilizer in the sprayer. Sea Minerals FA also makes great freechoice mineral for cattle. Cows will consume one pound per month on average. They will not require any other mineral or salt for a savings of over 50%. It has been shown to decrease cell count in dairy cattle. It plays a key role in producing better quality milk and butcher beef. The cows and calves stay healthier. Check the website www.SeaMine for field trial results. -

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Idaho Beef Council & Idaho Steelheads Present Military Hero Boise, ID – The Idaho Beef Council and the Idaho Steelheads are proud to announce a partnership to honor military men and women in Idaho. During the Idaho Steelheads games this season, military heroes will be recognized who represent courage, dedication, and teamwork. “Many Idahoans

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Hero of the Day. Tell us about someone you know who is a military hero. The faithful men and women who bravely serve, protect us, and allow us to enjoy the rights we have each and every day. Idaho Steelhead’s President, Eric Trapp, is ecstatic to have the Idaho Beef Council on board for a third season with this program. He says, “Six military heroes will receive a public address pre-game on-ice recognition for his or her accomplishments. The Military Hero will get to go down on the ice with the players and drop the ceremonial first puck. They will also receive an authentic Idaho Steelheads jersey and Gold Club tickets for the game.” Come to the Idaho Steelheads games and see these heroes on November 9th, November 29th, December 21st, January 17th, February 15th, and March 8th. To enter your military hero, send a photo and short (or as long as you like) essay about the individual and why he or she is a hero, to steelheadshero@ The essay, to be considered by a selection committee, must include name, address and daytime phone number as well as information re-

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2014 Northwest Ag Show Celebrates 45 Years!

The N.W. Ag Show is produced by the N.W. Horticultural Congress. The N.W. Horticultural Congress includes representatives from Oregon Association of Nurseries, Oregon Horticultural Society and the Nut Growers Society and sponsored by Capital Press.

Trey Carskadon Sublimity, OR – The Northwest Ag Show will be hosting the region’s largest agricultural trade and consumer show, January 28th through January 30th at the Portland Expo Center. The second largest Ag show west of the Mississippi, and the largest and longest running in the northwest, the N.W. Ag Show will feature the Ag industry’s newest products, services, experts and information. “The 2014 show sets a new milestone as we celebrate our first 45 years in promoting northwest agriculture and the full spectrum of services and products associated with this proud and vital industry”, said Amy Patrick, the show’s manager. “The vintage equipment display, which is always a popular draw is bigger-than-ever; all the industry meetings and seminars are on-site; and we’re also expanding, The Tasting Room which features locally produced wines and beer.” “With tens of millions of dollars of farm equipment on display and hundreds of onsite experts, this is an ideal opportunity to see what’s new and get all the information you need from the top brands and companies in northwest agriculture. The Northwest Ag Show is the hub of the regional industry and one of the most important Ag events of the year. Between the meetings, seminars, exhibits and displays, it’s all here under one roof.” From large farm operations, tree farms and orchards to vineyards, small acreage farmers and nurseries, there’s something for everybody involved in northwest agriculture at the N.W. Ag Show. With hundreds of exhibitors, the N.W. Ag Show is jam-packed with Agrelated products, services and equipment. Patrick continued, “There’s 245,000 square

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feet of indoor display space along with an additional 84,000 square feet of meeting space for the 2014 show. And for the second time in two years, the Northwest Ag Show will occupy all four Expo buildings. And even with these additional costs, the Northwest Ag Show is going to pick-up parking again…so parking is free for all attendees!” Back for their 10th year at the show, the FFA Equipment Competition welcomes high schools from around the region to participate. The FFA has assumed a more visible role at the show and the Northwest Ag Show has worked closely with FFA offering travel scholarships for out-of-area chapters and opportunities to participate within the show. “FFA has been a growing focus for the show. These young adults are the future of this industry and it’s our responsibility to introduce them to the people, technology and opportunities that are available to them in northwest Ag. The Northwest Ag Show is the perfect venue to make that happen”. Patrick added, “We’re seeing FFA participation continuing to grow as more and more high schools attend the show. Certainly, the show and competition is a draw but thanks to our show sponsors we’ve been able to offer travel scholarships that help defray the cost of fuel and other costs associated with attending the show. FFA members are admitted to the show free-of-charge.” Family Day, a popular one-day event, offers a single $20 admission ticket for the entire family on Wednesday, January 29th. Show hours are: Tuesday – 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Wednesday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Thursday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Show details are available online at -

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Cowboy Logic by Ryan M. Taylor

TOWNER, ND – I drive a pickup that’s a mere 12 years old. Sure, it’s got scratches, dents, a tricky tailgate and a few other character saving scars, but it still seems too new to fit my cowboy persona. I’ve harbored this guilt ever since I traded in Ol’ Gray, the 1986 half ton with more heart than horsepower. Waylon Jennings, known for his country singing but also for his sage parental advice, warned mamas not to let their offspring “pick guitars or drive them old trucks, let ‘em be doctors and lawyers and such.” So, I suppose my parents felt some career path disappointment when I was a kid and they found me fixing up my grandfather’s 1951 Chevy pickup to drive to school. They might have also breathed a sigh of profound relief knowing that the tuition bill for medical school or a juris doctorate degree was not in my

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future evidently. The ’51 Chevy was a good, safe driving choice for a high school kid. It had a transmission from a ton and a half truck in it, which, paired with a six cylinder engine, gave it a top speed of about 45 miles an hour. It didn’t have seat belts or an air bag, but it was built like a tank. It easily had the steel of ten compact cars in it. It had red paint and a slight blue oil haze trailing behind it. From ’51 to ‘67 Eventually, I moved up from the ’51 to a ’67, and went from Chevy to Ford. And since then I’ve also had a Dodge. I guess you won’t catch me with any trashtalking stickers in the back window of my pickup about the ‘other’ brands. I’ll drive anything. The 1967 was like all the others that Dad and our neighbors had from that era. It was the standard issue aqua blue green

color. I swear it was the only paint they put on pickups in the late 60s. It was a good pickup but eventually it stayed put and grass started growing up around it. Until this year. I had tried bringing it back to life, but this summer I let a bona fide mechanic take a crack it. Now the ’67 is running like a top and back in service. It’s the kids’ vehicle of choice when we go for a ride around the ranch. Some people would call their generation the “iGeneration,” growing up with iPads, iPhones and all the rest. The ’67 impresses them not with its technology, but its lack of it. “Wow, you don’t even have to have the key on to close the window!” they exclaimed when I shut it off and they turned that odd crank protruding from the door. I showed them how to run the ‘air conditioning’ by undoing the lock tab and pushing out the triangle shaped windows

to shoot some air through the cab. Fresh air is important since a dried up rubber hose connecting the gas tank to the gas cap behind the seat leaves a pretty strong odor in the cab. Ventilation is bolstered by some floorboard rot that I’ll need to remedy. There’s a hole in the driver’s floorboard that you could lose a small dog through. You wouldn’t want to drop your iPhone while you’re driving and watch it hit the gravel road whizzing by underneath. Fact is you wouldn’t want to talk on your iPhone while you’re driving, period. No power steering, a standard transmission, and brakes weak enough to encourage double clutching to help her slow down, keeps your mind on the job of driving and deters any thought of texting, talking or web surfing. Now, all I need to do is get the kids to start driving that old truck, or, perhaps pick a guitar, and we can save the cost of tuition for law school or medical school too. Sandhill Communications, Publishers and Purveyors of  Cowboy Logic. Taylor is a fourth generation cattle rancher from Towner, ND, a columnist, and the author of two books, “A Collection of Cowboy Logic”, and “Cowboy Logic Continues”. For more information on Ryan and his writings, please go to -

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Sisters Use Family Farm To Teach Kansas Students AP Wire Service LINDSBORG, KS (AP) – Two sisters in central Kansas have turned their family farm into a classroom aimed at helping urban and even rural students learn just where their food comes from. Laura Mourn and Angie Flippo spent much of their childhood on their family’s farm south of Lindsborg, property that has been in the family for more than 100 years. The seeds they are planting are designed to clear up misconceptions among students who have little idea of how food gets from the field to the store to their tables. “It’s neat to have them tell us where it comes from and help them think through it together. You see a light bulb come on,” Flippo told the Salina Journal. Some of the misunderstandings about animals have included students thinking that cows lay eggs or that they hibernate. “That was eye-opening,” Mourn said. Children visiting the farm tour the grounds, feeding chickens, playing in bathtubs filled with grain, riding a train or sliding on a hay-covered slope. “We learned about pumpkins and animals and that animal poop is good for plants,” said Wyatt Somers, a student at McPherson’s Lincoln Elementary School, during a recent visit. “It’s fun.” The sisters realized that not everyone sees agriculture the same way or under-

stands how it all fits, a problem not just for city students but those in rural communities, too. “This is a future voting bloc,” Mourn said. Melissa Beede, a teacher from Lincoln Elementary, said farm fields are common around McPherson, but she finds that students don’t know much about agriculture and what the industry provides. “Dogs and cats are found on a farm, but just as in the city, they’re pets,” Beede said. “Cattle, sheep, goats, chickens, pigs and other critters provide food, such as milk, eggs and meat.” “Some kids truly don’t know where meat comes from. They say, ‘We go to the store to get our meat.’” Flippo and Mourn’s parents started offering tourist trips to the farm five years ago. Flippo said teachers started asking about ways to make the trips more educational, prompting the sisters to write their “In the Class and on the Farm” curriculum, which follows state and federal education standards. The program was piloted in 2011 with McPherson students and was eventually expanded across the school district. Sponsorships from agriculture businesses and organizations help finance the program. Nine second-grade classes from McPherson and one from Elyria participated this fall.

Students start the curriculum in the classroom to prepare for the visit to the farm, which is more than petting animals and playing in dirt. “This is a very good educational program,” Beede said. The program incorporates traditional classroom subjects to help students understand what farmers and ranchers do daily, including reading and language arts.

“We talk about being an advocate, someone who speaks out for agriculture and shows other people how important that is,” Flippo said. “It’s sort of like writing a persuasive paper.” The sisters would like to expand the program to a spring session and open it to other age groups of students. “We look at it as an investment in the future of America,” Flippo said. -


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“You meat eaters are all overweight,” said Ms. Veggie. “I bet you can take a shower and never get your feet wet.” “I am not overweight, just six inches too short,” said the cowboy. “I’ll have you know that I am a light eater.” “Yeah, the minute it gets light, you start eating.” “Well, you vegetarians aren’t much to look at either. That wool your wearing looked better on the sheep. I am surprised that you vegetarians love nature so much after what it did to you. Have you looked in a mirror lately? Your eyes are yellow and your skin is orange. I’d cut back on the carrot juice if I were you. But if it wasn’t for hogs you’d look even worse. Did you know that make-up you are wearing came from animal byproducts?” “I could live without make-up.” “Yeah, but then you’d need plastic surgery and that would be impossible without cartilage from cattle and animal sutures.”

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“I’ll have you know that this face has stopped many a heart.” “Yeah, it’s a good thing they had adrenaline from livestock to get those hearts restarted. In fact, there are many farm animal byproducts that you tree huggers would have a hard time living without. including your biodegradable soap that, pardon me for saying so, isn’t working all that well. Could you please stand downwind from me? There, that’s better. You do know that cattle played a major role in the settling of the west don’t you? Those dusty trails that the steers once followed are now major highways. Your forefathers and foremothers probably traveled on a cow trail just so you could come out here and pester us. If there had been no cattle and sheep 80% of the land in this country would serve no economic purpose. Even most of the farmers would be living in cities because much of the grain they produce is fed to livestock. There would probably

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Thank A Farm Animal be no small towns. The land would produce no property tax or grazing fees, just roaring range fires that would engulf your cities. Ask yourself, where would our culture be today without leather ball gloves and pigskin footballs.” “Baseball and football are your ideas of culture?” “Well then, how about violin strings and artist’s brushes? They came from farm animals too, you know? As did those leather sandals you are wearing. How would the lawns in suburbia stay green without steer manure? What would the Cub Scouts roast if they didn’t have marshmallows and hot dogs? What would you use to fertilize your organic vegetables, bat guano? Where would the sick be without insulin and estrogen?” “Enough already. You dumb cowboys give me a pain.” “Well don’t take cortisone for it, because it came from a cow too. In fact, hundreds of products found in your

drugstore have ingredients from cattle, sheep and hogs. You see, out of a 1000 pound steer only 568 pounds is the meat that you detest so much. In fact, if your anemic blood ever failed to clot the doctors would probably save your life with a drug called thrombin. It too came from a farm animal.” “How disgusting! I’d rather die than be saved by a cow! You cowboys are all the same. You think our society couldn’t have made it this far without you, your traditions, your cowboy ways, and your stinky cattle.” “I’d be careful who I was calling stinky, if I were you. No, humans probably could have survived without farm animals. It’s just that you’d still be eating through your gills, or freezing to death in some cave eating roots, nuts and tree bark by candlelight. No, on second thought, the candles were made from animal tallow so you’d have been in the dark back then too.” -

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ity-boosting, yet compact design of the 16.8L engine with two-stage turbochargers hits the power sweet spot. By generating a greater torque rise over a wider RPM range, you get unmatched lugging ability for maximum productivity — no need to downshift or pull the implement out of the ground. The engine design also means Tier 4 Final emissions control is achieved without need for a heat-generating diesel particulate filter. The engine transfers power directly to the smooth and reliable CAT® powershift transmission, which routes the power directly to the final drive without a drop box for fewer parasitic losses with top fuel economy and performance. “AGCO POWER engines offer massive pulling power with minimal exertion,” says Bergin. “This outstanding lugging ability helps operators accomplish more with less fuel.” Superior ground contact, less compaction The MT800E Series features the industry-exclusive Challenger Mobil-trac system. The patented undercarriage design with oscillating mid-wheels delivers a smooth ride and a level of belt contact that puts optimum power to the ground. The simple and efficient design reduces fuel consumption, improves operator comfort, and leaves a lighter footprint in the field for less compaction. “The Mobil-trac system helps offset field compaction that can result in yield and profit losses,” explains Bergin. “At the same time, it offers the smoothest ride in the industry, allowing longer, more-

productive workdays.” Key features that set the MT800E Series tractors apart from the competition include oscillating mid wheels that allow operators to work in adverse conditions; a self-contained in-line track system that can be adapted to multiple applications; a friction drive system that eliminates the need for additional horsepower while reducing slippage; and Marsh Mellow™ springs that reduce vibration for a smoother ride. With the widest array of track offerings in the industry, Challenger provides a track solution for any type of application. Big comfort, longer workdays The Pinnacle View cab places the operator in the optimum position for comfort and productivity. Unmatched 360-degree visibility allows clear sight lines to the tracks, drawbar and implements, reducing operator strain and promoting longer, more productive workdays. Intuitive controls, multiple seating options and a powerful lighting package create the perfect work environment. Four models include the MT875E (590 HP), MT865E (540 HP), MT855E (490 HP) and the MT845E (450 HP).

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(NAPSA) – The best gift you can give yourself this holiday season is to start your plan well in advance. Although reminders about holiday shopping seem to arrive earlier each year, the lack of an actual plan can mean little gets done until the last few stressful weeks. To make your holidays merrier-and less stressful-here’s a master plan: September Once life gets back on track after the summer vacation, start to make some lists. Who will you send cards to? Who are you buying gifts for? Ask family members where they plan to be for the holidays. This time also offers a great opportunity to browse through the stores that you’ve always meant to visit. October Don’t wait for Black Friday. These days, stores have special offers all year round. With time on your side, look for innovative gift ideas. Presents with thought behind them are always appreciated more. Look for cards that will be special for friends and family to receive. For example, the Mouth and Foot Painting Artists (MFPA) uses reproductions of its artists’ unique, original paintings to produce holiday cards, gift wrap and gift ideas such as a 2014 desk calendar-another great way to plan even further ahead-puzzles and books. The worldwide for-profit organization is owned and run by disabled artists and helps them to earn their living through direct sales to the public. If you don’t receive one of these mailings and wish to buy MFPA products, visit its website at or call (877) MFPA-USA. One of those artists is Dennis Francesconi. As the result of a water-skiing accident when he was a teenager, Francesconi was permanently paralyzed. Then, he taught himself how to write, and then paint, using his mouth. He has participated in over 75 exhibitions around the world. The recent success of the movie about President Lincoln at this year’s Oscars inspired him to paint a winter scene of Mt. Rushmore. November/December Now that you’ve earned some breathing space, it can be a good time to start writing holiday cards in preparation for posting. You can make a holiday card even more special by thinking carefully about the message you write inside. It’s likely the card will be on display for a few weeks, so you will want to make sure the message is from the heart. And don’t forget to include personal photos for your loved ones. Once the cards are in the mail, write up your holiday menu and confirm invitations for parties. With all this work behind you, you will now have time to enjoy the season with friends and family. You’ll have earned it. -

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Staheli West The DewPoint 6110 Has Changed The Game In Forage Baling

2013 was a great year for Staheli West. Both the amount of hay being steamed around the country, and the interest in this revolutionary machine, are growing exponentially. As this harvest season comes to an end, over 80 DewPoint 6110’s are being cleaned off and winterized. The DewPoint 6110 has changed the game in forage baling. The 1,000 gallons of water in the onboard tanks is converted to steam, which will last for 3-6 hours of baling depending on ambient baling conditions. Adding steam to hay as it is baled has been proven to increase bale weight, leaf retention, and bale density. Although these add to the overall quality of the hay, the biggest gain that users have seen is time. Being able to bale 12-24 hours per day helps farmers get their hay off of the ground faster, allowing for more growing days later in the season. Ryan Schwebach of New Mexico has reported that using the DewPoint 6110 has contributed to an extra ¾ tons of hay per acre. Speaking of the added bale weight, Jeff Wood of Utah said, “I figure I picked up 100-150 pounds per bale. I used to think ‘well it is all water weight’ but it’s not. You look at the leaf in those bales and you understand exactly where it is coming from.” Ben McIntyre of Idaho also said of the hay quality, “We’ve seen all of the benefits. Our bale weight is up [and] we’re about a 20 point difference on relative feed value.” However, if bale density is not a focus, steam can be reduced. Guy Carthel of Lockney, Texas uses the DewPoint to bale small 2-string bales which he sells retail. Not only is he pleased with the quality of the hay, but also his buyers appreciate the consistency in the bales, and the way the flakes stay together as they feed it. Quality is a major benefit of owning a DewPoint 6110, but convenience is also a big issue. “It’s been perfect, let’s put it that way. You just pick a time you want to bale, and you just go bale hay,” said Garrit Bakker, owner of two DewPoint machines. He’s not the only one to notice how baling hay on your terms can change quality of life. Eric Webb of Idaho called it a “modern day miracle,” and Grant St. Clair was ecstatic as he finished his hay in time for dinner, and a good nights sleep in his own bed – not the bed of his pickup waiting for dew. Perry Van Tassel also of Idaho, grinned as he said,

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“My wife hates it because when I start to bale, I bale for 20 hours straight.” On a more serious note he concluded, “It used to take me a good 10 days to bale my hay, now I do it in 4-5. I never want to bale without it again.” While the quality and convenience is significant, Dave Staheli, President and Founder of Staheli West Inc., is more concerned with the quality of life it can bring to users. After developing and using the machine for nearly two decades, he has realized how much more time it gave him to do the most important things, like attend kids’ sports games, church activities, and enjoy family time. With quality of life as the main goal, Staheli West has adopted a vision of education, not just sales. As part of this focus, Dave has implemented what he calls the “Operation Assessment.” During these Assessments, usually done via video-conference, Dave learns about an individual’s operation. He then, using their numbers and estimates, discusses how to balance their entire hay making operation while highlighting the efficacy and benefits of owning and running a DewPoint 6110 on their farm. “What we do at Staheli West, Inc. is not the most important thing in the world, but it helps many people in the world to have more time and means to dedicate to the things that do matter most,” said company founder Dave Staheli. “We are not here just to build and sell machines to people, but to help our customers increase productivity, raise product quality, reduce capital expenses, increase their profits, and improve their quality of life. We also enjoy helping our employees continually increase their knowledge, skills, and abilities which builds greater prosperity for them, for our customers, for our suppliers, and for us.” Staheli West will be attending several farms shows and hay symposiums this winter, and is also planning regional DewPoint Trainings. They can also be seen on RFD TV’s “American Farmer” series this winter. For more information or to schedule your own Operation Assessment, please visit, call (435) 586-8002 or email -

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Dates Set For National Mastitis Council 53rd Annual Meeting Milk quality professionals will gather in Texas January 26-28, 2014 Megan Pierce Verona, WI — The National Mastitis Council (NMC) will host its 53rd annual meeting, Jan. 26-28, 2014 at the Worthington Renaissance Hotel in Fort Worth, Texas. The latest advancements in milk quality and mastitis control will be highlighted during this three-day international forum. This event is open to professionals with a vested interest in high quality milk production. Milk quality specialists, veterinarians, milk plant field staff, dairy suppliers, dairy producers, university researchers, extension specialists and students are invited to attend and exchange ideas and information on udder health, milking management and milk quality. This year’s program will cover: • Analytical approaches to managing mastitis; • Treatment and non-treatment approaches to tackling mastitis; • Milk quality reports from around the globe; and

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World’s Largest Purebred Livestock Show During its two week run, the North American International Livestock Expo (NAILE) fills the Kentucky Expo Center (KEC) with the nation’s finest purebred livestock. With more than 26,000 entries, the show is recognized as the largest of its kind. Visitors from around the world and around the corner flock to Louisville to experience it. Livestock Abounds During the first weekend, Nov. 9-10, the species on the grounds include: llamas, alpacas, dairy goats, swine, quarter horses, and dairy cattle. Dairy cattle events continue through Nov.12, and the quarter horse show goes through Nov. 13. On Thursday, the first ever Cowboy Mounted Shooting Assn. event begins, and it runs through Saturday. Draft horses clop into Freedom Hall on Friday morning and again on Saturday, Nov. 16. By Friday, Nov. 15, beef cattle, sheep and goats fill nearly all of the facility, and shows for these species continue through Nov. 22. Rodeo – Family Entertainment The North American Championship Rodeo (PRCA Great Lakes Circuit Finals) takes place November 14, 15 and 16 at 7:30 p.m. nightly in Freedom Hall. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster online, at their outlets, by phone: (800) 745-3000 or at the Kentucky Exposition Center Ticket Office. Giant Country Store The Expo’s Country Store exhibit sec-

tion has something for everyone. The store includes farm gates, saddles and tack, hard-to-find western home furnishings, jewelry, western wear, woolens, crafts, art and more. Those looking for livestock handling equipment will find plenty of opportunities to comparison shop. The livestock show ends on Friday, Nov. 22. To learn more and for a complete event schedule, go to All exhibits except the Rodeo are free with NAILE admission: $6 for adults, $3 for children age 12 and under and $3 for seniors (55 and over). Parking is $8 per vehicle. For more info on North American International Livestock Exposition, please visit Minnesota Denny’s Trailer Sales 18880 Country Rd. 8 Wykoff, MN 55990 (507) 352-5491

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The Ease Of Sorting Your Animals Will Amaze You! Diamond W Corrals introduces the portable sorting and gathering system by the original designer of the Wilson Wheel Corral. You will not believe the size of this system! The ease of sorting your cattle or horses in the field will amaze you! No more gathering, loading, unloading, sorting and then reloading. No more stressing your herd to get them out of the pasture. Thanks to Burlington Welding, LLC, home of the Diamond W Corral, those days are gone. One system, one move, and you’re done and home in time for lunch. This is a goose-neck unit that opens for access in or out of the front. There is a total 16 gates throughout the system. On each end of the alley there are two sets of 6’ gates that open between the split goose-neck hitch and the rear axle assembly. The rancher has four sorting pens

measuring 15’ 6” X 15’ 6” with a height of all panels at 6’. This gives the rancher the ability to tie into the sorting system with any type of portable corral or stock trailer in the field. A hydraulic system sets the unit down on the ground, and when ready to move, lifts it up for transport. The hydraulic system is operated by a 12-volt battery charged with a solar panel and the ease of pushing a button. All systems are assembled with spring-loaded latches on the interior gates for added convenience. A 10’ gate allows you to drive thru the alleyway with a cake truck. Let us show you our newest product! Contact Burlington Welding, LLC at (580) 431-2556 or (580) 327-7867. You can see our web page at www. or e-mail us at -

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Owners Open Farm To Generations Of School Children By Michelle Kinsey The Star Press MUNCIE, IN (AP) – Forty years ago, Larry and Vickie Mitchell welcomed the first school group to their farm. Vickie remembers it well. “At the end, we did a head count and we were missing one,” Vickie recalled as she leaned against a fence on their 110-acre farm. “We found him hiding under a bed. He didn’t want to leave.” It still happens. Their daughter Sara, now a teacher at Albany Elementary School, brought her students with special needs to the farm just last week. “They cried when it was time to go home,” she told The Star Press. “They didn’t want to leave.” Can’t say we blame them. Larry Mitchell is a fourth-grade teacher at Monroe Central Elementary School and each fall, he brings his class out to enjoy some fun down on their Hoosier Homestead Farm. Fun is the key word here. “I honestly don’t know why it started,” Vickie said with a laugh as she organized snacks on a table. “But it quickly became a tradition.” A tradition that has not changed much – if at all – in the past four decades.

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They still play pass the grapefruit. They still take the same well-worn hayride path. They still roast hot dogs in the fire pit. And Larry wouldn’t have it any other way. He serves as the MC, if you will, for the farm experience. With an infectious laugh, Larry guides the children from his class through games that have them passing Lifesavers with toothpicks (using only their mouths) and busting balloons with their backsides. “I enjoy it just as much as they do, every year,” he said during a recent party, still dressed in a shirt and tie from the classroom. That most recent party, on Oct. 11, included a celebration of the milestone, complete with a plaque presented to Vickie from the students. “That’s very nice; this is wonderful,” she told the students who presented her with the special “Hoosier Hospitality” plaque. “I’ve got a special place on the wall for this.” Sara said her mom is quite the “party planner” and looks forward to the event each year. “For a lot of kids, the only animals they see are in a zoo,” Sara said. “They have never been able to pet and feed a donkey.” They feed the donkeys – Rosie, Sun-

shine, Daisy and Thunder – Frosted Mini Wheats, in case you were wondering. They also get to hang out with the farm’s roosters, ducks, geese and a new litter of kittens. “We get to do a lot of activities, said Kylie Pyle, 9, as she geared up for the egg toss. Eggs, we should point out, that came from the farm’s chickens. Ryleigh Dougherty, 10, roasted her hot dog to perfection, “with just enough burnt parts,” she said.

Kane Lancaster said he loved “just running around” the large grassy areas of the 110-acre farm. Peyton Tinsman, 9, said he liked “hanging out with the donkeys” best. His mom, Danielle, said she thinks “it’s great when teachers take time to do these kinds of things with their students.” “These kids will never forget this,” said Jennifer Wessner, who was there watching her kids Dorian and Cloey take it all in. -


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Lindsay Announces NFTrax Airless Wheel Assembly For Greater Traction And Improved Track Maintenance

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Ken Wurdeman Omaha, NE – Lindsay Corporation, maker of Zimmatic irrigation systems, announces NFTrax, a new airless wheel assembly with greater traction and improved track maintenance. NFTrax is an airless design that will never go flat and keeps wheel ruts to a minimum, according to Tanner Hoffman, Zimmatic by Lindsay product manager. “With NFTrax, there are no punctures, no air pressure to check, no bad sidewalls, less rutting, and longer overall wheel life,” Hoffman says. The wheel’s steel core vulcanized rubber track is tensioned over 10 drive points. In contrast, standard pneumatic and solid tires apply greater pressure to the middle of the track base as they roll, generating a deeper trough for runoff. According to Hoffman, NFTrax applies more even pressure across the entire belt surface, forming a flatter, shallower imprint. “Solid tire alternatives may provide ‘no flat’ performance but have limited flexibility, forming deeper ruts and creating more stress on the irrigation machine’s driveline,” Hoffman says. “NFTrax adapts to terrain and field conditions without getting stuck or putting undue stress on the machine. Our tests show NFTrax’s wheel track depth can be 30-50 percent less than that of standard tires in similar operating conditions.” “NFTrax is a home run deal,” says Sammy Stahl, irrigation manager at Stahl Farms in Moses Lake, Washington, who has been using NFTrax on his Zimmatic pivot. “Not having to check for flat tires is a major breakthrough because there is so much less downtime.” Lindsay, Nebraska, grower David Fowlkes also has been using the new airless wheel assembly. “NFTrax is better on my alfalfa plants compared to traditional tires,” Fowlkes says. “It has more area on the ground and doesn’t push out as much soil to create a sidewall.” For more information, visit or talk to your local Zimmatic dealer. -

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Contact: Jerry Harrington DES MOINES, IA – Challenges with corn rootworm (CRW) have growers evaluating their insect management options for next season. Recognizing the need for more choices in insect control, DuPont Pioneer in 2014 will offer growers an expanded line up of Optimum® AcreMax® Xtra and Optimum AcreMax XTreme products. These products provide below-ground insect protection from CRW, as well as above-ground pests such as corn borer. In addition to an increased number of products, Optimum AcreMax Xtra and Optimum AcreMax XTreme hybrids will be available in more geographies and maturity zones. “CRW populations have a long history of adapting to control methods and because of that the industry needs to look at all options and manage this pest vigilantly,” says Reed Mayberry, DuPont Pioneer senior corn marketing manager. “With products like Optimum AcreMax Xtra more widely available in 2014, growers are able to select op-

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Breed Easy: Motion Detectors Aid Dairy Farmers By M.L. Johnson Associated Press MADISON, WI (AP) – Every step a cow takes and every mouthful she eats at Saxon Homestead Farm is recorded by an electronic device on a collar around her neck. Since cows in heat move more and digest less, farmers can use the data to determine when to breed them. Karl Klessig, whose family has a dairy farm and cheese-making business in eastern Wisconsin, describes it as a kind of natural family planning system for bovines. Activity tracking systems have been available for decades, but interest in them has grown as the technology becomes more accurate and easier to use. The collars don’t eliminate the use of hormones because some cows, like some people, have difficulty getting pregnant, but farmers said the systems reduce drug use, help cut labor costs and provide an added benefit – early warnings of illness. The collars are designed for and almost exclusively used by dairy farmers who must keep cows pregnant to keep

the milk flowing. If the animals don’t give birth about once a year, their milk will dry up, similar to a woman who stops breastfeeding. Cows then cost more to feed than they earn, and eventually, they’re sold for slaughter. Klessig’s family was among the first in the US to invest three years ago in a system sold by Israel-based SCR. Their collars carry motion detectors and microphones that pick up the sound of chewing, which reflects digestion. Cows leaving the milking parlor go through a gate where the electronic boxes on their collars are scanned. The gate sends cows in heat in one direction and the rest in another. A vet comes to the farm each morning to breed the animals that are ready. “For us, with our cheese factory, we want to be as wholesome and natural as we can be,” said Klessig, whose family milks 550 cows in Cleveland, WI. Successful breeding usually involves artificial insemination within a matter of hours after cows ovulate. Some farms use a combination of hormones to induce ovulation so the cows california H&M Equipment Repair 1683 South K St. Tulare, CA 93274 (559) 687-8015 Fax: (559) 687-9322

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New VFlex Corner™

Valley® Irrigation, the leader in precision irrigation, introduces a new corner option that is completely customizable to a grower’s field. The new Valley VFlex Corner™ is now the most versatile corner option in the industry. “The new Valley VFlex Corner has been in development since 2009 and was extensively tested at Valley and in customer fields,” said John Kastl, Equipment Product Manager at Valley Irrigation. “Its flexibility is based on suggestions from growers, and it offers more options than any other corner on the market.” Valley introduced the first corner to the irrigation market in 1974. A Valley corner machine allows growers to irrigate the acres not reached by a traditional center pivot, increasing yields on land the grower already owns. The new VFlex Corner features an 8000 series span and an improved steerable drive unit structure for

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AGCO Launched The New RG700 SelfPropelled RoGator® Sprayer In Fall 2013

Duluth, GA – AGCO Application Equipment is introducing the newest addition to its RoGator® lineup – the RG700 – a 700-gallon machine built with the same attention to detail and durability as its bigger RoGator brothers. The RG700 self-propelled sprayer combines RoGator professionalgrade quality and dependability with flexibility to meet spraying requirements well suited for a smaller tank size. Tier 4i-compliant, it is equipped with the latest technology systems, is easy to operate and, like larger RoGator models, features an applicationspecific cab design that maximizes operator comfort and safety. “From the ground up, the RG700 is designed to deliver exceptional precision and performance at the top of its class,” said Mark Sharitz, director of marketing for AGCO Application Equipment. “No matter what the conditions, the RG700 provides all the power and dependability to get in the fields and get the job done.” The RG700 offers an industry-leading AWD Smart Drive System™, even weight distribution and Parallel Cchannel flex frame, all of which combine to provide consistent field speed without shifting and excellent traction with all four wheels remaining on the ground. The result is a smoother ride, less wear and tear on the booms, and more precise product application, even under varying field conditions. Other key features include: Powerful, high-torque engine – With 165-hp, the RG700’s engine is more powerful than many competitive sprayers, and produces more torque that provides consistent power to pull through hills, rough terrain and soft, wet ground. The RG700 is equipped with AGCO’s advanced selective catalytic reduction (SCR) technology that meets EPA Tier 4i requirements without sacrificing power and pro-

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vides better fuel economy. Adjustable track widths – Two axle configurations (narrow and standard) allow for multiple track widths to operate quickly and easily through a wide variety of crops, crop heights and field conditions. Application cab design – All RoGator models feature the industry’s only cabs designed specifically for application, built with operator comfort and safety top of mind. The RG700 has a six-post cab design that provides a wide, panoramic front windshield and curved windows in the corners for unmatched visibility; folded booms that rest below the sightlines for better road visibility; wider platforms and a lower first step onto the walkway that provide easier, safe access; sound-dampening materials for a quieter ride; and an ergonomic armrest and joystick configuration that controls all functions for field operations, so operators don’t have to reach or search for a control while operating the machine. Efficient reload station design – The reload station is designed for a quick, simple and safe reload process. The liquid system is designed to achieve maximum output flow and industry leading tip-to-tip application accuracy. Leading technology systems – From sprayer and boom height controllers to assisted steering systems to the RoGator Management Center and AGCOMMAND® telemetry system for monitoring machine performance data, the RG700 is fitted with the latest technology systems to maximize productivity and profitability. “The addition of the RG700 to our industry-leading RoGator and TerraGator® lineup reinforces our commitment to the application industry by providing the best machines for growers and professional operators across North America,” Sharitz said. “We look forward to showcasing this new machine at farm shows and regional events this fall.” For more information, visit www.

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Graham Electric Planter Drive By Toby Graham Visit us at the Gateway Farm Expo Nov. 20-21, 2013 - Kearney, NE Iowa Power Jan. 27-31, 2014 – Des Moines, IA Western Farm Show Feb. 21-23, 2014 – Kansas City, MO If you are considering upgrading your ground drive planter to hydraulics, you need to consider our electric planter drive

system. It is more accurate, removes high maintenance chains and bearings, offers more functionality and most likely less cost than a hydraulic drive and row shutoffs combined. Graham Equipment has an electric planter drive (patent pending) now available for all planters replacing the need for any ground or hydraulic drive. An electric motor on each row is controlled by our microprocessor based drive system which gives

Precise Seed Placement, Variable Rate and Row Control. The Graham Electric Planter Drive interfaces with all major brands of GPS controllers. Our system can be installed on new and previously used planters of all brands. We are offering discounted pricing until the end of the year. For more information, visit our website or phone (970) 520-7980 or (303) 885-7428. -

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Simple Thanksgiving Dinner Tips Courtesy Of The Founding Fathers (NAPS) – Many Americans want to treat family and friends to a holiday meal with a bit of tradition to it. Making that easier is a delicious recipe for roast turkey that harks back to Colonial times. “Thanksgiving is about re-­creating family traditions, about taking time to be with loved ones and honoring generations-old values,” explains Emmy Award–winning TV host, cookbook author and culinary historian Chef Walter Staib, City Tavern of Philadelphia proprietor. “It’s the only truly American holiday centered around savoring our nation’s culinary heritage.” This simple turkey recipe is based on what our forefathers ate at their celebrations. “It will taste just as delicious now as it did to our Founding Fathers.” Early American Roasted Turkey recipe by Chef Staib Serves 8 to 10 1 (18- to 20-pound) turkey, with giblets Salt and freshly ground black pepper 1 medium yellow onion, quartered 1⁄4 cup chopped fresh parsley

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2 Tbsp. chopped fresh thyme 2 medium shallots, finely chopped 1 bunch fresh sage, on stem 1 bunch fresh tarragon, on stem 1 Tbsp. olive oil Preheat oven to 325° F. Place oven rack on bottom level. Place wire roasting rack in large roasting pan and spray with vegetable cooking spray. Remove giblets, neck and any visible fat from cavity. Discard liver and fat. Rinse turkey inside and out with cold water; pat dry. Sprinkle turkey cavity with salt and pepper. Place quartered onion inside. In small bowl, combine pars­ley, thyme, shallots and 1 tablespoon of the oil. Sprinkle with salt and a generous grinding of pepper. Rub herb mixture on meat under the skin on each side of the breastbone. Place fresh sage and tarragon under skin, leaving whole. Tie drumsticks to­gether with kitchen string and twist the wing tips behind the back. Place turkey, breast side up, in prepared roasting pan. Roast for about 2 hours, until breast

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PBS “A Taste Of History” host Walter Staib displays a roast turkey prepared in a traditional Colonial manner.

is browned. Cover with foil and roast for 3 to 4 hours, basting the turkey every 15 minutes with its own juices. Roast until a meat thermometer inserted in a thigh muscle registers 180­­–185° F. “Turkey is delicate by nature—the sharper the knife, the cleaner the cut and the nicer the presentation,” says Staib. “Thankfully, we don’t have to rely on the 18th-century grinding stone to create sharp knives. EdgeCraft makes holiday entertaining a little easier with Chef’sChoice® sharpeners.” Chef’sChoice® Turkey Carving Tips: • Step 1 Be sure to use a good, sharp knife. Sharp knives are not only safer, they will help you smoothly cut thin, even slices without shredding the meat. Fortunately, you don’t have to be an expert to put a razor-sharp edge on your knife. Chef’sChoice® M130 professionally sharpens, steels and strops

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Canela Russet – A New Light Russet Potato For The Fresh Market by Robert Davidson, CSU Extension Seed Potato Specialist Canela Russet has been grown by San Luis Valley growers for the past few years, sometimes with great success, but often with problems related to its individual cultivar characteristics. This cultivar has the potential for producing a high percentage of US No 1 tubers in a very tight size profile, but overall yields may be less than other cultivars. Even though yields may be less (380 cwt/a +) Canela Russet has the potential for long term storage and has been very profitable for many growers when sold late season (early May to late June). This cultivar, however, has seen its share of problems in the last couple of years. This article will help to put some of these issues into perspective and, hopefully, provide some insight into understanding the cultivar so that each grower will have a greater chance for success. Late storage to early season: Canela Russet is a cultivar which has a long dormancy (147 days average from the time of harvest to sprouting) which translates into a need to warm the tubers prior to planting (50-55 0 F for two weeks) to assure proper germination. This is especially critical when deciding to cut the tubers to help promote growth of each eye. Cutting is problematic since the tubers are very smooth and have few eyes, with more eyes concentrated near the bud end of the tuber. It is very easy to cut the seed too small producing seed pieces with no more than one eye. This in turn produces a crop with a high percentage of single stems. During the early trials for this cultivar, the number of stems per plant was 1.9. This is quite low, so efforts must be made to increase the number of stems per plants from 1.9 to near 3.0. This requires the use of slightly larger seed pieces (3.0 to 3.5 oz) and cutting no larger than splitters when available. Additionally, warming the seed prior to planting and avoiding fresh cutting the tubers

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can pay big dividends in terms of stem numbers. Growing season: Nitrogen management is critical during the season. Total N rates should not exceed 140 to 160 units total for the season including residual from soil and N from irrigation water. These levels appear to be critical for proper growth during the season and also for the finishing of the vines during the late summer. We know that excess N applied later in the season has a dramatic effect on the vine maturity and on tuber maturity coupled with skin set. The past couple of years, late season environmental factors have delayed vine maturity on those fields with excess N present and made for very difficult tuber skin set conditions. Harvest/Storage: It is crucial for this cultivar to have the appropriate length of time for good skin set, assuming that the vines are actually maturing and ready to go down. Four weeks is not too long for skin set, so proper planning is essential in terms of N management and vine killing. In the past two to three years many growers have experienced problems relating to Fusarium spp. and tuber dry rot. After much investigation, we believe that these problems are related

to harvesting immature tubers which bruise more easily and provide wound areas for the pathogen to enter. Additionally, very cool late season harvest temperatures set the tubers up for greater wounding and, thus, more potential for dry rot. While this cultivar is not resistant to dry rot, it is no more susceptible than many other common cultivars raised by growers in the San Luis Valley. There is one notable difference, however. It appears that

Canela Russet takes slightly longer to heal than for example, Russet Norkotah, which can provide greater likelihood of Fusarium spp. becoming established in the tuber. Also, keeping early storage temperatures in the 500 F range for longer than two to three weeks can have a very detrimental effect on the amount of dry rot seen in the crop, especially when dealing with immature tubers. Finally, growers should recognize that this cultivar will store for a very long period, but only if the crop has been properly managed during the season and the tubers are mature. The use of Canela Russet as a long term storage alternative for SLV producers can be very successful when following the appropriate management guidelines. Please keep in mind a few rules as you produce this cultivar. Larger seed, more eyes/ seed piece, warming seed prior to planting, N management, proper vine maturity and vine kill with plenty of time for skin set, good harvest practices and proper early storage management. Following some of these practices can help you become more successful with this cultivar and increase both yields and profits. -

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Helping Farmers & Ranchers Since 1963 Fair Manufacturing, Inc. has been manufacturing the Snocrete® Snowblower since 1963. Each feature of the Snocrete® Snowblower has been carefully tested to meet the requirements of farmers and ranchers battling the tough prairie winters. Fair Manufacturing has tested it’s Snowblowers in rockhard snow, water and ice, dirt and even with cement blocks showing that it can cut through snow and ice but also anything buried beneath. The Snocrete® brand is synonymous with the twin fan design; this single-stage feature

requires less horsepower than the twostage designs, fewer moving parts and is less susceptible to breakdowns from foreign objects. Fair’s testing shows that the four blade design of its twin fan is the most efficient, cutting down on wasted horsepower and excessive air movement. Fair’s bolt-on ice-chopper bars as well as its easy-access shear bolts are created with the user in mind for quick changes on the ground when time is of the essence. The Snocrete ® Snowblower also features a high profile spout designed to cast snow up out of the line of sight of the operator as well as 360 ° rotating spout for casting snow around buildings and other obstacles. Fair Manufacturing also offers several options including: automatic chain oiler, bolt-on cutting edges and skid shoes, telescoping truck-loading spout and hydraulic spout cappers.

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Pressurized Exhaust Kills Underground Rodents The patented H & M® gopher control system uses carbon monoxide from pressurized engine exhaust to kill burrowing rodents such as gophers, ground squirrels, moles, voles, prairie dogs and ground hogs. According to the company, exhaust gas has long been one of the most lethal and least expensive methods to kill burrowing rodents. But until now there hasn’t been an economical, efficient delivery system. Company owners, Allen Hurlburt and Virginia Massey, said that the PERC ® system (Pressurized Exhaust Rodent Controller) involves a 1/4 inch diameter steel wand that is used to probe the burrow and injects pressurized exhaust via a hand piece valve that fills the burrow with lethal concentrations of carbon monoxide before the rodent has a chance to either escape or block the burrow. An internal combustion engine, that also drives a compressor pump that pressurizes the exhaust gas to 110 psi in a storage tank, generates the carbon monoxide. Three basic models are available. The PERC® 412 is a trailer-mounted unit with a 14 hp Kohler engine and four reels each with a 50 foot hose and the hand probe. The 412 features turf tires and is designed to be pulled behind an ATV. It sells for

$8,295 plus S&H. The PERC® 206 is a skid-mounted unit with a 7 hp Kohler engine, two reels with 50 foot hoses and hand probes. It sells for $4,995 plus S&H. There is a trailer available for the PERC® 206. This combination is popular for use in vineyards and other small acreage applications. Price of trailer is $595. The newest addition to the line is the PERC® 620. It is designed for large acreage and custom operators. With a Twin 20 hp Kohler engine and a V4-70 cfm compressor pump, the six reel 620 has tandem axles as standard equipment. Crop stands are not damaged by the carbon monoxide injected into the burrow, Hurlburt says. It is simple to use and safe for the operator as well as wildlife since there is no poison bait or explosions involved. No other control method is as effective, efficient and as inexpensive to operate as ours. A PERC® system can treat moderately infested alfalfa fields at about 3.5 acres an hour with a single operator, he adds. Each probed location requires only about two minutes injection time. We have shipped units from Southern California to central Canada and as far east as Florida. Though most of our

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New Holland Disk Drills Now Offered in 50- And 60-Foot Widths New Holland, PA – With the outstanding success of P2000 Series 30- and 40-foot disk drills, New Holland is now offering increased productivity with the new 50- and 60foot P2080 models. These larger widths, which can accommodate tow-between or towbehind air carts, provide the same accuracy and durability and allow operators to cover more acres faster. In addition, New Holland continues to offer the P2085 disk drill with a mounted seed tank, which is available in 30- and 40-foot widths. “We are pleased to offer the 50and 60-foot models, which provide increased productivity combined with industry-leading durability and accuracy,” says Sheldon Gerspacher, Segment Leader Crop Production Equipment. “They’re ideal for seeding small grains such as wheat, barley, rice, soybeans, and canola, and provide excellent performance at both ends of the spectrum, in both hard and soft soils.” The new P2080 disk drills feature the patented New Holland parallel link row unit, which is designed to slice through crop residue and provide precise, uniform seed placement with very low soil disturbance. Even when seeding at higher speeds and on rougher terrains, New Holland’s industry-leading parallel link design provides more consistent seeding placement for best-in-class emergence in a wide variety of soil, seeding depths, and field conditions. The 18-inch disks cut cleanly through the heaviest of crop residues to ensure optimal seed-to-soil contact. On-row packing follows to ensure the best chance of fast, even germination. The scraper and opener design allows for consistent seeding depth across the range of operation. This is combined with a true 0-3.5inch depth setting to accommodate all seeding depths with quick easy single-handed adjustment. New closing system designed for tough conditions New Holland ’s P2080 and P2085 disk drills feature an all-new clos-

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ing system designed specifically for exceptional closing in tough conditions. In very hard soil conditions, the packer wheel does a better job of closing the trench to ensure proper seed-to-soil contact. In very soft conditions, it provides improved packing for better seed-to-soil contact, preserves more moisture, and leaves a smooth field finish. The hollow center of the closing system reduces compaction while providing excellent seed-to-soil contact. Up to 100 lbs. of pressure is available. High flotation walking tandem options, which ensure maximum flotation in the toughest conditions, lower ground pressure and compaction for increased emergence. Flexible frame provides unmatched depth accuracy and durability Hills, terraces and gullies pose no problems for New Holland disk drills. With the best wing flex in the industry, the flexible frame design allows the P2000 Series to deliver precise seed placement over the entire width of the machine. The flexible frame provides unmatched depth accuracy, featuring 25-degrees of total flex for accurate, uniform seeding. Flexibility also dissipates frame stress for more durability than traditional welded joints. Electronics, variable rate application and sectional control P2000 Series disk drills are fully compatible with New Holland’s IntelliView™ IV touchscreen monitor. The convenient one-page display

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DENVER, CO – This coming year, Congress will address many legislative issues that directly affect cattlemen and women including border security, international trade and the continually increasing number of environmental regulations. As the country’s oldest and largest organization representing the cattle industry, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) has a strong voice in Washington, DC and a great opportunity to represent the forceful, unified influence of America’s beef producers.

NCBA is urging more cattle producers to join in this fight. According to NCBA Policy Division Chair Philip Ellis, a fifth-generation rancher from Chugwater, WY, it is NCBA’s producers that give us the strength to advocate effectively in Washington DC. “This year’s membership drive focusing on partnership, process and legacy hits the mark,” said Ellis. “As cattlemen and women our legacy of growth, profitability and sustainability for future generations is key. And we are calling on all producers to not only join, but engage in the grassroots process to keep our industry strong. As cattle producers, we need to be engaged at the legislative and regulatory levels, but we also have to fight against groups like the Humane Society of the United States, that are actively working to put us out of business.” Ellis said while we made great progress this past year, the year ahead continues to

hold challenges for the cattle industry. “We had a number of successes in this past year; thanks to our strong membership base, we were able to keep federal inspectors on the job during the furlough and we were able to keep HSUS out of the farm bill” according to Ellis. “But as we look to this next year, we expect Congress to discuss border security and the Trans Pacific Partnership, all while keeping an eye on overzealous federal regulation. My NCBA membership keeps me at the forefront of all of these issues.”

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Farm Owner Uses KIOTI Tractor To Maintain Family Ice Rink For those who live and work in and around New York City, it’s fairly common to retreat to the country on weekends to escape the hustle and bustle of city life. New Preston, CT has its fair share of weekend residents who live and work in the city during the week, but call the town home on the weekend. The Ingrassia Family, owners of Springhill Farm, a sprawling 330 acre estate, is one of the town’s weekend residents. By week, the farm buzzes with activity surrounding a 275 acre hay operation and the maintenance of a 10 acre vineyard, but on the weekends, when the owners visit, recreation and relaxation are at the forefront. The property includes stables with eight horses, a fitness facility, a vegetable garden, tennis courts

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and even an ice rink. Just two years old, the ice rink on the property moved from concept to reality when the Ingrassia’s had glycol refrigeration lines run underneath the family’s outdoor tennis court and compressors installed to pump the glycol through the lines to maintain the temperature. This gave them the ability to play tennis in the spring, summer and fall, while providing their three sons with a place to play hockey throughout the winter months. Once installed, maintaining the ice rink became one of facility manager Andrew Johnson’s key responsibilities. “The rink requires a considerable amount of work to keep the ice in peak condition,” states Johnson. “In order to make its management

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efficient, we needed to purchase equipment specifically dedicated to maintaining the ice.” A tractor and pull behind ice resurfacer were ultimately selected as the best combination of products for the work at hand. However, finding a tractor that could support the hefty hydraulic requirements of the resurfacer proved challenging. “Having four tractors on the farm already, none fit the bill required for the management of the ice, so we started doing our homework”, states Johnson. “It didn’t take long for us to figure out that most tractors on the market would require major modifications at a considerable cost to enable them to run the resurfacer. We then came across the Kioti CK20S HST at Campbell Services in Bridgewater, Connecticut.” The Kioti CK20S HST, a 22 horsepower compact tractor, was selected due to its heavier-weight construction, combined with the lift capacity of its rear 3-point hitch and its ability to have the tractor’s hydraulics run the resurfacer. With the exception of adding some weight onto the front of the tractor to counterbalance the resurfacer, no modifications were required, making it both a productive and cost effective purchase. The tractor was delivered with studded and weighted turf tires for optimal traction when working on the ice. To maintain the ice, Johnson fills the resurfacer with hot water, then drives across the ice, shaving and putting down water all at once for a smooth finish. As he progresses

and the hopper fills, the tractor supports the lifting and dumping of resurfacer. “The two independent hydraulic pumps on the CK20S HST result in better all around hydraulic flow and pressure, leading to better lift performance,” states Johnson. The Kioti CK20S HST has been in use for just over 18 months and is dedicated strictly to maintaining the ice rink. Outfitted with the resurfacer, the tractor is housed in a climate controlled building to prevent ice buildup in its reservoir. According to Johnson, “Private ice rinks in our area though rare, are not completely uncommon.” We worked diligently with Campbell Services and Tom Martell, Kioti’s territory manager, to really explain our needs and find a way to maintain the rink in an efficient manner. “The original suggestions we received for maintaining the rink would have been far more costly and less productive. We’re thankful to have had the expertise of KIOTI Tractor and their local dealer to help us find the appropriate equipment to maintain the rink.”. -

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