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Farm Credit celebrates 98 years of service to American agriculture - Nearly 100 years after the U.S. Congress established Farm Credit to serve as a reliable source of credit for the nation's farmers and ranchers, the network of borrower-owned lending institutions and specialized service organizations remains a sound and vital resource for rural America. Today, about 40 percent of the dollar volume of outstanding loans to U.S. farmers and ranchers comes from Farm Credit.  More at our farm news page>>
Christmas in summer? Virginia tree growers preparing now - It may be summertime, but Virginia Christmas tree growers are preparing now for their holiday sales season. “People think we only work one month out of the year, but that’s not the case,” observed one grower, who along with his employees are now trimming firs, Norway and Scotch pines, and blue spruces. He said 2014 has been "a good growth year for Virginia Christmas trees." Virginia has more than 500 Christmas tree farms.  More at our farm news page>>
Cargill to remove growth-promoting antibiotics from all turkeys - Cargill's Honeysuckle White and Shady Brook Farms are now the first major turkey brands to remove growth-promoting antibiotics from all turkeys across the independent farms they work with, without charging a premium price. Officials ay that, based on consumer research and feedback, these brands are pioneering efforts to provide families with new, affordable, turkey choices. "We believe ending the use of antibiotics to promote growth in turkeys is an important step that provides consumers with nutritious and affordable options," said Ruth Kimmelshue, president of the Cargill Turkey & Cooked Meats business.  More at our farm news page>>
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Penn State: Scout for Palmer Amaranth now in soybeans, before it’s too late - Identifying and containing new infestations is a critical first step in managing this new threat. That is according to officials with PA Cooperative Extension who say hopefully, most of the full season soybean crop has been managed for weeds by this time of the summer. Most of the PA Palmer amaranth infestations last fall were discovered in soybeans (both full season and double crop).  More at our farm news page>>
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