One state’s dairy industry seeing a resurgence

Allen Merrill checks on his dairy cattle at his farm in Parker, S.D., Friday, Nov 14, 2014. The state's dairy industry is feeling optimistic about its future, especially along the Interstate 29 corridor. South Dakota dairy farmers are looking to grow with the help of strong milk prices, stable feed supplies and the benefits that come from having nine plants in South Dakota that process one or more dairy products. (AP Photo/Argus Leader, Emily Spartz)

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — South Dakota’s dairy industry is feeling optimistic about its future, especially along the Interstate 29 corridor.

Seed libraries struggle with state laws

In this Dec. 18, 2014 photo, Betsy Goodman looks over seed packets at the Benson public library in Omaha, Neb. Goodman established a seed library at the library branch in 2012, and patrons checked out nearly 5,000 packets this year. Seed exchanges have sprouted up in about 300 locations around the country, most often in libraries, but the effort has created a conflict between well-meaning gardeners and state agriculture officials who feel obligated to enforce laws restricting the practice. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

DES MOINES, Iowa — For thousands of years, people have exchanged seeds to grow terrific tomatoes or produce the perfect potato, but a new effort to loan and borrow seeds has created a conflict betw

Illinois farmers share expertise in academia

Matt Howe, right, and his father, David, look at an aerial view of their Lewistown-area farmland in Illinois that has been in the family for more than 100 years. The men were invited to present a first-hand account of modern American farming to an academic colloquium at Yale University in September at the school’s 11-week Agrarian Studies Program.

PEORIA, Ill. — An academic colloquium at Yale University is not someplace where farmers tend to hang out.

Food hubs link consumers to locally farmed food

In this Dec. 16, 2014 photo, Sam Rothberg, packing house supervisor for the Intervale Food Hub in Burlington, Vt., packs carrots into weekly deliveries of food produced by area farmers. Food hubs around the country are getting more fresh, locally produced food out to consumers and giving farmers another avenue for expanding their sales. (AP Photo/Lisa Rathke)

BURLINGTON, Vt. — Move over farmers’ markets. More than 300 food hubs around the country are also providing small farms another outlet to sell locally raised food to consumers.

County agent Wayne Jones moves up to district director

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Wayne Jones, Bonneville County Extension agent, describes the function and the history of the Universtiy of Idaho Extension Service to a crowd at the Extension Office recently. On Jan. 8, Jones was named as interim district extension educator for the UI Extension, replacing Barbara Petty who was named the state director.

Wayne Jones has a new job and his old one too.

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