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1,000-Pound Butter Sculpture Unveiled At 2011 PA Farm Show
HARRISBURG, Pa. /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A sculpture made from nearly 1,000 pounds of butter was unveiled today as the centerpiece of the 95th Pennsylvania Farm Show, which will open Saturday, Jan. 8.


Personal Crusade For Tractor Safety At Farm Show
YORK, Pa. (AP) — Though it's been nearly five years since her grandfather died, Alyssa Fodor still remembers the suffering her family experienced when he never returned home from his daily farm chores.


Drought Monitor: La Nina Brings Heavy Precipitation To The West
Heavy precipitation (2 inches or more) was reported across much of California, western Oregon, and the higher terrain of Idaho during the past week, boosting snowpack levels. The Pacific jet stream and attendant storms meandered farther south than is typical for a La Nina winter, as evidenced by one to two inch amounts of precipitation which fell over coastal portions of southern California, and 2-4 inch amounts measured over central Arizona. These storms were heralded several days later by an increase in low-level Gulf moisture across the western and central Gulf states, which resulted in significant coverage of heavy rain (2 inches or more). The Florida peninsula missed out on the beneficial rains of the past week.


Farmers Who Limit Losses To Get Insurance Refunds
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The federal government proposed Thursday to reward farmers who use crop insurance and demonstrate good management practices that limit their losses.


China Steps Up Safety Requirements For Dairy Firms
China's domestic dairy companies must renew their production licenses this year or will be closed, the government said Thursday in the latest safety measure after melamine-tainted milk products killed six children.


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