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OSU team creates buzz with 'TranquiliBee'

A team of food science and technology students from Ohio State University developed a honey-vanilla flavored milk beverage, “TranquiliBee,” for the National Dairy Council’s 2015 New Product Competition.

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USDA reports support higher corn, soybean prices

While considerable uncertainty will persist for the next three months, today's USDA Grain Stocks and Acreage reports substantially increase the odds the average farm price for corn will be above $4.00/bushel for the 2015-16 marketing year, according to Darrel Good, University of Illinois Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics.

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May alfalfa hay prices higher; harvest acreage forecast slightly lower

USDA estimated the May 2015 U.S. average price paid to alfalfa hay producers at the farm level was $192/ton, up $8 from April, but still $33 less than a year earlier. According to USDA’s Acreage report, U.S. producers intend to harvest 18.3 million acres of alfalfa and alfalfa mixture dry hay in 2015, down less than 1% from 2014.

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July 4th cookout costs less this year, 
still under $6 per person

A Fourth of July cookout of Americans’ favorite foods including hot dogs, cheeseburgers, pork spare ribs, potato salad, baked beans, lemonade and chocolate milk will cost slightly less this year and still comes in at less than $6 per person, says the American Farm Bureau Federation.

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Tips for farmers and ranchers with arthritis

University of Missouri Extension agricultural systems management specialist Willard Downs and Missouri AgrAbility Project director Karen Funkenbusch offer the following tips for farmers and ranchers with arthritis:

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