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May 2017

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New movie Farmer Veteran debuts on Memorial Day

Can a combat veteran shake the lingering traumas of war by becoming a farmer? @FarmerVeteran follows one man’s journey to find healing in his transition to civilian life, no matter how difficult the journey. Tune into @PBS on May 29 at 10/9c.

Auto Steer Solutions

AgrAbility of Wisconsin's rural rehabilitation specialist, Jeff Kratochwill, helped to fabricate auto steer systems into a 1975 John Deere 4620 tractor and an older model Duetz tractor. The system consists of the receiver, monitor, a steering wheel compatible with the auto steer system, and wiring. Some machine shop work is needed to install the components. To save costs, a wiring harness installed in these tractors will allow the receiver and monitor to be switched between tractors. While the auto steer systems provide benefits related to efficiency, they can also help by reducing operator fatigue and helping overcome specific disabilities related to operating a tractor. It is often possible to retrofit an auto steer system into tractors where such a system is not commercially available due to the older model of the tractor.

Follow these tips for a safer drive during planting season

“There is a shared responsibility for making sure our roadways remain safe,” said Bill Field, professor of agricultural and biological engineering.
Purdue Extension

White House holds “Farmers Roundtable”

"U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue joined President Trump for a Farmers Roundtable at the White House."

Interest in hemp products is growing

"Sales of popular hemp items like non-dairy milk, shelled seed, soaps and lotions have continued to increase, complemented by successful hemp cultivation pilot programs in several states, and increasing grassroots pressure to allow hemp to be grown domestically on a commercial scale once again for U.S. processors and manufacturers."

Cover crops work? Show me!

"...agricultural educators know that savvy farmers are reluctant about risk and often want to see cover crops in action before making significant change. SARE’s Library of Cover Crop and Soil Health Images is now available to help educators show producers how cover crops can work on their farms."

Saving costs with cover crops

"Farmers can kill their cover crops & plant their cotton in the same pass"

Risk management funding available

"USDA makes $8.85 million available in risk management education funding"

Tillage practices damage earthworms

"Switching to reduced tillage practices is a win-win situation for farmers because they save costs and in return larger earthworm populations help in soil structure maintenance and nutrient cycling.”

WPI team grows heart tissue on spinach

"These proof-of-concept studies open the door to using multiple spinach leaves to grow layers of healthy heart muscle to treat heart attack patients."

A better way to pasteurize eggs

"Technology rapidly pasteurizes eggs, could reduce Salmonella illnesses"