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    ARROWSMITH, Ill. — Twin sisters Karen Wyant and Mary Kerber had never been in competition with each other over culinary skills until Mary won the 4-H Alumni baking contest at the McLean County fair one year and invited her sister to test her skills.

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    The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Economic Research Service has published the last of three 2020 Farm Sector Income Forecasts. The forecast is updated three times a year, usually in February, August and November. ERS released a webinar Wednesday discussing the findings. The recording is n…

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    Part of the historic district of Laramie, Wyoming (Photo via Wikimedia Commons)A five-part policy paper aims to cut through stereotypes to show small-town America as it really is and discuss examples of local strategies for sustainable growth in three small cities (Wheeling, West Virginia; L…

    There is no question that the grain markets have been in full bull mode for the past few months, but bulls need to be fed, and right now it feels like the market is waiting for some feed, according to Karl Setzer, market analyst for Agrivisor.

    My maternal grandfather, Opa Gelder, was a teenager when he came to the United States from East Friesland in northwestern Germany. Although he learned English and could speak it reasonably well, his speech always bore a strong hint of his mother tongue.

    Last month, two military veterans wrote to me. The first asked me to write about the origins of Veterans Day; the second professed his appreciation for living in a rural area. He also encouraged me to write about why many people in military service have rural and agricultural backgrounds, an…