"The amber waves of grain are about to turn into bean pods as farmers report they'll plant millions of acres in soybeans instead of wheat this year as a global glut of the grain has made it unprofitable to grow. In its annual prospective plantings report released Friday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said wheat acres will be the lowest on record this year at 46.1 million acres and soybean planting will be at a record high of 89.5 million acres."
"Luna Belle is a 3-week-old goat that has been visiting Nikhol Dysart's agriculture class and helping students learn about goat care and training. Luna's owner, Stephanie Kuzy-Jenkins, is a Spanish teacher at Central High School."
"As of March 1, there were 71.0 million hogs and pigs on U.S. farms, up 4 percent from March 2016, but down 1 percent from December 1, 2016, according to the Quarterly Hogs and Pigs report published today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS)."
"Colorado-based Rush Bowls will open the first of three planned Nashville-area restaurants this summer. Rush Bowls will open inside the new office tower at 1201 Demonbreun St. in Nashville's Gulch neighborhood. It is the chain's first expansion outside Colorado. The restaurant, founded in Boulder in 2004, offers bowls made with fruit that are supplemented with protein, vitamins and other ingredients, and topped with granola and honey. It also offers smoothies. "To expand beyond Colorado is…"
"Soft white wheat and club wheat - two varieties commonly grown in parts of Washington, Oregon and Idaho - were selling for $4.67 to $4.90 a bushel last week, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Portland. Washington Wheat Commission member Gary Bailey told the Lewiston Tribune that many farmers are looking for new avenues of income."
"Unseasonably high temperatures have allowed Illinois farmers to work in the fields, but many of them are wondering how the weather will affect their crops and orchards. The Illinois State Climatologist Office says February's statewide average temperature was 40.1 degrees as of Tuesday."
"Agriculture officials say a commercial chicken breeding facility in south-central Tennessee has been hit by a strain of bird flu. The state Agriculture Department says in a news release that tests confirmed the presence of the Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza, or HPAI, at a facility in Lincoln County."
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