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FRIDAY, Feb, 25, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Mass cullings have been implemented as a highly contagious form of avian flu has swept across the eastern half of the United States in recent weeks, killing both farmed poultry and wild birds.

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As the nation has become more urbanized, the percentage of citizens who are directly involved in production agriculture has dwindled, as have their political representatives. The shift has presented farmer-politicians with challenges as well as opportunities.

Planting soybeans before planting corn has become a trend for many farmers in the Midwest. The increased yields that have resulted are making it more of the standard.

Illinois soybean growers celebrated being the No. 1 soybean-growing state in the nation in 2021 and planned how to do it again at the 2022 Illinois Soybean Summit in Champaign Feb. 1.

Finding good employees and getting needed supplies are among the challenges farmers face during the COVID-19 era. Three milk producers talked about how they manage at the Illinois Dairy Summit Feb. 2.

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