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January 28: Dr. Ajay Dalai is leading research at the University of Saskatchewan (Canada) looking at the potential for excess canola meal to be pelletized and used as fuel for heat or power generation.January 27: Pioneer field agronomist Ryan Van Roekel discusses variable-rate planting for soybeans in this video.January 26: The Rodale Institute is launching a new certified advisor program and is looking for persons knowledgeable about organic farming to become accredited advisors.January 24-25: Twenty-one state corn growers associations funded a study by Texas A&M University to analyze the economics of pending tariffs on nitrogen fertilizers. Grower groups believe these tariffs would lead to fertilizer shortages and higher costs to farmers.January 21: Land O’Lakes, the ag cooperative based in Arden Hills, Minnesota, began celebrating its 100th anniversary last year.January 18-20: My daughter, Katie, lives in New York City. Because of her health, she has a special diet which makes grocery shopping actually faster and less complicated. On the other hand, “grabbing a bite with friends” is sometimes a chore--or an exercise in creativity.January 17: Green burials--including composting--are a specialty of Elizabeth Fournier, owner and operator of Cornerstone Funeral Services in Boring, Oregon. She’s also the author of The Green Burial Guidebook.January 14: Dr. Rebecca Nelson of Cornell University has been working on the concept of using human waste as fertilizer for crops. She talks about the “Circular Bionutrient Economy” in an episode of the Field, Lab, Earth podcast, a joint production of the American Society of Agronomy, the Crop Science Society of America, and the Soil Science Society of America.January 12-13: The rural broadband advocacy group Connected Nation held a recent virtual town hall on the Digital Divide--the gap between rural and urban broadband service. One of the panelists was Chris Ali of the University of Virginia. He’s written a book on the subject, Farm Fresh Broadband: The Politics of Rural Connectivity.January 11: The National AgrAbility Project put on a recent webinar titled Strategies for Preventing Farm/Ranch Suicides and for Assisting Those Left Behind. If you have a need to speak to someone, the National Suicide Prevention Hotline is open 24/7 at 1-800-273-8255.January 10: A December virtual panel discussion offered by the nonprofit Food Tank organization focused on a new effort in Congress to shore up some liability provisions of the Emerson Act from 1996.