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February 10: Minnesota’s Agricultural Utilization Research Institute hosted a recent webinar on Sustainability and Decarbonization Opportunities for Agricultural Supply Chains (Part 1) that included information about activities for some recipients of federal Climate-Smart Commodities Grants. Part 2 of the 3-part series is scheduled for February 24. February 9: An Illinois company, Sabanto, has begun marketing a kit for autonomous operation of Kubota M-Series tractors. February 8: South Dakota State University Extension is holding a series of webinars called Crop Hour covering mostly agronomic topics for a variety of grain, oilseed, and pulse crops. February 7: The Swine Health Information Center in Ames, Iowa, is a Pork Checkoff-funded entity focused on prevention, preparedness, and response to novel and emerging swine disease for the benefit of U.S. swine health. One concern is Japanese Encephalitis Virus, a disease that affects hogs, birds, and people. It’s not currently in the U.S. February 6: A recent hearing by the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry on the 2023 Farm Bill covered the subjects of Trade and Horticulture. February 3: Researchers Florence Becot of the National Farm Medicine Center and Shoshanah Inwood of The Ohio State University are conducting a national survey of farm families and farm operators about balancing childcare responsibilities while farming. They’re seeking farm and ranch parents, grandparents, and other primary caregivers of children to complete the online survey, which is available until February 21. February 2: California-based Sound Agriculture markets a product called SOURCE, a foliar-applied biochemistry (not a “biological”) that activates soil microbes that fix nitrogen and solubilized phosphorus. It’s used primarily in corn, soybeans, wheat, cotton, and hay crops. February 1: University of Kentucky Associate Professor of Ag Economics, Tyler Mark, presented a session called Rising Used Machinery Costs: Is There an End in Sight? at the recent Purdue University Top Farmer Conference. A podcast recap of that presentation is available from Purdue’s Center for Commercial Agriculture. January 31: Truterra is the sustainability business for ag cooperative, Land O’Lakes. January 30: Marc Dresner is Director of Integrated Communications with the American Egg Board, which operates the national checkoff program for America’s egg farmers. January 26-27: A research team led by Govindaraj Dev Kumar at the University of Georgia College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences has been studying the affects of sunlight to control pathogenic microbes in surface irrigation waters.