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Grain bin safety event is March 29 to April 2

URBANA, Ill.  – Each year, more than 20 agricultural workers in the U.S. die in grain bin accidents, and the number of fatalities is increasing. Stand Up 4 Grain Safety Week is an annual event that promotes awareness, education, and training on grain bin safety.

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farmdocDAILY celebrates 10 years of providing farm business analysis online

URBANA, Ill. ­– For a decade, agricultural professionals in Illinois and beyond have had a trusted online source for daily analysis and information. farmdocDAILY, part of the University of Illinois farmdoc project, is celebrating its 10-year anniversary on March 17.

And to mark this occasion, the farmdoc team will be releasing its list of the all-time top 20 articles.

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Metropolitan farming offers surprise opportunities for U of I junior

URBANA, Ill. - Where and how we grow up influence what we decide to do for a living. Maggie Furr grew up in the rural community of Shelbyville, Illinois. Her parents farm corn and soybeans. Furr, a junior in crop sciences in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES), expanded on her interests and upbringing by exploring another side of agriculture: metropolitan farming.

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Soybean Innovation Lab releases new guide to African soybean seedborne diseases and pests

URBANA, Ill. – The Soybean Innovation Lab (SIL) developed a new Guide to African Soybean Seedborne Diseases and Pests for use by African seed companies, seed multipliers, research institutions, and soybean processors, whose operations demand high-quality seed. Identifying the causes of decreased seed health, which translates to poor germination, low yields, and decreased profitability, is key to building a successful soybean industry in Africa.

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COVID-19 data dashboard helping make sense of the crisis

URBANA, Ill. – During the COVID-19 pandemic, many are paying closer attention to numbers than ever before. Whether it’s the number of new cases in local communities or the death toll worldwide, these figures can be alarming and overwhelming.

Enter Zaheeda Darvesh. The data analyst with University of Illinois Extension is taming COVID-19 numbers for one Illinois community and helping the public make sense of the crisis.

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Online tool speeds response to elephant poaching by tracing ivory to source

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — A new tool uses an interactive database of geographic and genetic information to help authorities quickly identify where the confiscated tusks of African elephants were originally poached.

Developed by an international team of researchers, the Loxodonta Localizer matches genetic sequences from poached ivory to those stored in the database. It relies on genetic information from a small, highly variable region of mitochondrial DNA from African elephants.

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International Summer Immersion Program marks ten years

Over the past decade, more than 200 international students have been introduced to the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) at the University of Illinois through the International Student Immersion Program (ISIP) coordinated by the ACES Office of International Programs. ISIP helps ACES maintain and facilitate strategic partnerships with key international universities, identifies potential graduate students, and serves as a bridge for cultural understanding, for both the visiting students and their hosts at Illinois.

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ACES Global Academy builds partnerships in South Africa

After an engaging set of interactions in South Africa over the summer, several faculty from the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) are planning new collaborations with colleagues from the University of Pretoria and the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

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