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ElRoy Haadem recently began boxing up 43 years of memories from his office, his total tenure with the North Dakota State University Extension Service. Thirty-five have been spent at the Burleigh County branch in Bismarck, North Dakota.

“The strength of the extension is you always get to interact with people,” he said.

Haadem, 69, said his biggest role as an agent was that of educator in agriculture, community, family science and youth programs. He cautions it’s not an 8 to 5 job, and one that can mean 60-hour weeks with a lot of evening and weekend work. Yet he calls it a very satisfying experience. He said there is no typical day. “You’re able to provide education, information. ... If I wouldn’t have enjoyed it, I wouldn’t have done it as long as I did.”

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Continuing its commitment to the future of farming in Texas, Houston-based Mahindra USA is proud to announce its corporate sponsorship of the Texas FFA. In return for a cash donation, the tractor leader will receive promotional consideration on Texas FFA materials, newsletters and website along with representation at the association’s various conferences and conventions.

“The FFA is a dynamic student-led leadership development organization for students of agricultural education and for that reason this sponsorship is a natural fit for us,” said Mahindra USA’s Marketing Communications Manager, Martin Cisneros. “We are committed to our farming community and happy to sponsor the FFA, an organization that changes lives and prepares students for premier leadership, personal growth and career success.”

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Alltech
has once again successfully defended its technology and innovation. The United States Patent and Trademark Office confirmed the validity of U.S. Patent No. 6,045,834 C1, which pertains to Alltech's unique composition for binding and inactivating mycotoxins in animal feed, as well as the process for forming the main ingredient. The patent will remain in place through April 16, 2019.

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Alltech
has partnered with global online network iHigh for the creation of a web portal and streaming video channel specifically devoted to agriculture. The Alltech Ag Network will provide a platform for agriculture’s stories to be told, specifically through the live online broadcast of agriculture events.

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As Kubota Corporation, Osaka, Japan, begins to celebrate 40 years in the U.S., the global equipment manufacturer hits another milestone as its U.S. distributor Kubota Tractor Corporation, Torrance, California, announces it has retailed 1.5 million Kubota units in America.

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