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Wear Milk? Anke Domaske says why not.

The 28-year-old German is the designer of an award-winning new textile made entirely from milk that's environmentally friendly as well as soothing to people with skin allergies. Called "Qmilch," it drapes and folds like silk, but can be washed and dried like cotton.

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With high forage costs and grain prices threatening profit margins for dairy producers, a Purdue Extension agricultural economist says it's important to keep an eye on the bottom line.

The preliminary U.S. all-milk price for October 2011 was estimated at $19.90 per hundredweight, which is a decrease from September but up about $1.40 from October of 2010. Despite the strong prices, soaring feed costs still threaten dairy producers' profits.

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Colorado family farmers are worried about a proposal by the U.S. Department of Labor to change child labor laws, saying they could cripple family farms and hurt programs like the Future Farmers of America and 4-H Club.

One rule would allow children under age 15 to only work on their parents' farm. Another would keep children under age 16 from driving most power equipment.

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Kids who love animals and science can start preparing for their animal health career as early as 8 years old via a veterinary science curriculum that is going online nationwide.

“We didn’t have to create an interest for this; it’s already there,” said Dr. Floron “Buddy” Faries. “And that interest has created a demand.”

“Veterinary Science: Preparatory Training for the Veterinary Assistant” was written by Faries, a Texas AgriLife Extension Service veterinarian, to meet that demand.

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South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard pledged his commitment to child health and wellness through Fuel Up to Play 60, an in-school health and wellness program that encourages youth to consume nutrient-rich foods and achieve 60 minutes of physical activity every day. The Governor joined Secretary of Agriculture, Walt Bones, a student and program advisor from Robert Frost Elementary School in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, South Dakota dairy farmers and members of Midwest Dairy Council to sign the symbolic pledge.

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Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signed a proclamation declaring Nov. 3 “Fuel Up to Play 60” Day in recognition of the statewide commitment to child health and wellness at Wilbur Middle School in Wichita. Kansas Agriculture Secretary Dale Rodman, former Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Eddie Kennison, Kansas City Chiefs mascot KC Wolf as well as Midwest Dairy Council staff, Wilbur students and teachers joined the Governor for the signing.

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