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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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The Supreme Court seems ready to overturn a California law requiring euthanization of downed livestock at federally inspected slaughterhouses to keep the meat out of the nation's food system.

The court heard appeals Wednesday from the National Meat Association, which wants a 2009 California law blocked from going into effect.

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Don't call a photovoltaic power station a "solar farm" in front of Chris Scheuring.

"We all do a little spin, but calling it a 'crop' is like bad poetry in a sophomore English class," says the California Farm Bureau attorney. "I should know what a crop is, and it doesn't fit my definition of a crop."

The question of when a farm is a farm is coming up often these days in California's agricultural heartland, where the sunny days and wide open spaces that make it America's most productive ag land are proving an irresistible mix to developers seeking to get in on the U.S. push for renewable energy.

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The state Board of Livestock should scrap its rule requiring milk to be sold within 12 days of being pasteurized and let processors set their own dates, a hearing examiner recommended.

"The 12-day rule should be repealed and in its place a rule should be adopted allowing milk processors to set appropriate code dates based on the testing they perform to determine the freshness, palatability, taste, odor and safety of the milk they produce," Helena attorney John Sullivan wrote in his Oct. 27 proposal.

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