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Coronavirus

Hemp update for 2020, veggie farmers pivot and a little distance learning

This episode of Around Farm Progress catches up with editors in Illinois, Georgia and Nebraska to track several issues impacting agriculture

Today's news is swallowed up by coronavirus and Farm Progress is not ignoring the issue. In this latest episode of the podcast Around Farm Progress, three editors dig into some key ag topics.

In Illinois, Austin Keating, Prairie Farmer magazine, offers a deep dive on hemp production. This super-hot crop from 2019 may have cooled some, but farmers are still interested in the market potential. But there are some stumbling blocks to consider and Keating has been following the issue. He shares details on testing, interstate transport and the challenge of marketing this crop.

In the Southeast, pictures of crops rotting in the field are as hard on the farmers as they are on a hungry public. Brad Haire, Southeast Farm Press, shares news of growers who have pivoted as the market changed, creating new ways to put fresh crops in the hands of consumers. He also shares some good commodity news in the wake of coronavirus, and least for peanut and rice growers.

In Nebraska, the editorial team at Nebraska Farmer watched schools close and decided they had an opportunity. Curt Arens of the team shares how their online galleries for historic places in the state are gaining some attention not only from history buffs but students and teachers seeking new material for distance learning. And Arens has a teacher in the house who's learning on-the-fly how to teach remotely.

Keeping up with coronavirus

On an added note, readers can catch all the Farm Progress coverage of COVID-19 by visiting the special coronavirus online channel. Farm Progress editors are covering this event from across the country providing both local and national insight into how it impacts all of agriculture. Just visit FarmProgress.com/coronavirus.

The podcast Around Farm Progress goes live online by 3 p.m. Central time each Friday and will engage editors from around the country. There will also be special guests, and other information provided in this new show, so make an appointment to listen. You can listen to this week's episode above and subscribe on Podbean at Around Farm Progress the podcast. And you can now subscribe through Spotify, Google Play and the Apple podcast app. Just search "Around Farm Progress" and subscribe so you don't miss an episode.

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