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Adopt-a-School program helping to spread agriculture to schools - Dozens of public and private schools and nearly one hundred teachers have been "adopted" as part of the Virginia Agriculture in the Classroom Adopt-A-Teacher and Adopt-A-School programs. Selected teachers received a kit that included a copy of an educational dairy DVD and access to more than 300 agriculture-related lesson plans. More at our Farm News page>> Survey: Farmers fear regulators may access private data - A survey by the American Farm Bureau Federation shows more farmers are reaping the benefits of the latest agricultural technologies, but most remain wary of risks involved with big data collection. Fully 77.5 percent of farmers surveyed said they feared regulators and other government officials might gain access to their private information without their knowledge or permission. More at our Farm News page>> NC strawberry referendum to be held in November - North Carolina strawberry growers will hold a referendum in mid-November to decide whether to increase the current strawberry assessment. Started in 1989, the strawberry assessment is used to advance strawberry research and marketing to improve the industry. The current assessment is $3 per 1,000 plants for all strawberry plants purchased for commercial fruit production and may increase to $4. More at our Farm News page>> Pennsylvania corn yields up from 2013; soybean harvest may be a record breaker - Keystone State producers are busy with fall harvest. So far, it looks like Pennsylvania corn production is up, with yields expected to average 152 bushels per acre, up 4 bushels per acre from the September forecast and 5 bushels above the 2013 average. Soybean production is forecast to be up a whopping 10 percent from last year. More at our Farm News Page>>