An Asteroid Is Coming, And It Will Be Fun

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The flyby of asteroid 2012 DA14 on Feb. 15, 2013, will be the closest known approach to Earth for an object its size.

Published on: February 5, 2013

Look out for Asteroid 2012 DA14, according to NASA. The asteroid, about the size of half of a football field, will be flying past Earth on Feb. 15 – with the tug of our planet's gravitational field causing it to accelerate the closer it gets to Earth.

With the Near-Earth Object Program Office accurately predicting the asteroid's path, there is no chance that it will collide with Earth. This will be a record close approach for a known object of this size to pass by Earth.

In other news:
Beginning Feb. 5, USDA will issue payments to dairy farmers enrolled in the Milk Income Loss Contract program for the September 2012 marketing's.





While New York State is still monitoring for potential new signs of the Plum Pox Virus, Pennsylvania Ag Secretary George Greig has announced that the commonwealth's 14-year effort to eradicate PPV has been a success after three years of required monitoring.

Performed improperly or without the right equipment, the seemingly simple task of pulling farm equipment out the mud can result in costly damage and, possibly, physical injury. Leave it to the professionals.

Beef cow numbers are at their lowest level since 1962 as the devastating impacts of the 2012 drought continues the longer-term decline.

The flyby of asteroid 2012 DA14 on Feb. 15, 2013, will be the closest known approach to Earth for an object its size. NASA.gov
The flyby of asteroid 2012 DA14 on Feb. 15, 2013, will be the closest known approach to Earth for an object its size. NASA.gov

The USDA last week released surprising new figures about beginning farmers and ranchers, finding that not only do they have trouble accessing capital and land, the number of beginning farmers is declining significantly.

Survey documents that land prices in many regions of North Dakota increased more than 100% over the past four years.

Farmers, ranchers and cooperatives across the United States will share in a record estimated $600 million disbursement from CHS Inc., an energy, grains and foods company and the nation's leading agricultural co-op.

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