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Heat lamp in chicken coop cause of Wyoming fire

The Laramie County Fire District #2 has determined a heat lamp in a chicken coop was the cause of a fire in Wyoming last week that took out a mobile home, a camper, two older vehicles, and a 20-foot enclosed box trailer.

The chickens were able to escape, but officials estimate the damage at $20,000.

This isn’t the first time this month chicken coop fires from heat lamps have been in the news. Earlier this month, three dozen chickens perished in a heat lamp fire in Brainerd, Minnesota About 50 adult chickens were able to escape when firefighters opened an area in the fence adjacent to the chicken coop to let them out. That estimated loss was $12,000 for the coop and $500 for the chicks.

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Michigan farmer dies in cherry picker accident

A Benton Harbor, Michigan farmer has died after getting pinned between a cherry picker and the barn wall. The Cass County Sheriff’s Office responded to the fatal farm accident around 5:44 p.m. Saturday.  Roger Molter, 69, was parking a cherry picker in the barn for winter, and while repositioning the equipment he ended up pinning himself between the cherry picker and the the wall, causing his death.

Molter was discovered in the barn by a family member, and emergency medical services were called. Molter was pronounced dead at the scene.


Wheat farmers join Cooking Channel, Food Network series

The National Wheat Foundation has taken part in a Cooking Channel and Food Network series which goes across the globe to look at some of the most popular food staples. Co-hosted by Robin Leach, Alonzo Mourning, and Kim Alexis, the series on FoodQuest premiered on the Cooking Channel on Sunday.

#ICYMI, an additional viewing will be featured on Tuesday, Oct. 24 at 10:00am EST. The episode will then air Friday, October 27 at 9:30am EST on the Food Network.

Sharon Springs, Kansas wheat farmer David Schemm will be featured in the Foundation’s segment representing wheat. The National Wheat Foundation partnered with Ardent Mills on this project who provided the kitchen and chef to also be featured in the segment.

“We are very excited to be a part of this unique opportunity which showcases wheat and wheat farmers on a national level,” said Phil Mclain, Chairman of the National Wheat Foundation. “The segment also does an excellent job of bringing to light the recent anti-gluten fads and reminds consumers of the important and nutritional role wheat plays in the human diet.”

The Foundation also partnered with John Deere whose equipment is featured in the segment and the Wheat Foods Council who provided recipes, historical facts, and national data for each variety of wheat.

“This segment would not have been made possible without our partners who provided input to the script, filming locations, and equipment,” continued Mclain. “This segment shows how bringing awareness to the importance of wheat and farmers is a priority across the value chain.”

The Foundation plans on circulating the final clip of the episode after Sunday to share among industry.

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