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Hotel skywalk to become herb garden

SOUTH BEND, Ind. - A skywalk connecting a South Bend hotel and the city's convention center is being transformed into a year-round herb garden.

The idea for the project grew out of discussions at the Indiana University South Bend Center for a Sustainable Future. The center reached out to Green Bridge Growers and co-founder Jan Pilarski.

Pilarski tells the South Bend Tribune the business's goals are to grow year-round food and to provide jobs for young adults with autism.

The skywalk will be transformed into a greenhouse using organic soil. Plumbers will install a drip irrigation system in the next few weeks before the herbs are planted.

USDA awards youth farm safety grant

MINNEAPOLIS - The U.S. Department of Agriculture wants to make it safer for young people working in farming.

The USDA has awarded a grant to provide safety training for more than 2 million young people involved in agricultural production.

USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack says the department wants to make sure young people can help out on the farm while staying safe.

The USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture awarded $600,000 to Penn State to develop a national training curriculum that lessens agricultural hazards to young workers.

Kansas dairy asks for $650K to pay off debt

TECUMSEH, Kan. - A Kansas dairy is trying to raise $650,000 in less than two months to pay off its debt and expand the company.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that the Iwig Family Dairy, based in Tecumseh, hopes to raise $650,000 in 45 days through online donations.

The dairy announced the fundraising campaign in a news release last Tuesday.

Donation options ranging from $5 to $10,000 at Indiegogo.com are marked to save increments of square feet on the 108-acre farm. Donations can also go toward naming rights to calves.

The Associated Press

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