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Smoke from Canadian wildfires brings thick haze to area

Smoke from Canadian wildfires brings thick haze to area

FARGO -- Thick smoke from Canadian wildfires is blanketing much of eastern North Dakota and western Minnesota in heavy haze that blocks sunlight and w...

Oregon bumblebee deaths prompt state investigation

Oregon bumblebee deaths prompt state investigation

PORTLAND, Ore. - Hundreds of bumblebees have been found dead in downtown Portland during the past two weeks, prompting agriculture officials in Oregon...

Growing season good so far, despite challenges

Growing season good so far, despite challenges

Joe Neaton is always happy to talk about agriculture. But Neaton, who farms in Watertown, Minn., about 30 miles west of Minneapolis, says regretfully ...

AgweekTV: Soil conservation, barbeque tips from a meat expert, and ‘shear’ talent in action

AgweekTV: Soil conservation, barbeque tips from a meat expert, and ‘shear’ talent in action

This week on AgweekTV, host Tracy Frank will tell viewers about a massive tree planting effort, and what that means for soil conservation. And, we'll ...

Growing Together: June yard and garden do's and don'ts

Growing Together: June yard and garden do's and don'ts

FARGO -- Lawn grass has grown so speedily from plentiful May and June moisture, it's easy to become a redneck gardener. What's a redneck gardener? It'...

Jessie Veeder: With this ring, we all become family

Jessie Veeder: With this ring, we all become family

WATFORD CITY, N.D. -- Well, wedding week at the ranch has come and gone. The relatives rolled in, the fences got painted and the ever-changing weather...

Dairy protection signup starts July 1

Starting July 1, dairy farmers can enroll in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Margin Protection Program for coverage in 2016, acceding to Agriculture Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden.

Higher corn prices drop CME feeder cattle

CHICAGO - Thinly traded Chicago Mercantile Exchange feeder cattle futures closed down their 4.500-cents per lb maximum daily limit on Tuesday, responding to steep corn market gains, traders said.

Obama, Rousseff agree to improve trade, travel

Obama, Rousseff agree to improve trade, travel

President Barack Obama and Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff agreed on Tuesday to take a series of steps to make it easier for people and goods to move between the two countries.

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Bounce-back year for some crops, NASS report says

 Bounce-back year for some crops, NASS report says

As expected, farmers this spring planted more durum, barley, flax and sunflowers — crops in which the Upper Midwest, particularly North Dakota, leads the nation, the National Agricultural Statistics Service, an arm of USDA, says in its June 30 planted acreage report.

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ConAgra Foods to exit struggling private label business

ConAgra Foods to exit struggling private label business

ConAgra Foods Inc., the maker of Slim Jim beef jerky and Chef Boyardee pasta, said it planned to exit its struggling private label foods business as it seeks to boost profit margins and focus on its faster growing consumer foods segment.

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Canada canola-crop problems cut crusher profits to 2-year low

Canada canola-crop problems cut crusher profits to 2-year low

WINNIPEG, Manitoba - Problems with Canada's canola crop are driving up the oilseed's price, cutting processors' margins to their lowest levels in two years and threatening to boost the price of a key ingredient of salad dressings and potato chips.

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New CO2 rules should aid Keystone XL approval, TransCanada says

CALGARY, Alberta - TransCanada Corp said on Tuesday that tightening climate-change rules from the governments of Canada and the province of Alberta help justify the construction of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline project.

U.S. corn, soy stocks grow less than expected; demand strong

U.S. corn, soy stocks grow less than expected; demand strong

WASHINGTON - U.S. soybeans and corn stocks ballooned from a year ago but still missed market forecasts as strong demand ate into supplies, the U.S. Agriculture Department said on Tuesday.

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VIDEO: A look at the region's crops with Agweek's Mikkel Pates

VIDEO: A look at the region's crops with Agweek's Mikkel Pates

Agweek staff writer Mikkel Pates shows us how crops are looking in Minnesota's Clay County.

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As stocks soar, China plans to reduce corn acreage in 2016

As stocks soar, China plans to reduce corn acreage in 2016

China plans to cut corn acreage in 2016 and switch to other crops, the country's agriculture minister said, as Beijing comes under pressure to reduce huge stocks of the grain.

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Featured Staff Blogs

http://media.fccinteractive.com/voices/3706/50/50/ AG RIGHT
A nasty weekend
I love living in the Upper Midwest and covering agriculture -- but not when the weather turns as violent and destructive as it did this past weekend. Hail and tornadoes rumbled through the area, a sca...
6/29/15 at 8:22 AM
http://media.fccinteractive.com/voices/328/50/50/ STORM TRACKER
Our Warmest Record Lows
The period of record for Fargo Moorhead weather is 135 years from 1881 to the present. So for each day of the year, there are 135 different examples. Over the entire calendar, the warmest daily record...
6/24/15 at 12:24 AM
http://media.fccinteractive.com/voices/3451/50/50/ EDITOR'S NOTES
A tasty breakfast (and some talk about UAVs)
I attended a brief breakfast seminar this week about progress with unmanned aerial vehicles in agriculture. I knew Grand Forks was a hub of research for the farm state of North Dakota, but it seems t...
6/17/15 at 4:56 PM
http://media.fccinteractive.com/voices/323/50/50/ MIKKEL PATES' AG AT LARGE
Equintissential summer event: Draft horse weekend at Towner, N.D.
If there's a way I can get to the 2015 Draft Horse field days, June 12-14 at RX Shire Ranch at Towner, N.D., I'm sure I'll do it -- at least to look in for a few hours. It strikes me as one of the t...
5/21/15 at 8:45 AM

Featured Area Voices

http://media.fccinteractive.com/voices/326/50/50/ RURAL REFLECTIONS
How I spent my summer
I want to tell you how I spent my summer. I know the first day of summer occurred in the last week. The truth is that summer is already one-third complete. If you are lucky enough not to work on Labor...
6/27/15 at 8:08 AM
http://media.fccinteractive.com/voices/3725/50/50/ FARM BLEAT
In the mail
Every once in a while, a package arrives on my desk at work -- one of those big, yellow manilla envelopes that gets me excited about what I might find inside. Several months ago, I opened a rather la...
6/25/15 at 10:46 AM
http://media.fccinteractive.com/voices/3721/50/50/ PRAIRIE FARE
Are You Sun Savvy?
When spring arrived, I pulled out the floppy-brimmed hats, along with our gardening tools, mower, balls and bats. I put away all the mittens, scarves and other winter items. Now that summer has arrive...
6/24/15 at 9:12 AM
http://media.fccinteractive.com/voices/3720/50/50/ THIS WOMAN WRITES
Sailboat Thoughts for Father's Day
Happy Father's Day -- make it more than a day. Maybe you own a sailboat, and maybe you don't. But the beauty of the human imagination -- and fine art -- is that we are free in our minds to sail wher...
6/17/15 at 12:44 PM
http://media.fccinteractive.com/voices/3724/50/50/ GARDEN TALK
Emerald Ash Borer – What now?
By Paul Wood, Master Gardener of Dakota County MDA Certified EAB First Responder This invader from China was first confirmed in Minnesota in 2009 in Southeast Minnesota. It was first found in the ...
6/15/15 at 8:08 PM

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