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Minn. cattlemen angered by court  ruling restoring  wolf protection

Minn. cattlemen angered by court ruling restoring wolf protection

MENAHGA, Minn. — Ross Genoch walks through his small cattle herd on a cold, clear January morning. The cows, docile and trusting, approach him expect...

Anti-corporate farming, urban ag among topics in state legislatures

Anti-corporate farming, urban ag among topics in state legislatures

FARGO, N.D. — Against a backdrop of strong livestock prices and declining crop commodity prices, state legislative agriculture committees in the area ...

Plunging grain prices prompt growing interest in raising both crops and livestock

Plunging grain prices prompt growing interest in raising both crops and livestock

FOSSTON, Minn. — Like most area farmers who raise crops, the Landsverk family is hurt by falling grain prices. Unlike many of their fellow farmers, ho...

Weather, prices, farm bill, rail delays are top stories in regional ag

Weather, prices, farm bill, rail delays are top stories in regional ag

No two years are the same in Upper Midwest agriculture, but 2014 brought some familiar issues and concerns. Erratic weather, improving technology, plu...

Grain prices updated daily

Grain prices updated daily

Record harvests, falling oil prices bring more affordable food

Record harvests and falling oil prices have helped push food prices to a four-year low, improving the affordability of food in nearly three-quarters of countries surveyed, according to data from the Economist Intelligence Unit.

Kenya government offers cash bailout to troubled Mumias sugar firm

Kenya’s government says it will inject 500 million shillings ($5.5 million) to bail out cash-strapped Mumias Sugar, sending the firm’s shares 5.5 percent higher on Jan. 30.

France delays pesticide reduction goal by 7 years

France, the European Union’s biggest agricultural producer, has delayed a target to halve pesticide use to 2025 from 2018 after plans to curb their deployment failed, the farm minister says.

Rail officials not happy with encroaching farm practices in SD

Rail officials not happy with encroaching farm practices in SD

Farmers are planting and harvesting too close to the Mitchell-Rapid City railroad in South Dakota, according to state rail officials, local operators and county representatives on the Mitchell-Rapid City Regional Railroad Authority board.

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US lawmakers propose bill to create single food safety agency

U.S. lawmakers proposed a bill on Jan. 28 that would create a single food safety agency by bringing together the oversight functions of the Food and Drug Administration, U.S. Department of Agriculture and other agencies.

New crop insurance to benefit poor farmers in developing countries

Governments from Mongolia to Nigeria are creating new forms of insurance to protect the developing world’s small farmers, who are suffering especially badly from extreme weather events made worse by global warming, a new study says.

Dow Chemical profit beats estimate

Dow Chemical profit beats estimate

Dow Chemical Co.’s adjusted profit handily beat analysts’ estimate as margins in its agricultural sciences business soared, helped largely by new crop protection products.

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PEDv still impacting swine industry

At the April 2014 Worthington Bio Conference, local veterinarians Keith Wilson and Steve Dudley collaborated on a presentation about Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea (PEDv) — a virus that was sweeping through the U.S. swine industry. The disease, which is thought to have come from China, causes 100 percent mortality in suckling pigs and minimal death loss in feeder pigs and sow herds.

Minn. county expects decline in ag land values

After a steady trend of increasing value for Nobles County, Minn., farmland, sale prices are dropping. Nobles County Assessor Pam Friesen, who assumed her post in March 2014, says she and her staff are in the midst of examining sales during a 12-month period that runs from Oct. 1, 2013, through Sept. 30, 2014.

Optimism at Sioux Falls Farm Show

Optimism at Sioux Falls Farm Show

The drum beat of bad news in commodity markets rules the day at the Sioux Falls, S.D., Salute to Agriculture — a multi-venue exposition during the Sioux Falls Farm Show and the concurrent Sioux Empire Farm Show livestock event Jan. 28 to 30.

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Congratulations on a big anniversary
Sheep fly under the radar, both nationally and in the Upper Midwest. Their numbers have been declining for years, and their wool and meat aren't as popular as they once were. But there's good reason ...
1/30/15 at 9:12 AM
http://media.fccinteractive.com/voices/328/50/50/ STORM TRACKER
2014 Was a Warm Year, But Not Here
NASAs Goddard Institute of Space Studies and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration both reported last week that 2014 is the warmest year in Earths temperature record since at least 1880....
1/20/15 at 12:55 AM
http://media.fccinteractive.com/voices/323/50/50/ MIKKEL PATES' AG AT LARGE
Would "Honest John" Burke recognize today's N.D. Legislature?
As the Republican-led North Dakota Legislature grapples with issues big and small, many of its members walk past the statue of John Burke. "Honest John" came to Dakota Territory in 1888 and is said to...
1/15/15 at 12:08 AM
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A good news week
A lot of national and world news has affected ag this week. China approved Syngentas Viptera GMO corn variety, known as MIR 162. Thats great news for farmers. China had been turning away corn shipmen...
12/18/14 at 4:10 PM

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Letter to Dave
(in the newspaper form of my column, I accidentally spelled Mr Pederson's name incorrectly. Sorry Jim)   Dear Dave,   I am so tired, Dave. I purchased a couple of items from the auction ...
1/31/15 at 8:19 AM
http://media.fccinteractive.com/voices/720/50/50/ AMY'S RANCH SLANTS
Thought for the Day #3
Okay, so I got a little bored raking hay one day last summer and took pictures with my phone of my view from the tractor seat. I added the quote later. Turned out kinda cool I thought....
12/14/14 at 7:00 PM

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