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Early barge halt unwelcome

An early, quick freeze has ended northern Mississippi River barge shipping about two or three weeks ahead of normal, officials say.

EPA punts on RFS ruling

The Environmental Protection Agency said Nov. 21 it is delaying a decision on the 2014 Renewable Fuels Standard until next year. In a notice posted in the Federal Register, the agency said it is “not in a position to finalize 2014 RFS standards rule before the end of the year.”

Pope says food commodity speculation hurts fight against hunger

Pope says food commodity speculation hurts fight against hunger

Pope Francis condemned speculation in food commodities and greed for profits on Thursday, saying they were undermining the global fight against poverty and hunger. Addressing a United Nations conference on nutrition, he called on rich nations to share their wealth and denounced waste, excessive consumption and unequal distribution of food.

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US Thanksgiving meal costs barely rise as price of turkey slips

A small decline in turkey prices helped hold the increase in the cost of preparing a Thanksgiving meal for 10 to less than 1 percent this year, the country’s largest farm group says.

Mitchell, SD, firefighters battle blaze at CHS Farmers Alliance

Mitchell, SD, firefighters battle blaze at CHS Farmers Alliance

Around 3 a.m. Wednesday, a fire destroyed a fertilizer and chemical building at CHS Farmers Alliance in Mitchell, S.D., and blanketed much of the town with the choking smell of smoke. The Mitchell Fire Department responded to the structure fire at about 3 a.m. on Elevator Road in western Mitchell. Firefighters and law enforcement found a building billowing with smoke and flames. The structure is owned by CHS Farmers Alliance and is just south of the main elevator area.

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Obama: Immigration order will protect 250,000 farmers

President Barack Obama told United Farm Workers President Arturo Rodriguez Wednesday that his immigration executive order will protect 250,000 farmers, half of them from California.

Proposed Cavalier, ND, meat plant to launch investor campaign

A regional livestock producer group is about to launch a $1 million campaign to raise capital for a proposed $1.7 million multispecies animal slaughter and processing plant to be built in Cavalier, N.D.

WATCH: A sneak peek into the next issue of Agweek

Join Staff Writer Jonathan Knutson for a glimpse into the Nov. 24 issue.

Australia, China trade deal worth $1 billion a year

SYDNEY — Australia will export up to 1 million head of cattle a year to China, worth around $1 billion Australian ($856 million), to help meet a growing appetite for red meat, Australian officials said on Nov. 7, citing a long-awaited deal set to be signed shortly.

Company settles US clean air case

Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan Inc. agreed to spend more than $52 million on plant improvements and pay a $1.3 million civil penalty to resolve U.S. charges that it violated the Clean Air Act over the emission of harmful pollutants such as sulfur dioxide, U.S. authorities say.

US transportation boss visits SD towns

OACOMA, S.D. — After approving the grant funds earlier this year, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx saw firsthand the impact improved rail service west of the Missouri River will make for farmers and residents in central South Dakota.

New choice for durum growers

Durum growers have wanted more planting options. Now they have one, albeit in limited supplies.

DuPont testing GMO crops in China

DuPont Pioneer, one of the world’s largest seed companies, is refusing to give up on efforts to cultivate genetically modified (GMO) crops in Chinese fields in the face of regulatory hurdles, even as rivals pull back.

Basics of cash lease arrangements

BROOKINGS, S.D. — Flexible leases might offer limited financial protection to farmers, if growing conditions or market prices deteriorate or production costs escalate.

Dow chemical raises buyback by $5 billion

Dow Chemical Co. raised its asset sale target by as much as 42 percent to $8.5 billion and increased its share buyback plan by $5 billion, as it looks to thwart hedge fund manager Daniel Loeb’s push to split the company.

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