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ND ag commissioner candidates point fingers at debate

ND ag commissioner candidates point fingers at debate

With two weeks before Election Day, Democratic agriculture commissioner challenger Ryan Taylor is quick to point to what he calls bungled leadership by Republican incumbent Doug Goehring.


OSHA begins inspection of Willmar, Minn., Jennie-O plant

An investigator from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration began work Monday at the Jennie-O Turkey Store processing plant in Willmar, Minn., where more than two dozen employees became ill Friday evening.

Farm equipment, power line accidents up in rural Minn.

As farm machinery gets bigger, electric co-ops say they’re seeing more incidents of farm equipment striking poles or snagging overhead lines — collisions that can be dangerous and costly.

US risks trade sanctions in WTO meat label dispute

The U.S. faces potential trade sanctions from Canada and Mexico after the World Trade Organization ruled on Monday it had failed to bring its meat labeling regulations fully in line with international fair trading rules.

No export bonanza this year from record U.S. harvest

The largest U.S. grain harvest in history has pushed prices to four-year lows, which usually means a sales bonanza for the world’s largest food exporter. Not this year.

Willmar, Minn., plant returns to normal operations after workers sickened

A Jennie-O Turkey Store processing plant in Willmar, Minn., has returned to normal operations after a medical situation Friday night caused a number of employees to be hospitalized.

Meeting addresses TIF option for Tabor, SD, grain facility

The Bon Homme (S.D.) County Commission is discussing a tax increment financing district, or TIF, to help pay for the infrastructure that will go with the proposed $30 million grain shuttle loading facility to be built by Dakota Plains Ag Center west of Tabor.

Minn. company develops PEDv vaccine

The pork industry is making progress in its fight against the porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) virus, a disease that killed more than 7 million piglets in the past year, officials say.

Red River Valley sees truck driver crunch

The annual crunch for trucks in the northern Red River Valley has intensified in the past several weeks.

Railroads show improvement

The region’s two Class I railroads — BNSF Railway and Canadian Pacific Railway — are reporting improved status on late cars, and CP has proposed a major merger to bypass an infamous Chicago bottleneck blamed for last winter’s delays.

Favorable weather progresses harvest

Gordon Stoner has finished harvesting his durum — later than he first hoped, but earlier than he once feared.

New projects indicate growth in SD dairy

FARGO, N.D. — Officials say construction of a $35 million milking dairy southeast of Sioux Falls, S.D., and the grand opening of a $140 million cheese plant in Brookings, S.D., are two big indicators of investment in the region’s dairy industry.

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$1.7 million is available to fund Minnesota ag research, a former SD governor says he was aware of the beef plant loan and high beef prices have ranchers selling early.

Well-worn shoes

Well-worn shoes

Being a cowboy, I always remember Dad as a cowboy hat and cowboy boots kind of a guy.


Sunflower disease is present this year in SD

Sunflower disease is present this year in SD

BROOKINGS, S.D. — The prevalence of Phomopsis stem canker first showed up in South Dakota’s sunflower fields last fall.

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