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Weather Talk: Flooding tied to temperature and annual precipitation

Weather Talk: Flooding tied to temperature and annual precipitation

Rainfall and heavy rainfall go together. That is, when there is a pattern of above-average and more frequent rainfall, it is also more likely that there will be a downpour.


A new crop of farmers ready to face the challenges

A new crop of farmers ready to face the challenges

Alex Bata didn’t expect to be a farmer. Growing up in Adams, Bata was active in high school in “football, basketball, golf, student council -- everything I could get my hands on. I just didn’t think about farming.”


Dairy recognized for environmental practices

ARDEN HILLS, Minn. — Dorrich Dairy in Glenwood, Minn., has been recognized with a 2015 U.S. Dairy Sustainability Award for Outstanding Dairy Farm Sustainability.

Register for the MSCA Summer Tour Trade and Trade Show

Registration is open for the 2015 Minnesota State Cattlemen’s Association Summer Beef Tour and Trade Show. Each year, a community is chosen to showcase experienced beef farmers and ranchers with a family history of raising high quality beef, which is raised with integrity, as well as other agricultural highlights of their community.

NDFB scholarship winners announced

Nineteen individuals from North Dakota have been awarded scholarships through the North Dakota Farm Bureau Foundation. The scholarships are a project of the NDFB Promotion and Education Committee. This year a total of $9,500 in scholarships were awarded.

Record bird flu outbreak hit turkey and chicken layer flocks

The U.S. has been hit with a bird flu outbreak that, as of May 7, involved 142 flocks and nearly 30 million birds. This is the largest outbreak the U.S. has experienced and there are no signs that the death rate will stop at 30 million birds. The previous largest outbreak occurred in 1983 and continued into 1984, involving 17 million birds.

Montana proposes corn checkoff for research funding

The Montana Department of Agriculture has published a proposed corn checkoff referendum that would help create a research and market development program for corn production in Montana.

NDSU rider places in national competition

FARGO, N.D. — North Dakota State University’s equestrian team ended the season with one member competing at the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association’s National Horse Show in West Springfield, Mass.

The Land of Milk and Uncle Honey

This mid-May there is a first-ever — most likely, only-time-ever — reminder that 22 years have passed since three daily newspapers in central Illinois began to print these musings. That reminder is a collection of Farm and Food File columns centered on "the southern Illinois dairy farm of my youth."

As ethanol boom fades, ADM sees bright future for corn in grocery aisle

The world's largest corn processor, Archer Daniels Midland Co, is shifting focus from its long-standing cash generator ethanol into developing new food ingredients as the biofuel boom that underpinned its financial success has cooled.

Total U.S. egg output rises in April, but table eggs down

U.S. production of table eggs bound for breakfast tables, baked goods and other purposes was down 0.6 percent in April, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Friday, as the country's worst-ever bird flu outbreak decimated flocks.

Bayer CEO sees multinational state aid for antibiotics

Bayer CEO sees multinational state aid for antibiotics

German drugmaker Bayer expects the world's largest economies to pool billions of euros in funding for the development of antibiotics against the growing threat of drug-resistant superbugs, its chief executive said on Friday.


Argentine trade surplus shrivels as commodity prices drop

Argentina's trade surplus plunged 69.2 percent in April from the same month a year earlier to $252 million because of a fall in commodity prices, official data showed on Friday, sharply undershooting market expectations.

Brazil economic activity tanks, unemployment surges as recession looms

Economic activity in Brazil tumbled in the first quarter and unemployment climbed to a near four-year high, adding to signals that a looming recession could worsen as President Dilma Rousseff reins in public spending.

Monsanto's move on Syngenta could mean move away from glyphosate

Monsanto Co., the world's largest seed company, is also known for the popularity of its Roundup herbicide, a weedkiller beloved by farmers and homeowners alike for its speed and deadly assault on tough weeds.

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