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COOL supporters push for appeal

On Oct. 20, the World Trade Organization announced its ruling that the U.S. had failed to bring its of country-of-origin labeling for meat regulations fully in line with international fair trading rules, saying they still discriminate against Canada and Mexico and cause damages to their producers.

Surging U.S. sugar price to boost food company costs

Food manufacturers such as Mondelez International and J.M. Smucker Co. will face billions of dollars of additional costs this year because of soaring sugar prices, according to estimates from a sugar buyers group.

Study: US farmers worried about data privacy

Three out of four U.S. farmers fear data they share with companies offering big data services may fall into the wrong hands or be used without their consent, including for commodity market speculation, according to a recent survey.

Measure 5 backers file complaint over ads

Backers of a North Dakota ballot measure that would create a conservation fund with oil tax revenue complained Oct. 23 that the American Petroleum Institute’s campaign ads against the measure violate state law.

Farm groups warn on tobacco limits in Pacific trade pact

U.S. business and agriculture groups have urged Pacific trading partners not to exclude tobacco from investment protection rules in a new free trade deal under negotiation, warning it would set a bad precedent.

Ukraine appeals to WTO over Russian ban on fruit and vegetable imports

Ukraine has complained to the World Trade Organization about a decision by Russia to ban imports of fruit and vegetables from the country, the agriculture ministry says.

Critics of Dow herbicide sue EPA over approval

A coalition of U.S. farmer and environmental groups filed a lawsuit on Oct. 22 seeking to overturn regulatory approval granted last week for an herbicide developed by Dow AgroSciences.

Monsanto, soy exporter royalties dispute rages on in Brazil

The majority of soy exporting firms in Brazil have still not agreed to collect royalties for seed giant Monsanto Co., threatening sales of up to a quarter of the country’s soy crop, industry association Abiove said on Oct. 23.

Minn. ag commissioner visits Bemidji to highlight Farm to School program

Minn. ag commissioner visits Bemidji to highlight Farm to School program

On Oct. 21, Northern Elementary School in Bemidji, Minn., served a few more people than usual, as Dave Frederickson, commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, visited the school to dine with staff members and local farmers in celebration of Farm to School Month.

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Harvest leaves farmers battling bugs in bins

Harvest leaves farmers battling bugs in bins

With record harvests depressing prices, U.S. farmers are holding tight to their corn and soybeans and binging on chemicals that protect stored grain from critters or even leaving corn standing in fields over winter to avoid storage charges.

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Dow Chemical to cut $1 billion in costs over 3 years

Dow Chemical Co., the No. 1 U.S. chemical maker by sales, says it is looking to cut fixed costs by $1 billion over the next three years, building on reductions that have helped boost margins.

Vilsack: Farmers can exclude low-production years from APH

After saying for months that the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Risk Management Agency could not possibly allow farmers to take bad years out of their actual production history for 2015 crops, and receiving relentless criticism from Republicans over the issue, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Oct. 21 that farmers will be allowed to exclude years for most spring crops for the coming year.

Water plan for ND CHS fertilizer plant nearly complete

The final plan for a water supply for the CHS nitrogen fertilizer plant in North Dakota might be nearing completion, according to Brian Schouvieller, CHS senior vice president of North American grain marketing and crop nutrients.

Great weather creates tough choice for area corn farmers

Continued warm, dry weather, and the forecast of more to come, is giving Upper Midwest corn producers a difficult but not unpleasant decision: Harvest wet corn now and pay drying expenses? Or hold off combining for a few days and allow corn to dry naturally in the field?

Minn. man continues ag legacy of brother who died in Ukraine plane crash

Minn. man continues ag legacy of brother who died in Ukraine plane crash

A Willmar, Minn., man has launched a multi-national effort to raise awareness of soil and water management that will continue three decades of work started by his brother, who was killed when an airliner was shot down in Ukraine.

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