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Northstar delays $250 million canola plant in Okla.

Northstar Agri Industries — the Fargo, N.D.-based company that is expanding its two-year-old canola processing plant in Hallock, Minn. — confirms it is delaying its construction start for an even larger canola plant in Enid, Okla.

Cavalier, ND, likely site for meat plant

If a proposed $1.7 million multispecies animal slaughter and processing plant is built in northeast North Dakota, Cavalier is the most financially feasible location.

Propane terminal in Hannaford, ND, delivers Oil Patch fuel to region

Propane terminal in Hannaford, ND, delivers Oil Patch fuel to region

Officials see a new propane terminal in Hannaford, N.D., as a way to combat the shortages and high prices seen last year. The $6.5 million terminal is a project of CHS and Central Plains Ag Services and will bring propane from the Oil Patch to users in eastern North Dakota.


White House calls for task force to tackle antibiotic-resistant bugs

The U.S. government will set up a task force and presidential advisory council to tackle the growing threat of antibiotic resistance, setting a Feb. 15 deadline for it to outline specific steps, White House advisers said on Thursday.

General Mills to close plants, cut 500-plus jobs, in Calif., Mass.

General Mills said Thursday it planned to close two manufacturing plants, as it seeks to cut costs.

Hay website expands to grazing

The Farm Service Agency’s Hay Net website has been expanded to include information on grazing.

China, US fail to reach agreement in distiller grains dispute

China, the world’s top buyer of distiller’s dried grains (DDGs), has failed to settle a row with the U.S. on how to eliminate genetically altered content from a product worth $1.3 billion in trade so far this year, two industry sources said on Wednesday.

Experts say Cargill case highlights foreign regulatory influence in US

Major U.S. grain exporter Cargill Inc.’s lawsuit against Syngenta AG over losses stemming from China’s rejection of genetically modified corn demonstrates how U.S. markets are becoming increasingly subject to foreign rules, legal experts said on Tuesday.

Vilsack says he urged Buffett to ready BNSF for record crops

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Thomas Vilsack met with Warren Buffett last week to urge the billionaire investor to make sure his BNSF railroad is ready for an expected record corn and soy harvest this year.

Breckenridge, Minn., man rescued from grain elevator

A man trapped in a grain bin was rescued by local authorities Tuesday morning with the help of specialized equipment. Authorities responded to a 911 call at 10:27 a.m. about a worker stuck chest-high in corn at the Brushvale Elevator, Wilkin County Sheriff Rick Fielder said.

WATCH: A sneak peek into the next issue of Agweek

WATCH: A sneak peek into the next issue of Agweek

We're halfway through the harvest season and Agweek's Sept. 22 cover story will report on what the crop looks like, particularly its condition after a frost came through the Upper Midwest. The Sept. 22 issue also will address the NDSU rail study that was pulled days after it was released, and much more. Don't miss it.


Panel unanimously rejects proposed DU land purchase in Grand Forks County

A panel that regulates the purchase of land by nonprofit groups in North Dakota has rejected a Ducks Unlimited proposal to buy 160 acres of land in Grand Forks County.

Watch out for Palmer amaranth weed this year

Watch out for Palmer amaranth weed this year

South Dakota farmers have discovered Palmer Amaranth weed and North Dakota officials are urging farmers to keep a sharp eye for a “spawn of evil” during harvest. South Dakota State University weed scientists say the weed was found in a sunflower field in Buffalo County next to the Missouri River in central South Dakota.


NDSU economist explains rail study and its withdrawal

NDSU economist explains rail study and its withdrawal

A North Dakota State University economist who prepared a rail study that was later withdrawn says he stands by the process he used and the numbers he came up with. He also tells Agweek that the issue is complicated and that other methods can be used to analyze it.


As US farm cycle turns, tractor makers might suffer longer than farmers

Farm equipment makers insist the sales slump they face this year because of lower crop prices and farm incomes will be short-lived. Yet, there are signs the downturn might last longer than tractor and harvester makers, including Deere & Co., are letting on and the pain could persist long after corn, soybean and wheat prices rebound.

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