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Energy beets slow to catch on in North Dakota

FARGO, N.D. — Development of energy beets in North Dakota is still nebulous, while projects in California are moving forward.

Co-ops worry about USDA reorganization

Co-op leaders are worried the U.S. Department of Agriculture will be reorganizing its division that collects statistics and does research on co-ops. They’re concerned the changes could lead to a decline in services for co-ops that USDA has provided since the Cooperative Marketing Act was passed in 1926.

Area calving season underway, planting start nears

Area calving season underway, planting start nears

Shawn Adrian enjoys and appreciates his work as an ag banker. But the Binford, N.D., man is a farmer, too, so the next few months hold particular appeal. “I really like work sitting in the office and working with farmers (bank clients) in the winter,” he says. “But getting out in the fields (myself) in planting is special.”

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Weather stations help producers with management, production information

PHILIP, S.D. — David Gay, superintendant of the South Dakota State University Cottonwood Range and Livestock Field Station in Philip, says it’s been a dry winter, and he should know. He leads one of the 100 or so official Cooperative Observer Stations in the state for the National Weather Service.

Decision time on sorghum checkoff

The U.S. sorghum industry is on the upswing, and supporters of the U.S. Sorghum Checkoff — the future of which is being determined in nationwide voting — are optimistic that even better days are ahead.

Millennials driving beef demand

A decade ago, I was in college and heard the same sad story over and over: Young people just didn’t know how to cook, and that was sure to spell disaster for beef demand.

Environmental group seeks greater protection for USDA scientists

Environmental group seeks greater protection for USDA scientists

An environmental activist group has filed a legal petition with the U.S. Department of Agriculture seeking new rules that would enhance job protection for government scientists whose research questions the safety of farm chemicals.

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NDSU looks to fill vacant nutritionist post

North Dakota State University’s Carrington Research Extension Center again is looking for a key animal nutritionist.

Ranchers hoping for greener pastures

Ranchers hoping for greener pastures

FORT PIERRE, S.D. — Cattle producers throughout the upper Great Plains country are anxious for April moisture, after a winter largely devoid of snow.

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General Mills changes with consumers’ tastes

General Mills changes with consumers’ tastes

General Mills is a large company with a big problem. It’s a food-processing powerhouse at a time when more and more consumers are shunning processed food in favor of fresh and local.

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Lee to receive honorary degree

BOZEMAN, Mont. — Robert E. “Bob” Lee, a rancher from Judith Gap, Mont., and respected leader in the agricultural community, will receive an honorary doctorate in animal and range sciences from Montana State University during the university’s spring commencement May 9.

Skolness receives Farmers National Co. award

Eric Skolness, of Glyndon, Minn., was recently recognized for his efforts in developing new business for Farmers National Co. during 2014.

Hammer appointed to Equine Council

Carrie Hammer, the North Dakota State University Extension Service’s equine specialist, has been named to the Scientific Advisory Council for the Horses and Humans Research Foundation.

SDSU names new director

BROOKINGS, S.D. — South Dakota State University’s College of Agriculture & Biological Sciences has appointed Lora Duxbury Berg as director of marketing and communications, pending approval from the Board of Regents.

Soybeans cut swath through Western Canada wheat belt

Soybeans cut swath through Western Canada wheat belt

Soybeans, once a novelty in Western Canadian fields, are poised to reach record-large acreage again this year, and some of the world’s biggest seed companies are betting they have further room to grow in a country known for wheat and canola.

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