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Energy beet education meetings set for this month

Farmers interested in new production opportunities are invited to attend educational meetings on energy beets being held at five locations across central North Dakota the week of March 16, according to a release from North Dakota State University extension.

Food safety management training scheduled for Great Falls, Bozeman and Billings

HELENA, MONT. - The Montana Food and Agriculture Development Center Network, in conjunction with the USDA Specialty Crop Program and the Montana Department of Agriculture, will sponsor Food Safety Management System Tool Kit trainings in three locations throughout the state.

NDFU poll: 75 percent would vote against ND anti-corporate farming bill

On March 3, two days before key legislative hearings on a bill that would loosen North Dakota’s anti-corporate farming law, the North Dakota Farmers Union released a poll that shows 75 percent of North Dakotans would vote against the bill, if given a chance.

North Dakota canola crushing plant shutdown temporary, manager says

North Dakota canola crushing plant shutdown temporary, manager says

The Prairie Premium Oil canola crushing plant in Northwood, N.D., has shut down, but only temporarily, the plant manager said Tuesday. “We’re not closed. We’re just on a maintenance cycle right now,” James Gorres tells Agweek.


Two South Dakota grain companies announce merger plans

Two South Dakota-based grain companies announced Tuesday they want to merge. North Central Farmers Elevator and Wheat Growers plan to unify into a new cooperative, subject to a vote of the full membership of both cooperatives. The boards of directors of both cooperatives already have unanimously approved a letter of intent to merge.

SDSU Extension drainage calculators available on

BROOKINGS, S.D. - SDSU Extension recently released web-based drainage calculators for tile drainage and subirrigation design. The calculators were developed in cooperation with University of Minnesota Extension. To learn more and access the calculators, visit

Minn. farmers participate in Farming Today program

Farmers throughout Minnesota have volunteered to share their farm stories to help consumers and business groups better understand farming today. These farmers hope to engage with consumers and show farmers share the same concerns for their food, their family, the environment and their animals.

Hoeven: $160 million in USDA funds available

Hoeven: $160 million in USDA funds available

WASHINGTON — Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., is reminding producers that the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture has made more than $160 million available through six competitive programs of the Agriculture and Food Re-search Initiative, which supports research, education and extension projects that address key challenges affecting U.S. agriculture producers.


Women wanted for upcoming ‘Annie’s Project’

If you’re a woman involved in the agriculture industry, then Annie’s Project may be the program for you. Annie’s Project was designed to empower women by providing detailed farm and ranch management information and build networks between women, according to a release from South Dakota State University Extension.

Online survey looks at cover crops

Cover crops are drawing more interest in the Upper Midwest, and now an online survey hopes to collect more date on the increasingly popular practice.

Korea trade deal bears fruit for Australian horticulture growers

Australian horticulture exports to Korea have jumped since the start of a free trade agreement late last year, Australian officials say, boosting hopes for a similar benefit from a trade deal with China.

China urges banks to speed up agriculture sector loans

China urged its banks to speed up lending to agriculture, the country’s banking regulator said on Tuesday, in an effort to bolster a sector that employs almost one third of its 1.4 billion people, but remains in desperate need of funding.

$10,000 available for cherry research

$10,000 available for cherry research

Montana’s Cherry Advisory Committee and Research & Market Development program recently announced about $10,000 in funding available to advance Montana’s cherry industry.


No health violations found in examination of Willmar Jennie-O plant

An investigation completed last week by the Occupational Safety and Health Division reportedly did not identify any health hazards at the Jennie-O Turkey Store plant where dozens of employees fell ill in October.

VIDEO: Knowledge for beef sales people

Kelly Murray, assistant director of foodservice marketing for the Certified Angus Beef brand, talks about an innovative new program that empowers beef sales people with knowledge.

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