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USDA extends enrollment period for disaster aid

Signup for emergency assistance through the 2012 and 2013 livestock, honeybees and farm-raised fish program, originally scheduled to end today, has been extended to Aug. 15.

US CDC says salmonella outbreak from Foster Farms’ chicken appears over

A salmonella outbreak linked to California-based poultry producer Foster Farms’ contaminated chicken appears to be over, more than 17 months after it began, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Thursday.

US reforms poultry inspections to boost food safety

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced on Thursday reforms to decades-old processes for inspecting poultry facilities in a bid to cut down on the number of foodborne illnesses, but dropped an industry-backed plan to speed up production.

Study finds insecticides in fruits, veggies and honey; health effects unknown

Nicotine-related insecticides widely used on crops are finding their way into the food we eat and the water we drink, two national studies published in the past two months have concluded.

American Crystal CEO Berg ordered to testify

David Berg will have to wade into the sour legal dispute between the sugar and corn syrup industries despite his efforts to avoid testifying.

ND Ag Coalition joins opposition to Clean Water amendment

The North Dakota Ag Coalition has voted unanimously to oppose the proposed Clean Water, Wildlife and Parks Amendment that would create a conservation fund using oil tax revenues.

CP CEO offers to visit ND to discuss grain shipment concerns

Canadian Pacific Railway CEO Hunter Harrison has offered to visit North Dakota to discuss the rail company’s efforts to reduce the backlog of grain shipments in the state. Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., accepted Harrison’s offer to meet in person with shippers and commodity groups in North Dakota, with details to be announced as soon as they are available.

SD elevator full, shuts doors as a result of poor rail service

The Midwest Cooperatives elevator in Pierre, S.D., has closed its doors because it has no more room for storage. Officials say it's a result of the poor rail service.

The relationship between mineral and surface rights

Perhaps the word “aggressive” is too harsh, but there certainly is an interesting relationship that is created when the person who owns or leases the surface of the land meets the person who owns the other side of the coin, which is known as subsurface or mineral rights.

BNSF invests in ag shipping, prepares for harvest

John Miller, BNSF group vice president for agriculture, spoke at a meeting of the North Dakota Agricultural Rail Business Council in Mandan, N.D., July 31. The group is made up of about 40 ag-related entities. “We know we’re not doing as well as we should; we know the market wants more,” Miller said. “But we are shipping record amounts.”

Already dry fields in SD crunched by storm

Already dry fields in SD crunched by storm

After nearly 30 years of farming, he’s seen his share of tough summers in the fields. Ronnie Prien’s farm south of Stickney, S.D., was in the path of those hardest hit by a weekend storm that was estimated to be about 65 miles long, stretching from White Lake to near Scotland.

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Court upholds USDA COOL authority, implementation

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia on July 29 upheld the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s authority to issue rules implementing the country-of-origin labeling law for meat and poultry products. The court also denied a request for a preliminary injunction to block implementation of USDA’s May 2013 final rule for the labeling law.

US soymeal exports on course to top lofty expectations

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has already projected that U.S. soymeal exports will hit a record 10.7 million metric tons (11.8 million tons) this year, but they could well top even that lofty forecast if domestic feed users switch from pricey meal to relatively cheap distillers’ grains (DDG) and free up more meal supplies for the export market.

WATCH: A sneak peek into the next issue of Agweek

WATCH: A sneak peek into the next issue of Agweek

Join Editor Lisa Gibson for a glimpse into the Aug. 4 issue of Agweek, including a cover story about sugar beet farmers in Montana competing for employees with oil companies in the Bakken. The issue will also feature prevented-planting estimates for states that have released them, as well as rail car updates. Don't miss it.

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CRP reductions to continue

The loss of more than half of the acres of land in a popular conservation program in North Dakota has triggered what Eric Lindstrom, government affairs representative for Ducks Unlimited in North Dakota, referred to as “CRP loss hangover.”

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