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Sheep program application deadline nears

May 1 is the deadline to apply for funding through the Let’s Grow Program, which the American Sheep Industry Association operates to strengthen sheep production nationally.

U.S., Japan make progress in trade talks but no deal seen yet

WASHINGTON - U.S. and Japanese negotiators have made "substantial progress" toward a deal on a major Pacific free-trade pact but President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe are not expected to announce a final accord during Abe's Washington visit next week, the White House said on Friday.

Live cattle futures climb ahead of USDA report

CHICAGO - Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures posted significant gains Friday on fund buying and positioning before the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) monthly Cattle-on-Feed report at 2 p.m. CDT, traders said.

Second bird flu case confirmed in North Dakota

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has confirmed the presence of highly pathogenic H5 avian influenza in a commercial turkey flock in LaMoure County, N.D.

Spring is a busy time for sheep-farming family

Spring is a busy time for sheep-farming family

Jake Cuperus always knew he wanted to be a farmer. Jill always hoped she would marry a farmer. Luckily, life brought them together. “Our moms were good friends. I’m a year older than him so I’ve actually known him his entire life.” Jill says. “I went to college at Winona State, and one summer I came back and we worked at a barn together milking cows. The rest is history.”

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Bill to ban fining Californians who let lawns go brown in drought

SACRAMENTO - Californians who let their lawns go brown to save water during the state's prolonged drought would no longer face fines from municipalities for failing to maintain their properties under a bill passed Thursday in the state assembly.

PepsiCo to launch aspartame-free Diet Pepsi in U.S.

PepsiCo Inc said it would replace its current Diet Pepsi offerings in the United States with those free of aspartame, an artificial sweetener that has come under scrutiny from health-conscious consumers.

EU approves first new genetically modified crops since 2013

BRUSSELS - The European Union cleared the import of 10 new types of genetically modified crops and two more kinds of cut flowers on Friday, its first authorizations in more than a year after a review of its blocked approval process.

By the numbers: U.S. bird flu outbreak in poultry

By the numbers: U.S. bird flu outbreak in poultry

Minnesota has joined Wisconsin in declaring a state of emergency over an outbreak of bird flu in poultry that has led to the deaths of more than 7 million birds this year. Minnesota is also speeding up prescriptions of antiviral drug Tamiflu for farm workers and others who have been in direct contact with infected flocks. No infections have been reported in humans.

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U.S. FDA warns five companies over BMPEA stimulant in supplements

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned five companies on Thursday to stop selling dietary supplements containing an unapproved stimulant known as beta-methylphenylethylamine, or BMPEA.

Ohio-based ice cream maker issues recall over Listeria

Ohio-based Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams on Thursday ceased sales and voluntarily recalled all of its products bearing the Jeni's brand name after a random test came back positive for Listeria.

Bemidji eco-friendly greenhouse can grow produce all year long

Bemidji eco-friendly greenhouse can grow produce all year long

BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Staff at Root Value, Lueken's Village Foods' new aquaponics greenhouse, gave a tour of the state-of-the-art facility on Wednesday. A new Bemidji state-of-the-art, ultra-efficient aquaponics greenhouse grows fruits and vegetables year round in water infused with the natural byproducts of 250 tilapia fish for nutrients, rather than soil and conventional fertilizer.

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DuPont buying microbiome firm, seeks edge in emerging crop products

DuPont is buying a California-based microbiome discovery company for development of biological crop products, a move that the chemical and crop company hopes will give it an edge in an emerging agricultural market.

Analysis: Chinese farmers to grow up to 15 percent less soy in 2015-2016

BEIJING - Farmers in China, the world's top buyer of soybeans, could slash the amount of land they use to grow the oilseed by as much as 15 percent in 2015/16 due to uncertainty over how a new subsidy scheme will work, industry analysts said.

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