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Officials probe SD beef plant deals

South Dakota officials are studying more legal action to learn more about the handling or diversion of public economic development funds in a mothballed Aberdeen, S.D., beef plant, even as a separate, new company attempts to reopen it.

EPA responds to claims of ‘secret maps’

On Aug. 27, the office of Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., sent out a press release with what it called a “secret map” of North Dakota and its waterways. Cramer says EPA assembled a map of each state in secret to “expand its regulation of water features.” Cramer has been opposed to the Waters of the U.S. rule, calling it a “massive power grab,” and says the maps are “alarming.” The North Dakota map was not the only released and those against the Waters of the U.S. Rule, including Cramer, have called for more transparency.

Enrollment begins Sept. 2 for Dairy Margin Protection Program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture will open enrollment for the dairy Margin Protection Program on Sept. 2. The new program was authorized by the 2014 farm bill and aims to address volatility in the dairy marketplace, providing dairy farmers with a safety net when margins, the difference between milk prices and feed, fall below the farmer’s coverage level.

European Commission announces emergency support for dairy sector

The European Commission announced financial support for exporters of dairy products hit by Russia’s ban on Western food imports, adding to emergency measures already taken to help fruit and vegetable producers.

WATCH: A sneak peek into the next issue of Agweek

WATCH: A sneak peek into the next issue of Agweek

Join Agweek Editor Lisa Gibson for a glimpse into the Sept. 1 issue. The cover story features a North Dakota family expanding into agritourism. The issue also will include rail delay coverage, crop reports and more.


VIDEO: Ranchers and chefs learning together

The dynamic between ranchers and chefs is one of the most interesting partnerships of the Certified Angus Beef brand. Mary McMillen, CAB director of public relations, along with two of the brand’s chef ambassadors, share the value of working with Angus ranchers.

USDA’s Scuse discusses farm bill program options in ND

USDA’s Scuse discusses farm bill program options in ND

Michael Scuse, U.S. Department of Agriculture Undersecretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services, appeared in Bismarck, N.D., Aug. 25 to discuss farm bill programs and implementation with the ag industry and North Dakota legislators.


WTO rules against US in meat label fight

A World Trade Organization panel has ruled against the U.S. in a trade dispute over meat labels with Canada and Mexico, according to a Wall Street Journal report.

USDA raises 2014 beef, pork retail prices on drought, disease

Retail prices for many U.S. meats, already at record highs, continue to increase on a combination of drought and disease, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Monday.

ND deputy kills cow after it charges him

A Cass County, N.D., deputy responding to a motorist that had crashed into a cow off Interstate 94 Monday morning had to go to the hospital himself after the injured cow charged him at the scene.

Good news for SD milk industry

Good news for SD milk industry

South Dakota milk production continues to rise, and North Dakota dairy officials hope to repeat that success.


Aberdeen beef plant could start processing in 2015

FARGO, N.D. — Robert “Doug” Cooper of Kansas City, Mo., the new president and CEO of New Angus LLC, the company trying to revive a troubled Aberdeen, S.D., beef slaughter plant, says he expects his company to start processing animals sometime in 2015.

Calves prepare for independent life

As ranchers get ready for preweaning shots and deworming, the calves are in the homestretch. They’re starting to get a little hay and grain to supplement the fading grass and prepare them for independent life in September.

Know the signs of stress

BROOKINGS, S.D. — As temperatures and humidity soar, dairy cattle might start to show signs of heat stress, explains Tracey Erickson, South Dakota State University Extension dairy field specialist.

Beef genetics trade mission to Russia cancelled

Because of uncertainties in the Russian market, the beef genetics trade mission hosted by the South Dakota Department of Agriculture and South Dakota Beef Breeds Council planned for October has been cancelled.

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