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Minn. programs find investors to help small farmers

As the nation’s farmers age, the aspiring young farmers who might replace them often find high land costs impossible hurdles. Buying 100 acres of good farmland can cost $1 million, and that amount of land often is too little to support a family.

USDA announces sheep marketing changes

U.S. sheep producers soon will have two new tools with which to market their animals. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s newly created sheep production and marketing grant program will allocate about $1.5 million. Also, an existing USDA program aimed at small-scale livestock producers is being expanded to the grass-fed sheep industry.

SD livestock industry contributes $7.3 billion to economy

BROOKINGS, S.D. — According to a recent report, South Dakota’s livestock industry provides more than 29,000 jobs and contributes $7.3 billion to the state’s economy.

New USDA report shows fewest cattle in US since 1973

The U.S. cattle herd on July 1 was the smallest it’s been since the federal government began issuing data in 1973, according to a new report released July 25.

USDA: US meat, seafood prices rising on drought and disease

Overall U.S. food inflation will remain near the historic norm in 2014, even as prices for meat and seafood are pushed higher by disease and widespread drought, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Friday.

Australia seeks to stop animal rights groups with tough video laws

Australia is considering tougher laws to stop animal rights activists secretly filming on farms and abattoirs and airing the videos in an effort to protect a multi-million dollar livestock trade, a move rights groups say will hide abuse.

US export group: New China feed grain rule unworkable

The biggest U.S. grain export association called on China on Thursday to rescind its latest restriction of a genetically modified corn strain, saying the new demand was unworkable.

South Korea slaughters hogs to control foot-and-mouth outbreak

South Korea has confirmed a case of foot-and-mouth disease at a hog farm, the country’s first outbreak in more than three years, the agriculture ministry says.

Pigs fall from truck onto I-29 in ND

Piglets were falling out of a truck and onto Interstate 29 for several miles near Buxton, N.D., July 23 until the driver eventually noticed, the North Dakota Highway Patrol says.

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 another glimpse into the upcoming issue. The July 28 cover story will delve into the issues facing ranchers and farmers in the midst of North Dakota's oil boom. It also will update on the progress of late rail cars, cover area crop tours and report on the latest U.S. cattle numbers. Don't miss it.

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Race for ND agriculture commissioner is all about oil

Race for ND agriculture commissioner is all about oil

North Dakota’s biggest oil producers have picked a side and put money into an obscure election for the state’s agriculture commissioner, hoping to ward off a rising Democratic challenger who could limit development of new wells and pipelines.

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Corps says F-M diversion likely to be built as proposed regardless of DNR environmental review

Corps officials say the $1.8 billion Fargo-Moorhead diversion project will likely be built as proposed, regardless of an environmental review on the Minnesota side.

Study shows Zilmax has no negative effects on cattle health

LINCOLN, Neb. — The cattle feed additive Zilmax has no noticeable detrimental effect on cattle health or well-being, according to research by scientists from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service.

Poultry rule would shift inspection responsibilities

A coalition of consumer groups has asked the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Office of Management and Budget to release the latest version of a rule to change poultry inspection and open a new comment period.

Landowners and energy developers need solutions

Landowners and energy developers need solutions

I recently spoke at the International Legislators Forum, which is an annual meeting of legislators from Manitoba, Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota put on by the Consensus Council. The forum “provides an opportunity for delegates to share information, understand problems, build relationships and develop collaborative agreements on a wide variety of issues.” I spoke on a panel about landowner perspectives related to

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