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Indonesia self-sufficiency push could drive up beef prices

Plans by Indonesia’s new president to make the nation self-sufficient in foods such as beef are showing signs of backfiring, with a major industry group warning prices for the meat could soar 50 percent in the next few months.

California halts 12 injection wells over water concerns

California oil drilling regulators have ordered operators of 12 underground injection wells in Kern County to halt injections out of fear that they could contaminate drinking water supplies.

Minister: Proposed South Africa farm size limit is negotiating tactic

A proposal by the South African government to limit farm size to 12,000 hectares is a "negotiating tactic" as it tries to press ahead with the redistribution of land to black farmers, the minister of agriculture says.

Somalia top priority in U.N. agriculture organization funding appeal

The Food and Agriculture Organization has launched an emergency appeal for $697 million to help 30 million people in 31 crisis-hit countries, a senior official with the U.N. agency says.

SD Legislature passes raw milk bill; governor expected to sign

SD Legislature passes raw milk bill; governor expected to sign

South Dakota raw milk producers can continue to sell milk directly to customers, but under strict rules to protect the reputation of the larger commercial dairy industry.


Minnesota dairy farm locked in legal battle with state

A Cook County, Minn., farmer will appear in State District Court in Grand Marais on Monday, defending his refusal to allow a state inspection he doesn’t want and contends his farm doesn’t need.

WATCH: A sneak peek into the next issue of Agweek

WATCH: A sneak peek into the next issue of Agweek

Make sure you pick up a copy of the March 9 edition of Agweek for a thorough explanation of the farm bill safety-net programs. The deadline to sign up is rapidly approaching and we'll tell you what you need to know. We'll also bring legislative coverage of grain sale regulations, North Dakota's anti-corporate farming bill, South Dakota's raw milk bill, and more. Lisa's here to tell you all about it.


McDonald's to phase out human antibiotics from chicken supply

McDonald's to phase out human antibiotics from chicken supply

McDonald's Corp's U.S. restaurants will gradually stop buying chicken raised with antibiotics vital to fighting human infections, the most aggressive step by a major food company to force chicken producers to change practices in the fight against dangerous "superbugs".


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.

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