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Droves of drones at Big Iron

Droves of drones at Big Iron

Drones flew above a demonstration field recently in West Fargo, N.D. Someday, drones could be commonplace above Upper Midwest fields and pastures — provided the Federal Aviation Administration releases some long-awaited guidelines.

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Taylor proposes fixed interest rate for loans

North Dakota agriculture commissioner candidate Ryan Taylor proposed a fixed 1 percent interest rate for student loans at a news conference Thursday.

JSDC approves CHS incentives

The Jamestown/Stutsman (N.D.) Development Corp. Board of Directors unanimously approved Thursday participating in a tax incentive for the planned CHS nitrogen fertilizer plant in Spiritwood.

NDSU rail shipment study withdrawn days after it was released in May

North Dakota State University staff confirms a preliminary study of rail shipment delays was withdrawn days after it was released, but the withdrawal only recently received attention.

US lawmakers fault rail sector for slow service

U.S. rail operators must put investment ahead of profits to clear the way for grain, automotive and chemical shipments now clogging the tracks, lawmakers said at a congressional hearing Wednesday about the health of the rail grid.

FAO: World food prices at near four-year low in August

World food prices in August hit their lowest since September 2010 as prices of all major food groups except meat fell, led by a sharp decline in dairy prices, the UN’s food agency says.

Official: US grain glut is testing rail and storage system

A stockpile of U.S. Midwest grain will likely increase in the coming months and tax farmers already desperate to house or haul corn, soybeans and other products ahead of an expected record harvest, a U.S. Department of Agriculture official said on Wednesday.

Minn. propane outlook improves, but officials monitor

The propane outlook for this winter is brighter than a year ago, when shortages nearly quadrupled the hearting fuel’s price, but state officials urge poor Minnesotans to apply now for heating assistance if they think they will not be able to fill their tanks.

Big Iron opener comes amid harvest, commodity price worries

Big Iron opener comes amid harvest, commodity price worries

The annual Big Iron Farm Show has operated among euphoric times in agricultural pricing many times in the past. Not this year. With corn prices projected around $3 per bushel for the next two or three years, farmers are scratching their heads and sharpening their pencils about how many new, big machines they’ll be able to afford.

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Meat processing plans in northeast ND move forward

A proposed multi-species custom meat processing facility will be located either in Cavalier, N.D., or Park River, N.D. The Walsh/Pembina Livestock Processing Committee will provide details at informational meetings in the two communities Sept. 18.

Farmers, American Crystal Sugar see shortage of harvest workers

Farmers, American Crystal Sugar see shortage of harvest workers

Finding harvest help has become a bigger challenge with growing competition for workers around the region.

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Weather could dampen harvest momentum

Weather could dampen harvest momentum

A beautiful weekend marked by high temperatures got southwest North Dakota’s wheat harvest rolling, farmers said Monday. But, the momentum likely won’t last long as frost-producing temperatures and rain in the forecast for the next three days look to slow the already-late production season.

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CHS to pay $3M annually in lieu of taxes for 20 years

The planned CHS nitrogen fertilizer plant in Spiritwood, N.D., will become the largest property taxpayer in the state upon completion, even though it is receiving a 20-year tax incentive.

US House votes to block Waters of the US rule

Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation to prevent the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers from moving forward with its Waters of the U.S. rule, which would expand the agency’s authority over bodies of water including small ponds, creeks, ditches and other occasionally wet areas.

VIDEO: Progress for premiums

Western Nebraska ranchers Bob and Wilma Post are making changes in their herd to target premiums, and maintain ownership in the feedlot to reap the rewards of genetic improvement.

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