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High beef prices have ranchers selling early

here were 3,000 cattle sold at Kist Livestock in Mandan, N.D., this week. Only 1,800 were on the auction block this time last year. High cattle prices have ranchers selling earlier than usual. “It’s just started,” said Matt Lachenmeier, a fieldman at Kist.

ND ag commissioner proposes pipeline reclamation inspection program

North Dakota’s agriculture commissioner said Oct. 16 he will ask the state Legislature for funding for two inspectors to help resolve complaints from landowners, farmers and ranchers unhappy with how their land has been restored around pipelines.

Klobuchar raises concerns over potential CP, CSX deal

The head of a U.S. Senate subcommittee raised concerns in a letter on Thursday to the U.S. Attorney General and head of the top U.S. rail regulator about a potential merger between Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. and CSX Corp, and called on them both to fully review the antitrust implications of any such deal.

Report: Family farms produce 80 percent of world’s food

Report: Family farms produce 80 percent of world’s food

Despite renewed interest in industrial agriculture by investment banks and sovereign wealth funds, more than 80 percent of the world’s food is still produced by family farmers, according to new U.N. research published Oct. 16.


EPA approves Dow’s Enlist herbicide for GMO soy, corn

The Environmental Protection Agency gave final approval on Oct. 15 to a new herbicide developed by Dow AgroSciences that has faced broad opposition, ordering a series of restrictions to address potential environmental and health hazards.

Railroads show improvement; CP propose large merger

The region’s two Class I railroads — BNSF Railway and Canadian Pacific Railway — are reporting improved status on late cars, and CP has proposed a major merger to bypass an infamous Chicago bottleneck blamed for last winter’s delays.

Measure 5 debate aims to answer questions from farmers, ranchers

Proponents and opponents of North Dakota’s Measure 5 are stepping up their efforts in a dead heat to influence voters on a measure that could put the state’s support of conservation on an entirely new plane.

US pork group counters antibiotics report with online campaign

A leading U.S. pork association will use an online marketing campaign to counter a critical television documentary on antibiotics use in livestock, pointing consumers to industry-funded websites that defend the practice, according to an association email.

US encouraged by progress with Japan on trade pact, but issues remain

Progress in U.S. talks with Japan towards a Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact is encouraging, but difficult issues remain, the acting deputy U.S. trade representative says.

Concern over food supplies for growing world population

With the world population rising, demographers are grappling with one of the most pressing issues of the century — will there be enough food for an extra 2 billion to 4 billion people?

Nearly 400 bison removed from Theodore Roosevelt National Park’s South Unit

Nearly 400 bison removed from Theodore Roosevelt National Park’s South Unit

This week, Theodore Roosevelt National Park’s staff began a roundup to remove nearly 400 bison from the 110-square-mile South Unit. The roundup is part of a regularly-scheduled reduction of bison population to maintain the health of the park’s animals and the grassland that they feed on. An estimated 200 bison will remain at the park when the roundup is complete.


Former SD governor says he was aware of beef plant loan, but not involved in the details

Former South Dakota Gov. Mike Rounds says he was generally aware that $30 million in financing was being lined up for faltering Northern Beef Packers in 2010, but also said he was not directly involved in the deal.

US chicken exports to India more likely after WTO ruling

India broke World Trade Organization rules by blocking imports of U.S. poultry and other farm products because of unsubstantiated bird flu fears, a WTO dispute panel ruled on Tuesday, potentially opening up an estimated $300 million a year export market for the U.S.

WATCH: A sneak peek into the next issue of Agweek

WATCH: A sneak peek into the next issue of Agweek

Ag students are in high demand and have a good chance of landing a job right out of college. Agweek's Oct. 20 cover story will introduce one senior who has high hopes of working in the livestock industry. Experts also weigh in on the demand for ag grads. Join Editor Lisa Gibson for a sneak peek into the magazine, including coverage of the PED virus, ballot measure debates and more.


Former Walhalla, ND, ethanol plant creates foundation for local entrepreneurs

Former Walhalla, ND, ethanol plant creates foundation for local entrepreneurs

The former ADM Corn Ethanol Plant, which laid off about 60 people — more than 5 percent of the Walhalla, N.D., workforce — when it closed in 2012, is slowly coming back to life.

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