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CWB seeks complete ownership of Prairie West Terminal

CWB, formerly known as the Canadian Wheat Board, plans to acquire complete ownership of a west-Saskatchewan grain handling organization of which it currently is a minority owner.

Vt. Senate passes mandatory GMO food-labeling law

The Vermont Senate passed a bill on Wednesday that would make the state the first in the U.S. to enact mandatory labeling of foods made with genetically modified crops.

Massive soybean defaults loom as China buyers play hard-ball

Chinese buyers might default on a further 1.2 million metric tons (1.32 million tons) of soybeans worth about $900 million being shipped from the U.S. and South America, to avoid incurring huge losses in a depressed local market, the country’s top soy buyer says.

Ag music parodist to speak April 22 in Fargo, N.D.

Greg Peterson, known for his music videos that involve agriculture, will speak at 7 p.m. April 22 in Sheppard Arena on the North Dakota State University campus in Fargo.

Titan Machinery closing 8 stores, eliminating 128 positions

Slow construction recovery was identified as the reason for the company’s downsizing. CEO David Meyer said in a news release that the realignment was necessary to ensure the future of the company.

Reality of calving and lambing vs. idealized version

Reality of calving and lambing vs. idealized version

It’s calving and lambing season again, and thousands of American ranchers are helping a new batch of livestock into the world.


CHS officials continue to review status of proposed plant

CHS corporate officials continue to review the status of the proposed nitrogen fertilizer plant at Spiritwood, N.D., according to Carl Casale, CHS president and CEO. The latest information does not include a timeline for any future decisions.

Hoeven urges agencies to halt livestock emissions regulations

Hoeven urges agencies to halt livestock emissions regulations

In a letter also signed by 15 other Republican senators, Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., pressed the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Agency not to impose policies that he said could cost cattle producers thousands of dollars.


STB orders railways to develop a plan to ship fertilizer for spring planting

On April 15, the U.S. Surface Transportation Board announced it would direct Canadian pacific Railway and Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway to report by April 18 their plans to make sure fertilizer is delivered to farmers for spring planting.

Oil traffic could delay US fertilizer shipments, farmers warn

Increasing use of railroads to ship crude oil could disrupt fertilizer cargo this spring as Midwest farmers prepare for planting, U.S. agriculture leaders warn, even as one railroad said on Monday it will take steps to ensure timely deliveries.

USDA considers mandatory reports of deadly pig virus outbreaks

The U.S. is considering rules that would require outbreaks of a deadly pig virus to be reported to the government in an effort to improve tracking of the disease, which has already spread to 30 states, an industry group said on Monday.

Nev. cattle rancher calls on local sheriffs to join his cause

Nev. cattle rancher calls on local sheriffs to join his cause

A Nevada rancher who succeeded in reclaiming his seized cattle from federal land managers over the weekend by rallying armed supporters called on local sheriffs across the country on Monday to join his crusade against government overreach.


Sen. Franken talks sugar, rail service in East Grand Forks, Minn.

Sen. Franken talks sugar, rail service in East Grand Forks, Minn.

Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., said he’ll do what he can to help Red River Valley sugar beet growers hurt by slow rail service and imports of subsidized Mexican sugar.


SD Hutterite colony loses 600 hogs to smoke inhalation

A fire started in a hog barn on the Golden View Hutterite Colony Saturday afternoon. McCook County (S.D.) Emergency Manager Brad Stiefvater said embers from a nearby burn pit likely were sucked into a vent and started the fire in the ceiling of the building.

Hoeven offers fix for IRS expense change

Sens. John Hoeven, R-N.D., and Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., have introduced a bill to modify new IRS rules they say make it too difficult for family farmers and small business owners to deduct equipment repair and supply expenses

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