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EU grain to enjoy spoils of Russian export curbs

European Union grain exporters will be the main beneficiaries of Russia’s pullback from international grain markets as Moscow races to cool domestic prices in the face of economic crisis, analysts and traders say.

South Korea increases efforts to contain foot-and-mouth outbreak

South Korea is intensifying efforts to contain an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease by inoculating all hogs in affected areas, the agriculture ministry says. South Korea earlier this month confirmed a fresh case of foot-and-mouth disease at a hog farm, five months after an outbreak elsewhere added to fears about food safety.

China Viptera approval might spur financial settlements for Syngenta

Chinese government approval for imports of a controversial type of Syngenta AG biotech corn increases the likelihood the seed maker will pay settlements to more than 100 U.S. farmers and exporters suing for damages from grain shipments rejected by Beijing, lawyers say.

Christi Offutt named next chair of RDO Enterprise

Christi Offutt named next chair of RDO Enterprise

Christi Offutt, CEO of RDO Equipment Co., has been named to succeed her father Ron Offutt as chair of RDO Enterprise, comprised of RDO Equipment Co. and R.D. Offutt Co.

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Easing of Cuba restrictions creates opportunity for ag

The Dec. 17 agreement between the U.S. and Cuba to normalize diplomatic relations between the two countries could lead to improved trade possibilities and important opportunities for U.S. Agriculture, Upper Great Plains officials said.

ND Mill president to receive $62k bonus

The president and general manager of the nation’s only state-owned mill will receive a $61,857 bonus after a prosperous year in which the mill generated nearly $13.4 million in profits, the second highest in its 92-year history.

China approves imports of Viptera corn, two soybeans

A top Chinese government official said the country has approved imports of genetically modified Agrisure Viptera corn and two varieties of soybeans, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said on Wednesday.

Normalized relations with Cuba positive for US agriculture

The normalization of diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Cuba is an “important opportunity” for U.S. agriculture that will make exports of U.S. farm goods cheaper, easier and less time consuming for shippers, U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said on Wednesday.

Scientists want ‘rewilded’ crops to boost agriculture

Scientists should “re-wild” food crops by inserting lost genetic properties of ancient, edible plants in order to boost agricultural output for a growing population, a new study says.

UN: 1 million people could be hungry by March because of Ebola

Half a million people in three West African nations rocked by Ebola are going hungry and that number could double by March if food supplies do not improve, two United Nations agencies warn.

Reports: China approves Syngenta’s Viptera corn

Chinese authorities have informed some agriculture industry officials the government has approved U.S. imports of a type of genetically modified corn developed by Syngenta AG, according to reports from Agri-Pulse and Bloomberg.

Senate passes bill to allow ranchers, farmers to expense equipment purchased in 2014

A bill that would allow farmers, ranchers and other small businesses to expense equipment to run their operations is on its way to President Barack Obama’s desk. The Senate passed the one-year Tax Increase Prevention Act 76-16 Tuesday night. The measure extends Section 179, meaning small businesses, including ranchers and farmers, may expense purchases made in 2014.

France plans to cut reliance on soybean imports

On Dec. 15, France launched a plan to promote the cultivation of high-protein crops for livestock, aimed at reducing its reliance on imports of mostly South American soybeans, which it fears could eventually be diverted to meet a surge in Asian demand.

7,500 turkeys lost in overnight Minn. barn fire

7,500 turkeys lost in overnight Minn. barn fire

The Round Lake (Minn.) Fire Department was dispatched at 12:45 a.m. Tuesday to the Meyer Turkey Farm at 26798 Town Ave., Lorain Township, for a blaze that’s believed to have been triggered by an electrical problem.

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Colfax, ND, grain elevator to be rebuilt after Dec. 6 fire

Colfax, ND, grain elevator to be rebuilt after Dec. 6 fire

A grain elevator in Colfax, N.D., that was badly damaged by a Dec. 6 fire will be rebuilt. The cause of the fire hasn’t been determined, but Colfax Farmers Elevator Inc. general manager Carrol Duerr says the co-op is assessing the damage and plans to rebuild.

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