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Mexico's Gruma acquires tortilla maker for $48 million

MEXICO CITY - Mexican corn miller and tortilla maker Gruma said on Tuesday its Spanish unit has agreed to pay about $48.28 million to acquire the production and sales operations of Fat Taco and Azteca Foods in Spain.

USDA predicts fewer corn, wheat acres, but more soybeans and small-market crops

USDA predicts fewer corn, wheat acres, but more soybeans and small-market crops

Corn, the star of Upper Midwest agriculture in recent years, won’t shine quite so brightly in the 2015 growing season, the U.S. Department of Agriculture predicts. “A little bit of the shine seems to be off corn,” says Erik Younggren, a Hallock, Minn., farmer.

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New anti-corporate law doesn't discuss 2012 amendment

FARGO, N.D. — Now that Gov. Jack Dalrymple has signed into law the first significant changes in the state’s anti-corporate farming law in 73 years, the question is: Will the law be referred by the North Dakota Farmers Union and like-minded groups that oppose the changes.

Starbucks U.S. cafes debuting new smoothies, kale optional

Starbucks Corp and Danone SA on Tuesday will begin selling a smoothie line at more than 4,300 U.S. Starbucks shops as part of a Greek yogurt partnership that will also include yogurt parfaits and ready-to-eat yogurt to be sold by grocers.

Minnesota chicken processor announces expansion

St. Cloud-based GNP Co. has announced it has began an expansion that would make it’s Cold Spring plant one of the most automated meat processing plants in North America, the company announced Monday.

Energy beets slow to catch on in North Dakota

FARGO, N.D. — Development of energy beets in North Dakota is still nebulous, while projects in California are moving forward.

Co-ops worry about USDA reorganization

Co-op leaders are worried the U.S. Department of Agriculture will be reorganizing its division that collects statistics and does research on co-ops. They’re concerned the changes could lead to a decline in services for co-ops that USDA has provided since the Cooperative Marketing Act was passed in 1926.

Area calving season underway, planting start nears

Area calving season underway, planting start nears

Shawn Adrian enjoys and appreciates his work as an ag banker. But the Binford, N.D., man is a farmer, too, so the next few months hold particular appeal. “I really like work sitting in the office and working with farmers (bank clients) in the winter,” he says. “But getting out in the fields (myself) in planting is special.”

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Weather stations help producers with management, production information

PHILIP, S.D. — David Gay, superintendant of the South Dakota State University Cottonwood Range and Livestock Field Station in Philip, says it’s been a dry winter, and he should know. He leads one of the 100 or so official Cooperative Observer Stations in the state for the National Weather Service.

Decision time on sorghum checkoff

The U.S. sorghum industry is on the upswing, and supporters of the U.S. Sorghum Checkoff — the future of which is being determined in nationwide voting — are optimistic that even better days are ahead.

Millennials driving beef demand

A decade ago, I was in college and heard the same sad story over and over: Young people just didn’t know how to cook, and that was sure to spell disaster for beef demand.

Environmental group seeks greater protection for USDA scientists

Environmental group seeks greater protection for USDA scientists

An environmental activist group has filed a legal petition with the U.S. Department of Agriculture seeking new rules that would enhance job protection for government scientists whose research questions the safety of farm chemicals.

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NDSU looks to fill vacant nutritionist post

North Dakota State University’s Carrington Research Extension Center again is looking for a key animal nutritionist.

Ranchers hoping for greener pastures

Ranchers hoping for greener pastures

FORT PIERRE, S.D. — Cattle producers throughout the upper Great Plains country are anxious for April moisture, after a winter largely devoid of snow.

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General Mills changes with consumers’ tastes

General Mills changes with consumers’ tastes

General Mills is a large company with a big problem. It’s a food-processing powerhouse at a time when more and more consumers are shunning processed food in favor of fresh and local.

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