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Smoother grain flow points to Ottawa lifting rail regulations

Barring a sudden pile-up of grain across Western Canada in the next five weeks, Ottawa will lift requirements that railways move minimum volumes of crops, Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz said in an interview. While Ritz said he is not ruling out any options before the rules expire Nov. 29, government data show grain has flowed more smoothly since the current harvest began compared with a year ago.

Climate change a ‘threat multiplier’ for farming-dependent states

Climate change and food insecurity are “threat multipliers,” and 32 countries dependent on farming face an “extreme risk” of conflict or civil unrest in the next 30 years, a global analytics firm says.

Sugar growers praise Mexico agreement; users express concern

The American Sugar Alliance praised the agreement between the Mexican and U.S. governments to place limits on Mexican sugar shipments to the U.S. and to suspend the antidumping and countervailing duty investigations of sugar from Mexico. But the Sweetener Users Association said it was “deeply concerned” about the agreement.

Vilsack: COOL rule not to be appealed until January

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative will decide whether to appeal the World Trade Organization decision that found fault with the U.S. country-of-origin labeling regime for red meat, and added that the WTO has asked any appeal to be held until January.

Farm, animal groups ‘generally pleased’ with ND animal cruelty law

Groups that crafted an animal cruelty bill approved by the North Dakota Legislature last year are “generally pleased” with how the law is working and aren’t seeking any changes to it, a livestock association spokeswoman said Tuesday.

VIDEO: Respond to beef trends

Beef trends come and go but some can cause confusion. Brad Morgan, meat scientist at Zoetis Animal Health, says it’s the responsibility of cattlemen to educate consumers on what’s right and what’s wrong.

Grand Forks County Farmers Union hosts Measure 5 discussion

An initiated measure to dedicate a small portion of North Dakota’s oil tax revenue to conservation either is unnecessary or essential depending on who’s talking, attendees at a discussion on Measure 5 heard Monday night in the Manvel Community Center.

WATCH: A sneak peek into the next issue of Agweek

WATCH: A sneak peek into the next issue of Agweek

Join Editor Lisa Gibson for a glimpse into the Nov. 3 issue, including a cover story on successful spring wheat yields. The region has enjoyed excellent yields in the past few years. The issue also will feature coverage of an ag conference this week, updates on railroad car progress and much more. Don't miss it.

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Tiny insect delays lucrative Australia-China cattle trade

Tiny insect delays lucrative Australia-China cattle trade

An insect the size of a pen tip is frustrating efforts by Australia to sign a deal, potentially worth billions of dollars, to export live cattle to China to feed its fast-growing appetite for red meat. Talks have stalled over the presence in the Australian herd of Bluetongue disease, a virus which is spread by midges, a tiny fly. While the disease usually has little effect on cattle, it would pose a major threat to China’s 140 million-strong sheep flock, the world’s largest.

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DuPont profit beats as cost cuts boost margins

DuPont’s third-quarter profit scraped past the average analyst estimate as the company’s cost-cutting efforts helped boost operating margins in five of its seven businesses.

Eric Halverson named CEO of Grand Forks-based Black Gold Farms

Eric Halverson named CEO of Grand Forks-based Black Gold Farms

Eric Halverson has been named CEO of Black Gold Farms of Grand Forks, N.D., in a planned family succession plan. His father, Gregg Halverson, turned 65 on Oct. 23 and will remain president of the board of directors.

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Ag chairman defends Cramer on farm bill delays

Battling Democratic accusations that he tried to derail the farm bill last year, Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., is getting help from his House Agriculture Committee chairman.

Farm accident near Maynard, Minn., kills one

A person was killed Monday afternoon after being run over by a combine near Maynard in western Minnesota.

US, Mexico reach deal to slow sugar imports

The region's sugar officials aren't yet commenting, but a tentative deal would slow the flood of sugar that had plunged the region's sugar beet cooperative profits for the 2013 and 2014 crops.

STB head to speak at Fargo, ND, conference

Daniel Elliott, chairman of the Surface Transportation Board, is among the invited speakers scheduled for a conference on “Post-harvest Handling and Transportation for Agricultural Products: Issues and Alternatives” Dec. 8 and 9 at the Ramada Plaza and Suites in Fargo, N.D. The conference will bring together decision makers from the public sector, railroad industry executives and leaders of commodity groups, according to information from North Dakota State University.

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