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Obama reaffirms commitment to Japan on tour of Asia allies

U.S. President Barack Obama assured ally Japan on Thursday that Washington is committed to its defense, including of tiny isles at the heart of a row with China, but denied he had drawn any new “red line” and urged peaceful dialogue over the islands.

Ore. investigates mysterious honeybee deaths along state highway

Oregon agriculture authorities are investigating the mysterious deaths of potentially thousands of honeybees along a highway, the second die-off of bees in the state in less than a year.

Brazil investigates possible mad cow case

Brazil is investigating a potential case of atypical mad cow disease, the agriculture ministry said on Thursday, just over a year after several countries banned Brazilian beef imports when a similar case of the disease was confirmed.

Bird flu on Calif. farm prompts barring of poultry imports

An avian-borne virus outbreak on a California quail farm has fueled fears that the disease known as bird flu could spread, prompting investigators to continue their probe and five key export markets to bar imports of poultry from the state.

Minn. lawmakers consider GMO label

A “produced with genetic engineering” label could one day make its appearance in Minnesota stores. Rep. Karen Clark, D-Minneapolis, sponsors a bill to regulate disclosure of genetically engineered food and seed. The House commerce committee held an informational hearing on the bill Thursday. There is no Senate companion and the House committee took no vote.

DNR project studying regional water management in Minn.

The development of a plan to protect and preserve Minnesota’s groundwater supply for the future is being shaped by what’s happening now in the Bonanza Valley area of west-central Minnesota.

Study outlines ag business opportunities in SD county

The rural, outlying areas of South Dakota’s Davison County would be some of the best choices for an animal feeding operation or an industrial ag business, according to a recent state-funded study.

WATCH: A sneak peek into the next issue of Agweek

WATCH: A sneak peek into the next issue of Agweek

Agweek editor Lisa Gibson discusses the April 28 issue, which tells the story of a small North Dakota town rallying together to build a meat processing plant after the loss of its grocery store. Developers say the plant is keeping the town thriving. You won't want to miss the coverage of allegations against two Northwood, N.D., potato farmers, the article about livestock disaster compensation sign-up, and much more.

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Mo. executes convicted killer in 1993 cattle-stealing plot

Missouri officials on Wednesday executed a man who had been convicted in 1993 of murdering a farming couple in their 60s in a plot to steal their cattle, a state official said.

Kazakhstan to boost grain exports to Iran, China

Kazakhstan will boost grain exports to Iran and China this 2013 to ’14 marketing year as it seeks to diversify regions of supply and reduce dependence on Russian and Ukrainian ports, the country’s state grain trader says.

Brazilian soybeans sold by Marubeni to China bound for US

Two Brazilian soybean cargoes initially sold to China have been switched to the United States, according to port and shipping data updated on Tuesday, the first clear evidence that the U.S. is absorbing some of China’s excess Brazilian purchases that were at risk of default.

Cost controls boost Dow Chemical margins

Dow Chemical Co., the No. 1 U.S. chemical maker by sales, reported a stronger-than-expected rise in quarterly profit as cost controls helped boost margins in its divisions that make coatings, plastics and crop-protection products.

Minn. woman charged with animal neglect appears in court

A Worthington, Minn., woman facing 11 felony counts of animal neglect resulting in death and nine misdemeanor charges of mistreatment of animals appeared Tuesday in Nobles County District Court.

USDA will require reporting of PEDv

In an expected move, the U.S. Department of Agriculture on April 18 announced new measures to combat the spread of disease in the U.S. pig population.

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