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Vilsack: Farmers can exclude low-production years from APH

After saying for months that the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Risk Management Agency could not possibly allow farmers to take bad years out of their actual production history for 2015 crops, and receiving relentless criticism from Republicans over the issue, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Oct. 21 that farmers will be allowed to exclude years for most spring crops for the coming year.

Water plan for ND CHS fertilizer plant nearly complete

The final plan for a water supply for the CHS nitrogen fertilizer plant in North Dakota might be nearing completion, according to Brian Schouvieller, CHS senior vice president of North American grain marketing and crop nutrients.

Great weather creates tough choice for area corn farmers

Continued warm, dry weather, and the forecast of more to come, is giving Upper Midwest corn producers a difficult but not unpleasant decision: Harvest wet corn now and pay drying expenses? Or hold off combining for a few days and allow corn to dry naturally in the field?

WATCH: A sneak peek into the next issue of Agweek

WATCH: A sneak peek into the next issue of Agweek

The Oct. 27 issue of Agweek takes a look at the problems facing ethanol plants in the Upper Midwest as they head into winter with slow rail service. A South Dakota ethanol company talks about the risks of frozen equipment during shutdowns caused by a lack of tanker cars to haul product. Agweek will also deliver updates on harvest progress, farm bill news, country-of-origin labeling and more. Don't miss it.

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ND ag commissioner candidates point fingers at debate

ND ag commissioner candidates point fingers at debate

With two weeks before Election Day, Democratic agriculture commissioner challenger Ryan Taylor is quick to point to what he calls bungled leadership by Republican incumbent Doug Goehring.

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Farm equipment, power line accidents up in rural Minn.

As farm machinery gets bigger, electric co-ops say they’re seeing more incidents of farm equipment striking poles or snagging overhead lines — collisions that can be dangerous and costly.

No export bonanza this year from record U.S. harvest

The largest U.S. grain harvest in history has pushed prices to four-year lows, which usually means a sales bonanza for the world’s largest food exporter. Not this year.

Meeting addresses TIF option for Tabor, SD, grain facility

The Bon Homme (S.D.) County Commission is discussing a tax increment financing district, or TIF, to help pay for the infrastructure that will go with the proposed $30 million grain shuttle loading facility to be built by Dakota Plains Ag Center west of Tabor.

Red River Valley sees truck driver crunch

The annual crunch for trucks in the northern Red River Valley has intensified in the past several weeks.

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$1.7 million is available to fund Minnesota ag research, a former SD governor says he was aware of the beef plant loan and high beef prices have ranchers selling early.

Sunflower disease is present this year in SD

Sunflower disease is present this year in SD

BROOKINGS, S.D. — The prevalence of Phomopsis stem canker first showed up in South Dakota’s sunflower fields last fall.

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US chicken exports to India more likely

US chicken exports to India more likely

India broke World Trade Organization rules by blocking imports of U.S. poultry and other farm products because of unsubstantiated bird flu fears, a WTO dispute panel ruled on Oct. 14, potentially opening up an estimated $300 million a year export market for the U.S.

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New soybean variety attractive for food-grade market

Producers in the soybean specialty market might be interested in ND1406HP, a new variety developed by the North Dakota State University soybean breeding program.

Report: Family farms produce 80 percent of world’s food

Report: Family farms produce 80 percent of world’s food

Despite renewed interest in industrial agriculture by investment banks and sovereign wealth funds, more than 80 percent of the world’s food is still produced by family farmers, according to new U.N. research published Oct. 16.

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EPA approves Dow’s Enlist herbicide for GMO soy, corn

The Environmental Protection Agency gave final approval on Oct. 15 to a new herbicide developed by Dow AgroSciences that has faced broad opposition, ordering a series of restrictions to address potential environmental and health hazards.

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