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Surging U.S. sugar price to boost food company costs

Food manufacturers such as Mondelez International and J.M. Smucker Co. will face billions of dollars of additional costs this year because of soaring sugar prices, according to estimates from a sugar buyers group.

Farm groups warn on tobacco limits in Pacific trade pact

U.S. business and agriculture groups have urged Pacific trading partners not to exclude tobacco from investment protection rules in a new free trade deal under negotiation, warning it would set a bad precedent.

Ukraine appeals to WTO over Russian ban on fruit and vegetable imports

Ukraine has complained to the World Trade Organization about a decision by Russia to ban imports of fruit and vegetables from the country, the agriculture ministry says.

Critics of Dow herbicide sue EPA over approval

A coalition of U.S. farmer and environmental groups filed a lawsuit on Oct. 22 seeking to overturn regulatory approval granted last week for an herbicide developed by Dow AgroSciences.

Monsanto, soy exporter royalties dispute rages on in Brazil

The majority of soy exporting firms in Brazil have still not agreed to collect royalties for seed giant Monsanto Co., threatening sales of up to a quarter of the country’s soy crop, industry association Abiove said on Oct. 23.

Harvest leaves farmers battling bugs in bins

Harvest leaves farmers battling bugs in bins

With record harvests depressing prices, U.S. farmers are holding tight to their corn and soybeans and binging on chemicals that protect stored grain from critters or even leaving corn standing in fields over winter to avoid storage charges.

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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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