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US, Brazil settle cotton subsidy dispute for $300 million

The U.S. and Brazil on Wednesday agreed to end a decade-long dispute over subsidies paid to U.S. cotton growers, taking steps to soothe diplomatic relations strained by an espionage scandal.

Harvest delays lead to repeat NASS survey

Farmers who raise small grains in eight states, including Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Montana, will be surveyed again on their harvest progress. The National Agricultural Statistics Service, an arm of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, made the announcement Sept. 30.

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 Oct. 6 issue. The cover story profiles a rancher who also makes off-farm income as a taxidermist and a bullfighter. We'll also bring updates on rail delays and harvest progress, and revisit ranchers still recovering from the October 2013 blizzard.


Peterson asks Army Corps to revisit diversion plan with northern impact

Moorhead’s congressman has asked engineers to take a fresh look at a version of a flood control diversion here that would avoid the controversial retention component that has sparked fierce upstream opposition.

More room planned at the ND mill

The $27 million expansion, approved by the North Dakota Industrial Commission in mid-September, is the result of increased demand from customers, mill officials say. The addition will increase its capacity by 11,500 hundredweight of flour produced per day to roughly 49,500 hundredweight, making it the largest single milling operation in the country, says Vance Taylor, the mill’s president and general manager.

Search is on for Minn. rail congestion cure

A soybean farmers from southwest Minnesota and an official of a taconite mine in the northeast, and more than a dozen others, came to the same conclusion: Significant railroad delays throughout the Upper Midwest are hurting nearly everyone.

USDA releases important farm bill program dates

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and the Farm Service Agency have announced beginning and closing dates for landowners and farmers to adjust yields and reallocate base acres, and make a selection between the new Agricultural Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage programs.

$20M expansion planned at ND mill in Grand Forks

The North Dakota Industrial Commission recently authorized spending nearly $20 million to increase the milling capacity at the North Dakota Mill in Grand Forks.

Favorable weather again spurs Upper Midwest harvest

Grain dust hung heavy in the air across much of the Upper Midwest during the week of Sept. 22, as dry and unusually warm weather allowed farmers to make rapid harvest progress.

Investing in trends: Farm, seed company expands storage, cleaning and treating operations

Investing in trends: Farm, seed company expands storage, cleaning and treating operations

HAYES, S.D. — Transit demand, trends toward a rise in crop acreage, better yields and an increase in treated seed use have nudged Al Meier into some big investments in 2014 — both in grain storage and seed technology.


Favorable mid-September conditions were much-needed

Upper Midwest farmers needed the middle of September to be warm and dry. That’s what they got. Now they need more of the same in late September and early October.

Soybeans coming

WINNIPEG, Manitoba — Soybean harvest has started in southern Manitoba. Yields and quality seem OK. Most is coming in at 30 to 35 bushels per acre. Even better, they’re dry.

Favorable weather for harvest

Favorable weather for harvest

Wheat struggled last week, but overall managed to end the week with only minor changes.


Feedstuff quality and quantity

BROOKINGS, S.D. — A cooler-than-average growing season should be on forage producers’ minds as they calculate the 2014 feedstuff inventory, reviewing quality and quantity.

Wet corn could provide rare common ground for farmers, ranchers

What’s good for corn farmers is usually bad for cattle producers, and vice versa. But this fall will be different if Upper Midwest farmers, as expected, harvest a large amount of high-moisture corn.

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