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Home beer brewers form club, learn from each other

BEMIDJI, Minn. — Invite Charlie Parson over for a gathering and he's likely to bring some beer. "I've been brewing beer since I started graduate school in 1969 and when I moved to Bemidji, there were some active homebrewers," he said.

Farm Rescue plants fields for injured Center farmer

Farm Rescue plants fields for injured Center farmer

CENTER,N.D. — Dale Barth was changing a tire on his pickup when, as he says, “Kapow!” That comic-book action word doesn’t describe the damage done to Barth’s right hand, now stabilized with 38 pins and a brace and only beginning to heal a month after the tire blew while he was airing it up on the rim.

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NDSU students teach tots about agriculture

NDSU students teach tots about agriculture

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EU approves first new genetically modified crops since 2013

BRUSSELS - The European Union cleared the import of 10 new types of genetically modified crops and two more kinds of cut flowers on Friday, its first authorizations in more than a year after a review of its blocked approval process.

Bemidji eco-friendly greenhouse can grow produce all year long

Bemidji eco-friendly greenhouse can grow produce all year long

BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Staff at Root Value, Lueken's Village Foods' new aquaponics greenhouse, gave a tour of the state-of-the-art facility on Wednesday. A new Bemidji state-of-the-art, ultra-efficient aquaponics greenhouse grows fruits and vegetables year round in water infused with the natural byproducts of 250 tilapia fish for nutrients, rather than soil and conventional fertilizer.

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DuPont buying microbiome firm, seeks edge in emerging crop products

DuPont is buying a California-based microbiome discovery company for development of biological crop products, a move that the chemical and crop company hopes will give it an edge in an emerging agricultural market.

Analysis: Chinese farmers to grow up to 15 percent less soy in 2015-2016

BEIJING - Farmers in China, the world's top buyer of soybeans, could slash the amount of land they use to grow the oilseed by as much as 15 percent in 2015/16 due to uncertainty over how a new subsidy scheme will work, industry analysts said.

Dow Chemical profit beats as it shifts to high-margin products

Dow Chemical Co reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit as its focus on high-margin businesses that cater to packaging and electronics industries helped balance the impact of a strong dollar.

Ranchers need to know when, where to begin grazing

Every year at green up, grass managers must make decisions about when and where to begin grazing. 

Advocacy group offers U.S. testing for herbicide feared linked to cancer

An advocacy group seeking a ban on the world's most widely used herbicide said Wednesday it is launching a U.S. public testing project to gather data on detectable levels of the herbicide in drinking water, human urine and breast milk.

For Western companies, Russia's recovery is worth waiting for

MOSCOW - Western companies are sticking with Russia, waiting for an economic rebound that they expect will once again bring rich rewards although some have cut operations to weather the slump.

Union Pacific profit rises but misses expectations

CHICAGO - No. 1 U.S. railroad Union Pacific Corp on Thursday reported a higher quarterly net profit as lower fuel costs and pricing gains offset falling freight volumes, but results fell short of market expectations.

Bees may get hooked on nicotine-linked pesticides

Bees may get hooked on nicotine-linked pesticides

LONDON - Bees may be getting hooked on nectar laced with widely used nicotine-related chemicals in pesticides they cannot even taste, in the same way humans are addicted to cigarettes, new research has found.

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DuPont buying microbiome firm, seeks edge in emerging crop products

DuPont is buying a California-based microbiome discovery company for development of biological crop products, a move that the chemical and crop company hopes will give it an edge in an emerging agricultural market.

Heitkamp introduces bill to allow credit for ag exports to Cuba

After a major hearing on U.S. agricultural trade with Cuba, Sen. Heidi Heikamp, D-N.D., on April 22 introduced a bill to lift the ban on private banks and companies from offering credit for agricultural exports to Cuba.

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