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Oil traffic could delay US fertilizer shipments, farmers warn

Increasing use of railroads to ship crude oil could disrupt fertilizer cargo this spring as Midwest farmers prepare for planting, U.S. agriculture leaders warn, even as one railroad said on Monday it will take steps to ensure timely deliveries.

Sen. Franken talks sugar, rail service in East Grand Forks, Minn.

Sen. Franken talks sugar, rail service in East Grand Forks, Minn.

Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., said he’ll do what he can to help Red River Valley sugar beet growers hurt by slow rail service and imports of subsidized Mexican sugar.

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Hoeven offers fix for IRS expense change

Sens. John Hoeven, R-N.D., and Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., have introduced a bill to modify new IRS rules they say make it too difficult for family farmers and small business owners to deduct equipment repair and supply expenses

Hoeven: BNSF to dedicate resources to fertilizer delivery

The largest railroad company serving North Dakota will devote unit trains and crews to deliver fertilizer ahead of the spring planting season, Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., said this morning.

BNSF weekly report shows uneven progress on delays

Shuttle train turnaround times to the Pacific Northwest increased somewhat in the past week, according to Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway. Those turnarounds, however, are still slower than grain elevators say they can accept.

Farmers still desperate for rail service

Farmers still desperate for rail service

The slow rail service threatening the livelihood of farmers in the Upper Midwest has gotten better in recent weeks, but at the Forest River Bean Co., the railcars ordered from BNSF or Canadian Pacific are still two to three months behind, said the company president.

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Lawsuit claims CME gave high-frequency traders special access

Lawsuit claims CME gave high-frequency traders special access

A group of traders has sued CME Group Inc., accusing the operator of the world’s largest derivatives exchange of selling market data to high-frequency traders, cheating other investors who lacked such access.

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CHS builds propane terminal to help compensate for Cochin Pipeline loss

CHS builds propane terminal to help compensate for Cochin Pipeline loss

CHS Inc.’s new rail-fed propane terminal west of Hannaford, N.D., is coming together — an important step as the industry ramps up to fill a void left by the discontinuation of the Cochin Pipeline terminal east of Carrington, N.D.

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Farmers want remediation procedures for damaged cropland

MINOT, N.D. — Darwin Peterson is the third member of what he hopes will become a fifth-generation farm. But the Bottineau County, N.D., man worries about the quality of land he’ll be able to pass on to his grandson after it was damaged by saltwater, a byproduct of oil development, when a pipeline ruptured in 2011.

Fargo-Moorhead diversion leaders move forward on contested ring dike

Farmers and others oppose the $1.8 billion flood protection project on the grounds that it will damage surrounding land, and crop insurance options for those farmers who would be unable to plant are uncertain.

ND man killed in late-night tractor rollover

A Dickinson, N.D., man was killed Friday morning in a farm accident, according to the North Dakota Highway Patrol.

ND Cenex co-op wants new governing board; farmers, ranchers say focus leans too much on oilfield

Membership of the Killdeer (N.D.) Farmers Union Cenex Co-op has petitioned to have the governing board removed, citing a focus on oilfield business that has left farmers and ranchers in the dust.

USDA announces $19 million in grants for beginning farmers

More than $19 million in federal grants will be available to help train agricultural producers through the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Friday.

Berg to testify in sugar trade action

Berg to testify in sugar trade action

The U.S. Department of Commerce and the International Trade Commission are about to make their first steps in determining merits of a pair of trade cases filed March 28 by U.S. sugar producers and processors. The cases allege unfair subsidization and dumping of Mexican sugar into the U.S.

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WATCH: A sneak peek into the next issue of Agweek

WATCH: A sneak peek into the next issue of Agweek

Editor Lisa Gibson returns with a preview of the upcoming issue, including the cover story about CHS Inc.'s new rail-fed propane facility and attached tank farm. Storage is crucial in the midst of serious rail car delays. Agweek will bring an update on that scenario, also. Pick it up April 14.

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