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WATCH: A sneak peek into the next issue of Agweek

WATCH: A sneak peek into the next issue of Agweek

Join Agweek Editor Lisa Gibson for another glimpse into the upcoming issue. The July 28 cover story will delve into the issues facing ranchers and farmers in the midst of North Dakota's oil boom. It also will update on the progress of late rail cars, cover area crop tours and report on the latest U.S. cattle numbers. Don't miss it.

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Race for ND agriculture commissioner is all about oil

Race for ND agriculture commissioner is all about oil

North Dakota’s biggest oil producers have picked a side and put money into an obscure election for the state’s agriculture commissioner, hoping to ward off a rising Democratic challenger who could limit development of new wells and pipelines.

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Corps says F-M diversion likely to be built as proposed regardless of DNR environmental review

Corps officials say the $1.8 billion Fargo-Moorhead diversion project will likely be built as proposed, regardless of an environmental review on the Minnesota side.

Cramer: Rail service must improve by harvest, CP progress slow

Cramer: Rail service must improve by harvest, CP progress slow

Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D. said he was watching the reports. He acknowledged the BNSF progress and noted more progress needs to be made before harvest. Cramer said CP had not indicated “any meaningful reductions in their backlog since these reports began.”

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Options on prevented-planting fields

Options on prevented-planting fields

Many farmers across the Upper Midwest are still weighing what to do with fields that were too wet to plant this spring. Every situation is different, and there’s no one-size-fits-all solution.

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Crops doing well in erratic season

The weather has both hurt and helped the Upper Midwest spring wheat crop. On balance, though, the crop is doing reasonably well.

Few in favor of soybean tax vote

Few in favor of soybean tax vote

It would have taken nearly 57,000 valid petitions to trigger a referendum vote on whether to keep the federal soybean check-off in place, but only 324 valid forms came in, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture official.

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Grafton, ND, mulls a 5-acre greenhouse

Economic development officials in Grafton are looking for ways to get more use out of an underused power plant, with some saying it could power a five-acre hydroponic greenhouse.

Letter outlines obesity issues, applauds rules

WASHINGTON — Twenty-seven former panelists for the Institute of Medicine told Congress not to change healthier foods rules for children on July 15, the same day the U.S. Department of Agriculture official in charge of nutrition reminded school food service directors who have asked Congress for changes that they have responsibilities to serve food that will result in healthy children and adults.

Flax market hot

WINNIPEG, Manitoba — Now is the time to have a few bins of flax. You can probably sell them to Legumex Walker at $15 per bushel freight on board farm most places in western Canada.

Minor technical correction

Minor technical correction

Wheat closed the week ending July 17 with gains. For the week ending July 17, September Minneapolis gained 9 cents, September Chicago gained 24.75 cents and September Kansas City gained 12.75 cents.

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BNSF deal sets Verona, ND, plan

Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway and the Red River Valley & Western railroads have come to an agreement on shuttle train rates for Verona, N.D., to all export ports.

NASS reports good conditions

NASS reports good conditions

While federal officials have yet to report prevented-planting acres in the region, crops that have been planted are doing pretty well, according to the latest National Agricultural Statistics Service weekly report, for the week ending July 14.

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North Dakota seed spud insurance trial is delayed to Dec.1, Fargo, N.D., is among two national finalistists for a genotype lab location and agriculture groups want to limit rail costs with late cars.

Landowners and energy developers need solutions

Landowners and energy developers need solutions

I recently spoke at the International Legislators Forum, which is an annual meeting of legislators from Manitoba, Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota put on by the Consensus Council. The forum “provides an opportunity for delegates to share information, understand problems, build relationships and develop collaborative agreements on a wide variety of issues.” I spoke on a panel about landowner perspectives related to

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