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A new crop of farmers ready to face the challenges

A new crop of farmers ready to face the challenges

Alex Bata didn’t expect to be a farmer. Growing up in Adams, Bata was active in high school in “football, basketball, golf, student council -- everything I could get my hands on. I just didn’t think about farming.”


Montana proposes corn checkoff for research funding

The Montana Department of Agriculture has published a proposed corn checkoff referendum that would help create a research and market development program for corn production in Montana.

As ethanol boom fades, ADM sees bright future for corn in grocery aisle

The world's largest corn processor, Archer Daniels Midland Co, is shifting focus from its long-standing cash generator ethanol into developing new food ingredients as the biofuel boom that underpinned its financial success has cooled.

Argentine trade surplus shrivels as commodity prices drop

Argentina's trade surplus plunged 69.2 percent in April from the same month a year earlier to $252 million because of a fall in commodity prices, official data showed on Friday, sharply undershooting market expectations.

Brazil economic activity tanks, unemployment surges as recession looms

Economic activity in Brazil tumbled in the first quarter and unemployment climbed to a near four-year high, adding to signals that a looming recession could worsen as President Dilma Rousseff reins in public spending.

Monsanto's move on Syngenta could mean move away from glyphosate

Monsanto Co., the world's largest seed company, is also known for the popularity of its Roundup herbicide, a weedkiller beloved by farmers and homeowners alike for its speed and deadly assault on tough weeds.

ADM scaling back global sugar trading

U.S. agribusiness Archer Daniels Midland Co. is scaling back its global sugar trading operations and the London-based head of that business, Alberto Peixoto, has left the company, trade sources said.

2014 farm incomes in Red River Valley plummet from 2012 highs

There has been a dramatic change in the economic environment of Red River Valley agriculture, as documented by Farm Business Management Program reports from 230 farms in North Dakota and Minnesota during the 2012 to 2014 period.

Deere raises 2015 profit outlook despite weak farm market

Deere & Co. on Friday reported a higher-than-expected quarterly profit and raised its full-year outlook after cost cuts helped compensate for weakening demand for its farm equipment.

CHS Inc. to buy Illinois ethanol plant in $196 million deal

CHS Inc. will buy an ethanol plant in Annawan, Illinois, that is partially owned by REX American Resources Corp, a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing showed on Thursday.

Opinion: Consumers want to make informed food choices

Laws requiring the labeling of foods produced from genetically modified crops have been adopted by Vermont and Connecticut and a referendum in Oregon was narrowly defeated.

El Nino may push palm price to $700

The El Nino weather phenomenon predicted by meteorologists could push depressed palm oil prices as high as $700 a tonne this year, an industry group in top producer Indonesia said on Friday, although any impact on production would not come until early 2016.

Commentary: If you don’t want your food genetically modified, tell nature to stop it

Commentary: If you don’t want your food genetically modified, tell nature to stop it

Chipotle hit the headlines last week when the company announced it would no longer serve customers genetically modified foods. This despite the fact that more than a trillion meals containing genetically modified food have already been eaten in the United States without incident. Science has decisively found that these foods have no negative impact on health.


Titan Machinery a household name in Bakken Oil Patch

It's hard to miss construction machinery rolling down the highway. Sometimes, on the side of these yellow giants, drivers can spot the familiar name Case.

Minnesotans protesting potato pesticides turned away from McDonald's meeting

A group of rural Minnesotans hoping to present their concerns about McDonald's use of potato pesticides were denied entrance to the company's shareholder meeting Thursday, they said.

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