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US Corn Belt farmland values down 3 percent in 2014

The average price of quality U.S. farmland fell 3 percent in 2014, marking the first annual decline in almost 30 years, the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago said in its quarterly survey of district bankers on Thursday.

South Dakota tops nation in bison sales

South Dakota is the leading producer of bison in the United States — and that’s nothing new.

Gas-fueled pressure washers caused fire at Minnesota hog farm

State investigators have concluded that a huge fire that killed more than 12,000 pigs and hogs at a southern Minnesota swine farm was accidental and caused by excessive heat from gas-fueled pressure washers, according to KEYC-TV in Mankato.

WATCH: A sneak peek into the next issue of Agweek

WATCH: A sneak peek into the next issue of Agweek

Editor Lisa Gibson provides a glimpse into Monday's issue of Agweek, including a cover story about the relationship between the ethanol industry and corn prices, as told from the perspective of a key ethanol industry player. But that 's not all. We'll also have coverage of a soil health workshop, an update on an ag student we've been following, and more. Don't miss it.

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VIDEO: The story in beef numbers

As beef cattle numbers have declined, quality grade has increased all across North America. Mark McCully, vice president of production for the Certified Angus Beef brand, talks about the shift.

Small farmers hold the key to seed diversity

ROME — Up to 75 percent of the seeds needed to produce the world’s diverse food crops are held by small farmers, researchers said following a review of international census data. Growers with farms of less than seven acres preserve diversity through “networks of seed and knowledge exchanges,” Karl Zimmerer, a Penn State University geography professor who led the research, told a conference of the American Association for the Advancement of Science on Feb. 13.

R-CALF USA expands focus into sheep

R-CALF USA expands focus into sheep

It’s called R-CALF USA, but the organization officially adopted a new species — sheep — as part of its representation in August 2014.

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U.S. beef exports to drop in 2015

U.S. beef exports will decline in 2015, as tight supplies, high prices and a strong dollar constrict demand from buyers holding other currencies, the U.S. Department of Agriculture says.

North Dakota corporate farming bill gets do-pass recommendation

A bill that would partially lift North Dakota’s ban on non-family corporate farming to allow for corporate ownership of dairy and swine operations received a 4-2 do-pass recommendation Feb. 19 from the Senate Agriculture Committee.

Wisconsin county board backs moratorium on concentrated animal feeding operations

Wisconsin county board backs moratorium on concentrated animal feeding operations

Bayfield County will take 12 months to study concentrated animal feeding operations after residents turned out in opposition to Reicks View Farms’ proposed operation in the county.

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U.S. labor secretary joins talks in West Coast ports dispute

U.S. labor secretary joins talks in West Coast ports dispute

U.S. Labor Secretary Tom Perez on Tuesday urged shipping company executives and union leaders for 20,000 dockworkers to settle a contract dispute that has led to months of clogged cargo traffic and other disruptions at 29 West Coast ports.

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Economist at Northern Soybean Expo sees continued recovery

Economist at Northern Soybean Expo sees continued recovery

Don’t expect much inflation in 2015, but do expect a continued economic recovery, a nationally known economist told hundreds of conference-going farmers on Feb. 17 at the Northern Soybean Expo in Fargo, N.D.

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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 Editor Lisa Gibson for a glimpse into the next issue of Agweek, including coverage of the International Crop Expo, the Northern Soybean Expo and CornVention. The Feb. 23 issue also will explore the growing role specialty crops could play as prices for major crops plummet. Don't miss it.

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From cattle to corn, crude oil dive ripples through farm economy

From cattle to corn, crude oil dive ripples through farm economy

The lowest energy prices since 2009, which have already benefited transport, retail and industrial companies, are giving farmers a boost just as the U.S. Department of Agriculture forecasts their incomes will plunge 32 percent this year.

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VIDEO: Genomics fast lane

Dan Moser, president of Angus Genetics Inc., talks about the ways genomics are improving the beef business, now and in the future.

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