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Obama reaffirms commitment to Japan on tour of Asia allies

U.S. President Barack Obama assured ally Japan on Thursday that Washington is committed to its defense, including of tiny isles at the heart of a row with China, but denied he had drawn any new “red line” and urged peaceful dialogue over the islands.

Brazil investigates possible mad cow case

Brazil is investigating a potential case of atypical mad cow disease, the agriculture ministry said on Thursday, just over a year after several countries banned Brazilian beef imports when a similar case of the disease was confirmed.

Bird flu on Calif. farm prompts barring of poultry imports

An avian-borne virus outbreak on a California quail farm has fueled fears that the disease known as bird flu could spread, prompting investigators to continue their probe and five key export markets to bar imports of poultry from the state.

Study outlines ag business opportunities in SD county

The rural, outlying areas of South Dakota’s Davison County would be some of the best choices for an animal feeding operation or an industrial ag business, according to a recent state-funded study.

WATCH: A sneak peek into the next issue of Agweek

WATCH: A sneak peek into the next issue of Agweek

Agweek editor Lisa Gibson discusses the April 28 issue, which tells the story of a small North Dakota town rallying together to build a meat processing plant after the loss of its grocery store. Developers say the plant is keeping the town thriving. You won't want to miss the coverage of allegations against two Northwood, N.D., potato farmers, the article about livestock disaster compensation sign-up, and much more.


Mo. executes convicted killer in 1993 cattle-stealing plot

Missouri officials on Wednesday executed a man who had been convicted in 1993 of murdering a farming couple in their 60s in a plot to steal their cattle, a state official said.

Minn. woman charged with animal neglect appears in court

A Worthington, Minn., woman facing 11 felony counts of animal neglect resulting in death and nine misdemeanor charges of mistreatment of animals appeared Tuesday in Nobles County District Court.

USDA will require reporting of PEDv

In an expected move, the U.S. Department of Agriculture on April 18 announced new measures to combat the spread of disease in the U.S. pig population.

US dairy insurance plan a template for reluctant livestock farmers

A plan in the new U.S. farm law to help dairy farmers limit losses from rising feed costs or falling milk prices could become a model in coming years for livestock producers who have resisted similar types of insurance.

VIDEO: Marbling and functional cows

Scott Greiner, Virginia Tech Extension animal scientist, recently co-authored a research review that looked at the relationship between marbling and maternal function.

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Southeast ND couple in the bison business

Southeast ND couple in the  bison business

CHRISTINE, N.D. — North Dakota State University does not have the only “thundering herd” in the area. Just 25 miles south of Fargo is the Eagle Valley Bison Ranch, where Randy and Sharri Lacher tend a herd of 100 bison.


Do the cows fit the operation?

Generally, facts do not change, and the application of facts to life determines success. In other words, life is more than luck. One needs to plan, implement, evaluate and replan to stay in touch. That was the essence of the integrated resource management program that was very successful with the help of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and the cooperative efforts of the land-grant universities across the U.S.

Farmers, ranchers needed on new board

Based on current projections, the proposed amendment would funnel almost $150 million of the oil extraction tax per biennium to fund “Clean Water, Wildlife and Parks.” The fund will be managed by an appointed 13-member board.

Strong SD response to start of livestock disaster aid sign-up

The head of Farm Service Agency’s South Dakota office is optimistic that hard-hit ranchers will soon begin receiving federal disaster assistance.

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