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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.

Hoeven urges agencies to halt livestock emissions regulations

Hoeven urges agencies to halt livestock emissions regulations

In a letter also signed by 15 other Republican senators, Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., pressed the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Agency not to impose policies that he said could cost cattle producers thousands of dollars.

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USDA considers mandatory reports of deadly pig virus outbreaks

The U.S. is considering rules that would require outbreaks of a deadly pig virus to be reported to the government in an effort to improve tracking of the disease, which has already spread to 30 states, an industry group said on Monday.

Nev. cattle rancher calls on local sheriffs to join his cause

Nev. cattle rancher calls on local sheriffs to join his cause

A Nevada rancher who succeeded in reclaiming his seized cattle from federal land managers over the weekend by rallying armed supporters called on local sheriffs across the country on Monday to join his crusade against government overreach.

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SD Hutterite colony loses 600 hogs to smoke inhalation

A fire started in a hog barn on the Golden View Hutterite Colony Saturday afternoon. McCook County (S.D.) Emergency Manager Brad Stiefvater said embers from a nearby burn pit likely were sucked into a vent and started the fire in the ceiling of the building.

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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April bringing better calving conditions than 2013

Like many people involved with beef cattle on the Northern Plains, Warren Rusche has bad memories of April 2013. “It was a back-to-back-to-back freight train of blizzards,” says Rusche, cow-calf field specialist with the Watertown field office of the South Dakota University Extension Service.

Trade deal could bring compromise with beef

The U.S. appears willing to accept a big cut in Japanese tariffs on beef imports rather than insisting on scrapping the levy, the Nikkei business daily said on April 11, as the two countries seek a trade deal seen as vital to a broader regional pact.

Caution in manure placement could reduce PEDv

BROOKINGS, S.D. — The presence of the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv) in the region requires producers, manure haulers and landowners to work together to reduce the risk of disease spread during the manure application season, explains Erin Cortus, assistant professor and South Dakota State University Extension environmental quality engineer.

US seizes cattle in rare fight over federal land use in Nev.

US seizes cattle in rare fight over federal land use in Nev.

Armed U.S. rangers are rounding up cattle on federal land in Nevada in a rare showdown with a rancher who has illegally grazed his herd on public lands for decades, as conflict over land use simmers in western states.

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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.

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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