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Minnesota chicken processor announces expansion

St. Cloud-based GNP Co. has announced it has began an expansion that would make it’s Cold Spring plant one of the most automated meat processing plants in North America, the company announced Monday.

Ranchers hoping for greener pastures

Ranchers hoping for greener pastures

FORT PIERRE, S.D. — Cattle producers throughout the upper Great Plains country are anxious for April moisture, after a winter largely devoid of snow.

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U.S. plans to dig deeper on antibiotics given to livestock

U.S. plans to dig deeper on antibiotics given to livestock

CHICAGO - The U.S. government next year plans to begin collecting more detailed data on antibiotics used on farms in a potential precursor to set targets for reduced use of the drugs in animals.

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Bird flu strikes Stearns County turkey flock

Bird flu strikes Stearns County turkey flock

The infection was confirmed Saturday, when state officials announced that a commercial flock of approximately 40,000 birds had been struck. The disease infected birds in one of four barns on the site. There had been a significant death loss in the infected barn, according to Dr. Bill Hartmann, state veterinarian, Minnesota Board of Health.

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North Dakota Farmers Union will seek referendum on exemptions to anti-corporate farming law

Leaders of North Dakota’s largest farmer-member organization decided Friday to pursue a ballot measure asking voters to reject a recently signed bill that would relax the state’s anti-corporate farming law to allow non-family corporations to own dairy and swine operations.

No antibiotics or growth hormones in organic meat

BROOKINGS, S.D. — Natural and organic beef market share has been increasing in the past few decades.

Grandin: Animals should be bred for disease resistance

Grandin: Animals should be bred for disease resistance

WICHITA, Kan. — Reacting to the scandal surrounding the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center in Nebraska, meat industry consultant Temple Grandin on March 16 at the National Farmers Union convention said meat animals should be bred for “optimal rather than maximum” production.

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North Dakota branding laws upheld for imported cattle

North Dakota branding laws upheld for imported cattle

North Dakota Board of Animal Health members voted down a request by a 4-3 margin to end the branding of imported registered dairy cattle. In an effort to stop the spread of diseases, such as mad cow, Canadian cattle imported into North Dakota are required to be branded with the letters "CAN."

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White House crafts first-ever plan to fight superbugs

White House crafts first-ever plan to fight superbugs

The White House is due to issue an ambitious plan to slow the growing and deadly problem of antibiotic resistance over the next five years, one that requires massive investments and policy changes from a broad array of U.S. government health agencies, according to a copy of the report reviewed by Reuters.

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Minnesota woman raises LaMancha goats for 20-plus years

Minnesota woman raises LaMancha goats for 20-plus years

Animals have always been a big part of Lori Guenther's life. "I just love it," she said. "I can't think of me living a life without animals." She grew up on a farm near here, where her family raised pigs, cows, chickens and ducks.

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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 Lisa for another glimpse into the upcoming issue, a timely one that looks at moisture needs for ranchers as spring arrives, with an update calving season so far and a look ahead at the approaching planting season. Farm bill safety-net program deadlines loom and farmers are looking for advice. Don't miss it.

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Hormones in beef: Myth vs. fact

Man admits to hog farm shootings; names released

Jeremy Isaac Rodriguez Rios was charged Wednesday with two counts of murder, both Class AA felonies, in connection with the deaths of Brian James Story, 37, and Christopher Rusk Sluder, 50, according to the probable cause affidavit released by the Bottineau County Sheriff’s Department. All three were employees of Turtle Mountain Pork, a commercial hog operation located between Landa, N.D., and Souris, N.D. Souris is about 75 miles northeast of Minot.

China tells banks to lend more to farm sector

China’s central bank says banks should step up financing support for the farm sector, in the latest bid to support the vulnerable sector and the overall economy.

USDA releases ‘actively engaged’ farmer rule

The U.S. Department of agriculture has released the proposed rule to limit the farm payments made to non-farmers, as required in the 2014 farm bill.

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