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Brazilian meats processor looks to expand in Asia

Brazil’s BRF SA, the world’s biggest chicken exporter, aims to expand further into Asia by building on a recent Indonesian joint venture with more partnerships and acquisitions, a top executive says.

Livestock disaster aid deadline is Jan. 30

The U.S. Department of Agriculture reminds livestock producers that the Jan. 30 deadline to request assistance for losses suffered from Oct. 1, 2011, through Dec. 31, 2014, is fast approaching.

Butterfield Foods files reply to HSUS allegations

Officials of a chicken slaughter plant in southwest Minnesota say they have filed an official response to allegations they fail to completely kill chickens before removing their feathers with scalding water.

Farm drones remain grounded

The use of drones in the agriculture industry may not get off the ground, according to a farm industry leader. Paul Gunderson, director of the Dakota Precision Ag Center, spoke on the topic Tuesday at the Precision Ag Action Summit in Jamestown. The Dakota Precision Ag Center is located at Lake Region State College at Devils Lake and does testing and research on technologies related to precision agriculture.

Minn. ignores 2007 meatpacker rights law

A Minnesota state department has not followed a law to notify meatpacking plants and workers about protections the state provides. Pointing to a bookshelf full of Minnesota laws, Legislative Auditor Jim Nobles says, “one of them sort of got lost.”

Beefing up cancer care

Considering the care they received when cancer affected their lives, Roger and Jan Torkelson knew they wanted to give back. And with cattle being a part of their lives for more than two decades, making a donation through a new cattle program to help others made a lot of sense, as well.

WATCH: A sneak peek into the next issue of Agweek

WATCH: A sneak peek into the next issue of Agweek

Editor Lisa Gibson talks about what we're working on for the Jan. 26 issue of Agweek, including a cover story on federal wolf protection and how it affects ranchers, coverage of the Precision Ag Summit and much more.


Ohio farmer: Precision ag pays

Ohio farmer: Precision ag pays

Most farmers attending a Precision Agriculture Summit instinctively believe precision agriculture pays, but when one of their own puts a pencil to it, they take notice. Brian Watkins is on the eastern edge of the corn and soybean belt and was one of the early adopters of variable-rate application technologies.


Precision Ag Summit proves interest in technology is still high

Precision Ag Summit proves interest in technology is still high

North Dakota’s 4th Annual Precision Agriculture Summit drew a slightly smaller crowd to Jamestown than last year, but the audience still showed strong and more intense interest in a fast-changing topic.


Small Minn. butchers rare

In days gone by, the independent butcher shop was a common fixture in Minnesota towns. No longer. “Boy, it’s just a dying industry,” says Whitman Briard, who operates a butcher shop in New York Mills. “There used to be a meat locker in just about every town. Now there’s one in every other or every third town.”

VIDEO: Quality matters

Quality matters, during a recession and in roasts and steaks. Bruce Longo, Urner Barry market reporter, and Tracey Erickson, Certified Angus Beef brand vice president, explain.

Beef byproducts at record high values

FARGO, N.D. — The values of beef byproducts — parts such as livers, hearts, tongues, stomachs and hides — have been increasing and are at record-high values, according to Tim Petry, North Dakota State University Extension livestock marketing economist.

Anti-corporate farming, urban ag among topics in state legislatures

Anti-corporate farming, urban ag among topics in state legislatures

FARGO, N.D. — Against a backdrop of strong livestock prices and declining crop commodity prices, state legislative agriculture committees in the area are looking for ways to help farmers and ranchers thrive.


RRV diversion project gets boost from conservation program

Farmers and landowners in the Red River Valley were big winners in funding for a new Natural Resources Conservation Service program announced Jan. 14.

Bill would remove federal protection of wolves

U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson, D-Minn. has signed onto draft legislation that a Wisconsin congressman is circulating that, if passed and signed by the president, would once again remove federal protections from wolves in the Great Lakes region and Wyoming.

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