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US Thanksgiving meal costs barely rise as price of turkey slips

A small decline in turkey prices helped hold the increase in the cost of preparing a Thanksgiving meal for 10 to less than 1 percent this year, the country’s largest farm group says.

Obama: Immigration order will protect 250,000 farmers

President Barack Obama told United Farm Workers President Arturo Rodriguez Wednesday that his immigration executive order will protect 250,000 farmers, half of them from California.

Proposed Cavalier, ND, meat plant to launch investor campaign

A regional livestock producer group is about to launch a $1 million campaign to raise capital for a proposed $1.7 million multispecies animal slaughter and processing plant to be built in Cavalier, N.D.

WATCH: A sneak peek into the next issue of Agweek

Join Staff Writer Jonathan Knutson for a glimpse into the Nov. 24 issue.

Commodity, farm groups to meet in Bismarck

BISMARCK – International trade, rail shipping delays and livestock development will be among the topics under discussion when North Dakota’s commodity councils and agriculture associations, hold their annual joint meeting, Wednesday, Nov. 19, at the Ramada Inn, 1400 E. Interchange Ave., in Bismarck.

USDA proposing new beef checkoff program

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, who has expressed his frustration with a beef industry working group’s inability to come up with a consensus to improve the beef checkoff, announced Nov. 10 the U.S. Department of Agriculture is proposing a new checkoff program for beef and beef products.

ND eyes dairy turnaround

North Dakota officials are fine-tuning plans for an upcoming conference on revitalizing the state’s long-declining dairy industry.

Creating a succession plan

Passing on the family farm or ranch to the next generation can be one of the most difficult jobs in agriculture.

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 Nov. 17 issue. The cover story will explore the two safety-net programs in the farm bill, as farmers must begin to make that decision soon. Agweek will also bring coverage of recent weather and its effects on crops, statistics showing record yields in the region, and much more.

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COOL rehearing request denied

On Oct. 31, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit denied a request for a rehearing on a motion for preliminary injunction to block implementation of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s May 2013 final rule on country-of-origin labeling for red meat. The request came from the American Meat Institute and other groups.

No end seen in booming cattle market

Tim Petry expected strong cattle prices in 2014. “But I didn’t expect they’d be this good. They’ve been phenomenal, in some cases almost unbelievable,” said Petry, North Dakota State University Extension Service livestock marketing economist.

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