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Machine developed in Bakken Oil Field could lay large drainage lines in Minnesota fields
A machine developed to lay pipeline in the Bakken Oil Field of North Dakota could be put to work in Minnesota’s Renville, Kandiyohi and neighboring counties to place large-diameter drainage tile parallel to open ditches.
Wednesday, February, 04, 2015 - Agweek - News

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US House votes to block Waters of the US rule
Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation to prevent the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers from moving forward with its Waters of the U.S. rule, which would expand the agency’s authority over bodies of water including small ponds, creeks, ditches and other occasionally wet areas.
Tuesday, September, 09, 2014 - - News

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Hail, rain pummels fields in southwest Minn.
Like many farmers with crops under water or obliterated by hail, Harley Buys of rural Edgerton, Minn., is in limbo. “Everything we farm is gone,” he said Tuesday afternoon, 24 hours after a 6-inch rain and a 45-minute hail storm pummeled his fields between Edgerton and Leota. “We’ve still got banks of corn stalks and hail three feet deep. Hail’s still laying in the ditches, too.”
Wednesday, June, 18, 2014 - Forum News Service - News

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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.
Friday, April, 11, 2014 - Forum News Service - News

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Southern Minnesota Beet sees more environmental challenges in 2013
Southern Minnesota Beet Sugar Cooperative faced more environmental challenges in the past year than in the two previous, despite on-going investments to improve its water treatment systems.
Wednesday, June, 04, 2014 - Forum News Service - News

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Hoeven calls for Senate to eliminate Waters of the US rule
In a speech on the Senate floor, Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., called on the Senate to stand up for farmers and ranchers and vote on an amendment he is cosponsoring that prevents the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers from finalizing their proposed Waters of the U.S. rule.
Thursday, July, 10, 2014 - - News

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ND farm groups, ag commissioner warn of EPA overreach in proposed water rule
North Dakota farm leaders called on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday to withdraw a proposed rule to clarify the Clean Water Act or at least extend the public comment period, warning the rule could have deep impacts on farmers and ranchers.
Tuesday, June, 03, 2014 - Forum News Service - News

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Soil erosion evident by black snow
BROOKINGS, S.D. — According to Anthony Bly, South Dakota State University Extension soils field specialist, there is more soil on top of the melting snow drifts this year than in previous years.
Monday, April, 07, 2014 - - News

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Minn. ag land property taxes rising
I received my proposed 2015 property tax letter several weeks ago. The statement says I can expect tax on agricultural land to go up a modest 5.8 percent. This is on top of increases for eight previous years that has averaged 15.9 percent per year.
Monday, January, 12, 2015 - - News

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Minnesota farmer brings new approach to water management
On Dec. 3, I had the privilege to share with the Agriculture Committee of the U.S. Senate both my experience as a Minnesota farmer working on water management and my thoughts about how we in agriculture can contribute to improved water quality.
Monday, December, 08, 2014 - Agweek - News

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EPA responds to claims of ‘secret maps’
On Aug. 27, the office of Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., sent out a press release with what it called a “secret map” of North Dakota and its waterways. Cramer says EPA assembled a map of each state in secret to “expand its regulation of water features.” Cramer has been opposed to the Waters of the U.S. rule, calling it a “massive power grab,” and says the maps are “alarming.” The North Dakota map was not the only released and those against the Waters of the U.S. Rule, including Cramer, have called for more transparency.
Thursday, August, 28, 2014 - - News

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Speed reading
TOWNER, N.D. — If you’ve read the books of my Cowboy Logic columns, you’ll notice the publisher name is Sandhill Communications. It’s right there on what they call the verso of the title page — publisher, copyright, international standard book number, Library of Congress control number — all pretty impressive stuff.
Monday, January, 26, 2015 - Agweek - News

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Manure on frozen ground leads to economic loss
ST. PAUL — Application of manure on frozen ground almost guarantees economic loss on the value of manure while also potentially harming the environment. Phosphorus and nitrogen in manure can have negative effects in the environment when in excess.
Monday, April, 07, 2014 - - News

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Researchers suggest studies into soil damage
URBANA, Ill. — When levees fail, either naturally or as an intentional breach, as was the case on the Mississippi River in 2011, an orchestrated effort is made to remove or repair flood-damaged homes and other structures.
Monday, January, 26, 2015 - University of Illinois, Urbana - News

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Helping hands
“Many hands make light work,” goes the old saying. We’ve probably all heard or lived those words. It comes from an old English playwright named Heywood, the Google tells me, but it’s as true today as it was in 1546.
Monday, March, 10, 2014 - Agweek - News

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Montana hail insurance deadline approaches, Hoeven asks the Senate to eliminate the Waters of the U.S. rule and USDA provides an update on disaster assistance.
Monday, July, 14, 2014 - Agweek - News

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Farmers adapt to big rains but send trouble downstream
As rains have gotten heavier, Minnesota farmers in recent years have been expanding a 150-year-old drainage system, pulling billions of gallons more water off soggy land and letting the state’s corn and soybean fields thrive.
Wednesday, February, 04, 2015 - Minnesota Public Radio News - News

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EPA’s proposed water rules example of democracy’s messiness
An example of democracy’s messiness today is the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Waters of the U.S. rule, or WOTUS. Offered on March 25 by EPA to address court-ordered changes in the decades-old Clean Water Act, WOTUS has become a leather-lunged political test for shouters, connivers and liars over what the proposed rules will or will not do on American farms and ranches.
Monday, September, 29, 2014 - Agweek - News

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Company had rash of environmental problems in 2013
OLIVIA, Minn. — Southern Minnesota Beet Sugar Cooperative faced more environmental challenges in the past year than in the two previous, despite ongoing investments to improve its water treatment systems.
Monday, June, 09, 2014 - Forum News Service - News

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ND officials say EPA’s proposed Waters of the U.S. rule is ‘unworkable’
State government leaders said they are finalizing comments urging two federal agencies to withdraw a proposed rule that Gov. Jack Dalrymple said would “drastically expand” federal authority over North Dakota waters.
Thursday, October, 30, 2014 - Forum News Service - News

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