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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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Spilled Suds: Beer delivery truck turns over near Brainerd, Minn.
Driver Tom Thesing crawls from the cab of his overturned semitrailer Monday into a pile of beer cans. The independent trucker was transporting a load of beer when the vehicle rolled into the ditch on Wise Road near Beaver Dam Road, north of Brainerd.
Tuesday, May, 12, 2015 - - News

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Farmers losing battle of public perception
NORTHFIELD, Minn. — Earlier in March, Gov. Mark Dayton introduced legislation that would require 50-foot buffer strips along all Minnesota waterways, including ditches and waterways that flow only periodically during the year.
Wednesday, April, 01, 2015 - - News

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Top rubber producers join forces in plan to boost prices
SINGAPORE - Sri Trang Agro-Industry and other leading rubber producers in Asia plan to raise prices sharply, ditching a system of pegging them near the benchmark set by the SICOM exchange in Singapore.
Wednesday, April, 22, 2015 - Reuters - 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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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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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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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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EPA: Proposal aims to help farmers
When Congress passed the Clean Water Act in 1972, it didn’t just defend the mighty Mississippi or the Great Lakes; it also protected smaller streams and wetlands from pollution. The law recognized that to have healthy communities downstream, we need healthy headwaters upstream.
Monday, September, 22, 2014 - Agweek - 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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Weather Talk: An early, dry spring could lead to more fires
Pre-historically and historically, prairie fires were common across our region in spring. As the snow melted each spring, hundreds of square miles of dead grass lay on the ground just waiting to burn on a hot, dry, windy day. All it needed was a bolt of lightning from a light thundershower.
Saturday, March, 14, 2015 - Forum News Service - News

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Buffer zone proposal targets farmers
ST. PAUL — Gov. Mark Dayton has chosen to turn up the rhetoric against Minnesota’s hardworking farmers this session.
Tuesday, April, 14, 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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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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Ag chairman defends Cramer on farm bill delays
Battling Democratic accusations that he tried to derail the farm bill last year, Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., is getting help from his House Agriculture Committee chairman.
Tuesday, October, 28, 2014 - Forum News Service - News

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McCarthy promises RFS this spring
WICHITA, Kan. — Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy told the National Farmers Union on March 16 she is renaming the Waters of the United States rule “the Clean Water Rule” and promised to release both it and the volumetric requirements under the Renewable Fuel Standard this spring.
Monday, March, 23, 2015 - Agweek - News

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Officials at Minn. meeting say farmers need to manage water before government steps in
If Minnesota farmers don’t cooperate to manage water, the federal and state government will do it for them, officials at a water issues forum said Thursday.
Thursday, July, 17, 2014 - Agweek - News

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Jessie Veeder: Tragedy connects us all
I didn’t know the three teenage boys who lost their lives in a car accident near Ray, N.D., last month. But when I heard the news – three teenage boys driving in a pickup hit an icy spot on a windswept North Dakota highway and didn’t make it home – my hands went to my mouth and I gasped along with all of the mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, grandparents and friends across this state whose hearts sank at the thought.
Monday, March, 09, 2015 - Forum News Service - News

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Use Legacy cash to pay farmers for buffer zones, Bakk suggests
Minnesota Senate Majority leader Tom Bakk suggested Tuesday that state Legacy Amendment funds could be used to pay farmers cash to make it more palatable to enact a clean-water proposal by Gov. Mark Dayton.
Wednesday, April, 08, 2015 - St. Paul Pioneer Press - News

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