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WATCH: A sneak peek into the next issue of Agweek
Join Staff Writer Jonathan Knutson for a glimpse into the Nov. 24 issue.
Tuesday, November, 18, 2014 - Agweek - News

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Calling small farmers
Agweek would like to profile one or two very small farms in a future issue. If you fit that description and are interested, or know of someone else who does, please let us know by March 28.
Monday, March, 03, 2014 - Agweek - News

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ND company handling hydraulic calf table
Wayne Mittleider’s customers told him they want a hydraulic calf table. The customer is always right, so Mittleider went out and got what they wanted.
Monday, February, 03, 2014 - Agweek - News

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Conservation officials recommend windbreaks
Curtis Zerface remembers when farmers routinely planted windbreaks to protect their fields. But times and farming practices have changed. Reflecting the regionwide trend, no windbreaks were planted in North Dakota’s Traill County in 2012 or 2013, and interest in them remains negligible this spring, says Zerface, the Natural Resources Conservation Service’s district conservationist for the county.
Monday, February, 17, 2014 - Agweek - News

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Changes possible in Mont. hail insurance program
The chairman of the Montana state hail insurance program says a summer-long battle with hail could lead to changes, including higher premiums and the use of reinsurance.
Monday, February, 17, 2014 - Agweek - News

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CWB adding to network
CWB, formerly known as the Canadian Wheat Board, has announced plans to build its “first state-of-the-art grain facility.”
Monday, March, 31, 2014 - Agweek - News

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Upper Midwest looks to increase beef cattle numbers
North Dakota ranchers are putting theory into practice. The number of beef cows in the state rose from 922,000 in early January 2013 to 943,000 in early January 2014
Monday, April, 07, 2014 - Agweek - News

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Ag bankers urged to stick with proven credit principles
A long run of prosperity has allowed Upper Midwest agriculture producers to strengthen their bottom line. But plunging crop prices threaten future profitability, and ag bankers need to keep that in mind, a North Dakota State University professor said.
Monday, November, 03, 2014 - Agweek - News

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ND farmers say dearth of high-quality durum no surprise
North Dakota durum growers say they’re not benefiting much from soaring prices for high-quality durum. They also say companies that buy and process durum have themselves to blame for the current short supplies.
Monday, November, 10, 2014 - Agweek - News

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Industry awaits EPA final ruling on mandated use
An upcoming government ruling on biofuels mandates is important to the industry’s future, said David Ripplinger, a biofuels economist.
Monday, November, 03, 2014 - Agweek - News

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GM crops achieve 2 wins
Supporters of genetically modified crops insist they have science on their side. Two new developments would seem to strengthen their case.
Monday, November, 24, 2014 - Agweek - News

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Winter’s arrival interrupts corn, sunflower harvest
The first 85 percent of the Upper Midwest corn and sunflower harvest went well, thanks to warm, dry weather in October and early November.
Monday, November, 24, 2014 - Agweek - News

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Summit speakers say UAVs can be great asset
Unmanned aerial vehicles could be the next big thing in U.S. agriculture, but most farmers still have a lot to learn about them, according to UAV official John Perry who heads Altavian, a Gainesville, Fla.-based unmanned aircraft company.
Monday, June, 30, 2014 - Agweek - News

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West-central ND crops look good, but need warmth
Most fields and pastures in Mercer County and southern McLean County in north Dakota are thriving, a blend of vibrant green and yellow that reflects ample moisture.
Monday, July, 14, 2014 - Agweek - News

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Ag’s side of the story
It was a drizzly Saturday morning in the middle of a hot, dusty August, and I was standing in line at a convenience store. Ahead of me were a man and woman, apparently a couple, who grumbled good-naturedly about the rain.
Monday, July, 07, 2014 - Agweek - News

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Minn. farm show set for Aug. 5 to 7
Farmers have many interests, so Minnesota Farmfest’s lineup includes everything from farm safety and precision agriculture to political forums and a celebration of young farmers.
Monday, August, 04, 2014 - Agweek - News

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New USDA report shows fewest cattle in US since 1973
The U.S. cattle herd on July 1 was the smallest it’s been since the federal government began issuing data in 1973, according to a new report released July 25.
Friday, July, 25, 2014 - Agweek - News

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ND ranchers say mineral rights get too much emphasis
BELFIELD, N.D. — Byron Richard’s pickup bounces up and down over the washboard gravel road. He clutches the wheel with one hand and points with the other as he passes dozens of oil wells on land where once crops grew and cattle grazed. A few of the wells are decades old; most are new or under construction. Oil field vehicles of assorted shapes and sizes clog the road in places and kick up thick clouds of dust.
Monday, July, 28, 2014 - Agweek - News

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1964 plowing contest drew 100,000 people to ND farm
Ramona Fraase says her grandchildren aren’t sure what a plow is. But plowing was important enough once to bring 100,000 people, including U.S. presidential and vice presidential candidates, to her family farm near Buffalo, N.D., for the 1964 National Plowing Contest.
Monday, September, 15, 2014 - Agweek - News

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Food safety, social media on agenda for new Minn. Cattlemen's Association director
The new executive director of the Minnesota State Cattlemen’s Association says her group hopes to make greater use of social media and to increase participation in the Beef Quality Assurance program.
Monday, September, 29, 2014 - Agweek - News

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