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Farmers Union: Pope thinks highly of family farmers
Mark Watne, president of the North Dakota Farmers Union, says a visit with Pope Francis on March 25 was a reminder that the Vatican thinks “family farms are the best tools for food security, and men and women are the center of God’s creation and are the custodians of the environment.”
Thursday, March, 26, 2015 - Agweek - News

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Rain to rescue Syria’s harvest after last year’s drought
Heavy rain will give Syria a healthier wheat harvest after last year’s drought cut the crop to its lowest in around in 25 years, but war is making grain distribution hard and vital stocks may still be seized by Islamic State.
Thursday, March, 26, 2015 - Reuters - News

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CSP renewal deadline approaches
Farmers, ranchers and forest landowners who signed Conservation Stewardship Program contracts in 2011 with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service have until March 31 to renew those expiring contracts.
Wednesday, March, 25, 2015 - - News

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Deadline nears on key ARC, PLC decision
Kelly Turgeon is on the stretch run of a half-year marathon. Turgeon, executive director of the Kittson County (Minn.) Farm Service Agency, an arm of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is working to help farmers meet a crucial March 31 deadline. They’re choosing between two important safety-net provisions in the federal farm bill, and their irrevocable decision will impact their bottom line for the next five years.
Wednesday, March, 25, 2015 - Agweek - News

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Thirty new bean varieties bred to beat baking climate
Described as "meat of the poor", beans are a key food source for more than 400 million people across the developing world, but the area suitable for growing them could drop 50 percent by 2050 because of global warming, endangering tens of millions of lives, scientists said.
Wednesday, March, 25, 2015 - Reuters - News

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USDA releases ‘actively engaged’ farmer rule
The U.S. Department of agriculture has released the proposed rule to limit the farm payments made to non-farmers, as required in the 2014 farm bill.
Tuesday, March, 24, 2015 - Agweek - News

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Focus on farm output, not on acreage
What comes to mind when you think of a “family farm?” You’re probably picturing a bucolic spread of less than 100 acres, with a red barn, farmer in overalls and cows grazing a big pasture. What about the phrase “corporate farm” or “big ag?” Do you see a giant, impersonal and industrial-looking operation?
Tuesday, March, 24, 2015 - - News

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Ag and law have close ties
Farming and law. Different worlds, right? Actually, farmers are more regulated by governmental agencies — and laws — than most vocations.
Monday, March, 23, 2015 - - News

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NDSU Ag Week planned with help from student groups
Farmers and ranchers often talk about the importance of cooperation. Leaders of North Dakota State University student ag groups are putting the talk into practice.
Monday, March, 23, 2015 - Agweek - News

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North Dakota governor signs anti-corporate exemptions bill
Gov. Jack Dalrymple signed a bill Friday that relaxes North Dakota’s 83-year-old corporate farming ban to allow for non-family corporate ownership of dairy and swine operations.
Friday, March, 20, 2015 - - News

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ND governor expected to sign dairy, swine anti-corporate bill
A bill that would relax an 83-year-old law to allow non-family corporations to own dairy and swine operations in North Dakota is on its way to Gov. Jack Dalrymple’s desk.
Friday, March, 20, 2015 - Forum News Service - News

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Britain gives Zimbabwe $72 million to help rural farmers
Britain has given Zimbabwe $72 million to help increase food production by rural farmers over the next four years, as the southern African country faces the prospect of poorer harvests this year because of inadequate rains.
Thursday, March, 19, 2015 - - News

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New farmers take root in South Africa’s old tribal lands
New farmers are turning the soil to profit in South Africa’s old tribal homelands as Pretoria speeds the transfer of land from whites to blacks.
Thursday, March, 19, 2015 - Reuters - News

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Kenya sugar farming turns sour as import curbs fail
In the sugar cane fields of western Kenya, farmers complain that falling prices mean they can barely make ends meet. Yet rival African producers can still offer cheaper supplies.
Wednesday, March, 18, 2015 - Reuters - News

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VIDEO: Focus on the Fundamentals
Bronc May, of Simplot Land and Livestock near Grandview, Idaho, talks about managing risk through good herd health.
Tuesday, March, 17, 2015 - - News

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Cattle industry can't grow without ROA
Even with high calf prices, it's a large investment.
Tuesday, March, 17, 2015 - North Dakota State University Extension Service - News

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Mixed reactions to ND House passage of anti-corporate exemptions
The North Dakota House Agriculture Committee on March 16 passed new exemptions for dairy and swine for the anti-corporate farming bill. The bill goes back to the Senate to consider amendments passed in the House version.
Monday, March, 16, 2015 - - News

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North Dakota House passes anti-corporate farming bill
North Dakota’s House passed SB 2351 this afternoon, a bill that exempts certain swine and dairy operations in the state from the existing anti-corporate farming law. The measure is an attempt to strengthen the livestock industry in the state, particularly dairy, as the state’s numbers rapidly decline. The House voted 56-37 in favor.
Monday, March, 16, 2015 - - News

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Campaign to end Cuba embargo complex
After a trip to Cuba, U.S. agriculture leaders are more determined than ever to convince Congress to end the U.S. embargo on business with Cuba. But their goals are shifting from selling U.S. commodities and foodstuffs to Cuba to potential sales of feed grains and equipment.
Monday, March, 16, 2015 - Agweek - News

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Extension workshop in Grand Forks, ND, covers tile drainage
Brad Thykeson first installed tile drainage in 2009. The Portland, N.D., farmer is quick to say he hasn’t become an expert since then — but he’s learned enough to offer a few pointers to other area agriculturalists.
Monday, March, 16, 2015 - Agweek - News

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