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Report shows good news on late blight
Minnesota and North Dakota potato farmers continue to avoid late blight this growing season, according to the most recent weekly report.
Tuesday, July, 07, 2015 - Agweek - News

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Farmers increasingly hiring help from abroad to meet labor shortages
The allure of lucrative, year-round work in the Oil Patch is drawing workers away from seasonal agricultural jobs and causing farmers to increasingly look abroad, and to the federal H-2A temporary agricultural worker visa program, to fill positions that would have once gone to local hands.
Monday, July, 06, 2015 - Forum News Service - News

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Out of the pits, Chicago traders seeking booths with a view
CHICAGO - For many Chicago commodity traders like Redmond Harkins, little will change when the city's fabled futures pits shut down after more than 165 years of open-outcry dealing.
Thursday, July, 02, 2015 - Reuters - News

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Crowds count down to legalization of marijuana in Oregon, then light up
PORTLAND, Ore. - Crowds counted down the minutes to midnight then lit up joints as smoking marijuana became legal in Oregon on Wednesday, part of a growing legalization movement spreading down the United States' west coast.
Wednesday, July, 01, 2015 - Reuters - News

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New CO2 rules should aid Keystone XL approval, TransCanada says
CALGARY, Alberta - TransCanada Corp said on Tuesday that tightening climate-change rules from the governments of Canada and the province of Alberta help justify the construction of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline project.
Tuesday, June, 30, 2015 - Reuters - News

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Montana State University to hold crops and weeds field day
Montana State University’s College of Agriculture and Montana Agricultural Experiment Station will host a public field day at the Arthur H. Post Research Farm on July 21, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Monday, June, 29, 2015 - Montana State University - News

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Robust U.S. consumer spending buoys economic growth outlook
WASHINGTON - U.S. consumer spending recorded its largest increase in nearly six years in May on strong demand for automobiles and other big-ticket items, further evidence that economic growth was gathering momentum in the second quarter.
Thursday, June, 25, 2015 - Reuters - News

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In twist, scientists join tobacco companies to fight cancer
WASHINGTON - Scientists who have devoted years developing medicines to cure disease are now working for tobacco companies to make e-cigarettes. Philip Morris International Inc has hired more than 400 scientists and technical staff at its research facility in Neuchatel, Switzerland, including toxicologists, chemists, biologists, biostatisticians and regulatory affairs experts.
Wednesday, June, 24, 2015 - Reuters - News

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Good news, so far, from NDSU Potato Blightline
The new North Dakota State University Potato Blightline, released June 22, finds no reported cases of late blight in the region. The highly contagious fungus — which caused the disastrous Irish potato famine in the 1840s and can hurt both yields and quality — has been a concern in recent years in Minnesota and North Dakota.
Tuesday, June, 23, 2015 - Agweek - News

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Crop tours highlight Carrington Center Field Day
The North Dakota State University Carrington Research Extension Center (CREC) annual field day will be held Tuesday, July 14. "This is our premiere summer event to showcase the center's research program," says Greg Endres, Extension area agronomist at the center.
Tuesday, June, 23, 2015 - North Dakota State University Extension Service - News

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Computer glitch strands hundreds of fruit pickers at U.S.-Mexico border
SAN DIEGO - Hundreds of Mexican farm workers have been stranded for two weeks along the U.S. border after a government computer failure left them unable to obtain visas sought for them by Washington state cherry growers, officials said on Monday.
Tuesday, June, 23, 2015 - Reuters - News

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WHO agency says insecticides lindane and DDT linked to cancer
LONDON - The insecticide lindane, once widely used in agriculture and to treat human lice and scabies, causes cancer and has been specifically linked to non-Hodgkin lymphoma, the World Health Organization said on Tuesday.
Tuesday, June, 23, 2015 - Reuters - News

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Heating units influence farming decisions
Sure, area farmers are watching the thermometer and calendar. But they’re keeping tabs on growing degree days, too: GDDs, also known as heat units, influence decisions on everything from irrigation to the timing of pesticide applications and have a huge impact on both yields and quality.
Monday, June, 22, 2015 - Agweek - News

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AGWEEK EXCLUSIVE: A sitdown with Offutt
PARK RAPIDS, Minn. — The patriarch of the biggest potato producer in the world says his company is not the poor environmental steward critics have accused it of being in a snafu over Minnesota water permits.
Monday, June, 22, 2015 - Agweek - News

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U.S. inflation stirring as energy-driven price plunge ebbs
WASHINGTON - U.S. consumer prices in May recorded their largest increase in more than two years as gasoline prices surged, suggesting the drag on inflation from lower oil prices was fading.
Thursday, June, 18, 2015 - Reuters - News

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U.S. consumer prices post largest gain in more than two years
WASHINGTON - U.S. consumer prices in May recorded their largest increase in more than two years as gasoline prices surged, suggesting an energy-driven disinflationary trend had probably run its course.
Thursday, June, 18, 2015 - Reuters - News

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SD rancher faces trial for lying about cattle lost in 2013 blizzard
After a surprise, early October blizzard in 2013 killed perhaps as many as 80,000 cattle in western South Dakota and parts of neighboring states, there was an outpouring of support from the agriculture community across the nation, raising about $5.4 million in private funds.
Wednesday, June, 17, 2015 - Forum News Service - News

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Reimbursement available for organic certification costs
North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring says applications are now being accepted for reimbursement of organic certification costs through the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Organic Certification Cost Share Program for fiscal year 2015.
Tuesday, June, 16, 2015 - - News

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Duvenaud: Canary market on the upswing
The canary market is finally showing a bit of strength. Prices had been falling since 2011 and had been as low as 24 cents per pound freight on board. There’s more at 25 cents, but it would probably take 26 or 27 cents to source any volume.
Tuesday, June, 16, 2015 - - News

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New agricultural benchmark network launches
About 70 people attended a Farmers Business Network launch party June 4 in Fargo, N.D., where farmers considered whether to pay a $500 fee to become a data provider in a network designed to help make decisions on inputs such as seed and chemicals.
Monday, June, 15, 2015 - Agweek - News

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