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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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USDA: US meat, seafood prices rising on drought and disease
Overall U.S. food inflation will remain near the historic norm in 2014, even as prices for meat and seafood are pushed higher by disease and widespread drought, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Friday.
Friday, July, 25, 2014 - Reuters - News

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NASS reports good conditions
While federal officials have yet to report prevented-planting acres in the region, crops that have been planted are doing pretty well, according to the latest National Agricultural Statistics Service weekly report, for the week ending July 14.
Monday, July, 21, 2014 - Agweek - News

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SD has a proud heritage in agriculture
Recently, I attended the fifth-annual Governor’s Agricultural Summit in Deadwood, S.D. Each summer, the South Dakota Department of Agriculture holds the summit for producers, elected officials and local business leaders to network, share best practices and learn about the policies that regularly impact agriculture. This year, there were presentations and demonstrations on the farm bill, regulatory issues, transportation infrastructure, wildland fire and mountain pine beetle treatment.
Monday, July, 21, 2014 - Agweek - News

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Consider summer annuals for forage
BROOKINGS, S.D. — Warm-season annuals are excellent options to consider as a way to increase a farm or ranch’s forage production, explains Warren Rusche, South Dakota State University Extension cow-calf field specialist.
Monday, July, 21, 2014 - - News

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Brazil approves new pesticide to combat coffee beetle
Brazil’s government approved the use of pesticides with the active ingredient cyantraniliprole to fight the coffee borer beetle, a note published in the country’s Official Gazette said on Friday.
Friday, July, 18, 2014 - - News

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ND cattle numbers rise with prices
In almost five decades of raising cattle, Frank Matejcek hasn’t seen prices as high as they are today. That’s in part because of a decreasing number of beef cows in parts of the U.S. Matejcek, who runs the Red River Angus farm north of Grand Forks, N.D., with his wife Lucy, notes that cattle are like any other commodity that goes through price cycles.
Tuesday, July, 15, 2014 - Forum News Service - News

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Study: Calif. ag faces record water loss
A new report from the University of California, Davis, shows California agriculture is weathering its worst drought in decades because of groundwater reserves, but the nation’s produce basket might come up dry in the future if it continues to treat those reserves like an unlimited savings account.
Tuesday, July, 15, 2014 - - News

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Corn up, prices down
It’s been two years since a devastating drought withered crops in the U.S. and sent the price of corn skyrocketing. Now, U.S. farmers, including those in South Dakota, are preparing to harvest what is expected to be a massive corn crop for the second year in a row, even as the price of corn has tumbled to a level far below where it was a year ago.
Tuesday, July, 15, 2014 - Forum News Service - 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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Planted fields fare well with ample rainfall
FARGO, N.D. — Crops in the region are staying on target for progress, with condition reports looking healthy as a result of rains with relatively cool temperatures and moist soils.
Monday, July, 14, 2014 - Agweek - News

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WASDE report projects wheat exports up
Projected U.S. wheat supplies for 2014 to ’15 have been raised this month with a sharp increase in forecast hard red spring wheat, more than offsetting a decrease for hard red winter.
Monday, July, 14, 2014 - Agweek - News

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Renewing the commitment to conservation
The valley is one of the most productive breadbaskets of the world and home to critical habitat for wildlife and migratory birds, as well as millions of people living in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota.
Monday, July, 14, 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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Beef cattle numbers thriving, despite weather woes
BROOKINGS, S.D. — Beef cattle outnumber people in South Dakota by more than a 4 to 1 ratio. With this in mind, it should come as no surprise that South Dakota cattlemen and cattle feeders continue to keep their stake among national leaders in beef production despite the challenges presented by the drought of 2012, Storm Atlas and escalating feed and land costs.
Monday, July, 14, 2014 - - News

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Universities buy local foods, grant ag scholarships
BERKELEY Calif. — University of California campuses will buy food from local growers, grant more scholarships to agriculture students and teach farmers in the U.S. and around the world how to grow food with less water under a new initiative.
Monday, July, 14, 2014 - Reuters - News

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Flood control creates tough times for farmers, ranchers
Ken Livedalen looks over what once was a broad meadow near the Souris River. For decades the ground produced a bountiful crop of nutritious grass that he baled and fed to his cattle.
Monday, July, 14, 2014 - Agweek - News

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BLT costs harder to swallow with US pig virus, drought
The cost to produce a BLT, America’s favorite summer sandwich, hit a record high of $1.65 in May and will continue to take a bigger bite out of wallets in the coming months, given a pig virus that has ramped up bacon prices and drought-stricken salad crops in California.
Thursday, July, 10, 2014 - Reuters - News

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USDA provides 12-week progress update on disaster assistance
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack provided a 12-week progress report on U.S. Department of Agriculture disaster assistance programs July 10, announcing that USDA has processed 106,000 payments to farmers in 40 states across the country who suffered livestock and grazing losses between October 2011 and passage of the 2014 farm bill.
Thursday, July, 10, 2014 - - News

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Roosters’ fertility problem hits US chicken supply, lifts prices
The world’s largest chicken breeder has discovered that a key breed of rooster has a genetic issue that is reducing its fertility, adding to problems constraining U.S. poultry production and raising prices at a time when beef and pork prices are already at record highs.
Wednesday, July, 09, 2014 - Reuters - News

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