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College debt a problem for young farmers
A survey of 700 young farmers nationwide finds unpaid student loans are a major obstacle for them.
Monday, June, 29, 2015 - Agweek - News

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Merrifield farmer cautious but positive
It’s a warm-but-not-hot late June afternoon, the kind of day on which spring wheat thrives. Despite planting-time forecasts of a hot, dry summer, this wheat field has enjoyed a nearly ideal combination of plentiful moisture and favorable temperatures.
Monday, June, 29, 2015 - Agweek - News

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Growing season good so far, despite challenges
Joe Neaton is always happy to talk about agriculture. But Neaton, who farms in Watertown, Minn., about 30 miles west of Minneapolis, says regretfully that he’ll need to make this cellphone interview a quick one because of time and safety considerations.
Monday, June, 29, 2015 - Agweek - News

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North Dakota UAV business grows
The UAV industry continues to grow and evolve, and Field of View is growing and evolving with it.
Monday, June, 29, 2015 - Agweek - News

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Farm survey finds decline in cropland values, jump in pasture, rangeland
Times are good for cattle producers, not so good for crop farmers.
Monday, June, 22, 2015 - Agweek - News

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Primer on ancient grains
Here’s a quick look at three ancient grains, also known as “heirloom” or “relic” wheats, that hold promise in the Upper Midwest: emmer, spelt and einkorn.
Monday, June, 22, 2015 - Agweek - News

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New interest in ancient grains
Elizabeth Dyck is a long-time fan, both professionally and personally, of so-called “ancient grains.” Now, she and other advocates of these obscure grains are encouraged by growing consumer interest in them — which is slowly leading to more opportunities for U.S. farmers, including ones in the Upper Midwest.
Monday, June, 22, 2015 - Agweek - 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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Conference offers insight into UAVs and ag
A great deal of work and research remains before agriculture takes full advantage of unmanned aerial vehicles, but tremendous opportunities justify the effort, UAV and ag officials say.
Tuesday, June, 16, 2015 - Agweek - News

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ARC, PLC signup begins Wednesday
Farmers spent most of the winter deciding between Agricultural Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage. They made their choice this spring.
Monday, June, 15, 2015 - Agweek - News

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Wheat growers launch yield contest
The U.S. wheat industry — impressed by an iconic National Corn Growers Association contest — is launching a national yield contest.
Monday, June, 15, 2015 - Agweek - News

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Farm group expands to U.S.
James Webb says farmers tend to be independent types who prefer to work alone — but who have an even greater desire to make money.
Monday, June, 15, 2015 - Agweek - News

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New Zealand law highlights battle between livestock industry and animal rights groups
Hans Kriek hasn’t eaten meat in 40 years. He’s been involved in the animal rights movement for 30. So he’s heartened by a new law in his country that declares animals to be “sentient beings” — creatures capable of feeling sensation.
Monday, June, 15, 2015 - Agweek - News

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Stay alert for scab in coming months
Scab is an old enemy of Upper Midwest grain farmers. The crop disease is a threat again this growing season, especially in South Dakota.
Monday, June, 08, 2015 - Agweek - News

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June 15 deadline set for cover crop program
Farmers in nine northern North Dakota counties have until June 15 to sign up for a new cover crop program administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resource Conservation Service.
Monday, June, 08, 2015 - Agweek - News

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Legislation to help young farmers with student loans
Ross Lockhart’s long and winding road back to agriculture included earning a master’s degree in the United Kingdom — and racking up $25,000 in student loans.
Monday, June, 08, 2015 - Agweek - News

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A farmer's brief case
Some U.S. farmers portray themselves as rugged individualists. The way they tell it, they combine Daniel Boone’s pluck and Warren Buffett’s financial savvy to overcome the federal government’s heavy-handed incompetence.
Monday, June, 08, 2015 - Agweek - News

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Check pasture water for sulfates, nitrates
Recent rains have helped, but ranchers should continue to monitor water in pastures for too-high levels of salts and solids, says Karl Hoppe, area specialist in livestock systems at the North Dakota State University Research Extension Center in Carrington.
Monday, June, 08, 2015 - Agweek - News

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Work progresses on CWB elevator
CWB, formerly known as the Canadian Wheat Board, is finishing pouring concrete for its new grain elevator near Pasqua, Saskatchewan.
Monday, June, 01, 2015 - Agweek - News

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Planting ends, scouting begins
Most Upper Midwest farmers, especially ones in South Dakota, are wrapping up planting, or are close to doing so. Now, with the 2015 crop emerging from the soil, producers have a new job on their to-do list: Scouting their crops for disease, pests and other problems.
Monday, June, 01, 2015 - Agweek - News

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