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By the numbers: U.S. bird flu outbreak in poultry
Minnesota has joined Wisconsin in declaring a state of emergency over an outbreak of bird flu in poultry that has led to the deaths of more than 7 million birds this year. Minnesota is also speeding up prescriptions of antiviral drug Tamiflu for farm workers and others who have been in direct contact with infected flocks. No infections have been reported in humans.
Friday, April, 24, 2015 - Reuters - News

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CDC: Risk low for human infection from U.S. strains of bird flu
CHICAGO - The strain of avian flu that has been identified in 12 U.S. states and led to the extermination of more than 7 million birds is different from the H5N1 bird flu virus that has spread from birds to humans in the past, an official with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Wednesday.
Thursday, April, 23, 2015 - Reuters - News

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Ranchers need to know when, where to begin grazing
Every year at green up, grass managers must make decisions about when and where to begin grazing. 
Thursday, April, 23, 2015 - South Dakota State University Extension Service - News

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Chicken farm of 300,000 near Lake Park, Minn., hit with deadly avian flu
LAKE PARK, Minn. — A test indicates some birds in a Baer Poultry Co. chicken barn have the deadly avian flu virus—a result that could mean the destruction of up to 300,000 chickens.
Wednesday, April, 22, 2015 - Forum News Service - News

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Farm Rescue aids North Dakota farmer
Tarin Dewald, who farms near Fredonia, N.D., was working on his auger March 6 when he fell off, plummeting about 15 feet to the ground. He broke his pelvis, a few ribs, his elbow and got a concussion from the impact of the fall.
Wednesday, April, 22, 2015 - - News

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Calving season is only half the battle
Although calving season management is the primary concern for most spring-calving herds, that is only half the battle, says Warren Rusche, South Dakota State University Extension cow-calf field specialist.
Wednesday, April, 22, 2015 - South Dakota State University Extension Service - News

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South Dakota governor proclaims May Noxious Weed Control Awareness Month
South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard declared May as South Dakota Noxious Weed Awareness Month to highlight the importance of managing noxious weeds, which negatively affect agriculture, water quality, recreational opportunities and wildlife.
Tuesday, April, 21, 2015 - - News

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Iowa reports biggest U.S. outbreak of bird flu in poultry
CHICAGO - Iowa, the top U.S. egg-producing state, found a lethal strain of bird flu in millions of hens at an egg-laying facility on Monday, the worst case so far in a national outbreak that prompted Wisconsin to declare a state of emergency.
Tuesday, April, 21, 2015 - Reuters - News

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Ag Processing Inc. expanding production in corn belt
FARGO, N.D. — Ag Processing Inc., based in Omaha, has announced plans to build a new soybean facility somewhere in South Dakota or North Dakota. The company tells Agweek it will be a “state-of-the-art” size of about 35 million to 40 million bushels of raw soybeans, largely to produce soybean meal for Pacific Northwest export markets.
Monday, April, 20, 2015 - Agweek - News

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Minnesota distiller is back on the family farm
HALLOCK, Minn. — There are barrels and bottles, tubes and pipes, gauges, dials and labels. There are smells — some sharp, some subtle, many mingled and mysterious — of grain, of alcohol, of juniper and other additives. There’s the gurgle and burble of liquids.
Monday, April, 20, 2015 - Agweek - News

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South Dakota livestock profits soar in 2014
Hog and cattle prices hit an all-time high for South Dakota livestock producers in 2014. “Both hogs and cattle experienced an exceptional ride this past year,” says Lori Tonak, Mitchell (S.D.) Technical Institute instructor of farm business management in a press release.
Monday, April, 20, 2015 - Agweek - News

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UAV systems could benefit ag, but questions remain
Excitement surrounds the potential use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in South Dakota’s agricultural industry. This technology could be used to fly over pastures and check cows or to take aerial surveys of crops and spray pesticide accordingly.
Sunday, April, 19, 2015 - - News

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Turkey virus: From China to Minnesota farms
Blame Minnesota's famous lakes. The country's top veterinarian said the state's lakes may be part of the reason so many Minnesota turkeys are taking ill from the latest strain of avian influenza.
Thursday, April, 16, 2015 - Forum News Service - News

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Minnesota farmers and businesses would get GOP tax breaks
Farmers and businesses would receive at least a quarter of the $2 billion of tax cuts Minnesota House Republican propose. A GOP bill discussed April 15 in the House Property Tax and Local Government Finance Division would phase out a statewide property tax on businesses, saving $453 million in the next two-year budget. A credit giving farmland owners refunds would add $49 million to the tax-break total.
Thursday, April, 16, 2015 - Forum News Service - News

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Agriculture could be the key in combating world hunger
With a rapidly rising global population, agriculture will be essential in reducing world hunger. That’s what South Dakota State University Dean of Agriculture and Biological Sciences Barry Dunn told attendees of the McGovern Hunger Summit on Wednesday at Dakota Wesleyan University.
Thursday, April, 16, 2015 - Forum News Service - News

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Emergency responders mount massive effort to battle grass, forest fires in the region
Grass fires broke out along Interstate 29 from Grand Forks to Oslo, Minn, around 1 p.m. Wednesday, claiming about 500 to 600 acres of land, estimated Manvel Fire Chief Steven Schumer. Other fires popped up in northwest Minnesota and near Pembina, N.D. Wednesday.
Thursday, April, 16, 2015 - Forum News Service - News

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Farmers in the Upper Midwest need rain
The most recent NASS weather report shows the four-state area is below the five-year average for rainfall accumulation.
Wednesday, April, 15, 2015 - Agweek - News

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Pesticide drift a risk in spraying
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture wants to remind pesticide applicators of drift risk during this spraying season.
Tuesday, April, 14, 2015 - South Dakota State University Extension Service - News

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SD governor’s Ag Ambassador nominations sought
For the past six years, the South Dakota Department of Agriculture has hosted the Governor’s Agricultural Summit at locations across South Dakota. This event brings together leaders in business, finance, education, government and production to discuss ways to harness the industry’s potential and learn more about the current challenges and opportunities happening for agriculture at local, regional and national levels.
Monday, April, 13, 2015 - Agweek - News

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Farmers prepare to get into fields after first weather report
WINDSOR, N.D. — It’s early, but seems as if it’s about time to start planting. Seeding is just getting started in Agweek country, as crop and livestock producers in most areas are looking for moisture, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service’s first weekly report of the season, released April 6.
Monday, April, 13, 2015 - Agweek - News

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