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Canada reducing number of meat inspections
The Canadian government, under pressure to eliminate its budget deficit, has reduced the frequency of inspections at certain Alberta meat-packing plants and plans to cut spending on food safety, the food inspectors' union said on Tuesday.
Tuesday, March, 31, 2015 - Reuters - News

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Jessie Veeder: At Farm and Fleet, I'm a woman who can do anything
WATFORD CITY, N.D. -- One of the most worthless things on the planet are rubber boots with holes in both. I discovered that I own a pair when I got my 4-wheeler stuck in mud halfway up its tires last week. So I need a new pair of rubber boots, which gives me a good excuse to go to the Farm and Fleet store.
Monday, March, 30, 2015 - Forum News Service - 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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Wisconsin farmer rescued after being buried up to his neck in corn bin
A Washburn County, Wis., farmer was in good condition Tuesday after he was rescued a day earlier after spending several hours trapped in a corn bin.
Wednesday, March, 25, 2015 - - 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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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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USDA investigates animal research center
A U.S. Department of Agriculture review committee that investigated the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center in Nebraska found no current mistreatment of animals.
Monday, March, 16, 2015 - Agweek - News

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Elevators scale back on building rail terminals
PARKSTON, S.D. — Dakota Plains Ag Center LLC’s flagship elevator near Parkston, S.D., is one of the largest inland grain terminal customers of the BNSF Railway in South Dakota, and is in one of the few hotspot regions for shuttle elevator growth.
Monday, March, 16, 2015 - Agweek - News

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Weather Talk: An early, dry spring could lead to more fires
Pre-historically and historically, prairie fires were common across our region in spring. As the snow melted each spring, hundreds of square miles of dead grass lay on the ground just waiting to burn on a hot, dry, windy day. All it needed was a bolt of lightning from a light thundershower.
Saturday, March, 14, 2015 - Forum News Service - News

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KFC faces pressure after McDonald’s says no antibiotics in chicken
KFC, the world’s largest chain of fried chicken restaurants, might face pressure from consumer and environmental groups to change how its poultry are raised after McDonald’s Corp. said it would switch to chicken raised without human antibiotics.
Thursday, March, 12, 2015 - Reuters - News

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U.S. launches inquiry into research center over animal abuse reports
An inquiry is underway of the U.S. government’s key livestock research center in Nebraska after media reports of animal welfare abuse, according to an auditing group that investigates U.S. Department of Agriculture programs.
Wednesday, March, 11, 2015 - Reuters - News

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Minnesota Corn Growers Association accepting applications for Student Agvocate program
The Minnesota Corn Growers Association is accepting applications for its 2015-16 Student Agvocate program. Successful applicants will receive a $3,000 scholarship and hands-on leadership experience working with agriculture professionals on behalf of Minnesota’s corn farmers.
Tuesday, March, 10, 2015 - - News

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USDA chief orders improved animal welfare protocols at research center
No new research projects will begin at the U.S. government’s key livestock study center until animal welfare is improved through stronger oversight and better training of standards, says U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.
Monday, March, 09, 2015 - Reuters - News

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Hoeven introduces relaxed school meals
WASHINGTON — Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., introduced legislation that would give schools more flexibility in the kinds of grain products they serve and stop further reductions in sodium in school meals.
Monday, March, 09, 2015 - Agweek - News

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Decision time nears on murky farm bill safety-net options
Jason Mewes has done his homework. He’s collected statistics, made assumptions, performed calculations and come to a few conclusions. Now, he’s getting ready to visit his county Farm Service Agency office to sign up for key safety-net options in the new federal farm bill.
Monday, March, 09, 2015 - Agweek - News

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Food safety management training scheduled for Great Falls, Bozeman and Billings
HELENA, MONT. - The Montana Food and Agriculture Development Center Network, in conjunction with the USDA Specialty Crop Program and the Montana Department of Agriculture, will sponsor Food Safety Management System Tool Kit trainings in three locations throughout the state.
Tuesday, March, 03, 2015 - Agweek - News

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Minn. farmers participate in Farming Today program
Farmers throughout Minnesota have volunteered to share their farm stories to help consumers and business groups better understand farming today. These farmers hope to engage with consumers and show farmers share the same concerns for their food, their family, the environment and their animals.
Tuesday, March, 03, 2015 - Agweek - News

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Coming Home: Winters on the prairies took immense strength
My Great-Grandmother Gudrun was Strong Man Johnson. At least that’s what she’d tell her grandkids when she was outside the window of the house, declaring to lift it off its foundation, sending my dad and his brother and sister screaming inside as they swore they felt the living room floor sway and tilt underneath them.
Friday, February, 27, 2015 - Forum News Service - News

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Friday is key farm bill sign-up deadline
A key signup deadline for the federal farm bill is looming, and area Farm Service Agency officials urge landowners who haven’t signed up to act quickly. “Let us know if you haven’t done it yet. We want to work with you,” says Diane Beidler, executive director of Turner County (S.D.) FSA.
Tuesday, February, 24, 2015 - Agweek - News

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