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Wolf bills would ban snaring, increase livestock fund
A federal court recently outlawed Minnesota’s wolf hunting and trapping seasons, but wolf supporters are not ending efforts to redraw state laws in the animals’ favor.
Friday, February, 06, 2015 - Forum News Service - News

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BNSF plans $326 million capital program in Minnesota
BNSF Railway Co. will invest an estimated $326 million for key rail capacity improvement projects in Minnesota in the coming year, an increase over 2014, the company announced on Thursday.
Friday, February, 06, 2015 - - News

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DNR temporarily halts massive conversion of Minnesota pine forest into farmland
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources on Thursday announced it had temporarily ordered a halt to a massive conversion of thousands of acres of Minnesota pine forest into farmland out of concern for the state’s water supply and forest ecosystem.
Friday, February, 06, 2015 - Forum News Service - News

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Congress considers RFS changes
Thirty-four U.S. lawmakers introduced a bill that seeks to end ethanol fuel-blending mandates. The legislators want to eliminate requirements for corn-based ethanol blending and cap blending levels for other biofuels at actual production levels.
Thursday, February, 05, 2015 - - News

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Ending an era, CME Group to shutter most futures pits
The world’s largest futures market operator will shutter almost all of its open-outcry futures pits by July 2, ringing the closing bell on a once-raucous tradition that has been in decline since the rise of computerized trading.
Thursday, February, 05, 2015 - Reuters - News

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Oklahoma sees meth addicts fueling surge in cattle rustling
One of the oldest Wild West crimes, cattle rustling, has been making a comeback in Oklahoma in recent years, with major culprits being methamphetamine addicts selling stolen livestock to pay for their drug habits, officials say.
Thursday, February, 05, 2015 - Reuters - News

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Minn. tech colleges team up for ag education
With an aging workforce and pressing labor shortages, a new collaboration among tech colleges will focus on infusing the ag industry with skilled workers.
Wednesday, February, 04, 2015 - Forum News Service - News

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SD city might consider backyard chickens
A Mitchell, S.D., woman asked the City Council on Monday night to consider allowing residents to be allowed to keep chickens in their backyard. “There are several communities that already allow this opportunity, such as Sioux Falls and Spearfish,” she told the council during the citizens input portion of the regular meeting at Council Chambers in City Hall. “Part of the positives of raising chickens is it can be an educational opportunity for the family, and they provide a food source.”
Wednesday, February, 04, 2015 - - News

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Farmers adapt to big rains but send trouble downstream
As rains have gotten heavier, Minnesota farmers in recent years have been expanding a 150-year-old drainage system, pulling billions of gallons more water off soggy land and letting the state’s corn and soybean fields thrive.
Wednesday, February, 04, 2015 - Minnesota Public Radio News - News

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O’Toole elected chairman of U.S. Wheat Associates
Brian O’Toole, a Crystal, N.D., farmer, has been elected chairman of U.S. Wheat Associates. The Washington, D.C.-based organization develops markets for U.S. wheat in more than 100 countries. The U.S. is the world’s third-largest wheat producer and the leading wheat exporter, with exports accounting for about 42 percent of U.S. production.
Tuesday, February, 03, 2015 - Agweek - News

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Japan farming reforms a stiff test of Abe’s resolve
After December’s landslide re-election, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s program to revive the nation’s economy is set to meet perhaps its stiffest challenge, the nation’s sclerotic farming industry.
Tuesday, February, 03, 2015 - Reuters - News

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IPCC: World has not woken up to water crisis from climate change
Water scarcity could lead to conflict between communities and nations as the world is still not fully aware of the water crisis many countries face as a result of climate change, the head of the United Nations panel of climate scientists warns.
Tuesday, February, 03, 2015 - Thomson Reuters Foundation - News

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China underlines cautious approach to biotech crops
China will continue to promote research into genetically modified crops, while maintaining strict controls on safety of the technology, a top agriculture official said on Feb. 3, underscoring Beijing’s cautious approach toward biotechnology.
Tuesday, February, 03, 2015 - Reuters - News

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BNSF drops price on Spiritwood, ND, rail switch
BNSF has reduced its price tag for the automated rail switch at the Spiritwood Energy Park Association by about $200,000, according to Connie Ova, CEO of the Jamestown/Stutsman (N.D.) Development Corp.
Tuesday, February, 03, 2015 - Forum News Service - News

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ARC-IC shouldn't be dismissed from consideration
The Agricultural Risk Coverage-Individual Coverage option under the 2014 farm bill has received little interest, compared with the Agricultural Risk Coverage-County ARC-CO and the Price Loss Coverage programs. But, it might be the best option in certain instances.
Monday, February, 02, 2015 - - News

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Race to the bottom
Wheat struggled again last week, with all three of the wheat exchanges ending with modest losses. Poor demand and a strong U.S. dollar continue to be the cause of wheat’s issues. For the week ending Jan. 30, March Minneapolis dropped 16.75 cents, March Chicago dropping 22.25 cents and March Kansas City decreased 20 cents.
Monday, February, 02, 2015 - Agweek - News

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Canary prices higher
WINNIPEG, Manitoba — Canary prices have been quietly percolating higher since last spring, including a cent or so this January. Supply continues to shrink with the 2013 crop smaller than 2012 and the 2014 crop smaller yet again. AgCanada projects that Canada will run out of canary again this year, just as it did last year.
Monday, February, 02, 2015 - Agweek - News

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Upper Midwest farmers coping with poor crop prices
Merle Haggard, the great country singer, once wrote and recorded the classic, “Are the Good Times Really Over for Good?” For the most part, it’s a doleful tune that laments America’s lost greatness (“The best of the free life behind us now”) and wonders whether the future can measure up to the glorious past.
Monday, February, 02, 2015 - Agweek - News

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COOL does not restrict trade
The United States country-of-origin labeling (COOL) program for beef was implemented in 2009. While opponents to such consumer transparency issues have claimed that COOL was supported by U.S. cattle producers wishing to restrict trade, I can tell you that never was the intent, and the facts simply don’t support this propagandist tactic.
Monday, February, 02, 2015 - - News

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Grandin: Consideration of animal welfare important
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — “Fixing the slaughter plants was easy,” Temple Grandin told the 2015 annual meeting of the American Farm Bureau Federation. “But now I see problems that we are going to have to fix at the farm: lame dairy cows, emaciated dairy cows because somebody let them go too long, animal production to the point we are starting to have problems with animal biology. “We need to look at what is optimal, not what is maximum.
Monday, February, 02, 2015 - - News

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