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El Nino has emerged, Asia braces for crop damage
SINGAPORE - In 2009, the El Nino brought the worst drought in four decades to India. It razed wheat fields in Australia and damaged crops across Asia. Food prices surged. A closely watched forecast by Japan on Tuesday confirmed its return this year.
Tuesday, May, 12, 2015 - Reuters - News

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El Nino seems all but certain, Asia braces for crop damage
SINGAPORE - In 2009, the El Nino brought the worst drought in four decades to India. It razed wheat fields in Australia and damaged crops across Asia. Food prices surged. A closely watched forecast by Japan will confirm its return this year as all but certain now.
Monday, May, 11, 2015 - Reuters - News

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Great Western Cattle Trail brought Texas Longhorns to the High Plains
Spring and summer are perfect seasons to learn more about the region’s agricultural heritage. One of the best places to learn the “western” traditions is at the High Plains Western Heritage Center in Spearfish, S.D.
Monday, May, 11, 2015 - Agweek - News

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AgweekTV: Weather has taken its toll on topsoil
This week on AgweekTV, our weather this year is taking a toll on our valuable topsoil. What some experts would like farmers to do to prevent erosion. And, there’s more help for livestock producers from the NDSU Extension Service. We’ll also show you how to make a quick and healthy summer dessert using one of the region’s most popular crops. More more, click the link above.
Monday, May, 11, 2015 - Agweek - News

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Higher U.S. beef prices ahead as grills fire up, imports cool down
CHICAGO/WELLINGTON, New Zealand - R ecord-high U.S. beef prices will likely climb even higher this summer just as Australia and New Zealand imports dwindle under an extended drought in those countries and demand for steaks in the United States rises.
Monday, May, 11, 2015 - Reuters - News

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Have a plan to manage cowherd subgroups
Spotty spring rains are helping relieve dry conditions. But there will always be a ranch short of moisture, so planning for the dry days is critical. But the real challenge with the implementation of a long-term grazing plan and developing stocking rate reductions based on seasonal moisture is that cattle are not easy to gather.
Friday, May, 08, 2015 - NDSU Extension Service - News

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Officials apologize to grain industry for lack of action in Port of Vancouver labor dispute
At a May 5 hearing on the reauthorization of the Grain Standards Act, Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and grain industry officials were unusually critical of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s performance last summer when it refused to step in and provide export grain inspection services for 36 days during a labor dispute in the Port of Vancouver.
Thursday, May, 07, 2015 - - News

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El Nino, Arctic ice melt could mean colder winter in Europe
OSLO - Next winter in Europe could be colder and drier than the previous two mild winters, which drove down gas and power consumption, the chief meteorologist at Thomson Reuters Point Carbon said.
Thursday, May, 07, 2015 - Reuters - News

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U.S. Midwest states eye carbon trading to meet EPA targets
WASHINGTON - Even as some of them fight Washington's new clean air regulations in court, coal-reliant Midwestern states are asking the Obama administration to provide rules for an emissions trading platform that would help them meet the federal greenhouse gas standards.
Thursday, May, 07, 2015 - Reuters - News

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Management, disease assessment good cattle 'insurance'
Insurance isn’t available to protect cattle as it does crops, but livestock producers can take steps to “insure” the success of their operations. That “insurance” is part management and part product/protocol selection, according to North Dakota State University Extension Service veterinarian and livestock stewardship specialist Gerald Stokka and beef cattle specialist Carl Dahlen.
Wednesday, May, 06, 2015 - - News

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Lack of moisture good for calving, bad for pastures
This spring might have provided the perfect weather for calving, but the lack of moisture out on the range has cattle producers worried about forage production this growing season, says Pete Bauman, South Dakota State University Extension range field specialist.
Wednesday, May, 06, 2015 - - News

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Forest Service chief predicts above normal U.S. wildfire season
SALMON, Idaho - The head of the U.S. Forest Service on Tuesday predicted an above normal wildfire season for vast swaths of the western and northern United States due to drought and higher-than-average temperatures.
Tuesday, May, 05, 2015 - Reuters - News

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Forest Service chief predicts above normal U.S. wildfire season
SALMON, Idaho - The head of the U.S. Forest Service on Tuesday predicted an above normal wildfire season for vast swaths of the western and northern United States due to drought and higher-than-average temperatures.
Tuesday, May, 05, 2015 - Reuters - News

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A great winter for peas
We had a great winter in the pea market — good prices and easy movement. Peas were pouring out of Canada, mainly to Chinese starch fractionation plants.
Tuesday, May, 05, 2015 - - News

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Millions of trees die in California drought, adding to fire danger
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - California's drought led to the deaths of 12.5 million trees in the state's forests last year, leaving behind huge amounts of dry fuel that could burn easily as the summer wildfire season begins, the U.S. Forest Service said Monday.
Tuesday, May, 05, 2015 - Reuters - News

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Broccoli and big ag share space on Red River Valley farm
Spring means nonstop activity at Kragnes Family Farms, where David Kragnes and his son Ben are putting corn seed in a planter in the farmyard.
Tuesday, May, 05, 2015 - Minnesota Public Radio - News

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Bird flu may take bite out of Thanksgiving's turkey supply
CHICAGO - The largest-ever U.S. outbreak of avian influenza, which has devastated Midwestern poultry and egg producers in recent weeks, could be felt at Thanksgiving tables across the nation come November, farmers and some trade groups say.
Tuesday, May, 05, 2015 - Reuters - News

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Beef industry dancing to a different drummer this year
The beef industry stands alone in 2015 in its continued reduction in supplies available to consumers. The year 2014 was a special year for the animal production industries with record-high farm-level prices for cattle, hogs, broilers, turkeys, milk, and eggs. For 2015, a surprisingly fast expansion of poultry, pork, and milk production will cause lower prices for those commodities. Purdue University Extension economist Chris Hurt says beef stands alone in the continuation toward lower production, but prices remain uncertain.
Monday, May, 04, 2015 - University of Illinois, Urbana - News

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May 2015 climate outlook: Lack of moisture has caused problems for ag
As South Dakota transitions from April to May, higher-than-average air and soil temperatures are prevalent throughout the state. But spring precipitation has failed to appear across most of the state, creating winter wheat and forage issues, explains Dennis Todey, South Dakota State University Extension climate specialist and South Dakota State climatologist.
Monday, May, 04, 2015 - - News

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Dry spring helps calving, hurts pastures
Tim Nolte has enjoyed the dry conditions this spring. But they worry him, too. Like most other Upper Midwest cattle producers, Nolte, a Sebeka, Minn., rancher, has benefitted from the region’s dry spring.
Monday, May, 04, 2015 - Agweek - News

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