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PEDv halts hog kill at Smithfield NC plant
Smithfield Foods Inc, the world’s largest pork processor, suspended hog slaughter at its Tar Heel, North Carolina, plant on March 14 because of the spread of the deadly Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv), which has tightened hog supplies, industry sources say.
Monday, March, 17, 2014 - Reuters - News

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Burlington Northern Santa Fe: Rail delays still high in north
Agricultural shippers in the region are still reporting delays, as railroads have continued to feel the effects of cold weather.
Monday, March, 17, 2014 - Agweek - News

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USDA wants ethanol available nationwide
Higher grade levels of ethanol need to be available outside the Midwest and the U.S. Department of Agriculture will help make that possible, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said.
Monday, March, 17, 2014 - Agweek - News

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Flax prices down
WINNIPEG, Manitoba — Flax prices, like those for every other prairie crop, have already come down hard. Prices had been about $15 per bushel a year ago. Supplies were tight and demand was firm. The carryout as of July 2013 was only 71,000 metric tons, which is pretty tight for the world’s largest flax producer.
Monday, March, 17, 2014 - Agweek - News

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Biofuel concerns aren’t justified
Bemidji’s school buses performance during this winter’s harsh weather raised some concerns about biodiesel, and the Minnesota’s plans to increase the required biodiesel blend from the current 5 percent blend (B5) to 10 percent (B10) this summer.
Monday, March, 17, 2014 - Agweek - News

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Wheat surges, soybeans falter
Wheat had gains last week again, as the Ukrainian situation continues to make traders nervous, and dry weather in the southern U.S. is showing no signs of changing. As of midday on March 14, May Minneapolis had gained 30 cents on the week, May Chicago was up 36 cents, and May Kansas City gained 32 cents.
Monday, March, 17, 2014 - Agweek - News

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Researcher fights devastating rust disease
A driving force behind Maricelis Acevedo’s research is to make a difference. The assistant professor in the North Dakota State University Department of Plant Pathology certainly is doing that. Acevedo specializes in leading research dealing with rust disease in wheat, a fungal infection that can have devastating results on plants. In some parts of the world, the crop-killing fungus is called the “polio of agriculture.”
Monday, March, 17, 2014 - - News

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Renewable Fuel Standard reality check
The Renewable Fuel Standard has been so successful that the oil industry now sees ethanol as a major threat to its bottom line. Unfortunately, Annette Meeks’ opinion piece, “Ethanol mandate hurts environment,” recently published in Agweek, shamelessly parroted many of the oil industry’s false claims about ethanol and repeatedly cites skewed facts from an Associated Press story that can only be described as a “hatchet job” against the ethanol industry.
Monday, March, 17, 2014 - - News

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Speaker discusses plant breeding
GRAND FORKS, N.D. — Tom Peters can tell you a lot about biotechnology and agriculture. Peters, University of Minnesota and North Dakota State University Extension sugar beet agronomist and weed specialist, gave the March 12 keynote address at the 52nd annual International Sugarbeet Institute in Grand Forks, N.D.
Monday, March, 17, 2014 - Agweek - News

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Farm bill delivers for ND
I am proud because we were able to work in a bipartisan fashion to give our farmers and ranchers the certainty they deserve and North Dakota’s biggest economic driver the stability it needs.
Monday, March, 17, 2014 - Agweek - News

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Lower phosphate fertilizer prices prompt interest
BROOKINGS, S.D. — Lower phosphate fertilizer prices have generated interest among farmers to build soil phosphorus levels. At the same time, the practice is puzzling to some, explains Ron Gelderman, professor and South Dakota State University Extension soils specialist.
Monday, March, 17, 2014 - - News

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Microdosing improves productivity in crops
URBANA, Ill. — Crop yields in the fragile semi-arid areas of Zimbabwe have been declining as a result of a decline in soil fertility resulting from mono-cropping, lack of fertilizer and other factors. In collaboration with the Internat- ional Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics, University of Illinois researchers evaluated the use of a precision farming technique called “microdosing,” its effect on food security and its ability to improve yield at a low cost to farmers.
Monday, March, 17, 2014 - University of Illinois - News

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Farmers oppose diversion
Mark Askegaard is one of scores of farmers south of Fargo, N.D., who are using the courts and political influence against a $1.8 billion Red River flood diversion project they say will forever change their lives, land and towns.
Monday, March, 17, 2014 - Agweek - News

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Minn. marketer was in Ukraine during protests
FARGO, N.D. — A Red River Valley grain bin equipment marketing executive was in Kiev, Ukraine, during the deadly riots in mid-February. Martin Tubby says he’ll be going back as early as April to support his friends and clients, despite political unrest.
Monday, March, 17, 2014 - Agweek - News

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China to spend more on farm subsidies
BEIJING — China will increase its 2014 budget for farming subsidies by 10 percent from last year’s 1.6 trillion yuan ($261.09 billion), a top government official says, even as critics argue that subsidies play a limited role in boosting food production.
Monday, March, 17, 2014 - - News

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Sustainability claims need evidence to back them up
“Just thinking or saying you’re sustainable isn’t good enough.” That’s what McDonald’s Corp. executive Bob Langert told cattlemen last month. Consumers want proof. It might be hard to define such an abstraction, let alone prove what you’ve always done. Developing wells, practicing responsible grazing, protecting wildlife habitats — maybe that’s just part of who you are as a rancher.
Monday, March, 17, 2014 - Agweek - News

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Pork producers ponder decreasing heat, increasing feed
BROOKINGS, S.D. — Dramatic increases in propane costs have many pork producers wondering if it’s more profitable to turn down the thermostat and increase available feed. This can be particularly true for early weaned pigs, which have the highest temperature requirement of all pigs.
Monday, March, 17, 2014 - - News

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SD county eyes $40 million project
PRESHO, S.D. — Get railroad improvements into South Dakota’s Lyman County. That’s dominating the thoughts of Steve Halvorson. If it happens, a South Dakota ag cooperative is prepared to invest nearly $40 million into a grain shuttle loading facility.
Monday, March, 17, 2014 - Forum News Service - News

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CHS drops objection in Anderson Seed case
FARGO, N.D. — CHS Inc., on March 7 withdrew a challenge of the North Dakota Public Service Commission’s assessment of its claim against cash grain deliveries to the insolvent Anderson Seed Inc.
Friday, March, 14, 2014 - Agweek - News

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Group seeks court order on USDA over GM alfalfa
A public interest group is asking a court to force the U.S. Department of Agriculture to turn over documents explaining its approval of a genetically altered alfalfa, even as the department acknowledged the crop’s potential to do environmental damage.
Friday, March, 14, 2014 - Reuters - News

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