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Letter: New farm bill should be vetoed
I hope President Obama will call Congress and tell them he’s preparing his veto pen for the 2014 farm bill. It is only a slight exaggeration to say that this hideous piece of legislation gives to the rich and takes from the poor.
Tuesday, February, 04, 2014 - - News

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Humane livestock handling a recent concern
The issue of the humane handling and slaughter of livestock is not a recent concern triggered by videos that shock the public. The issue goes back as far as the Eisenhower Administration when, in 1958, Congress passed the Humane Slaughter Act (HMSA). In that act, Congress “declared [it] to be the policy of the United States that the slaughtering of livestock and the handling of livestock in connection with slaughter shall be carried out only by humane methods.”
Monday, February, 03, 2014 - Agweek - News

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Understanding average cattle performance
Performance in the beef business is evaluated by reviewing the overall herd. If there are indications that overall herd performance needs to be addressed, the first step is to compare the herd’s performance with a benchmark to gauge what is normal.
Monday, February, 03, 2014 - Agweek - News

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FDA study alleges antibiotic oversight
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration allowed 18 animal drugs to stay on the market even after an agency review found the drugs posed a “high risk” of exposing humans to antibiotic-resistant bacteria through food supply, according to a study by the Natural Resources Defense Council.
Monday, February, 03, 2014 - Reuters - News

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OPINION: Farm bill deserves Congress’ support
Congratulations to North Dakota Sen. John Hoeven, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Minnesota Rep. Collin Peterson and others on the House-Senate conference committee, who didn’t let the one of the most fractious and partisan environments in decades stop them from crafting a compromise farm bill.
Wednesday, January, 29, 2014 - Forum News Service - News

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Rail service issues force American Crystal Sugar to slow production
American Crystal Sugar Co. says it is slowing down sugar production at three of its five factories immediately because of slow rail service. Some agricultural industry officials feel they’re losing out to oil traffic.
Tuesday, January, 28, 2014 - Agweek - News

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Farm bill conference report released; see it here
Agweek/The Hagstrom Report has obtained a copy of the farm bill conference report released just today. See it in its entirety.
Monday, January, 27, 2014 - - News

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House vote on farm bill expected Wednesday
House and Senate agriculture leaders today are wrapping up a deal on a farm bill that will raise target prices for grains with payments made on base acres, include a new dairy program that is not considered supply management, and payment limitation rules that do not please critics and will not make any changes to country-of-origin labeling for red meat or changes to the Packers and Stockyards Act.
Monday, January, 27, 2014 - Agweek - News

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Pests threaten biofuel crops
I love the winter (or at least parts of it). Reading books, watching movies, playing games, sitting by the fire. The general pace of life slows down and gives time for reflection on the past year and planning for the future.
Monday, January, 27, 2014 - Agweek - News

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New farm bill expected in February
Congress is close to passing a new farm bill and could reach an agreement in the next few weeks, Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., said Jan. 21.
Friday, January, 24, 2014 - Agweek - News

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Drones for farms a challenge, but popular topic at Precision Ag Summit
Topics at this year’s Precision Ag Action Summit in Jamestown, N.D., ranged from Google Glass, a technology for putting a smartphone into eyeglass frames, to unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), to the quality and ability to use data, which is becoming so voluminous that it has its own name — big data.
Tuesday, January, 21, 2014 - Agweek - News

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Minn. ag commissioner builds support for RFS
Ethanol is up against big oil and Minnesota’s Agriculture Commissioner says the best weapon in ethanol’s defense is a pen and paper.
Tuesday, January, 21, 2014 - - News

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Heitkamp: Push for farm bill at ‘1-yard-line’
Super Bowl Sunday is less than two weeks away and Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., used a football analogy to describe how close she believes a farm bill agreement is.
Tuesday, January, 21, 2014 - Forum News Service - News

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Professor’s work helps farmers, marketers
The North Dakota State University associate professor and cereal scientist in the Department of Plant Sciences is in charge of the hard red spring wheat quality laboratories at NDSU. The labs analyze thousands of hard red spring lines each year for their flour and baking-quality profiles, according to the North Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station. During busy months, the lab runs 24 hours a day to make sure the quality analysis is done on time.
Monday, January, 20, 2014 - Forum News Service - News

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Ethanol producers campaign against RFS cut
Neither icy nor wind-blown roads have stopped Dave Frederickson, Minnesota’s Commissioner of Agriculture, from doing what he wants the Post Service to do.
Monday, January, 20, 2014 - Forum News Service - News

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AFBF president Stallman says farm bill is "close to the finish line"
American Farm Bureau Federation President Bob Stallman signaled at the group’s annual convention on Jan. 11 that Farm Bureau leadership is frustrated with House members who have not passed legislation, even though some of them are tea party-oriented members elected in rural areas.
Monday, January, 20, 2014 - Agweek - News

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MSU research yields new technologies
With results that run from rust-resistant wheat to glowing rodent cartilage to super fluorescent fruit flies, researchers at Montana State University have developed new technologies in the areas of biotechnology and agriculture that are patent-pending and available for licensing.
Monday, January, 20, 2014 - - News

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National Milk Producers Federation concedes market stabilization defeat
The National Milk Producers Federation, the nation’s largest association of dairy farmers, conceded on Jan. 16 that Congress will not pass the market stabilization program that is has sought as part of a new dairy program, and that the group must engage in discussions about alternatives.
Friday, January, 17, 2014 - Agweek - News

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Ag drainage and environmental concerns
For years, conservationists in Minnesota have been concerned about agricultural drainage of Minnesota’s farmlands. Miles upon miles of underground tile have been installed through private lands as a way to remove excess water and improve crop yields. What benefits the farmers, though, has come at a cost to the environment, some say.
Monday, January, 13, 2014 - Forum News Service - News

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Edwardson: 'No barley no beer'
“Barley has transitioned from a commodity crop to a specialty crop,” said Steve Edwardson, executive administrator of the North Dakota Barley Council.
Monday, January, 13, 2014 - Agweek - News

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