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US, Canadian groups collaborate on website aid
The CWB, formerly known as the Canadian Wheat Board, was privatized in 2011, and the change is still generating questions in both Canada and the U.S.
Monday, February, 16, 2015 - Agweek - News

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Local farm bill meetings explore options
PEKIN, N.D. — Odell Flaagan has some decisions to make. He’s taking his time and doing his homework to get them right.
Monday, February, 16, 2015 - Agweek - News

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Ag department looks ahead to 2024
The next few years will be difficult for U.S. crop producers, but the next decade holds both opportunities and challenges for American agriculturalists overall, a new U.S. Department of Agriculture report says.
Monday, February, 16, 2015 - Agweek - News

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North Dakota teens tap program to buy heifers
Spring calving is always important to Abbi Steeke and Hunter Duckwitz. It’s an even bigger deal this year.
Monday, February, 09, 2015 - Agweek - News

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Upper Midwest farmers can learn from past records
Upper Midwest farmers won’t be harvesting hundreds of bushels per acre of wheat and soybeans anytime soon. But learning more about world-record yields can be beneficial nonetheless, a North Dakota State University professor said.
Monday, February, 09, 2015 - Agweek - News

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Transition of operation more difficult and important than ever
EUCLID, Minn. — Don Strickler has faced many tough calls in his long farming career. But the 70-year-old Euclid, Minn., producer says his most important professional challenge, one he’s still working on, is passing on the family farm to the next generation.
Monday, February, 09, 2015 - Agweek - 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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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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Upper Midwest milk producers remain upbeat
Linda Hanson and her family are part of the Upper Midwest dairy industry and could play a larger role in what the industry hopes will be a bigger, better future. Linda and her husband, Mike, who operate a 60-head dairy operation near Goodrich, Minn., in the northwest corner of the state, are evaluating whether to build a new, high-tech milking facility. One of their three sons already is involved in their diversified farm, and the two younger sons are interested in coming back, too.
Monday, January, 26, 2015 - Agweek - News

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New project will study cover crops, soil health in northeast ND
Soil health is drawing growing attention from Upper Midwest farmers, and a newly funded project seeks to help farmers in northeast North Dakota promote soil health through cover crops.
Monday, January, 26, 2015 - Agweek - News

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USDA: Operations come in many shapes, sizes
Family farms continue to dominate U.S. agricultural production, but mid-sized and large ones are more productive and profitable than small ones, according to a new study from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Monday, January, 19, 2015 - Agweek - News

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Extension sessions update ag professionals
CROOKSTON, Minn. — Nitrogen fertilizer is too expensive to waste and too useful to skimp on — and determining the proper amount to apply to crops can be difficult, said Fabian Fernandez, nutrient management and water quality specialist in the University of Minnesota’s department of soil, water and climate.
Monday, January, 19, 2015 - Agweek - News

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Choices and consequences
It’s one of the biggest behind-the-scenes stories in Upper Midwest agriculture. It’s the story of aggressive farmers who expanded rapidly between 2007 and 2012 during the boom and prudent operators who expanded with care and caution. It’s a story in which a pivotal chapter might be written during the 2015 crop season.
Monday, January, 12, 2015 - Agweek - News

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Pembina FSA reschedules farm bill meetings
Two farm bill meetings cancelled because of bad weather have been rescheduled by the Pembina County (N.D.) Farm Service Agency.
Monday, January, 12, 2015 - Agweek - News

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Plunging grain prices prompt growing interest in raising both crops and livestock
FOSSTON, Minn. — Like most area farmers who raise crops, the Landsverk family is hurt by falling grain prices. Unlike many of their fellow farmers, however, the Landsverks have a safety net. They run an organic dairy operation, and their milk income cushions declining grain sales.
Monday, January, 12, 2015 - Agweek - News

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Farmland rental rates a tough topic
DEVILS LAKE, N.D. — Willie Huot has spent years helping farmers and landlords develop farmland rental agreements and he’s reached this conclusion: “What you come up with has to benefit both parties. It needs to be a win-win situation,” says Huot, a veteran Grand Forks (N.D.) County extension agent.
Monday, January, 12, 2015 - Agweek - News

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Steps to fight anthracnose, bacterial blight in dry beans
DEVILS LAKE, N.D. — Dry beans are a big deal in North Dakota and northwest Minnesota, and that makes managing anthracnose a big deal, too.
Monday, January, 12, 2015 - Agweek - News

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Cheapest might not be best in fighting glyphosate resistance
DEVILS LAKE, N.D. — Area farmers generally are well aware of the growing danger from glyphosate-resistant weeds. But they’re not always as quick as they should be to take action, a weed expert says.
Monday, January, 12, 2015 - Agweek - News

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New show expands brand, works closely with magazine
Agweek TV debuts Jan. 11. The 30-minute weekly television show will focus on agricultural issues and developments important in the Upper Midwest, says Shawna Olson, the show’s host.
Monday, January, 05, 2015 - Agweek - News

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Author makes case to avoid eating animals
James McWilliams hasn’t eaten animals since 2007. He’s hoping the time comes when other ethically minded Americans don’t eat them, either.
Monday, January, 05, 2015 - Agweek - News

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