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Salers topping the market in Minnesota
A chilly -2 degrees Fahrenheit with 80 percent humidity and a slight 15 mph breeze blows — kind of tough when you have to put your face into the wind, but that doesn’t deter Wayne and Jay Leaderbrand from their busy day on their diversified farming operation.
Monday, February, 16, 2015 - - News

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Early research links insecticide, monarch butterfly deaths
New, local research provides some of the first evidence that a popular group of insecticides might be killing young monarch butterflies. The milkweed plants the butterflies need to survive may also hold neonicotinoid from nearby plants, making the milkweed toxic to monarchs.
Thursday, February, 12, 2015 - Minnesota Public Radio News - News

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Preparing for healthy calves is vital
No time is more important to beef producers than calving. “Doing everything we can to ensure the birth of a live, healthy calf is our responsibility as cattlemen, and it has a great impact on the business aspect of our operations,” says Carl Dahlen, North Dakota State University Extension Service beef cattle specialist. “Advanced preparation will go a long way to ensure the health of the new calves and the cows that delivered them.”
Wednesday, February, 11, 2015 - - News

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As corn prices fall, Minnesota farms worry about the future
Corn is Minnesota’s biggest cash crop, and in recent years it has delivered big returns to the state’s farmers. But this year, most corn farmers are expected to lose money. That’s causing a lot of concern among farmers as they negotiate spring planting loans with lenders.
Tuesday, February, 10, 2015 - Minnesota Public Radio News - News

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Buying ahead of USDA report
The wheat market finally was able to turn and post solid gains for last week. It seems like it has been since the middle of December that wheat has had a stronger week and all the news just seems to focus on the negative. Last week was the week that wheat said enough. For the week ending Jan. 5, March Minneapolis gained 22.25 cents, March Chicago was up 23 cents and March Kansas City gained 23.75 cents.
Monday, February, 09, 2015 - Agweek - News

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Flax market strong, but quality matters
WINNIPEG, Manitoba — The prairie flax market, while maybe not on fire, is certainly strong. Farmers are netting $14.50 freight on board pretty much everywhere with $15 per bushel available delivered Winkler, Manitoba. One caveat — quality matters.
Monday, February, 09, 2015 - Agweek - News

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Japan’s farming lobby accepts cooperatives reform plan
Japan’s politically powerful farming lobby on Feb. 9 accepted plans by the ruling Liberal Democratic Party to reform the agricultural sector, after the initial proposals were watered down.
Monday, February, 09, 2015 - - News

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New Congress keeps ag at top
Last year’s passage of the 2014 farm bill was a significant step forward for South Dakota farmers, ranchers and agribusinesses, as it included critical livestock assistance and a secure crop insurance program.
Monday, February, 09, 2015 - - 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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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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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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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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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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Potato growers sue BNSF, Calif. turkey farm quarantined after bird flu detected, US lawmakers propose bill to create single food safety agency and France: EU orders repayment of 1 billion euros in farm subsidies.
Monday, February, 02, 2015 - - News

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Farmers are winning appeals of prevented-plant claim denials
COURTENAY, N.D. — Lee Dick says he should not have had to pay $41,000 in legal fees to get $123,194.90 in prevented-plant crop insurance benefits he was owed from his 2012 crop.
Monday, February, 02, 2015 - Agweek - News

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Record harvests, falling oil prices bring more affordable food
Record harvests and falling oil prices have helped push food prices to a four-year low, improving the affordability of food in nearly three-quarters of countries surveyed, according to data from the Economist Intelligence Unit.
Friday, January, 30, 2015 - - News

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Kenya government offers cash bailout to troubled Mumias sugar firm
Kenya’s government says it will inject 500 million shillings ($5.5 million) to bail out cash-strapped Mumias Sugar, sending the firm’s shares 5.5 percent higher on Jan. 30.
Friday, January, 30, 2015 - - News

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Rail officials not happy with encroaching farm practices in SD
Farmers are planting and harvesting too close to the Mitchell-Rapid City railroad in South Dakota, according to state rail officials, local operators and county representatives on the Mitchell-Rapid City Regional Railroad Authority board.
Friday, January, 30, 2015 - Forum News Service - News

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Annual KMOT Ag Expo still upbeat despite lower crop prices
A no-reason-to-panic attitude was typical of people who talked with Agweek Wednesday on the first day of the 44th annual KMOT Ag Expo, one of the region’s largest and most popular farm shows. The three-day show, which ends Jan. 30, is at the State Fair Center on the North Dakota State Fairgrounds. An estimated 30,000 to 40,000 people will attend, as will more than 1,000 exhibitors.
Wednesday, January, 28, 2015 - Agweek - News

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South Sudan finds hope in honey
A harvest of honey from the equatorial forests of South Sudan will help its struggling poor and, through the pollination of bees, improve the nation’s crop yields, those involved say.
Tuesday, January, 27, 2015 - Reuters - News

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