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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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Growing Together: Area spruce trees ravaged by new disease
FARGO -- A potentially devastating disease epidemic is attacking our region's most common evergreen trees. Colorado, Black Hills and Norway spruce have long been planted in yards and shelterbelts. Most of the tree-type evergreens in our region are spruce, ranging in color from silvery blue to deep green and growing 40 or 50 feet high. And now a relatively new disease called Stigmina needlecast is causing serious damage.
Monday, May, 11, 2015 - Forum News Service - News

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NDSU grad fills newly formed livestock environmental stewardship position
Miranda Meehan had her first herd of 15 cattle while she was still in high school. "It was my responsibility to take care of them," she said. "I had to help purchase feed and vaccines, pay for vet bills. And I showed them so I had to get them prepared for shows and all those responsibilities. I spent hours out in the barn."
Friday, May, 08, 2015 - Forum News Service - News

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Jobless claims hold near 15-year low
WASHINGTON - The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits rose marginally last week, staying near a 15-year low in a sign that the labor market continues to strengthen despite moderate economic growth.
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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Fancy fast food shares surge in U.S. as Shake Shack draws shorts
SAN FRANCISCO - Investors seem willing to pay just about anything for a better burger. Half a dozen food chains have held piping-hot stock market debuts in the past year to meet a growing appetite for "fast-casual" restaurants catering to younger and more affluent diners willing to pay more for fresher, higher quality fare than they expect to find at traditional fast food places like McDonald's.
Tuesday, May, 05, 2015 - Reuters - News

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McDonald's CEO turnaround plan's missing link: customers
McDonald's new chief executive's turnaround plan for the fast-food chain included specific financial fixes, but left investors and analysts craving a clear strategy to win back diners and boost sales.
Tuesday, May, 05, 2015 - Reuters - News

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Big China corn premiums might tempt buyers to step up imports
Tumbling global corn prices have raised the prospect of a pickup in imports by China, the world’s second-largest consumer, as a widening discount to high domestic prices makes full-duty imports more economic.
Monday, May, 04, 2015 - Reuters - News

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Brazil takes aim at U.S. farm subsidies as Rousseff readies visit
BRASILIA - After finally turning the page on a dispute over spying that hampered attempts to deepen trade ties, Brazil and the United States may be headed for another clash, this time over U.S. farm subsidies.
Friday, May, 01, 2015 - Reuters - News

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Brazil takes aim at U.S. farm subsidies as Rousseff readies visit
BRASILIA - After finally turning the page on a dispute over spying that hampered attempts to deepen trade ties, Brazil and the United States may be headed for another clash, this time over U.S. farm subsidies.
Thursday, April, 30, 2015 - Reuters - News

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Opinion: Animal protein provides best source of nutrients
In her letter to The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead on April 12, Nancy J. Jones emphasized the main talking point from my interview in the April 3 Farmers’ Forum.
Thursday, April, 30, 2015 - North Dakota State University Extension Service - Opinion

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Germans switch sausage for soy over green, health concerns
BERLIN - Germans, known for their love of sausages, are eating less meat and more vegetarian food as concerns grow about health, animal welfare and the environmental cost of livestock farming.
Wednesday, April, 29, 2015 - Reuters - News

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U.S. court fight over herbicide widens to 15 states
A court fight over use of a new Dow Chemical herbicide on genetically engineered U.S. corn and soybean crops is growing to encompass 15 Midwestern states after the company recently won federal approval for more widespread application.
Wednesday, April, 29, 2015 - Reuters - News

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Analysis: Chinese farmers to grow up to 15 percent less soy in 2015-2016
BEIJING - Farmers in China, the world's top buyer of soybeans, could slash the amount of land they use to grow the oilseed by as much as 15 percent in 2015/16 due to uncertainty over how a new subsidy scheme will work, industry analysts said.
Thursday, April, 23, 2015 - Reuters - News

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For Western companies, Russia's recovery is worth waiting for
MOSCOW - Western companies are sticking with Russia, waiting for an economic rebound that they expect will once again bring rich rewards although some have cut operations to weather the slump.
Thursday, April, 23, 2015 - Reuters - News

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Minnesota State Fair may cancel poultry exhibition over bird flu
The avian flu outbreak that has hit 31 Minnesota turkey farms could lead the Minnesota State Fair to sideline the poultry exhibition this year. State Fair officials will decide by early to mid-summer whether to cancel the exhibition amid fears that bringing exhibition birds together in one location could further spread the virus. The State Fair opens Aug. 27, following county fairs that get underway in mid-June.
Thursday, April, 23, 2015 - Minnesota Public Radio News - News

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'Nutraceuticals' a blurry frontier between food and drugs
LONDON - A boom in "nutraceuticals" - food and drinks with potential health benefits - is paving the way for a rush of deals, as food and drug companies compete to dominate a market expected to be worth $280 billion by 2018.
Tuesday, April, 21, 2015 - Reuters - News

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Precondition for prime livestock
It’s been talked about for 60 years. It’s better for animals, preferred by most cattle feeders, and could provide a 169 percent return on investment.
Thursday, April, 16, 2015 - - News

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Cargo ships stuck off Yemen as fighting worsens food supply
At least five merchant vessels carrying food are stuck off Yemen, shipping data showed on Wednesday, as warships from a Saudi-led coalition search them for weapons bound for Iran-allied Houthi rebel forces, with delays adding to a humanitarian crisis.
Wednesday, April, 15, 2015 - Reuters - News

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