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ARC-IC shouldn't be dismissed from consideration
The Agricultural Risk Coverage-Individual Coverage option under the 2014 farm bill has received little interest, compared with the Agricultural Risk Coverage-County ARC-CO and the Price Loss Coverage programs. But, it might be the best option in certain instances.
Monday, February, 02, 2015 - - 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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Grandin: Consideration of animal welfare important
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — “Fixing the slaughter plants was easy,” Temple Grandin told the 2015 annual meeting of the American Farm Bureau Federation. “But now I see problems that we are going to have to fix at the farm: lame dairy cows, emaciated dairy cows because somebody let them go too long, animal production to the point we are starting to have problems with animal biology. “We need to look at what is optimal, not what is maximum.
Monday, February, 02, 2015 - - News

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Automatic calf feeders eliminate mixing replacer
The I-29 Extension Dairy Consortium’s recent educational effort titled Raising Your Best Calf Ever updated calf raisers on the key components of raising dairy calves. It started with a “Boots on the Farm” tour of several exceptional Minnesota calf raisers and culminated with the recent four-state workshops, the last of which was in Mandan, N.D.
Monday, February, 02, 2015 - - News

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Nigeria H5N1 bird flu spreads
ABUJA, Nigeria — An outbreak of H5N1 bird flu in Nigerian poultry farms has spread to four more states, raising the total of affected areas to 11, the agricultural and rural development minister said Jan. 29.
Monday, February, 02, 2015 - - News

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Minn. county expects decline in ag land values
After a steady trend of increasing value for Nobles County, Minn., farmland, sale prices are dropping. Nobles County Assessor Pam Friesen, who assumed her post in March 2014, says she and her staff are in the midst of examining sales during a 12-month period that runs from Oct. 1, 2013, through Sept. 30, 2014.
Thursday, January, 29, 2015 - Forum News Service - News

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Pasture-raised pork a boost to local food scene
Wrenshall, Minn., hog farmer Matt Weik can talk passionately about the marbling of his pork, its dark red color and its ability to melt in your mouth given certain treatments. And then later, he’s sitting in a cozy hay-filled pen with a sow and her piglets, stroking the mother and delicately checking on the babies. It sort of proves the theory: you can have your bacon, but you should scratch it, too.
Wednesday, January, 28, 2015 - Forum News Service - News

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Livestock disaster aid deadline is Jan. 30
The U.S. Department of Agriculture reminds livestock producers that the Jan. 30 deadline to request assistance for losses suffered from Oct. 1, 2011, through Dec. 31, 2014, is fast approaching.
Friday, January, 23, 2015 - - News

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Minn. ignores 2007 meatpacker rights law
A Minnesota state department has not followed a law to notify meatpacking plants and workers about protections the state provides. Pointing to a bookshelf full of Minnesota laws, Legislative Auditor Jim Nobles says, “one of them sort of got lost.”
Thursday, January, 22, 2015 - Forum News Service - News

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Ohio farmer: Precision ag pays
Most farmers attending a Precision Agriculture Summit instinctively believe precision agriculture pays, but when one of their own puts a pencil to it, they take notice. Brian Watkins is on the eastern edge of the corn and soybean belt and was one of the early adopters of variable-rate application technologies.
Tuesday, January, 20, 2015 - Agweek - News

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Precision Ag Summit proves interest in technology is still high
North Dakota’s 4th Annual Precision Agriculture Summit drew a slightly smaller crowd to Jamestown than last year, but the audience still showed strong and more intense interest in a fast-changing topic.
Tuesday, January, 20, 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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Soybeans take another leg down
WINNIPEG, Manitoba — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s January reports were only mildly negative for soybeans, but confirmation of a record American crop combined with a bin-buster developing in South America dropped beans 30 cents on Jan. 12. Corn was mildly bullish.
Monday, January, 19, 2015 - Agweek - News

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Changes in ND laws can attract more operations
FARGO, N.D. — North Dakota is once again on the cusp of considering changes in the anti-corporate farming law that was originally passed in 1932. Lawmakers are pondering whether loosening the law for some livestock purposes can even the playing field with neighboring states and provinces.
Monday, January, 19, 2015 - Agweek - News

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China to give banks more cash to lend to farmers, small business
China’s central bank will increase its relending quota by 50 billion yuan ($8.1 billion) this year, stepping up efforts to give targeted support to parts of the economy it sees as lagging.
Friday, January, 16, 2015 - - News

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Nigeria finds an H5 strain of bird flu in poultry
Nigeria said on Friday it had quarantined two poultry farms in the north and south of the country after detecting an H5 strain of bird flu in both, giving no further details on the strain.
Friday, January, 16, 2015 - - News

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Precision Ag Summit to focus on data, UAS
FARGO, N.D. — The fourth annual Precision Agriculture Summit will be held Jan. 19 and 20 at the North Dakota Farmers Union Conference Center in Jamestown, N.D.
Thursday, January, 15, 2015 - Agweek - News

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US rolls out new Cuba rules on trade, travel
The U.S. rolled out a sweeping set of measures on Jan. 15 to significantly ease the half-century-old embargo against Cuba, opening up the country to expanded travel, trade and financial activities.
Thursday, January, 15, 2015 - Reuters - News

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Minn. ag land property taxes rising
I received my proposed 2015 property tax letter several weeks ago. The statement says I can expect tax on agricultural land to go up a modest 5.8 percent. This is on top of increases for eight previous years that has averaged 15.9 percent per year.
Monday, January, 12, 2015 - - 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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