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CWWPA won’t protect our precious resources
As a life-long resident of rural North Dakota and a professional in the environmental field, I have spent my entire life caring about our state’s outdoors and natural resources. I’m committed to preserving the land and protecting our wildlife populations, which is why I’m a board member on the Mercer County Soil Conservation District and monitor the health of wildlife populations on reclaimed lands.
Monday, August, 18, 2014 - Agweek - News

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Record crop could kill profits for Minn. grain farmers
Farmers here expect a down year because of June’s damaging weather. The bumper crop elsewhere means corn prices won’t go high enough to make a profit.
Thursday, August, 14, 2014 - Minnesota Public Radio News - News

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Potato giant finds fewer pesticides please consumers
Helicopters once buzzed across R.D Offutt’s massive potato farms here, spraying fungicide about every five days. It’s how the potato industry did business, but not anymore.
Tuesday, August, 12, 2014 - Minnesota Public Radio News - News

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Researchers conduct native bee survey
A few miles west of Fergus Falls, Minn., dew on the prairie grass sparkles in the morning sun, as Crystal Boyd, an entomologist for the state Department of Natural Resources walks into the Otter Tail Prairie Science and Natural Area.
Monday, August, 11, 2014 - Minnesota Public Radio News - News

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Today’s ag slanted toward crops
The reality of today’s agriculture is that it is heavily slanted toward crop production if the land has the potential to be converted to crops. Like it or not, for beef production to expand, the economics of the beef cow need to have a threefold increase in net returns to compete with crop production.
Monday, August, 11, 2014 - Agweek - News

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ND farmers vent about cross-compliance delays
North Dakota farmers couldn’t prevent “cross-compliance” between conservation and crop insurance in the 2014 farm bill, and now are venting their frustration with federal officials and wildlife leaders.
Thursday, August, 07, 2014 - Agweek - News

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Irrigators get help from abroad, switch to sprinklers
All sugar beets grown for Sidney Sugars Inc. are irrigated, and that traditionally has meant some hard physical labor. But that presents a problem because labor is increasingly hard to come by in the midst of the big Bakken oilfield boom.
Monday, August, 04, 2014 - Agweek - News

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Already dry fields in SD crunched by storm
After nearly 30 years of farming, he’s seen his share of tough summers in the fields. Ronnie Prien’s farm south of Stickney, S.D., was in the path of those hardest hit by a weekend storm that was estimated to be about 65 miles long, stretching from White Lake to near Scotland.
Thursday, July, 31, 2014 - Forum News Service - News

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Hat-wearing leadership for ND
TOWNER, N.D. — One of many saltwater spills that have sterilized productive farm and ranch land in North Dakota occurred recently near Mandaree, N.D. A faulty pipeline released 1 million gallons of saltwater — a brine up to 30 times saltier than sea water — down a ravine heading towards Lake Sakakawea.
Monday, July, 28, 2014 - Agweek - News

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Former SDSU official named to Idaho post, US Midwestern farmers fighting explosion of ‘superweeds’, pigs fall from truck onto I-29 in ND, and Heart O' Lakes Meats issues allergen alert.
Monday, July, 28, 2014 - - News

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Water table depth can affect crops
BROOKINGS, S.D. — Shallow water tables can impact crop production, according to Daniel Ostrem, South Dakota State University Extension water resource field specialist.
Monday, July, 28, 2014 - - News

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Best management practices for maximum yield
When reviewing average soybean yields across the state, South Dakota State University researchers made a startling discovery — certified research plots were yielding 20 bushels per acre more than neighboring fields.
Monday, July, 28, 2014 - SDSU Extension Service - News

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ND ranchers say mineral rights get too much emphasis
BELFIELD, N.D. — Byron Richard’s pickup bounces up and down over the washboard gravel road. He clutches the wheel with one hand and points with the other as he passes dozens of oil wells on land where once crops grew and cattle grazed. A few of the wells are decades old; most are new or under construction. Oil field vehicles of assorted shapes and sizes clog the road in places and kick up thick clouds of dust.
Monday, July, 28, 2014 - Agweek - News

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A record wheat crop?
The annual tour of area fields shows great promise, but development is behind normal.
Thursday, July, 24, 2014 - Agweek - News

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US Midwestern farmers fighting explosion of ‘superweeds’
Farmers in important crop-growing states should consider the environmentally unfriendly practice of deeply tilling fields to fight a growing problem with invasive “superweeds” that resist herbicides and choke crop yields, agricultural experts said this week.
Wednesday, July, 23, 2014 - - News

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Options on prevented-planting fields
Many farmers across the Upper Midwest are still weighing what to do with fields that were too wet to plant this spring. Every situation is different, and there’s no one-size-fits-all solution.
Monday, July, 21, 2014 - Agweek - News

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Crops doing well in erratic season
The weather has both hurt and helped the Upper Midwest spring wheat crop. On balance, though, the crop is doing reasonably well.
Monday, July, 21, 2014 - Agweek - News

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Landowners and energy developers need solutions
I recently spoke at the International Legislators Forum, which is an annual meeting of legislators from Manitoba, Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota put on by the Consensus Council. The forum “provides an opportunity for delegates to share information, understand problems, build relationships and develop collaborative agreements on a wide variety of issues.” I spoke on a panel about landowner perspectives related to
Monday, July, 21, 2014 - Agweek - News

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Keep animals safe in hot temps
BROOKINGS, S.D. — Weather forecasters are predicting the hottest temperatures so far this summer to arrive sometime this week, accompanied by intense humidity.
Monday, July, 21, 2014 - - News

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‘Peak soil’ depletion raises global prices
LONDON — The challenge of ensuring future food security as populations grow and diets change has its roots in soil, but the increasing degradation of the earth’s thin skin is threatening to push up food prices and increase deforestation.
Monday, July, 21, 2014 - Reuters - News

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