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At least 2 dead, 10 missing after Arkansas, Texas tornadoes
AUSTIN, Texas - At least two people were killed in Arkansas and another 10 unaccounted for in Texas after a series of tornadoes hit the Great Plains states overnight, local officials said on Monday.
Monday, May, 11, 2015 - Reuters - News

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Feed sorghum crops as alternatives to corn
The combination of poor margins for row crops and the threat of continued dry conditions are prompting many producers to re-evaluate cropping plans. Warren Rusche, South Dakota State University Extension cow-calf field specialist, encourages them to consider crops like sorghum which require fewer inputs and use water more efficiently.
Wednesday, May, 06, 2015 - - News

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Lack of moisture good for calving, bad for pastures
This spring might have provided the perfect weather for calving, but the lack of moisture out on the range has cattle producers worried about forage production this growing season, says Pete Bauman, South Dakota State University Extension range field specialist.
Wednesday, May, 06, 2015 - - News

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Alternative cow-calf production systems
Ranchers face two competing economic realities today, says Warren Rusche, South Dakota State University Extension cow-calf field specialist.
Tuesday, May, 05, 2015 - - News

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USDA report shows planting picks up
Upper Midwest farmers generally made excellent planting progress during the week ending May 3, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Monday afternoon.
Monday, May, 04, 2015 - Agweek - News

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May 2015 climate outlook: Lack of moisture has caused problems for ag
As South Dakota transitions from April to May, higher-than-average air and soil temperatures are prevalent throughout the state. But spring precipitation has failed to appear across most of the state, creating winter wheat and forage issues, explains Dennis Todey, South Dakota State University Extension climate specialist and South Dakota State climatologist.
Monday, May, 04, 2015 - - News

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Applications open for South Dakota farm recognition
Applications are currently being accepted for the South Dakota Farm & Ranch Recognition program. Farm and ranch families who have enjoyed ownership of their South Dakota farm or ranch for 100 or 125 years have the opportunity to apply and be honored on Sept. 3 during the South Dakota State Fair in Huron.
Monday, May, 04, 2015 - - News

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Dry spring helps calving, hurts pastures
Tim Nolte has enjoyed the dry conditions this spring. But they worry him, too. Like most other Upper Midwest cattle producers, Nolte, a Sebeka, Minn., rancher, has benefitted from the region’s dry spring.
Monday, May, 04, 2015 - Agweek - News

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Economist: Ag outlook tough, could be worse
Robert Johansson, new acting chief economist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, said commodity prices have been trending downward for the past several years and USDA expects that to continue.
Monday, May, 04, 2015 - Agweek - News

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Ag returns fire at insurance opponents
Congressional agriculture committee leaders recently returned fire at the Environmental Working Group for being too critical of prevented-planting crop insurance use, especially in the Prairie Pothole country that includes North Dakota, South Dakota and parts of Minnesota.
Monday, May, 04, 2015 - Agweek - News

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Bird flu outbreak could set U.S. record with 'probable' cases in Iowa
CHICAGO - The highly pathogenic H5 avian flu turned up in initial tests at five more farms in Iowa, including a commercial egg operation housing up to 5.5 million birds, Iowa's agriculture department said on Thursday.
Friday, May, 01, 2015 - Reuters - News

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By the numbers: U.S. bird flu outbreak in poultry
Dozens of countries have imposed total or partial bans on U.S. poultry and poultry imports since an outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza was discovered in December. Each of the top 10 importers have introduced restrictions. Total bans have been imposed by China, South Korea and Angola, whose markets were valued at nearly $700 million last year.
Thursday, April, 30, 2015 - Reuters - News

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Saudi Arabia bans poultry meat from Canadian province Ontario
WINNIPEG, Manitoba - Saudi Arabia, the world's second-largest importer of chicken broiler meat, has banned imports of poultry meat and egg products from the Canadian province of Ontario due to the presence of avian influenza on three Ontario farms.
Wednesday, April, 29, 2015 - Reuters - News

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Tracing the bird flu outbreak in U.S. poultry flocks
Two highly pathogenic strains of avian influenza have been found in 14 U.S. states since December, prompting partial to total bans on imports of U.S. poultry and egg products to other countries that were valued at more than $6 billion last year.
Wednesday, April, 29, 2015 - Reuters - News

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New bird flu cases probable in Iowa, millions of birds affected
CHICAGO - Initial tests have found probable avian influenza outbreaks at five new commercial poultry sites in Iowa, affecting more than 6 million birds, the state's agriculture department and the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Monday.
Tuesday, April, 28, 2015 - Reuters - News

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South Dakota farmers getting ready to plant
Farmers throughout the region are anticipating a quick planting season, but looking forward to getting some rain on their dry fields.
Monday, April, 27, 2015 - Agweek - News

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Dispatches from DC: Ag journalism in the nation’s capital
Today, we’ll hear from numerous top national figures, including the U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Robert Johansson, USDA chief economist, as well as top trade officials. Clint Raine of the National Corn Growers Association, will talk about the use of drones in agriculture.
Monday, April, 27, 2015 - Agweek - News

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Increased human protections offered as H5N2 outbreak spreads
CHICAGO - Hundreds of farm workers exposed to a highly pathogenic strain of bird flu have been offered antiviral medication as a preventative measure in recent days, U.S. public health officials said.
Monday, April, 27, 2015 - Reuters - News

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By the numbers: U.S. bird flu outbreak in poultry
Minnesota has joined Wisconsin in declaring a state of emergency over an outbreak of bird flu in poultry that has led to the deaths of more than 7 million birds this year. Minnesota is also speeding up prescriptions of antiviral drug Tamiflu for farm workers and others who have been in direct contact with infected flocks. No infections have been reported in humans.
Friday, April, 24, 2015 - Reuters - News

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CDC: Risk low for human infection from U.S. strains of bird flu
CHICAGO - The strain of avian flu that has been identified in 12 U.S. states and led to the extermination of more than 7 million birds is different from the H5N1 bird flu virus that has spread from birds to humans in the past, an official with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Wednesday.
Thursday, April, 23, 2015 - Reuters - News

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