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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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The federal government OKs a new Minnesota propane facility, North Dakota producers report livestock loss from algae poisoning, and Moscow bans western food imports.
Monday, August, 11, 2014 - Agweek - News

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Green peas hurting
WINNIPEG, Manitoba — The first field of green peas is reported to have been combined in southwest Saskatchewan, although the bulk of the harvest will not start until mid-August.
Monday, August, 11, 2014 - Agweek - News

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Grain, meat and the carnivore's dilemma
If most Americans followed commodity prices as blindly as they follow the Kardashians, the national dinner menu might well feature bushels of cheaper-by-the-day grains and teaspoons of record-priced pork, beef, poultry and fish.
Monday, August, 11, 2014 - Agweek - News

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August rains could be good for late crops
Early August rainfall could be a blessing for crops that were planted later than usual, area farmers and agronomists said this week.
Friday, August, 08, 2014 - Forum News Service - News

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ND producers report livestock loss from algae poisoning
Livestock producers throughout North Dakota have reported losing livestock to toxic water caused by blue-green algae poisoning.
Thursday, August, 07, 2014 - Forum News Service - News

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ND prevented-planting acres might fall short of earlier fears
As of July 26, the most recent date for which statistics are available, 1,663,847 prevented-planting acres in the state had been reported, according to Bryan Olschlager, farm program director of the compliance division of the North Dakota Farm Service Agency.
Monday, August, 04, 2014 - Agweek - News

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Young farmer programs find investors in Minnesota
When Ryan Batalden graduated from college, he worked for a time in a Twin Cities office. But, Batalden, who grew up on a farm, always felt the tug of the land.
Monday, August, 04, 2014 - Minnesota Public Radio News - News

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Farmers will need storage
The region’s crops are largely on-track, with wheat harvest starting in South Dakota and moderate rainfall totals through much of the region.
Monday, August, 04, 2014 - Agweek - News

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Court upholds USDA COOL authority, implementation
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia on July 29 upheld the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s authority to issue rules implementing the country-of-origin labeling law for meat and poultry products. The court also denied a request for a preliminary injunction to block implementation of USDA’s May 2013 final rule for the labeling law.
Wednesday, July, 30, 2014 - Agweek - News

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Minn. programs find investors to help small farmers
As the nation’s farmers age, the aspiring young farmers who might replace them often find high land costs impossible hurdles. Buying 100 acres of good farmland can cost $1 million, and that amount of land often is too little to support a family.
Tuesday, July, 29, 2014 - Minnesota Public Radio News - News

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Minn. man has passion for pollinators
WORTHINGTON, Minn. — There has been a lot of buzz about bees in recent years with the sharp decline in the honeybee population, Colony Collapse Disorder and fears there might one day not be enough honeybees to pollinate the trees and plants that bear our fruits and vegetables.
Monday, July, 28, 2014 - Forum News Service - News

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Wild weather hurting crops in some areas, while others closer to normal
Crop conditions in the northern Red River Valley are, in five words, “very, very, very, very varied.” So says Brad Brummond, Walsh County, N.D., agricultural extension agent. “We’ve got spring wheat that’s already heading out and we’ve got some that’s just emerging from the ground,” he said. “Some of that late crop is going to be a real challenge.”
Wednesday, July, 09, 2014 - Forum News Service - News

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Prevented-plant numbers not yet accumulated
Crops in the region have benefitted from moisture, but some areas are suffering from too much, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service weekly report on June 30. The Farm Service Agency won’t accumulate prevented-plant figures until late July.
Monday, July, 07, 2014 - Agweek - News

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Northwood, ND, canola crushing plant eyes July 7 public start
An oilseed crushing plant in Northwood, N.D., is expected to reopen to the public on July 7. The Prairie Premium Oil plant eventually could expand to other crops, but has no immediate plans to do so, says Kent Weston, the company’s president. “I think we’ll be primarily a canola plant,” he says. “We’ll be ready to change if we have to, though.”
Monday, June, 30, 2014 - Agweek - News

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Sunflower hybrid performance differs by region
DEADWOOD, S.D. — New research shows how regional changes can influence the yield on a particular sunflower hybrid — either for better or worse. The study is especially important because of the shift of sunflowers from the Red River Valley of eastern North Dakota and western Minnesota farther west in North Dakota and into South Dakota.
Monday, June, 30, 2014 - Agweek - News

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Regent, N.D., farm celebrates 100 years
In 100 years, many things have changed in rural Regent. Horses pulling plows to sow fields have been replaced by sophisticated, motorized farm equipment equipped with hydraulics and global positioning systems. There are also far fewer farm families in the area than there were a century ago.
Friday, June, 27, 2014 - Forum News Service - News

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Mid-June storms hurt region’s farmers
Heavy rains across parts of the Upper Midwest June 14 to 16 ended the planting season for many farmers and threaten the fields of some others.
Monday, June, 23, 2014 - Agweek - News

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Pests, weeds could be a struggle for farmers in late-season planting
Farmers in the region are nearly finished with their planting, making headway in sunny spurts despite considerable delays during the spring. Still, disagreeable temperatures and long bouts of rain will leave crops in the ground more susceptible to pests, weeds and bad weather, producers and experts say.
Friday, June, 20, 2014 - Forum News Service - News

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Hail, rain pummels fields in southwest Minn.
Like many farmers with crops under water or obliterated by hail, Harley Buys of rural Edgerton, Minn., is in limbo. “Everything we farm is gone,” he said Tuesday afternoon, 24 hours after a 6-inch rain and a 45-minute hail storm pummeled his fields between Edgerton and Leota. “We’ve still got banks of corn stalks and hail three feet deep. Hail’s still laying in the ditches, too.”
Wednesday, June, 18, 2014 - Forum News Service - News

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