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Transition of operation more difficult and important than ever
EUCLID, Minn. — Don Strickler has faced many tough calls in his long farming career. But the 70-year-old Euclid, Minn., producer says his most important professional challenge, one he’s still working on, is passing on the family farm to the next generation.
Monday, February, 09, 2015 - Agweek - News

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DNR temporarily halts massive conversion of Minnesota pine forest into farmland
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources on Thursday announced it had temporarily ordered a halt to a massive conversion of thousands of acres of Minnesota pine forest into farmland out of concern for the state’s water supply and forest ecosystem.
Friday, February, 06, 2015 - Forum News Service - News

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Congress considers RFS changes
Thirty-four U.S. lawmakers introduced a bill that seeks to end ethanol fuel-blending mandates. The legislators want to eliminate requirements for corn-based ethanol blending and cap blending levels for other biofuels at actual production levels.
Thursday, February, 05, 2015 - - News

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Oklahoma sees meth addicts fueling surge in cattle rustling
One of the oldest Wild West crimes, cattle rustling, has been making a comeback in Oklahoma in recent years, with major culprits being methamphetamine addicts selling stolen livestock to pay for their drug habits, officials say.
Thursday, February, 05, 2015 - Reuters - News

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US FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg to step down
Dr. Margaret Hamburg, who as commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for almost six years has overseen public health initiatives ranging from tobacco control and food safety to personalized medicine and drug approvals, is stepping down, the agency said Feb. 5.
Thursday, February, 05, 2015 - Reuters - News

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Minn. tech colleges team up for ag education
With an aging workforce and pressing labor shortages, a new collaboration among tech colleges will focus on infusing the ag industry with skilled workers.
Wednesday, February, 04, 2015 - Forum News Service - News

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Farmers adapt to big rains but send trouble downstream
As rains have gotten heavier, Minnesota farmers in recent years have been expanding a 150-year-old drainage system, pulling billions of gallons more water off soggy land and letting the state’s corn and soybean fields thrive.
Wednesday, February, 04, 2015 - Minnesota Public Radio News - News

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WATCH: A sneak peek into the next issue of Agweek
Join Agweek Editor Lisa Gibson for a preview of what's coming up in the Feb. 9 issue, including advice on farm transitions, national calf numbers, a program that helps youth get into the cattle business, and more.
Wednesday, February, 04, 2015 - Agweek - News

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Japan farming reforms a stiff test of Abe’s resolve
After December’s landslide re-election, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s program to revive the nation’s economy is set to meet perhaps its stiffest challenge, the nation’s sclerotic farming industry.
Tuesday, February, 03, 2015 - Reuters - News

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Obama proposes creation of stand-alone US food safety agency
U.S. President Barack Obama has proposed bringing together the country’s food safety operations into one agency to better monitor food quality in a move that would reshape the Food and Drug Administration.
Tuesday, February, 03, 2015 - Reuters - News

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IPCC: World has not woken up to water crisis from climate change
Water scarcity could lead to conflict between communities and nations as the world is still not fully aware of the water crisis many countries face as a result of climate change, the head of the United Nations panel of climate scientists warns.
Tuesday, February, 03, 2015 - Thomson Reuters Foundation - News

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BNSF drops price on Spiritwood, ND, rail switch
BNSF has reduced its price tag for the automated rail switch at the Spiritwood Energy Park Association by about $200,000, according to Connie Ova, CEO of the Jamestown/Stutsman (N.D.) Development Corp.
Tuesday, February, 03, 2015 - Forum News Service - News

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Bill restricting ND beehive placement gets do-not-pass
Beekeepers swarmed to the Capitol on Jan. 29 to testify against a bill that would have put a 2-mile no-hive zone around North Dakota homes, day care centers and schools, a restriction industry leaders say would have ended beekeeping in the state.
Monday, February, 02, 2015 - Forum News Service - News

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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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Cows need proper amount of feed
With the temporary letup from the harshness of winter weather, cow-calf producers are breathing a sigh of relief. The arctic cold is held at bay and the world seems to go a little better.
Monday, February, 02, 2015 - - News

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COOL does not restrict trade
The United States country-of-origin labeling (COOL) program for beef was implemented in 2009. While opponents to such consumer transparency issues have claimed that COOL was supported by U.S. cattle producers wishing to restrict trade, I can tell you that never was the intent, and the facts simply don’t support this propagandist tactic.
Monday, February, 02, 2015 - - 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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Farmers are winning appeals of prevented-plant claim denials
COURTENAY, N.D. — Lee Dick says he should not have had to pay $41,000 in legal fees to get $123,194.90 in prevented-plant crop insurance benefits he was owed from his 2012 crop.
Monday, February, 02, 2015 - Agweek - 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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Brazilian processor considers expanse into Asia
SAO PAULO — Brazil’s BRF SA, the world’s biggest chicken exporter, aims to expand further into Asia by building on a recent Indonesian joint venture with more partnerships and acquisitions, a top executive says.
Monday, February, 02, 2015 - Reuters - News

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