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Annual KMOT Ag Expo still upbeat despite lower crop prices
A no-reason-to-panic attitude was typical of people who talked with Agweek Wednesday on the first day of the 44th annual KMOT Ag Expo, one of the region’s largest and most popular farm shows. The three-day show, which ends Jan. 30, is at the State Fair Center on the North Dakota State Fairgrounds. An estimated 30,000 to 40,000 people will attend, as will more than 1,000 exhibitors.
Wednesday, January, 28, 2015 - Agweek - 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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Vilsack orders update of agency’s animal welfare research strategy
U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has directed agency staff to create and deliver an updated Animal Welfare Strategy plan within 60 days, according to an internal email reviewed by Reuters.
Tuesday, January, 27, 2015 - Reuters - News

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Canadian province eyes tougher rules on investor farm buys
Saskatchewan is likely to tighten what are already some of North America’s strictest rules for purchasing farmland as the Western Canadian province looks to fend off big money managers hungry for what they see as a winning investment.
Tuesday, January, 27, 2015 - Reuters - News

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Far northwest Wis. residents wrestle with proposed hog facility
An application was filed with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources in December that would make it the first so-called Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation in a county widely known for its apple orchards and family farms. The operation could have as many as 20,000 to 25,000 pigs on site at any given time.
Tuesday, January, 27, 2015 - Forum News Service - News

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SDFU celebrates January farm family
Like all business owners, farmers are always crunching numbers, so the fact that John Kippley, 69, and his son, Jeff, 35, both have accounting degrees works well for the Aberdeen, S.D., farmers.
Monday, January, 26, 2015 - South Dakota Farmers Union - News

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Family puts money down on beef
ELGIN, N.D. — When Blaine Ottmar’s two sons moved their families back to their hometown of Elgin, N.D., he had to find a way for the family farm to support the new additions, which included six grandsons.
Monday, January, 26, 2015 - Bismarck (N.D.) Tribune - News

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Official says corporations should be allowed to own dairies in ND
BISMARCK, N.D. — A drop in the number of North Dakota dairy farms — from 350 in 2000 to 91 today — has led to scrutiny of a state law that allows only family members to form farming corporations.
Monday, January, 26, 2015 - Bismarck (N.D.) Tribune - News

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Understand the value of bull identification
When buying registered bulls, always insist on transferring the registration number to your operation. Do not make the statement: “Well, the bull only will be used on commercial cows, so I do not need the bull registered.” That is wrong, just wrong. The biggest toe-stubbing problem in the beef industry is the lack of understanding of the value of individual animal identification.
Monday, January, 26, 2015 - - News

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Choosing alternative feedstuffs in today's market
Despite lower feed costs in recent months, declining farm-gate prices for milk will have dairy farm managers sharpening their feed-planning pencils in search of cost-effective rations for 2015.
Monday, January, 26, 2015 - - News

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Prompt treatment of calf scours imperative
COLUMBIA, Mo. — Calf scours, the diarrhea seen during the first 30 days of a calf’s life, is caused by a variety of bacteria, viruses and parasites. But the exact cause is less important than prompt treatment, says a University of Missouri professor of food-animal medicine.
Monday, January, 26, 2015 - University of Missouri Extension Service - News

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Determine an approach to meet cattle goals
Everything has a cost. As the beef industry interacts with the market, individual producers must decide their approach to survival and meeting the family and operational goals.
Monday, January, 26, 2015 - - News

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Upper Midwest milk producers remain upbeat
Linda Hanson and her family are part of the Upper Midwest dairy industry and could play a larger role in what the industry hopes will be a bigger, better future. Linda and her husband, Mike, who operate a 60-head dairy operation near Goodrich, Minn., in the northwest corner of the state, are evaluating whether to build a new, high-tech milking facility. One of their three sons already is involved in their diversified farm, and the two younger sons are interested in coming back, too.
Monday, January, 26, 2015 - Agweek - News

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Speed reading
TOWNER, N.D. — If you’ve read the books of my Cowboy Logic columns, you’ll notice the publisher name is Sandhill Communications. It’s right there on what they call the verso of the title page — publisher, copyright, international standard book number, Library of Congress control number — all pretty impressive stuff.
Monday, January, 26, 2015 - Agweek - News

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Farm-to-table regaining popularity
We didn’t know it back then, but everyone on the big southern Illinois dairy farm of my youth was a foodie.
Monday, January, 26, 2015 - - News

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Minn. cattlemen angered by court ruling restoring wolf protection
MENAHGA, Minn. — Ross Genoch walks through his small cattle herd on a cold, clear January morning. The cows, docile and trusting, approach him expectantly. “They’re hoping for a corn cob. Well, they get treated like pets,” he says with a smile.
Monday, January, 26, 2015 - Jonathan Knutson - News

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Harvard buys up water rights in drought-hit wine country
Harvard University has quietly become one of the biggest grape growers in California’s drought-stricken Paso Robles wine region, securing water well drilling permits to feed its vineyards days before lawmakers banned new pumping, according to records reviewed by Reuters.
Friday, January, 23, 2015 - Reuters - News

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Brazilian meats processor looks to expand in Asia
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.
Friday, January, 23, 2015 - Reuters - 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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WATCH: A sneak peek into the next issue of Agweek
Editor Lisa Gibson talks about what we're working on for the Jan. 26 issue of Agweek, including a cover story on federal wolf protection and how it affects ranchers, coverage of the Precision Ag Summit and much more.
Wednesday, January, 21, 2015 - Agweek - News

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