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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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Officials at Minn. meeting say farmers need to manage water before government steps in
If Minnesota farmers don’t cooperate to manage water, the federal and state government will do it for them, officials at a water issues forum said Thursday.
Thursday, July, 17, 2014 - Agweek - News

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Beef cattle numbers thriving, despite weather woes
BROOKINGS, S.D. — Beef cattle outnumber people in South Dakota by more than a 4 to 1 ratio. With this in mind, it should come as no surprise that South Dakota cattlemen and cattle feeders continue to keep their stake among national leaders in beef production despite the challenges presented by the drought of 2012, Storm Atlas and escalating feed and land costs.
Monday, July, 14, 2014 - - News

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Flood control creates tough times for farmers, ranchers
Ken Livedalen looks over what once was a broad meadow near the Souris River. For decades the ground produced a bountiful crop of nutritious grass that he baled and fed to his cattle.
Monday, July, 14, 2014 - Agweek - News

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Income minus cost equals net return
For those who do math, what is $713 minus $537? The answer is $176. Those are good numbers, especially for the cow-calf producer, because the $713 indicates the amount of cash that cows have been able to generate after adjusting for replacements.
Monday, July, 14, 2014 - Agweek - News

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ND growers asked to produce 250,000 pounds of food to fight hunger
The state’s agriculture commissioner challenged gardeners across North Dakota this week to grow 250,000 pounds of produce for those in need.
Friday, July, 11, 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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Grain exporters to feel more price pain as shipping rates rise
An improved outlook for global bulk shipping rates spells bad news for grain exporters as they go into the latest sales campaign, with increased freight costs squeezing profit margins and adding to price competition in leading markets.
Tuesday, July, 08, 2014 - Reuters - News

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Reflections of a reluctant farm kid
Once upon a time, there was a little farm girl who longed for city life. Every day she thought, “I will never ever live on a farm, when I grow up.” She gaped with wide eyes and an open mouth the first time she entered a real shopping mall.
Monday, July, 07, 2014 - Agweek - News

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Organization recommends conservation measures
LYONS, Neb. — On the one-year anniversary of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, the Center for Rural Affairs and National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition released recommendations for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service regarding conservation programs implementation under the 2014 farm bill.
Monday, July, 07, 2014 - - News

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US EPA approves corn fiber as cellulosic feedstock, livestock producers warned of anthrax danger, local leaders tout benefits of shipping overseas and SDSU Extension provides HR training modules for dairy producers.
Monday, July, 07, 2014 - - News

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RMA director retires after influential career
BILLINGS, Mont. — Doug Hagel might not be a household name, but his behind-the-scenes work has touched every farm and most ranches in the Dakotas and Montana in the past 20 years.
Monday, July, 07, 2014 - Agweek - News

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Increasing productivity lowers footprint
During the Bio Industry Summit held May 21 on the main campus of North Dakota State University, Beth Calabotta of Monsanto provided an overview of challenges associated with supplying a growing and ever-wealthier global population with the food, fuel and other products it demands.
Monday, July, 07, 2014 - - News

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Barcode system could be used for GMOs
ASPEN, Colo. — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said he has been so impressed by Nestlé’s barcode labeling system that he believes putting information about genetically modified ingredients in the same manner on food labels could resolve the issue of labeling foods that contain GMO ingredients.
Monday, July, 07, 2014 - Agweek - News

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Oregon proponents of GMO labeling expect ballot measure to qualify
Advocates of mandatory labeling of genetically engineered crops in Oregon say they had collected more than enough signatures to qualify a measure for the November ballot, and planned to submit them on Wednesday to state officials.
Wednesday, July, 02, 2014 - - 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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Energae considers selling company assets
Energae LP, a financially troubled green energy company based in Clear Lake, Iowa, is telling shareholders that officials are considering whether the company should sell its assets. The company had promoted a sugar beet-to-ethanol plant to Red River Valley farmers in 2012.
Monday, June, 30, 2014 - Agweek - News

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Minn. legislature delivered progress
Minnesota’s agriculture sector and hardworking farmers are too important to our great state to be used for political gain.
Monday, June, 30, 2014 - Agweek - News

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Farm boom reduces CRP acres
MOORHEAD, Minn. — Northern prairies saw some songbirds return in the 1990s as farmers shifted cropland into grasses. Crop prices were poor then, so idling land benefited farmers and birds.
Monday, June, 30, 2014 - Minnesota Public Radio News - News

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The challenge of feeding the world
The challenge of feeding an expected world population of more than 9 billion in 2050 — at least 2 billion more than today — has attracted considerable attention, resulting in a wide range of responses.
Monday, June, 30, 2014 - Agweek - News

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