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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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New project will study cover crops, soil health in northeast ND
Soil health is drawing growing attention from Upper Midwest farmers, and a newly funded project seeks to help farmers in northeast North Dakota promote soil health through cover crops.
Monday, January, 26, 2015 - Agweek - News

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USDA: Operations come in many shapes, sizes
Family farms continue to dominate U.S. agricultural production, but mid-sized and large ones are more productive and profitable than small ones, according to a new study from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Monday, January, 19, 2015 - Agweek - News

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Extension sessions update ag professionals
CROOKSTON, Minn. — Nitrogen fertilizer is too expensive to waste and too useful to skimp on — and determining the proper amount to apply to crops can be difficult, said Fabian Fernandez, nutrient management and water quality specialist in the University of Minnesota’s department of soil, water and climate.
Monday, January, 19, 2015 - Agweek - News

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Choices and consequences
It’s one of the biggest behind-the-scenes stories in Upper Midwest agriculture. It’s the story of aggressive farmers who expanded rapidly between 2007 and 2012 during the boom and prudent operators who expanded with care and caution. It’s a story in which a pivotal chapter might be written during the 2015 crop season.
Monday, January, 12, 2015 - Agweek - News

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Pembina FSA reschedules farm bill meetings
Two farm bill meetings cancelled because of bad weather have been rescheduled by the Pembina County (N.D.) Farm Service Agency.
Monday, January, 12, 2015 - Agweek - News

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Plunging grain prices prompt growing interest in raising both crops and livestock
FOSSTON, Minn. — Like most area farmers who raise crops, the Landsverk family is hurt by falling grain prices. Unlike many of their fellow farmers, however, the Landsverks have a safety net. They run an organic dairy operation, and their milk income cushions declining grain sales.
Monday, January, 12, 2015 - Agweek - News

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Farmland rental rates a tough topic
DEVILS LAKE, N.D. — Willie Huot has spent years helping farmers and landlords develop farmland rental agreements and he’s reached this conclusion: “What you come up with has to benefit both parties. It needs to be a win-win situation,” says Huot, a veteran Grand Forks (N.D.) County extension agent.
Monday, January, 12, 2015 - Agweek - News

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Steps to fight anthracnose, bacterial blight in dry beans
DEVILS LAKE, N.D. — Dry beans are a big deal in North Dakota and northwest Minnesota, and that makes managing anthracnose a big deal, too.
Monday, January, 12, 2015 - Agweek - News

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Cheapest might not be best in fighting glyphosate resistance
DEVILS LAKE, N.D. — Area farmers generally are well aware of the growing danger from glyphosate-resistant weeds. But they’re not always as quick as they should be to take action, a weed expert says.
Monday, January, 12, 2015 - Agweek - News

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New show expands brand, works closely with magazine
Agweek TV debuts Jan. 11. The 30-minute weekly television show will focus on agricultural issues and developments important in the Upper Midwest, says Shawna Olson, the show’s host.
Monday, January, 05, 2015 - Agweek - News

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Author makes case to avoid eating animals
James McWilliams hasn’t eaten animals since 2007. He’s hoping the time comes when other ethically minded Americans don’t eat them, either.
Monday, January, 05, 2015 - Agweek - News

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WATCH: A sneak peek into the next issue of Agweek
Agweek staff writer Jonathan Knutson provides a glimpse into the Jan. 5 issue, including a cover story about a North Dakota edible bean company that has been hard-hit by rail delays. The issue will also include details about the upcoming launch of Agweek TV on Jan. 11 and a story featuring an animal rights supporter. Readers can also expect events, markets, the latest ag news and more. Stay tuned.
Wednesday, December, 31, 2014 - Agweek - News

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No-till group holding annual workshop
Fuel prices are dropping, but the case for reducing soil tillage — and attending an upcoming zero-tillage workshop — remains as strong as ever, a zero-till supporter says.
Monday, December, 29, 2014 - Agweek - News

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Weather, prices, farm bill, rail delays are top stories in regional ag
No two years are the same in Upper Midwest agriculture, but 2014 brought some familiar issues and concerns. Erratic weather, improving technology, plunging grain prices, frustration with the railroads and political events in Washington, D.C., and elsewhere — all old acquaintances of area farmers and ranchers — popped up again.
Monday, December, 29, 2014 - Agweek - News

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Beef prices, big hay crop produce optimism
Plentiful hay supplies and record-high beef prices made this a Christmas to remember for Upper Midwest cattle producers, especially after widespread drought and storms in 2012 and 2013.
Monday, December, 29, 2014 - Agweek - News

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Feeder cattle futures rebound after worrisome plunge
Though it raised major concern at the time, a recent downturn in U.S. cattle prices appears to have been short-lived.
Monday, December, 29, 2014 - Agweek - News

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Crop budgets show potential loss
Plunging crop prices will make it difficult for many farmers in North Dakota and adjacent areas in surrounding states to turn a profit in 2015, according to an annual projection from North Dakota State University Extension Service.
Monday, December, 29, 2014 - Agweek - News

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Minn. wolf management program overturned by federal judge
The Minnesota State Cattlemen’s Association says it will do what it can to restore the state’s former wolf management program.
Monday, December, 22, 2014 - Agweek - News

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Devils Lake, ND, farm show celebrates anniversary
The first Lake Region Extension Roundup 35 years ago was a relatively modest one-day event that focused on sunflowers, the hot crop of the day.
Monday, December, 22, 2014 - Agweek - News

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