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Katie Pinke: Not all rural created equal
How can we inspire, empower and encourage the next generation of rural residents? I don’t have the answers, but even though not all of rural America looks alike, it all needs us.
Saturday, May, 23, 2015 - Special to Agweek - News

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The Land of Milk and Uncle Honey
This mid-May there is a first-ever — most likely, only-time-ever — reminder that 22 years have passed since three daily newspapers in central Illinois began to print these musings. That reminder is a collection of Farm and Food File columns centered on "the southern Illinois dairy farm of my youth."
Saturday, May, 23, 2015 - - News

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Large French supermarkets face ban on throwing away food
France is cracking down on food waste with legislation banning big supermarkets from destroying unsold but edible food on pain of fines and even jail sentences. Food lost by farmers, processors, restaurants, retailers and ultimately,
Friday, May, 22, 2015 - - News

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Lax biosecurity found on several Iowa bird flu farms
Measures to control the worst bird flu outbreak in U.S. history are not being enforced at several farms at its epicenter in northwestern Iowa, potentially increasing the risks that the disease could spread further, spot checks by Reuters show.
Thursday, May, 21, 2015 - Reuters - News

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Commentary: Genetic diversity in beef cattle is a good thing
Let me preface this column by saying the world always is changing and the beef industry is not immune to those changes. As a beef industry, if producers only read and visit about beef production and associated issues, the industry eventually will fail. That is not to say the activities that will replace the beef industry are better, but ignorance of change results in change.
Thursday, May, 21, 2015 - NDSU Extension Service - News

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Opinion: Obama should release trade agreement details
President Obama is “personally” offended his own party refuses to allow him to “fast track” the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade agreement. Considering the details are hidden from everyone except select international insiders negotiating the fate of American workers, the American public should be “personally” offended by Obama and the Republicans willing to go along.
Thursday, May, 21, 2015 - - News

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Letter: It’s time to stop thinking of birds as food
With bird flu in the news, I hope folks will consider whether to continue using birds for food. Think about those big sheds where birds are raised for consumption and what it would be like to spend your whole life there.
Thursday, May, 21, 2015 - - News

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Letter: Crackdown needed on factory farms' pollution; animals in 'squalid' conditions
They are some of the worst air polluters in the country and the Environmental Protection Agency isn’t doing anything about it. Who are they? The 20,000 factory farms in the U.S. that are home to billions of abused animals that are often cramped in small cages and living in squalid conditions.
Thursday, May, 21, 2015 - - News

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Residents pack hearing to discuss banning chickens in Minnesota town
At a time when some cities are trying to find ways to accommodate chickens, New Brighton, Minn., is considering banning fowl after more than a year of discussion over what has become an increasingly polarizing issue in the suburban community.
Wednesday, May, 20, 2015 - St. Paul Pioneer Press - News

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68th North Dakota Dairy Princess contest seeking candidates
The Midwest Dairy Association North Dakota Division is seeking candidates to participate in this year’s North Dakota Dairy Princess contest on June 28 and 29, in Bismarck.
Wednesday, May, 20, 2015 - - News

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Commentary: How are mineral interests lost?
In North Dakota, it is common for some or all of the mineral interests to be severed from the surface ownership.
Wednesday, May, 20, 2015 - - News

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Demeter Award nominations sought for outstanding women in ag
Nominations are now being accepted for the Women in Agribusiness Demeter Award of Excellence, which acknowledges the outstanding achievements of women in the ag sector.
Monday, May, 18, 2015 - - News

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Shrouded in secrecy, one of Africa's biggest land deals stalls
Malian farmer Balima Coulibaly and his fellow villagers watched with dread as 100,000 hectares of fertile land they have farmed for generations were handed to Libyan investors with no discussion about the impact on their impoverished communities.
Monday, May, 18, 2015 - Thomson Reuters Foundation - News

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Nebraska group works to keep youth in rural communities
It’s a longstanding concern across the rural Midwest — talented young people who leave home after high school or college, creating a hard-to-fill void that weakens their community.
Monday, May, 18, 2015 - Agweek - News

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Devils Lake flooding causes ag losses in North Dakota
The current estimate of cropland that will be lost to the lake in 2015 is 133,888 acres, according to Jeff Frith, manager of the Devils Lake Basin Joint Water Resource Board, and Bill Hodous, North Dakota State University Extension Service Ramsey County agent.
Sunday, May, 17, 2015 - - News

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Despite decline in North Dakota's dairy industry, one operation still thrives
Victor Camacho's face was only a few inches from that of a Holstein heifer. Camacho, holding a bottle in the mouth of the heifer's slick newborn calf, nodded at the mother as she walked in tight circles around her newborn.
Saturday, May, 16, 2015 - Forum News Service - News

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Katie Pinke: Pay tribute to your heritage in rural cemeteries
With Memorial Day just a week away, I find myself reminiscing about my childhood visits to rural cemeteries in eastern North Dakota with my great grandparents and grandparents.
Saturday, May, 16, 2015 - Special to Agweek.com - News

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Understand options in challenging government determinations
Farm Service Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Service and Risk Management Agency are all federal government agencies with which farmers and ranchers are familiar.
Saturday, May, 16, 2015 - Agweek - News

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Duluth, Minn., seed library legislation advances
A bill that could put Duluth's seed library on the right side of the law for a change is headed to Gov. Mark Dayton.
Friday, May, 15, 2015 - Forum News Service - News

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U.S. report shows mixed progress on curbing foodborne pathogens
U.S. cases of two deadly types of foodborne pathogens have fallen sharply since 2008, but rates of other key types of foodborne bugs have increased, according to the latest report on nine pathogens tracked by health officials.
Thursday, May, 14, 2015 - Reuters - News

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