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Economist: Ag outlook tough, could be worse
Robert Johansson, new acting chief economist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, said commodity prices have been trending downward for the past several years and USDA expects that to continue.
Monday, May, 04, 2015 - Agweek - News

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Markets: Fundamentals turn bearish
All wheat contracts traded to five-year lows last week before finding willing buyers. The corn market broke out of its three-month range to the downside last week. Soybeans opened the week with modest gains April 27 and 28, as buying supported the market at prices near six-month lows.
Monday, May, 04, 2015 - - News

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China says climate change threatens major projects
BEIJING - Climate change threatens some of China's most important infrastructure projects, China's top meteorologist warned in a state newspaper, adding the country's rate of warming was higher than the global average.
Monday, May, 04, 2015 - Reuters - News

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California water plan has less money for environmental restoration
OAKLAND, Calif. - A controversial plan to divert water from above a key California watershed, pushed hard by Governor Jerry Brown as a vital new anchor for the state's drought-parched water system, would involve far less environmental restoration than initially proposed under changes announced on Thursday.
Thursday, April, 30, 2015 - Reuters - News

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Climate change could push a sixth of species to extinction
OSLO - Climate change could drive up to a sixth of animals and plants on Earth to extinction unless governments cut rising greenhouse gas emissions, according to a U.S. study published on Thursday.
Thursday, April, 30, 2015 - Reuters - News

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California governor orders aggressive greenhouse gas cuts by 2030
California Governor Jerry Brown issued an executive order on Wednesday to cut the state's greenhouse gas emissions to 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030, his office said in a statement.
Wednesday, April, 29, 2015 - Reuters - News

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NDSU extension: Livestock producers need stocking rate reduction plan
Livestock producers should have a drought management plan in place prior to pasture turnout in case drought persists into the growing season this year, North Dakota State University Extension Service livestock and rangeland specialists say.
Tuesday, April, 28, 2015 - North Dakota State University Extension Service - News

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Weather Talk: More rain would be good
The drought has received very little attention because the only ill-effect so far has been a few windy days with a few wild fires, which happens lots of times in spring. But May and June will bring consistently much warmer temperatures and higher evaporation rates so that, without good rain, things will start to get very dry.
Tuesday, April, 28, 2015 - Forum News Service - News

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Drought may bring West Coast brownouts this summer
WASHINGTON - The West Coast could see power brownouts in coming months as hydro power stations struggle with the four-year drought, and in the longer term climate change could cause additional problems for power plants, the U.S. energy secretary said on Monday.
Monday, April, 27, 2015 - Reuters - News

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Chipotle goes GMO-free in first for fast-food sector
Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc on Monday said the 46 ingredients used in its roughly 1,800 restaurants were now free of genetically modified organisms, becoming the first major U.S. restaurant chain to make that switch.
Monday, April, 27, 2015 - Reuters - News

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More cattle placed in U.S. feedlots in March than expected
CHICAGO - The number of cattle placed in U.S. feedlots last month was higher than expected due to an increase in the number of cattle that had grazed on pastures over the past few months, a government report showed on Friday.
Monday, April, 27, 2015 - Reuters - News

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Coffee production slipping in Tanzania as temperatures rise
DAR ES SALAAM - Warmer weather means that Tanzania is producing less coffee as higher temperatures affect yields, hurting both the nation’s producers and coffee drinkers who may pay more per cup, a South African university has found.
Monday, April, 27, 2015 - Reuters - News

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Weather Talk: Caught in the middle between wet and dry
Both of the past two winters, there has been a sharp divide between a cold and snowy eastern U.S. and a warm and dry western U.S. Caught in the middle, our region was cold and dry in 2013-14 and mild and dry this past winter. The dryness is related to the northwest to southeast position of the Polar Jet Stream, coming over the top of the western high pressure ridge responsible for the western warmth and diving south around the stalled out eastern low pressure area.
Sunday, April, 26, 2015 - Forum News Service - News

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Nevada's Lake Mead on track to reach record low water level amid drought
Nevada's Lake Mead, the largest capacity reservoir in the United States, is on track to drop to its lowest water level in recorded history on Sunday as its source, the Colorado River, suffers from 14 years of severe drought, experts said on Friday.
Friday, April, 24, 2015 - Reuters - News

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Bill to ban fining Californians who let lawns go brown in drought
SACRAMENTO - Californians who let their lawns go brown to save water during the state's prolonged drought would no longer face fines from municipalities for failing to maintain their properties under a bill passed Thursday in the state assembly.
Friday, April, 24, 2015 - Reuters - News

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Farm loans keep rising in U.S. grain belt as cash squeeze tightens
CHICAGO - Farmers in the central U.S. grain and livestock states continued to take out new operating loans in the first quarter of 2015 as low grain prices failed to cover high costs for seed, rents and crop chemicals ahead of spring field work, the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City said on Wednesday.
Wednesday, April, 22, 2015 - Reuters - News

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Weather Talk: Noise after months of quiet
The official rain gauge for Fargo-Moorhead recorded 0.36 inches of rainfall late Saturday night and Sunday. This was the heaviest precipitation in a day since 0.37 inches was measured in a 3.5 inch snowfall back on Feb. 10. That was the heaviest snowfall of the winter. Before that, there was a rainfall of 0.44 inches Nov. 5.
Wednesday, April, 22, 2015 - Forum News Service - News

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Posh Beverly Hills considers empty pools, $1,000 fines amid drought
LOS ANGELES - Beverly Hills, the southern California city whose name evokes Hollywood-tinged glamour and luxury, is considering banning the refilling of swimming pools and fining residents $1,000 for water violations.
Tuesday, April, 21, 2015 - Reuters - News

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California court rejects city's tiered water rates
A state appeals court ruled on Monday that a southern California city's tiered water rates, developed in an effort to combat overuse during the state's ongoing drought, violated the state's Constitution.
Tuesday, April, 21, 2015 - Reuters - News

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Start planning now if summer looks dry
Agricultural producers often experience feelings of uncertainty that are sourced in many day-to-day issues. The biggest uncertainty is the weather.
Tuesday, April, 21, 2015 - North Dakota State University Extension Service - News

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