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Area farmers fight to finish planting under tough conditions
For the second straight year, many Upper Midwest farmers are battling uncooperative weather to plant their crops. And for the second straight year, some farmers are running out of time.
Monday, June, 16, 2014 - Agweek - News

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Science explores turfgrass, irrigation
WASHINGTON — A University of Minnesota student who has developed a drought-resistant turfgrass seed mixture was among the 100 students to exhibit his project at the recent White House Science Fair.
Monday, June, 09, 2014 - Agweek - News

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Despite cool spring, calving and lambing going well
Upper Midwest livestock producers generally have come through the long, cold winter and cool, wet spring just fine.
Monday, June, 09, 2014 - Agweek - News

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Heitkamp, Thune lead effort to help farmers with losses from unplanted crops
U.S. Senators Heidi Heitkamp, D-ND, and John Thune, R-SD, are spearheading a bipartisan effort to support farmers who are prevented from planting crops because of adverse weather, which can seriously impact a family farm’s bottom line.
Thursday, June, 05, 2014 - - News

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Sodden spring spells uncertainty for Minn. crop prices
Minnesota farmers might be looking at a financial squeeze this year. The wet spring has eliminated drought in much of the Corn Belt, suggesting a big crop could be on the way. That’s helping drive down prices below the breakeven level for a lot of producers.
Wednesday, May, 28, 2014 - Minnesota Public Radio News - News

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Sugar beet growers cautious of supply predictions
The possibility of stronger down-the-line sugar prices sounds good, but it’s too early to take higher prices for granted, Red River Valley sugar beet officials say.
Tuesday, May, 27, 2014 - Agweek - News

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Family steps up after death of sheep industry giant
Dion Van Well towered over the sheep industry in the Upper Midwest like few do. He was dubbed the “Lion of the Lambs,” in a 2009 Agweek story, and his family vows to continue his legacy. Van Well, 47, died in his sleep of heart failure on Jan. 5 while on a pheasant hunting trip with buddies near Hoven, S.D.
Tuesday, May, 27, 2014 - Agweek - News

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Soybeans continue to impress
Wheat struggled last week, with most of the session seeing steady to lower closes. Improving weather conditions in the major wheat producing regions of the U.S. caused traders to take the short side. For the week ending May 22, July Minneapolis dropped 8.25 cents, September Minneapolis dropped 9.25 cents, July Chicago slipped 15 cents and July Kansas City gave back 16 cents.
Tuesday, May, 27, 2014 - Agweek - News

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US faces higher food price inflation 2014, led by meats
U.S. food price inflation is expected to rise by 2.5 to 3.5 percent in 2014, higher than 2013 but roughly in line with long-term norms, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Friday.
Friday, May, 23, 2014 - - News

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U of M soil researchers seek to understand life in earth
Jay Bell, a soil science professor at the U of M, wants you to know this isn’t just dirt. It holds great beauty — “Isn’t this gorgeous?” he says at one point. “For me, I have pictures of soil hanging on my wall because that’s like artwork.” Art perhaps, but the science of soil can have far-reaching effects, including climate change.
Friday, May, 23, 2014 - Minnesota Public Radio News - News

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Calif. drought will cost thousands of farm jobs
California’s drought will cause thousands of workers to lose their jobs and cost farmers in the state’s Central Valley breadbasket $1.7 billion, researchers say in the first economic study of what may be the state’s driest year on record.
Tuesday, May, 20, 2014 - Reuters - News

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Predicted global sugar supply deficit might not affect sugar beet prices
The possibility of stronger down-the-line sugar prices sounds good, but it’s too early to take higher prices for granted, Red River Valley sugar beet officials say.
Monday, May, 19, 2014 - Agweek - News

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Devils Lake flooding still hurting farmers, ranchers
Farmers in the Devils Lake, N.D., area face another soggy growing season of unplanted fields and lost revenue, a new study shows.
Monday, May, 19, 2014 - Agweek - News

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Rancher works as shop foreman
For two decades, Strom of Hill River Farm was a ranch without cattle. But Mark Strom, a fifth-generation rancher, brought them back. “Animals, livestock — whether it’s a dog or cat — I pretty much have a passion for it,” he says.
Monday, May, 19, 2014 - Agweek - News

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Bad weather, robust demand to end cycle of sugar surpluses
The global sugar surplus era is coming to an end. After three straight years of big surpluses, the sugar market is heading toward a balance or a small deficit next season because of adverse weather in Brazil and Asia, higher-than-expected Chinese demand and steady growth in consumption.
Friday, May, 16, 2014 - Reuters - News

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Farmers work hard to meet planting insurance dates
Fieldwork has been delayed even further as cool, wet weather has persisted in the region, but farmers are working hard to meet crop planting insurance deadlines.
Friday, May, 16, 2014 - Forum News Service - News

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Climate change affects farming
The White House released its third and latest assessment of climate change, including a special chapter on agriculture that declares climate change is affecting farming in every region of the country.
Monday, May, 12, 2014 - Agweek - News

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Weather concerns drive market
Wheat started last week with large gains from weather concerns, but slowed down toward the end of the week with position squaring ahead of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s May crop production report the main feature.
Monday, May, 12, 2014 - Agweek - News

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Sorghum group seeks funding for research
Interest in gluten-free foods is growing, and a North Dakota-based organization is proposing to test 108 early maturing sorghum lines that potentially could fare well in the state.
Monday, May, 12, 2014 - Agweek - News

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UPDATED: ITC rules American producers unfairly hurt by Mexican competition
The U.S. sugar industry’s campaign against what it says is unfair Mexican competition won a victory today.
Friday, May, 09, 2014 - Agweek - News

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