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Business ‘visionary’ Bert Johnson dies
Bert Johnson was a prominent farmer, businessman and landowner in the northern Red River Valley and someone who never turned down the opportunity to make a deal.
Tuesday, July, 08, 2014 - Forum News Service - News

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Minn. officials target nitrates contaminating groundwater
Minnesotans are spending millions of dollars to deal with nitrate contamination in their water, and the state agriculture department says it’s time to insist that farmers do more to prevent the problem.
Tuesday, July, 08, 2014 - Minnesota Public Radio News - News

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Prevented-plant sticker shock
BILLINGS, Mont. — Some farmers in the prairie pothole region are starting to complain about sticker shock from rising rates for prevented-plant crop insurance coverage, says Doug Hagel, outgoing regional director for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Risk Management Agency.
Monday, July, 07, 2014 - Agweek - News

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Mud can reduce cattle performance, feed efficiency
BROOKINGS, S.D. — The performance and cost of gain to background or finish cattle depends in large part on the quality of their feeding environment — as little as 4 to 8 inches of mud can reduce performance and feed efficiency by about 13 percent, says Warren Rusche, South Dakota State University Extension cow-calf field specialist.
Monday, July, 07, 2014 - - News

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Prevented-plant numbers not yet accumulated
Crops in the region have benefitted from moisture, but some areas are suffering from too much, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service weekly report on June 30. The Farm Service Agency won’t accumulate prevented-plant figures until late July.
Monday, July, 07, 2014 - Agweek - News

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Drowned out
While Tuesday’s visit by Federal Emergency Management Agency officials to the Luverne, Minn., area was solely to collect damage estimates from governmental agencies such as counties, cities, townships and cooperatives, the region’s farmers continue to count their losses.
Thursday, July, 03, 2014 - Forum News Service - News

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$50 million announced to mitigate RRV flooding
U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced July 2 that up to $50 million is available over five years to the Red River Valley of eastern North Dakota and western Minnesota to help mitigate flooding through a new regional conservation program.
Thursday, July, 03, 2014 - Forum News Service - News

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Gardening for self sufficiency
I grew up with a garden, not that I was always appreciative of the fact or thrilled with the idea of pulling weeds or picking beans. I did like the tilling. Like most young boys, the tiller with its noisy gas motor and the ability to power pulverize dirt and old plants and weeds had its allure.
Monday, June, 30, 2014 - Agweek - News

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Sunflower hybrid performance differs by region
DEADWOOD, S.D. — New research shows how regional changes can influence the yield on a particular sunflower hybrid — either for better or worse. The study is especially important because of the shift of sunflowers from the Red River Valley of eastern North Dakota and western Minnesota farther west in North Dakota and into South Dakota.
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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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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Clinton tells BIO to promote characteristics
SAN DIEGO — Hillary Rodham Clinton expressed enthusiasm for biotech seeds in San Diego on June 25, but told members of the Biotechnology Industry Organization that they should promote the characteristics of genetically modified seeds rather than use the term “genetically modified” if they want the seeds accepted.
Monday, June, 30, 2014 - Agweek - News

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Soybean growers welcome higher biodiesel blend, but there are critics
Spring was wet and difficult, and many of Bill and Karolyn Zurn’s late-planted soybeans are still small and scant in the soggy soil. The Callaway, Minn., farm couple won’t harvest a good crop this fall unless the rest of the growing season cooperates.
Monday, June, 30, 2014 - Agweek - News

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Mid-June storms hurt region’s farmers
Heavy rains across parts of the Upper Midwest June 14 to 16 ended the planting season for many farmers and threaten the fields of some others.
Monday, June, 23, 2014 - Agweek - News

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More rain ends planting
The last thing farmers in Minnesota’s Becker and Mahnomen counties wanted was more rain.
Monday, June, 23, 2014 - Agweek - News

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Technology can monitor crop, livestock production
North Dakota State University researchers are taking to the air to monitor crop and livestock research projects on the ground.
Monday, June, 23, 2014 - - News

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Support for farming
I’d like to remind farmers that they still have a lot of fans.
Monday, June, 23, 2014 - Agweek - News

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Trade deal with EU suffers from prohibited products
A planned trade deal between the European Union and the U.S. needs to sweep away “nonscientific barriers” that prevent U.S. farmers from selling many genetically modified (GM) crops and some chemically treated meats in Europe, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says.
Monday, June, 23, 2014 - Reuters - News

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Farm bill enables collaboration on conservation
Last week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture launched the Regional Conservation Partnership Program, a new farm bill effort that will expand partnerships and boost investments in clean water, soil and wildlife conservation projects.
Monday, June, 23, 2014 - Agweek - News

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Pests, weeds could be a struggle for farmers in late-season planting
Farmers in the region are nearly finished with their planting, making headway in sunny spurts despite considerable delays during the spring. Still, disagreeable temperatures and long bouts of rain will leave crops in the ground more susceptible to pests, weeds and bad weather, producers and experts say.
Friday, June, 20, 2014 - Forum News Service - News

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