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Railroads report improvement on fertilizer shipments
Updated fertilizer shipment statuses from BNSF Railway and Canadian Pacific Railway were released Monday, showing BNSF has half of its goal of 52 trainloads of fertilizer have been delivered. This is an increase from 13 delivered trainloads in last week’s report. The CP report notes 109 train cars
Monday, May, 05, 2014 - - News

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Regulations, knowledge of drain tiles catching up with popularity
Thousands of miles of plastic pipe are being buried under farm fields every year in the Red River Valley of North Dakota and Minnesota, as farmers invest in technology to drain fields to get a faster start on planting season and, they hope, to increase yields.
Monday, May, 05, 2014 - Forum News Service - News

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City kid turns to farming
Twenty-seven-year-old Sobieck is a rarity in modern agriculture. He’s a city kid who had no ties to agriculture and no plans to become a farmer — until he met and fell in love with Holly Finken, a North Dakota farm girl.
Monday, May, 05, 2014 - Agweek - News

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BNSF says shuttles quickening, ag volume increases
John Miller, Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway agricultural group vice president on May 2 said the company’s volumes had increased overall, ag volume has increased 9 percent from April and is now at the best level since October 2013.
Friday, May, 02, 2014 - Agweek - News

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Candidates for US House, ND ag commissioner debate for first time
Democratic challengers from North Dakota for Congress and state agriculture commissioner fired shots at their opponents’ records and office management with mixed results during the first statewide debates of the two races May 1 in Bismarck.
Friday, May, 02, 2014 - Forum News Service - News

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ND PSC ponders legal action on slow rail service for ag
The North Dakota Public Service Commission is jumping into the fray about whether it can or should take legal action on behalf of farmers and grain elevators who allege railways are favoring oil transportation.
Monday, April, 28, 2014 - Agweek - News

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Livestock disaster sign-up going well so far
The head of Farm Service Agency’s South Dakota office is optimistic that hard-hit ranchers will soon begin receiving federal disaster assistance. “I would suspect that shortly after the first week of May, we should be able to see some checks being cut and ranchers and producers receiving their money,” says Craig Schaunaman, state executive director.
Monday, April, 28, 2014 - Agweek - News

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Transportation chief discusses rural needs
WEST FARGO, N.D. — Rail reliability issues have been a concern for farmers in the region trying to ship out 2013 crop grain and ship in fertilizer to get 2014 crops planted. But road infrastructure took center stage in a meeting on April 24 in West Fargo featuring U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx.
Friday, April, 25, 2014 - Agweek - News

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SD co-op fertilizer facility gets big boost
The new fertilizer facility will bring the Farmers Alliance location in Corsica, S.D., up to speed, in more ways than one.
Tuesday, April, 22, 2014 - Forum News Service - News

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Rail delays a concern for Grain Dealers exec
FARGO, N.D. — Railroads and grain transportation have been key issues for the North Dakota Grain Dealers Association since its inception in 1923, and the organization’s new top staffer expects that will continue as he takes his post during the era of Big Oil.
Monday, April, 21, 2014 - Agweek - News

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The need for (internet) speed
Back in the days when the ranch first got dial-up access to the internet, I thought we were pretty hip and high tech.
Monday, April, 21, 2014 - Agweek - News

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Rail debate off track
Progressive Rail magazine, May 2013, said Burlington Northern Santa Fe now moves about seven or eight unit trains per day from the Bakken, or 600,000 barrels of oil. And daily volume is projected to be 700,000 barrels by year’s end and to 1 million barrels (current ethanol production capacity) by some point in 2014. BNSF transferred engines from the upper Midwest to increase movement of oil cars from 9,000 in 2009 to 400,000 in 2013.
Monday, April, 21, 2014 - Agweek - News

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Farmers feel fertilizer shortage
With spring and planting around the corner, farmers and grain elevators are faced with warnings about fertilizer shortages — another potential crisis in which railroads play a part.
Monday, April, 21, 2014 - Agweek - News

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Oil traffic could delay US fertilizer shipments, farmers warn
Increasing use of railroads to ship crude oil could disrupt fertilizer cargo this spring as Midwest farmers prepare for planting, U.S. agriculture leaders warn, even as one railroad said on Monday it will take steps to ensure timely deliveries.
Tuesday, April, 15, 2014 - - News

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Hoeven: BNSF to dedicate resources to fertilizer delivery
The largest railroad company serving North Dakota will devote unit trains and crews to deliver fertilizer ahead of the spring planting season, Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., said this morning.
Monday, April, 14, 2014 - - News

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BNSF weekly report shows uneven progress on delays
Shuttle train turnaround times to the Pacific Northwest increased somewhat in the past week, according to Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway. Those turnarounds, however, are still slower than grain elevators say they can accept.
Monday, April, 14, 2014 - Agweek - News

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Farmers still desperate for rail service
The slow rail service threatening the livelihood of farmers in the Upper Midwest has gotten better in recent weeks, but at the Forest River Bean Co., the railcars ordered from BNSF or Canadian Pacific are still two to three months behind, said the company president.
Monday, April, 14, 2014 - Forum News Service - News

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Latest News
USDA: Disaster aid signup starts April 15, land sale to Jennie-O passed, Vilsack: assistance for PED losses limited, USDA announces $19 million in grants for beginning farmers and CWB building another grain elevator.
Monday, April, 14, 2014 - - News

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BNSF: rail backlog will gradually improve
FARGO, N.D. — John H. Miller, vice president of agricultural products for Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway, answered lots of questions on April 9 in a meeting of the North Dakota Ag Rail Business Council.
Monday, April, 14, 2014 - Agweek - News

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April bringing better calving conditions than 2013
Like many people involved with beef cattle on the Northern Plains, Warren Rusche has bad memories of April 2013. “It was a back-to-back-to-back freight train of blizzards,” says Rusche, cow-calf field specialist with the Watertown field office of the South Dakota University Extension Service.
Monday, April, 14, 2014 - Agweek - News

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