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Goehring urges action to counter flooding in ND
North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring is urging farmers and ranchers in western and central North Dakota to take action to protect their livestock and other property from possible flooding.
Wednesday, August, 20, 2014 - - News

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Drones could be ag’s next big thing
After seeing one in action, Duane Lunne could see himself buying a drone. The Dallas, S.D., cattle farmer and his friend Brad Kahler, of Colome, live two miles apart and were checking out a drone demonstration on Aug. 19, the opening day of Mitchell’s Dakotafest. The drones look cool, for sure, hovering and flying, with the high-quality models traveling up to 35 to 40 mph and weighing only 3 to 5 pounds.
Wednesday, August, 20, 2014 - Forum News Service - News

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Preparing calves for weaning
Weaning is the most stressful event in a calf’s life. If calves can weather this stress unscathed, they have cleared a major hurdle to a productive future in the feedlot or as a replacement in the breeding herd, explains Russ Daly, associate professor and extension veterinarian at South Dakota State University.
Monday, August, 18, 2014 - Agweek - News

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Harvest, that special time of year
Wheat harvest is about to begin in south-central North Dakota, and yields could be among the highest ever.
Monday, August, 18, 2014 - Agweek - News

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Reducing postharvest loss
With all the effort it takes to grow a food crop from seed to sale, it might be surprising that some farms in Brazil lose 10 to 12 percent of their yield at various points along the postharvest route.
Monday, August, 18, 2014 - Agweek - News

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New sugar beet receiving station under construction near New London, Minn.
At a glance, it appears that another gravel mining operation is underway in northern Kandiyohi County, Minn. But the looming pyramids of sand along U.S. Highway 71 north of New London are simply a result of materials being in the way of a 30-acre sugar beet receiving station currently under construction.
Thursday, August, 14, 2014 - Forum News Service - News

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Potato giant finds fewer pesticides please consumers
Helicopters once buzzed across R.D Offutt’s massive potato farms here, spraying fungicide about every five days. It’s how the potato industry did business, but not anymore.
Tuesday, August, 12, 2014 - Minnesota Public Radio News - News

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Farm expenses keep rising
A new report confirms U.S. farm expenses continue to rise, and agricultural business management specialists say that should cause farmers to take a closer look at how they operate.
Monday, August, 11, 2014 - Agweek - News

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Researchers conduct native bee survey
A few miles west of Fergus Falls, Minn., dew on the prairie grass sparkles in the morning sun, as Crystal Boyd, an entomologist for the state Department of Natural Resources walks into the Otter Tail Prairie Science and Natural Area.
Monday, August, 11, 2014 - Minnesota Public Radio News - News

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The federal government OKs a new Minnesota propane facility, North Dakota producers report livestock loss from algae poisoning, and Moscow bans western food imports.
Monday, August, 11, 2014 - Agweek - News

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Back in the saddle
Some gifts last a month, others might last a couple years, but if you buy the right kind of gift, made of durable materials, and if the person who receives it likes it so much that they take good care of it, it could last a lifetime.
Monday, August, 11, 2014 - Agweek - News

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Experts say watch for FSA mailings, get landlords in loop
REDWOOD FALLS, Minn. — Farmers should make sure to open and act upon farm program crop base mailings from Farm Service Agency this month, but they should wait as long as possible to choose between the Price Loss Coverage or Agriculture Risk Coverage options in the program.
Monday, August, 11, 2014 - Agweek - News

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Today’s ag slanted toward crops
The reality of today’s agriculture is that it is heavily slanted toward crop production if the land has the potential to be converted to crops. Like it or not, for beef production to expand, the economics of the beef cow need to have a threefold increase in net returns to compete with crop production.
Monday, August, 11, 2014 - Agweek - News

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Thune hits small towns to talk ag issues, railcar shortage
Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., posed a question Thursday morning to those at CHS Farmers Alliance. “What can Uncle Sam do for you?” he asked the handful of locals gathered in the store. “Raise crop prices,” said resident Matt Schroeder, drawing laughs from others, including Thune.
Friday, August, 08, 2014 - Forum News Service - News

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Simplot employees vote to strike
After a day-long union meeting, employees of J.R. Simplot went on strike, picketing outside the potato processing plant in Grand Forks about 6 p.m. Monday.
Tuesday, August, 05, 2014 - Forum News Service - News

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Swine flu found at ND State Fair
Three pigs tested positive for swine flu at the North Dakota State Fair, according to the North Dakota Department of Agriculture.
Monday, August, 04, 2014 - Forum News Service - News

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Young farmer programs find investors in Minnesota
When Ryan Batalden graduated from college, he worked for a time in a Twin Cities office. But, Batalden, who grew up on a farm, always felt the tug of the land.
Monday, August, 04, 2014 - Minnesota Public Radio News - News

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Sidney Sugars competes for workers in Bakken oil patch
Dave Garland, general manager of the Sidney Sugars Inc. beet sugar plant of Sidney, Mont., says he’d prefer to concentrate on making sugar. Instead, he spends a lot of his time working on housing and advertising to attract new workers in the middle of an oil boom.
Monday, August, 04, 2014 - Agweek - News

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BNSF invests in ag shipping, prepares for harvest
John Miller, BNSF group vice president for agriculture, spoke at a meeting of the North Dakota Agricultural Rail Business Council in Mandan, N.D., July 31. The group is made up of about 40 ag-related entities. “We know we’re not doing as well as we should; we know the market wants more,” Miller said. “But we are shipping record amounts.”
Thursday, July, 31, 2014 - Agweek - News

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Minn. programs find investors to help small farmers
As the nation’s farmers age, the aspiring young farmers who might replace them often find high land costs impossible hurdles. Buying 100 acres of good farmland can cost $1 million, and that amount of land often is too little to support a family.
Tuesday, July, 29, 2014 - Minnesota Public Radio News - News

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