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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Commerce today announced that it would initiate an investigation to determine if the Mexican government has subsidized Mexico’s sugar production and whether that sugar is being dumped into the U.S. market.
FARGO, N.D. – Even though its growers will be paid about $370 million less for this year’s harvest compared to the one in 2012, the head of American Crystal Sugar Co. said Thursday he doesn’t expect sugar beet farmers to turn to other crops and abandon beets.
ST. PAUL, MINN, – Farmers must report prevented planting acreage to their local USDA-Farm Service Agency office by July 15, 2013. FSA State Executive Director Debra Crusoe stated, “Due to an unseasonably cool and wet spring, planting has been significantly delayed or prevented in many areas of Minnesota this crop year.” “Farmers must remember to visit their local FSA office before July 15 to report all their crop acreage, including that which has been prevented from planting.” Crusoe said.
WASHINGTON — In his first major speech since the election, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Dec. 6 directly addressed Republican criticism of the Obama administration during the election campaign, and said that leaders in rural America need to take on a “new attitude” that replaces “trying to preserve what we’ve got” with “a growth mindset.”
They watched, with great interest, as their parents and grandparents worked the fields around southwest North Dakota, and the next generation of farmers was born.
Even when he stood only knee-high like corn on the Fourth of July, Ben Kuhn, 28, a fifth-generation farmer in Dickinson, said he realized agriculture was in his blood.
EDINBURGH, Scotland — Potatoes have eyes, but it takes a world of people to see how a crop that came to Europe in 1536 (and the United States in 1719) will be environmentally and economically prosperous so it can help feed a hungry world in 2012 and beyond.
WASHINGTON — The Senate voted 90-8 today on a motion to proceed on the farm bill, and the White House issued a strong statement of support in favor of the bill, although the administration wants further cuts to crop insurance and commodity program spending.
WASHINGTON — As the Senate makes plans to take up the farm bill, the Environmental Working Group last week released a study of crop insurance that shows some farms get big premium subsidies including those in North Dakota and Minnesota and urged Congress to consider releasing the names of crop insurance beneficiaries and putting limits on the subsidies.
PIERRE, S.D. — It is a long way from Parker, S.D., to China. I am fortunate to have had the opportunity to travel to China twice in the last eight months. Though the land area of the U.S. and China is fairly close, China has nearly four times the people: 1.4 billion. In recent years, the population in China has grown every month by the population of South Dakota. It’s mind boggling.
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