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JAMESTOWN, N.D. -- The North Dakota Public Service Commission recently held meetings to decide the fate of the Dakota Access Pipeline, a line that will carry as much as 450,000 barrels of oil per day from the Bakken. There is no question North Dakota needs the pipeline. Only a little more than a year ago, the state found its rail network congested, causing a backlog of shipments for agriculture and energy producers and driving up everyone's cost to deliver product. Today, we still are not far removed from this situation.
MITCHELL, S.D. -- Throughout my years as a secondary agriculture instructor, I have had many discussions with students about their future. Many of those students wanted to work in production agriculture on the family farm, but not every person who wanted to go home and farm could. How do you know if a family farm arrangement will work?
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- The fate of the country-of-origin (COOL) labeling program for beef, pork and poultry was left hanging in the balance as Congress went into its Independence Day recess. Given the May 18 World Trade Organization ruling against COOL, the threat of $3 billion in retaliatory tariffs being imposed on U.S.
TOWNER, N.D. -- There's a lot of crossover between work and pleasure here on the ranch, and that's a good thing. We have horses on the place for work, but they're also a pleasure to use. Others might say the same thing about their four-wheeled ATV, or a nice shop where they service tractors for the farm and tinker with old cars for fun. Life is good when the things you use to make a living also help you have a life.
WINNIPEG, Manitoba -- Peas were one of the great success stories for Canadian prairie farmers in 2014. It was a smaller crop, exports got a shot in the arm from new Chinese buying and supplies are close to sold out at what were good prices all winter. India has traditionally been the big buyer of Canadian yellow peas, along with Bangladesh and the U.S. About a year ago, a Chinese food scientist figured out that peas could be reconstituted as food ingredients, one of which replaces high-gluten wheat for steamed sticky buns, which are a Chinese food staple.
Since the "new oil boom," North Dakota's hourly wages have garnered national attention. Workers flocked to the Oil Patch for jobs starting at $30 per hour or more. With overtime, paid at time and a half, it wasn't unusual to see oil workers earning six figures annually. This affected wages statewide, requiring employers to ante up if they wanted to attract good candidates to fill jobs. Blogger Rob Port, of sayanythingblog.com, recently posted "Why Aren't Teenagers Working?
WASHINGTON -- For the first time in years, the agriculture appropriations bill does not contain a provision prohibiting the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Grain inspection, Packers and Stockyard Administration from issuing certain regulations to ensure fairness in the marketing of livestock and poultry. The provision was first included in the 2008 farm bill, but appropriators have regularly refused to allow USDA to implement the regulations, which would give small livestock and poultry producers more power in the marketplace.
The North Dakota State University Plant Sciences Department will host a yard and garden field day from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 21, to celebrate horticultural research at the university. The field day will showcase the All-America Selections bedding plant display garden and the NDSU Historic Daylily Garden with walking tours.
CHICAGO - U.S. corn futures rose on Monday, on pace for their fifth straight session of gains and holding near the highest levels in a year, on better-than-expected demand and as heavy rains limited yield potential of the new crop. Soybeans were also higher on punishing showers while wheat futures fell as much as 2 percent on lackluster export demand. Corn and soybeans reversed from earlier narrow losses to turn higher in follow-through buying in the wake of the U.S.
LOS ANGELES -- California regulators violated the rights of some farmers by demanding mandatory water cutbacks without giving them a prior hearing, a state judge ruled on Friday. California is in the fourth year of a catastrophic drought that has cost its farm sector billions, and prompted the state's first-ever mandatory cutbacks in urban water use. Sacramento Superior Court Shelleyanne Chang issued a temporary order restraining the state from punishing four Central Valley districts, which includes dozens of farmers, for disregarding curtailment orders imposed to help conserve water, court