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Despite difficult industry, Midwest milk producers remain upbeat

Linda Hanson and her family are part of the Upper Midwest dairy industry and could play a larger role in what the industry hopes will be a bigger, better future.

Grand Forks potato growers sue BNSF over damaged spuds

A potato growing cooperative based in Grand Forks has sued BNSF Railway over damaged potatoes.

National food co-op finds bounty of customers in rural northern Plains

National food co-op finds bounty of customers in rural northern Plains

A line of cars snaked through the parking lot of the East Grand Forks Senior Center and out into an alley Friday morning with drivers setting their eyes on the prize — boxes of frozen chicken.

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Devils Lake leaders encouraged by refinery due diligence report

DEVILS LAKE, N.D. – Promoters of a proposed 20,000-barrel-per-day oil refinery near Devils Lake are encouraged by an in-depth report, released Friday, that explores the $200 million project.

Technical education consortium to focus on training high schoolers for in-demand careers

WEST FARGO – An education partnership has been launched to help high school students in West Fargo, Fargo and Northern Cass school districts prepare for college and 21st century technical careers.

Fargo, Valley City locations not affected by John Deere layoffs

Fargo, Valley City locations not affected by John Deere layoffs

CHICAGO - Deere & Co, the world's largest maker of farm equipment, will lay off more than 900 employees at plants in Iowa and Illinois in the latest round of job cuts spurred by a decline in grain prices that is hurting demand for agricultural machinery.

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North Dakota PSC shuts down Grand Forks Bean Co.

FARGO, N.D. — The North Dakota Public Service Commission last week issued a cease and desist order against Grand Forks (N.D) Bean Co. on the grounds that it’s insolvent.

Drop in dairy discouraging: Some say corporations should be allowed to own dairy operations in ND

Drop in dairy discouraging: Some say corporations should be allowed to own dairy operations in ND

BISMARCK -- A drop in the number of North Dakota dairy farms -- from 350 in 2000 to 91 today -- has led to scrutiny of a state law that allows only family members to form farming corporations.

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ND family puts money down on beef feedlots

ELGIN, N.D. - When Blaine Ottmar's two sons moved their families back to their hometown of Elgin, he had to find a way for the family farm to support the new additions, which included six grandsons.

Independent butcher shops rare in Minnesota

Independent butcher shops rare in Minnesota

NEW YORK MILLS, Minn. – In days gone by, the independent butcher shop was a common fixture in Minnesota towns. But that is no longer the case.

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'Variety meats,' other beef byproducts at record-high values

FARGO – The values of beef byproducts – parts such as livers, hearts, tongues, stomachs and hides – have been increasing and are at record-high values, according to Tim Petry, North Dakota State University Extension Livestock Marketing Economist.

Plunging grain prices raises interest in diversifying farm operations

Plunging grain prices raises interest in diversifying farm operations

FOSSTON, Minn. — Like most area farmers who raise crops, the Landsverk family is hurt by falling grain prices. Unlike many of their fellow farmers, however, the Landsverks have a safety net.

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Slow corn market shifts rail demand

Slow corn market shifts rail demand

FARGO, N.D. — Demand for grain cars is shifting as corn markets continue to slump, delaying shipments until later in the winter or spring.

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Relationship building key to farmland rent agreements

DEVILS LAKE, N.D. — Willie Huot has spent years helping farmers and landlords develop farmland rental agreements and he’s reached this conclusion: “What you come up with has to benefit both parties. It needs to be a win-win situation,” says Huot, a veteran Grand Forks (N.D.) County extension agent.

ND industries eye potential export deals with Cuba

ND industries eye potential export deals with Cuba

Ag producers and manufacturers are looking for new Cuban export opportunities following President Barack Obama’s announcement last month of his intent to restore diplomatic relations with the island nation 90 miles south of the U.S. border.

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