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US grain farmers try out giant storage bags

CHICAGO — As U.S. farmers turn in record grain crops this autumn, many will have a powerful new tool - giant sausage-shaped storage bags - to help them avoid the lowest prices in years and gain more control over trade with giants such as Cargill Inc.

Race for ND's agriculture commissioner is all about oil

Race for ND's agriculture commissioner is all about oil

TOWNER, N.D. - North Dakota's biggest oil producers have picked a side and put money into an obscure election for the state's agriculture commissioner, hoping to ward off a rising Democratic challenger who could limit development of new wells and pipelines.

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Speakers: Farmers need to manage water or government will do it

GARY, Minn. — If Minnesota farmers don’t cooperate to manage water, the federal and state governments will do it for them, officials said at a July 17 water issues forum.

Dakota Resource Council to protest oil transport, rail congestion

Dakota Resource Council to protest oil transport, rail congestion

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Dakota Resource Council members will hold a protest at 3:30 p.m. today in both Emerado, N.D., and at the Amtrak station on DeMers Avenue in Grand Forks.

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Creating habitat for honey bees

Creating habitat for honey bees

WORTHINGTON, Minn. — There has been a lot of buzz about bees in recent years with the sharp decline in the honey bee population, Colony Collapse Disorder and fears there may one day not be enough honey bees to pollinate the trees and plants that bear our fruits and vegetables.

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Business teaches kids about science

Business teaches kids about science

COLFAX, N.D. - Erin Nyren-Erickson, or “Dr. E” as she introduces herself to students, has loved science her whole life.

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SD livestock industry provides for nearly 30,000 jobs

BROOKINGS, S.D. — According to a recent report, South Dakota’s livestock industry provides more than 29,000 jobs and contributes $7.3 billion to the state’s economy.

Minn. farmland taxes expected to rise

ST. PAUL – Many Minnesota property owners could see some tax relief this year, but farmers can expect higher taxes for at least the next two years.

Grand Forks County OKs farmland valuations

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - The Grand Forks County Board of Equalization gave the green light to highly contentious farmland valuations at a meeting Tuesday.

SD's Thune, Noem defend GMO crops

MITCHELL, S.D. - There is no need for a national law to require labeling of genetically modified food, the two Republicans representing South Dakota in Congress said Wednesday.

NMF contributes to agbiosciences study

BEMIDJI, Minn. - The Northwest Minnesota Foundation (NMF) is collaborating in a research project that will provide a statewide industry report on agbiosciences.

Wild weather hurting crops in some areas, while others closer to normal

Wild weather hurting crops in some areas, while others closer to normal

Crop conditions the northern Red River Valley are, in five words, “very, very, very, very varied.”

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Roosters' fertility problem hits US chicken supply, lifts prices

Roosters' fertility problem hits US chicken supply, lifts prices

The world's largest chicken breeder has discovered that a key breed of rooster has a genetic issue that is reducing its fertility, adding to problems constraining U.S. poultry production and raising prices at a time when beef and pork prices are already at record highs.

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Farmers hit by sticker shock at insurance costs for prevent-plant

Farmers hit by sticker shock at insurance costs for prevent-plant

BILLINGS, Mont. — Some farmers in the prairie pothole region are starting to complain about sticker shock from rising rates for prevented-plant crop insurance coverage, says Doug Hagel, outgoing regional director for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Risk Management Agency.

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ND pushes for genotyping hub

FARGO, N.D. — North Dakota will know in two weeks whether it is a finalist to house a National Agriculture Genotyping Center, and by September will know whether it is the winning bidder.

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