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Minnesota Food Charter discusses local market needs

Minnesota Food Charter discusses local market needs

GRANITE FALLS, Minn. — There is a bounty of healthy vegetables, fruits and meats raised on small farms in western Minnesota, but they are more often destined for restaurants and homes in the metropolitan area than kitchens close to home.

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Climate change leads to greater challenges for farmers

FARGO -- The climate is changing and agriculture producers are going to have to change with it, said Mark Seeley, University of Minnesota Extension climatologist and professor.

ND budget writers adopt less rosy revenue forecast, look to restrain spending

BISMARCK – Lawmakers crafting North Dakota’s budget for the next two years are sharpening their knives and shooting for a $200 million cushion in the general fund in case a revenue forecast adopted Tuesday proves to be too rosy.

Farmers look at joint ventures as commodities decline

Farmers look at joint ventures as commodities decline

FARGO, N.D. — With the prices depressed for competing commodities, demand has rebounded for shares of sugar beet cooperative stock, and more farmers want to grow beets in shares owned by joint venture partners.

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Ziegler CAT expands to Willmar

Ziegler CAT expands to Willmar

WILLMAR, Minn. — Ziegler CAT, of Bloomington, has announced the company will open a new sales and parts facility April 20 in Willmar.

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Local grains could be good option for some area farmers

If you’re looking to diversify your farming operation or add value to it, Steve Zwinger has a suggestion: local grains.

AGCO celebrates formation of first Women in Manufacturing chapter in Minnesota

AGCO celebrates formation of first Women in Manufacturing chapter in Minnesota

JACKSON, Minn. — As District 23 Sen. Julie Rosen stood perched upon the steps of a Challenger tractor Friday afternoon inside AGCO’s Intivity Center, she looked out on a sea of women dressed in red as the company celebrated the forming of the first Minnesota chapter of Women In Manufacturing.

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Hettinger Extension Center scientists try to determine what’s important to producers

Hettinger Extension Center scientists try to determine what’s important to producers

HETTINGER — Started as a small dairy operation built in 1909, the North Dakota State University Hettinger Research Extension Center in far south North Dakota, has grown to include four different research areas, several additional buildings and sheep.

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Water supply for Fargo may have to wait for pipe to fertilizer plant first

FARGO – Money to start construction sooner than later on a project designed to keep the taps running here in times of severe drought could be evaporating because of the plunge in oil prices.

Study to examine rail traffic effects in Grand Forks

Local planners want to examine how any increased rail traffic associated with a planned fertilizer plant and other industries will affect vehicle traffic in Grand Forks.

Milk price drop has Minnesota dairy farmers worried

Milk price drop has Minnesota dairy farmers worried

After several profitable years, dairy farmers are seeing their bull market crash.

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Bill allowing corporate-owned dairy, swine operations on way to Dalrymple's desk

BISMARCK – A bill that would relax an 83-year-old law to allow non-family corporations to own dairy and swine operations in North Dakota is on its way to Gov. Jack Dalrymple’s desk.

As residents oppose landfill, legality of Dunn County zoning text in question

As residents oppose landfill, legality of Dunn County zoning text in question

MANNING — A push to reinstate into the Dunn County land code a requirement that 60 percent of landowners within a half-mile of a landfill approve it has been tabled as county commissioners consider the legality of the provision.

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Clay planners allow poultry farm near Hawley, Minn. to expand

MOORHEAD – A poultry farm near Hawley, Minn., was given approval Tuesday by the Clay County Planning Commission to build a new barn and manure storage building that will allow the addition of 200,000 birds.

Planting preparations get underway in region

Planting preparations get underway in region

FARGO, N.D. — It wouldn’t be the first time in history, but farmers and their advisers say it will be unusual if farmers start planting in March.

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