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Group out to legalize marijuana in North Dakota

FARGO, N.D. -- Eric Olson wants North Dakotans to vote on legalizing pot. "There's not really any justification for banning marijuana in the first place, and I think the majority of the population realizes that at this point," the 32-year-old from Fargo said. "But our legislators are very slow to do anything about it."

Monsanto to pay $80 million in SEC settlement over Roundup earnings

WASHINGTON - Monsanto will pay $80 million to settle civil accounting violations after it allegedly misstated its earnings in connection with its top-selling Roundup product, securities regulators said on Tuesday.

Ballot language approved for referendum on corporate farming law

BISMARCK, N.D. – North Dakota Secretary of State Al Jaeger has approved the ballot language for a June 14 referendum on a law that would allow non-family corporations to own dairy and swine operations in the state.

South Dakota sees increase in no-till farming

CROOKS, S.D. -- South Dakota has recently seen a rise in acres farmed with no-till production methods.

Pea, lentil business is booming

CONRAD, Mont. -- When David Oien applied for a farm loan nearly three decades ago, the bank asked him two questions: what is a lentil and what does organic mean?

China is region's prime soy market

China is region's prime soy market

FARGO, N.D. -- China is a fast-growing, major market for Upper Midwest soybeans, but the world environment of cheap oil is "flipping around world logistics" and taking away the region's advantage of shipping soybeans through the Pacific Northwest.

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Biofuel investment heads accused of tax fraud

Biofuel investment heads accused of tax fraud

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa -- Two men with strong connections to the Red River Valley, who headed companies seeking biofuels investors and sold tax credits in North Dakota, have been indicted for federal tax violations in Iowa.

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ND climatologist says 2016 growing season looks promising for Upper Midwest

ND climatologist says 2016 growing season looks promising for Upper Midwest

GRAND FORKS, N.D. – The 2015 growing season cooperated with Upper Midwest farmers, allowing them to enjoy strong yields overall. Daryl Ritchison is optimistic the 2016 growing season will be a good one, too.

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Minnesota’s Glen Taylor, others buying PM Beef facility

Minnesota’s Glen Taylor, others buying PM Beef facility

WINDOM, Minn. — The former PM Beef processing plant in Windom is being purchased by a group of business partners that includes Minnesota billionaire Glen Taylor.

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Consumers are willing to pay more for food produced closer to home, growers say

Consumers are willing to pay more for food produced closer to home, growers say

ST. PAUL -- A local-food revolution is happening on your dinner plate. “Demand for local food is going off the charts,” said Steve Shrump, master grower at J&J Distributing of St. Paul, a leader in the new local-food movement.

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North Dakota family has 65 years and two generations of cattle farming

North Dakota family has 65 years and two generations of cattle farming

KILLDEER, N.D. -- A newly married couple in Killdeer bought a piece of land in 1950. They had a family and built a life together. And it was all centered around one thing: a rust-colored breed of cow with a white face.

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Neighbors worry big swine farm will cause a big stink

Neighbors worry big swine farm will cause a big stink

BUFFALO, N.D. -- Roy and Sheila Thompson bought a farmstead out in the country for the fresh air and solitude away from the bustle of the city.

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2015 a banner year for bison industry

2015 a banner year for bison industry

CHRISTINE, N.D. -- Last year was a banner year for the bison industry, and it's expected to continue, said Dave Carter, National Bison Association executive director.

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Northern Plains Sustainable Ag Society serves growing, upbeat ag community

ABERDEEN, S.D. -- A decline in commodity prices has its effect on all of agriculture, but organic producers are hopeful for a profitable 2016 in their higher-valued niche market -- if only they don't have to deal with too many imports from elsewhere in the world.

Organic shift harder with low crop prices

Organic shift harder with low crop prices

MADISON, S.D. -- Charlie Johnson of Madison, S.D., a former president of the Northern Plains Sustainable Agricultural Society, sees a strong future for organics, and that's because of the rise of organic meat demand in America.

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