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Rail capacity could be freed for agriculture with support

Rail capacity could be freed for agriculture with support

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.

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Opinion: Arranging a family farm operation

Opinion: Arranging a family farm operation

Throughout my years as a secondary agriculture instructor, I have had many discussions with students about their future.

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COOL repeal defies consumer sentiment

COOL repeal defies consumer sentiment

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.

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Cowboy Logic: Live, on air

Cowboy Logic: Live, on air

There’s a lot of crossover between work and pleasure here on the ranch, and that’s a good thing.

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Duvenaud: Peas gave farmers a nice ride

Duvenaud: Peas gave farmers a nice ride

Peas were one of the great success stories for Canadian prairie farmers in 2014.

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Welte: Farm workers hard to find

Welte: Farm workers hard to find

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.

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No livestock marketing regs in ag appropriations bill

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.

Judge in drought-hit California blocks water cut orders for some farmers

Judge in drought-hit California blocks water cut orders for some farmers

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.

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Test damaged wheat before feeding to livestock

Wet growing conditions in the Midwest have opened the door for several challenges in the 2015 wheat crop. As a result, farmers are seeing price docks and discounts at the elevator, mainly because of increased disease, low test weight and sprout-damaged wheat.

Wednesday is another farm program deadline

Farmers have been working for months to understand, and to qualify for, Agricultural Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage. Now, they until July 15 to meet a deadline for the two new safety-net programs established by the 2014 farm bill.

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Water permit challenge puts $3 billion North Dakota fertilizer plant project ‘on hold’

Water permit challenge puts $3 billion North Dakota fertilizer plant project ‘on hold’

Alan and Genny Lindberg have a home in rural Stutsman County, N.D., that now stands at the center of a dispute that has stalled a planned $3 billion fertilizer plant.

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Prevent nutrient deficiencies before they're visible

Prevent nutrient deficiencies before they're visible

Crops look strong about halfway through the growing season across the Dakotas and Minnesota, but some companies promote tissue testing and in-season nutrition to get them to the finish line in the fall.

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Haze shouldn't cause significant crop damage

Haze shouldn't cause significant crop damage

Growing crops need sunlight and heat — and smoke from Canadian wildfires meant less of both for Upper Midwest fields in late June and early July.

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Young North Dakota farmer having good summer so far

Young North Dakota farmer having good summer so far

The weather and markets have been cooperating — and Dustin McGregor continues to hope for the best.

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Small farms form alliance

Small farms form alliance

GRANDIN, N.D. — Tyne Stormo was skeptical when she first heard about the Northern Small Farm Alliance. She wondered how much, if any, good the fledgling organization could do for her business or for other small farms that stress local foods and sustainable agricultural practices.

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