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A Weekly Update From Your Friends at the Red River Farm Network

A Weekly Update From Your Friends at the Red River Farm Network

Reporting Agriculture’s Business — Over the years, Red River Farm Network journalists Mike Hergert and Don Wick have made four different trips to Havana, joining trade delegations from North Dakota and Minnesota. The death of Cuban leader Fidel Castro brought those memories to the surface. In this edition of FarmNetNews, you’ll read about the experience of a Minnesota farmily with Castro. Look for the Red River Farm Network at the Northern Ag Expo Tuesday and Wednesday in Fargo. RRFN will also report from the CHS Annual Meeting in Minneapolis, the Minnesota Dairy Conference and Expo in St. Cloud, the Red River Valley Sugarbeet Growers Association and American Crystal Sugar Company annual meetings in Fargo and the Minnesota State Cattlemen’s Association annual meeting in Bloomington. From the Trump transition to Prevented Plant policies to neonic court decisions, you’ll find the latest stories in this edition of FarmNetNews. If you know someone who would benefit from this e-newletter, they can subscribe online or by contacting You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter for news and event updates and photos. The RRFN team, Carah, Mike, Randy, Jay and Don, are also on Twitter.


Agriculture Groups Cooperate with Transition — With the new Trump administration, there will be plenty of new faces in Washington, D.C. National Corn Growers Association executive director Chris Novak said agriculture groups began working with both the Trump and Clinton teams during the campaign. That conversation has now continued with the transition team. “We have made a list of positions within the next administration that are important to agriculture. Usually we think of the ag secretary job as the be-all end-all for agriculture. Today, we find the EPA administrator is making decisions that are critical on how our farmers are able to produce crops.” Novak said it is important that the people moving into these positions understand agriculture. With a transition to a new administration, Novak believes the Farm Bill debate may be delayed.


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