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January 4, 2017

The Number One Agriculture Story of 2016 — Record crops and low prices were a reality this past year. The Red River Farm Network is ranking this combination at the top of its list of the top ten agriculture stories of 2016. After an early start to spring planting, farmers finished the year with big…

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Monsanto shareowners approve merger

January 4, 2017

“The acquisition of Monsanto is driven by our strong belief that this combination can help address the growing challenges facing farmers and the overall agriculture industry today and in the future,” said Werner Baumann, CEO of Bayer AG. (Conan, Flickr/Creative Commons) ST. LOUIS — Monsanto Company (NYSE: MON) announced that at a special meeting of…

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Kansas Wheat Scoop No. 1980: Enriched grains help prevent birth defects

January 4, 2017

By Hannah Schlapp, Kansas Wheat Communications Intern   For audio file, please visit  kansaswheat.org.    Because January is National Birth Defects Prevention Month, we want to raise awareness of the benefits of consuming folic acid, especially during a woman’s childbearing years. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 40 percent of pregnancies in…

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Two Conferences Dedicated to Soil Fertility for Crop Production and Environmental Stewardship

January 4, 2017

Registration is open for two important conferences dedicated to soil fertility for crop production and environmental stewardship. These events were co-organized by the University of Minnesota Extension and the Minnesota Agricultural Water Resource Center (MAWRC) with a common planning committee to bring the latest advancements in nutrient management presented by University of Minnesota and other…

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National farm loan crisis averted

December 29, 2016

Unusual provision passed this month by Congress ensures loan access   This year’s bountiful yields and low interest rates on loans helped many growers. But many commercial lenders are now demanding farmers whose operations are under stress to get government guarantees that any money lent for next year’s crops will be repaid. (Drew Stephens, Flickr/Creative…

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MDA Value Added Grant application opens today

December 28, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  Wednesday, December 28, 2016 MDA Value Added Grant application opens today $1 million available for equipment purchases ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is now accepting applications for Value Added Grants. $1 million is available for equipment purchases or physical improvements through the Agricultural Growth, Research, and Innovation…

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Kansas Wheat Scoop No. 1979: Gilpin shares wheat quality data in South Asia

December 28, 2016

By Hannah Schlapp, Kansas Wheat Communications Intern   For audio file, please visit  kansaswheat.org.    Wheat buyers, millers and processors in South Asia have a better understanding of the quality of this year’s hard red winter wheat crop, thanks to U.S. Wheat Associates’ (USW) annual Crop Quality Seminars.   Kansas Wheat CEO Justin Gilpin presented U.S.…

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Red River Farm Network, FarmNetNews

December 27, 2016

Investing in Wheat — In recent years, major seed and crop protection companies have invested more dollars into wheat and other small grains. Syngenta Cereals Marketing Manager Darcy Pawlik says the wheat industry is learning from technologies used in other crops. Biotech traits are not being used in cereals yet and Pawlik does not expect…

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MDA issues consumer advisory for Norseman Distillery Leathered Aquavit product

December 23, 2016

Use of unapproved materials in processing PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is advising consumers not to consume Norseman Distillery brand Leathered Aquavit because an unapproved ingredient was used in the making of this product. The Leathered Aquavit, manufactured by Norseman Distillery of Minneapolis, Minnesota, was made with non-food grade tanned leather…

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EPA works with farmers to control runoff Nitrogen and phosphorus runoff cause trouble in Gulf of Mexico

December 22, 2016

Scientists say nitrogen and phosphorus carried down the Mississippi River stimulate plankton blooms that decompose on the sea floor each summer, using up so much oxygen that life cannot be supported in vast stretches of the Gulf of Mexico. (Ken Lund, Flickr/Creative Commons) NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal judge has given the Environmental Protection…

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Minnesota Organic Conference early bird registration ends December 30

December 22, 2016

Save money by registering early PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) urges you to save money with early bird registration for the 2017 Minnesota Organic Conference. Register on or before December 30, 2016 to save up to $25 per person.This year’s conference will be held Thursday, January 12 and Friday, January 13,…

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Kansas Wheat Scoop No. 1978: Kansas farm families most affected by economic downturn

December 21, 2016

By Hannah Schlapp, Kansas Wheat Communications Intern For audio file, please visit  kansaswheat.org.  Agriculture is the largest economic driver in Kansas, valued at more than $62 billion, accounting for 43 percent of the state’s total economy. Farmland accounts for 88.9 percent of all Kansas land. Kansas farmers and ranchers are feeding the world. In 2012, Kansas…

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