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Farm Bill Deadline Today

Today is the deadline for farmers to make some key decisions governing their operations under the new farm bill.

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Fast Food Companies Support RFS Repeal

Representatives of White Castle, Wendy’s And Arby’s Fast Food companies are urging support for legislation to repeal the Renewable Fuel Standard.

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Trans Canada Temporarily Loses Eminent Domain

The York County Nebraska District Court has issued a temporary injunction against Trans Canada which disallows their use of eminent domain.

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Senators Introduce Legislation to Replace Ethanol

Senators led by Dianne Feinstein of California introduced legislation on Thursday to replace the corn ethanol portion of the Renewable Fuel Standard.

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Paddlefish Season Opens March 1

Paddlefish season in Iowa begins this Sunday, March 1st on the Missouri and Big Sioux Rivers.

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The North American Meat Institute is asking that the comment period for the 2015 Dietary Guideline recommendations be extended from…

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EPA Reports North Dakota Failure to Conduct Pesticide Inspections

EPA’s Office of Inspector General issued a report saying the North Dakota Agriculture Department failed to enforce and do pesticide inspections.

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Appeal Planned for South Dakota Wind Power Company

The Dakota Power Community Wind Board has decided to appeal the Lincoln County Planning and Zoning Decision to the full County Board of Commissioners.

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Iowa Tax on Biodiesel Blends

The Iowa Legislature created a 3 cent per gallon differential tax rate for B 11 and higher biodiesel blends in the road funding measure that passed both houses this week.

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Ag Groups Call for Fewer Budget Cuts

Close to 400 farm, nutrition and conservation organizations have written to Congressional Budget leaders urging them not to make any further cuts in any programs under the jurisdiction of the Senate and House Agriculture Committees.

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South Dakota Farm Bureau Pushing for TPA

U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman has been talking to county elected officials enlisting their support of Trade Promotion Authority.

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Nebraska Farm Bureau Asks for 2014 Farm Bill Extension

The Nebraska Farm Bureau Federation is asking Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack to give farmers more time to sign up for the 2014 Farm Bill programs.

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Bill For Corporate Ownership to Encourage Expansion

North Dakota state senators have advanced a measure to allow corporate ownership of dairy and swine operations.

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Bill for Corporate Ownership of Swine and Dairy Operations Heads to House

North Dakota Farmers Union leaders are concerned state Senators have approved a measure and sent it to the House to allow corporate ownership of swine and dairy operations.

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No Meteorological Towers in Lincoln County

The Lincoln County South Dakota planning and zoning Board has turned down permits for five meteorological wind towers Dakota Power Community Wind wanted to put up.

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Nebraska Farmers Union Against Packer Ownership

Nebraska Farmers Union leaders are expecting legislation allowing packer ownership of swine to move forward this week in the Unicameral

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Permits for Weather Towers Denied in Lincoln County

A group of Lincoln County South Dakota landowners, many of them with the group “We Care South Dakota,” have convinced the county planning and zoning board to deny permits.

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NCBA Disagrees with Dietary Guidelines

Friday, the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee submitted their recommendations to USDA and Health and Human Services.

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Pork Board Reminds Consumers of Pork’s Health Benefits

Following the release of the new dietary guidelines, the Pork Board issues a remind about pork's nutrient density.

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New Dietary Guidelines Skips Lean Meat

South Dakota cattlemen are displeased that the new dietary guidelines don't include lean meat in a healthy diet.

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Winter Hanging Around

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More snow and cold expected next week

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Bill Approved to Address Elderly Abuse

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The South Dakota House State Affairs Committee approved a bill (Friday) that would set up an elder abuse task force in the state.

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Thune Offers Alternative To FCC Net Regulations

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The Federal Communication Commission voted three to two to issue new rules that would attempt to regulate the operations of the internet.

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Positives Seen In New Internet rules

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The Federal Communications Commission has passed new rules that seek to put some regulations on the internet.

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Loophole In Iowa’s Underage Drinking Law

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For the third year in a row prosecutors are urging legislators to deal with an "oops" in Iowa's underage drinking law.