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Iowa Has Second Bird Flu Case in Chicken Flock

Iowa has its second case of high-pathogenic avian bird flu and this time it’s in a chicken operation. Monday USDA…

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Know Your Farmer Dinner Connects Farmers and Consumers

Last night’s Know Your Farmer Dinner in Vermillion was a chance for city leaders and University of South Dakota officials…

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Minnesota Farm Bureau Pleased With Some Session Wins

Minnesota legislators are winding down their 2015 session and so far the State Farm Bureau is claiming a pair of major victories.

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Repeal of Estate Tax A Good Step for Tax Reform for Cattlemen

Last week’s passage in the House of the repeal of the Estate Tax is a good first step toward real overall tax reform.

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Trade Promotion Authority Opposed by South Dakota Farmers Union

Legislation introduced last week in the Senate to give the President Trade Promotion Authority is facing opposition from a South Dakota farm group.

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Reauthorization of Commodity Futures Trading Commission Continues

The House Agriculture Committee has just completed a series of four meetings regarding reauthorization of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.

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Early Planting Can Translate to Higher Corn Yields

Farmers in the western corn belt are getting into the fields a little earlier than the last few seasons which…

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Soybean Farmers Pleased With EPA Biodiesel Volume Schedule

EPA will release the Renewable Fuels Standard Volumetric requirements by the end of the year, which is good news for…

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Nebraska Ag Land Values Up Sharply in 2014

Figures released by the Nebraska State Department of Revenue show ag land valuations have gone up over 19 %.

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Farmers Union Against Estate Tax Repeal

One farm group has come out in opposition to the repeal of the Estate Tax.

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Senate Introduces Trade Promotion Authority Legislation

Legislation was introduced in the U.S. Senate last week to give the President Trade Promotion, or Fast Track, Authority.

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USDA Responds to Growing MN Bird Flu Cases

Thursday USDA announced four additional four flocks were confirmed positive with H5N2 highly-pathogenic avian influenza in Minnesota. These include Ottertail,…

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USDA Responding to More MN Bird Flu Cases

Thursday USDA announced four additional four flocks were confirmed positive with H5N2 highly-pathogenic avian influenza in Minnesota. These include Ottertail,…

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Pork Producers Meet with Members of Congress

A delegation of South Dakota Pork Producer Council leaders are in Washington D.C. this week meeting with members of Congress.

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No Re-authorization of Highway Bill Could Cost Billions

A study released by the American Public Transportation System says that if Congress fails to reauthorize the highway bill by May 31, the cost to the U.S. economy will be $ 227 Billion .

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U.S. House Votes to Repeal Estate Tax

The U.S. House today approved legislation repealing the Estate Tax.

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Nebraska Governor Plans Trade Mission in Europe

Thursday, Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts announced the first trade mission of his administration will be to Europe June 8 through the 15.

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European Union Commission to Make Individual Decisions on Biotech Crops

The European Union Commission is considering letting its member countries decide for themselves whether or not they will accept biotech crop imports.

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Ethanol Industry Found to Have $5 Billion Impact in Nebraska

A study conducted by the University of Nebraska’s Department of Agricultural Economics along with the school’s Bureau for Business Research shows a $ 5 billion impact to the state’s economy from the ethanol industry.

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EPA Schedules Release of RFS Volume Requirements

Through a proposed settlement with the American Petroleum Institute and the American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers, EPA is set a schedule for issuing RFS volume requirements.

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Nebraska On Track for Economic Growth

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Nebraska remains on track for economic growth.

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Medical Marijuana Bill Clears Nebraska Committee

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A medical marijuana bill has cleared a Nebraska legislative committee and heads to the full legislature for debate.

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Rules Under Review

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The Rules Review Committee of the South Dakota legislature worked through a long agenda at their meeting yesterday (Monday) in Pierre.

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Transportation Bill Deadline Looms

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More discussions on a long term transportation funding bill may be held this week in Congress.

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Blue Ribbon Committee To Begin Work

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The “Blue Ribbon Task Force on Teachers and Students” was formed by South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard to deliver a data based report on the state of education to the 2016 legislature.