Agriculture

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Frost Damage in Row Crops Starting to Emerge

After initial thoughts the crop had escaped damage from the recent cold temperatures, some problems are starting to show up…

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Insect Management Knowledge Program to Provide Insect Answers

Monsanto has announced that six recipients will be awarded research grants as part of their new Insect Management Knowledge Program.…

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Iowa Group Still Working Against Rock Island Clean Wind Project

The group opposing the Rock Island Clean Wind project is still working to get Iowa lawmakers to pass legislation limiting eminent domain.

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Region’s Bridges Are Among Worst in the Nation

A report released this week by the TRIP group a private non profit organization shows that Iowa has the third worst bridges in the country with 22 percent structurally deficient.

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Legislation to Allow Packer Ownership of Livestock Has a Long Way to Go

Time is running short for Nebraska State Legislators this session and a measure that would allow Packer ownership of swine and dairy has only gotten as far as the first round of debate .

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Cooperative Members to Vote on Possible Merger Next Week

Ballots go out next Wednesday to North Central and South Dakota Wheat Grower’s cooperative members regarding possible unification of those co-ops.

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WTO Official Causes Controversy in COOL Ruling

The presiding official on the three member WTO panel that issued the ruling calling U.S. Country of Origin Labeling trade distorting is a Mexican citizen.

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Soybean Association Calls for Clean Trade Promotion Legislation

American Soybean Association leaders are calling on Congress to pass clean Trade Promotion Authority Legislation with no amendments.

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Gas Prices Not Affected by Renewable Fuel Standard

Retail gas prices from 2013 through the first quarter of 2015 were unaffected by prices for RIN credits that are used to demonstrate compliance with the Renewable Fuel Standard.

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Buffer Zone Compromise Underway in Minnesota

A tentative agreement has been reached on Governor Mark Dayton’s buffer zone proposal in Minnesota.

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Bird Flu Cost Rising, Lawmakers Exploring Insurance

Bird flu has cost nearly $1 billion to the economies of Minnesota and Iowa. Iowa, the top egg producer, has…

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New 4-H Hall For South Dakota State Fairgrounds Breaking Ground Next Week

Next Wednesday the groundbreaking will be held for the new 4-H Nordby Exhibit Hall on the South Dakota State Fairgrounds in Huron.

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Trade Promotion Authority Vote Expected to Be a Close One

The National Council of Farmer Cooperatives is urging Senators to approve the trade promotion authority legislation.

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Minnesota Wraps Up Session Without Tax Relief Measures

Minnesota lawmakers wrapped up their 2015 state legislative session this week but failed to pass any tax relief measures for farmers and ranchers.

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Canada Threatens Tariffs in Response to WTO Country of Origin Labeling Ruling

Canadian officials says they will impose retaliatory tariffs against the United States following this week’s WTO decision finding COOL trade…

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House Ag Committee Bill on COOL Repeal

A bill will be introduced in the House Ag Committee this week to repeal mandatory Country of Origin labeling for…

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Vilsack Say COOL in Congress’s Court

On Monday the WTO declared the U.S. Country of Origin Meat Labeling law trade distorting. U.S. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack…

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Currency Manipulation Bill Won’t Pass

Last week lawmakers were able to agree on a cloture vote on Trade Promotion Authority by allowing a vote on…

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Groups Pleased with Bill to Block Endangered Species Listings

Public Lands Council and National Cattlemen Beef Association officials are pleased with House passage last week of the National Defense…

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SD Department of Ag Looking at Biocontrol for Purple Loosestrife

The South Dakota Department of Agriculture is using biocontrol agents to treat infestations of Purple Loosestrife… one of the state’s…

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Iowa Lawmakers Work Ahead of Holiday

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Iowa lawmakers got an extra early start to this Memorial Day weekend.

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Nebraska Lawmakers Vote to Allow Illegal Children to Have Licences

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State lawmakers have moved to end Nebraska's status as the only state left that denies driver's licenses to the children of illegal immigrants.

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Nebraska Governor Please with Spending Plan

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Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts is pleased with the $8.6 billion spending plan for the next two years.

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South Dakota Senator Recognizes Air Veterans

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In honor of the Memorial Day observance, South Dakota Senator John Thune made a floor speech recognizing the air aces of American military forces.

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Increased Patrol on I-90 Memorial Day Weekend

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Law enforcement agencies in South Dakota and Minnesota will be out in full force this weekend along Interstate 90.