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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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Extensive Public Utilities Commission Hearing Upholds Tribe’s Status

Following a lengthy hearing this week, the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission upheld the Yankton Sioux Tribe’s intervener status.

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Estate Tax Repeal Act Up For Vote

A measure to repeal the Estate Tax is expected up for a vote on the House floor today.

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Iowa Confirms First Bird Flu Case

Iowa has its first confirmed case of high pathogenic avian influenza. On Tuesday USDA confirmed the presence of H5N2 in…

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Agronomists Advise Normal Planting Rates in Dry Soil

Despite dry topsoil conditions in the northwestern corn belt agronomists are recommending farmers stick with their normal planting populations for…

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Veto Expected on Higher Nebraska Gas Tax

Nebraska State Senators have sent on to final reading a measure to raise the state’s gas tax six cents a gallon over four years to fund roads and bridges.

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More Cases of Bird Flu In Minnesota

Tuesday afternoon, Minnesota State Health officials announced USDA has confirmed eight more cases of highly pathogenic Avian Influenza in turkey farms in Minnesota.

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Pork Producers in Washington D.C. This Week

The National Pork Producers Council is holding their spring lobbying event this week in Washington D.C. Minnesota Pork Executive Director…

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Funds Available Through Agricultural Conservation Easement Program

The Natural Resources Conservation Service is making $332 million available for financial and technical assistance through the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program.

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President Continues Linkage to Cuban Markets

Over the weekend President Obama attended the Summit of the America’s in Panama and met with Cuban President Raul Castro.

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U.S. Beef and Pork Producers Given Better Access to Southern International Markets

The United States Department of Agriculture has reached agreements allowing U.S. beef and pork producers greater access to consumers in…

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Three Iowa Cooperatives Voting on Possible Merger

Members of United Farmers Cooperative, Farmers Elevator Cooperative and Cooperative Elevator Association are voting on a possible merger of the three entities.

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Minnesota Legislature Continues Budget Discussion

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Minnesota legislative Democrats and Republicans continue to seek common ground as they work to balance the state budget for the next two years.

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Emerald Ash Borer Found in Dallas County

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Emerald Ash Borer has been found in another Iowa County.

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Nebraska Continues Death Penalty Debate

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Nebraska lawmakers debated and passed a bill that would repeal the state's death penalty law.

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Bill to Repeal Mandatory Prison Sentences Passes Nebraska Legislature

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Nebraska legislators have advanced a bill that would scrap mandatory minimum prison sentences and the habitual criminal statute.

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Red Cross Takes Fire Prevention To Homes

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The American Red Cross recently made a few house calls in Yankton.