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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.


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.


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.


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…


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.


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.


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.


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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USDA Bee Colony Loss Survey Released

USDA’s annual Colony Loss Survey shows a total year loss of 42-percent of the nation’s honeybee colonies. Managed honey bee…


House Ag Leadership Wants Review of Dietary Guideline Comments

House Ag Committee leaders Collin Peterson of Minnesota and Mike Conaway of Texas want USDA and the Department of Health…

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Veto Override on Gas Tax in NE Warranted

The Nebraska Unicameral’s override of the Governor’s Veto of the gas tax legislation is a win for the state’s farmers…

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New $260 Million Pork Plant in Sioux City, Iowa

Seaboard Foods and Triumph Foods will be constructing a new pork processing facility in Sioux City, Iowa. Seaboard’s Director of…

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Trade Promotion Authority Clears First Hurdle in Senate

The Senate cleared a procedural hurdle on Thursday passing a cloture vote on Trade Promotion Authority by a margin of…

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Minnesota Budget Still Under Construction

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State budget negotiations resumed at Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton's residence yesterday afternoon.

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Death Penalty Showdown in Nebraska


Governor Pete Ricketts has vetoed legislation passed by the Unicameral that would repeal the death penalty.

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Bill to Allow Packer Ownership of Livestock Advances

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Meat packers would be able to own hogs and contract with Nebraska producers under a bill advancing in the Unicameral.

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Service Honors Fallen Omaha Officer

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Funeral services for Omaha Police officer Kerrie Orozco, who was killed in the line of duty, were held Tuesday.

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Blood Donations Needed For Summer

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The upcoming summer season brings with it busier schedules, and LifeServe Blood Center, based in Sioux City, Iowa, finds their blood supply falls low as people take less time to make regular donations.