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Farmers Union Concerned with Trans Pacific Trade Deal

National Farmers Union leaders are concerned that negotiators are closer to a deal for the Trans Pacific Partnership.


Trans Pacific Partnership Closer to A Final Deal

Following the recent Trans Pacific Partnership talks in Hawaii, many are optimistic about Ministers agreeing soon to an agreement.


Minnesota Governor On A Trade Mission to Mexico

Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton is on a trade mission in Mexico this week.


USDA Shocks Market with August Crop Production Estimates

USDA shocked the grain markets with the August Supply and Demand Report row crop numbers. The agency raised soybean yield…

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Walz Supports Biotech Labeling Bill

Minnesota Congressman Tim Walz says he supported the recently passed legislation in the House that would establish a voluntary biotech…

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Congress Not to Discuss Immigration Reform This Session

Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell says the Senate won’t consider immigration reform during this session of Congress.


Iowa Senator Expects Six Month Highway Bill

When Senators return from the August recess next month, they won’t likely take up tax extenders legislation or a highway bill until October.

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China Distillers Market Variable

Renewable Fuel Association officials say China remains an unpredictable market, despite record dried distillers grains exports of nearly a million metric tons in June.

Marty Jackley

South Dakota Attorney General Against Waters of the U.S.

The twelve western states, including South Dakota, that are challenging the Waters of the U.S. rule have filed a motion for a preliminary injunction.


First Turkey Farm Repopulating in Iowa After Bird Flu

The first turkey farm infected with High Pathogenic Avian Influenza in Iowa has started restocking their barn with birds. Brad…

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WCB Crop Ratings Still High, Many Predict Record Crops

Crop condition ratings for the western corn belt continued historically high in Monday’s USDA crop progress report. In Minnesota 89-percent…


Pork Council Calls for Removal of South Africa Trade Benefits

National Pork Producer Council leaders are asking the Obama administration to strip South Africa of its preferential trade benefits, or at least limit them.

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Nebraska Farm Bureau Does Not Support Clean Power Plan

Nebraska Farm Bureau officials are supporting legislation introduced in the Senate Environment Works Committee.


China Changes Corn Pricing

The National Development and Reform Commission of China has announced the country will move to more market oriented pricing on corn procurement.


Pesticide Permitting Eliminated by New Legislation

Last week, the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee approved the Sensible Environmental Protection Act.

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Congress Considering Bird Flu Insurance or Disaster Program

Congress is working on some type of risk management or disaster program to assist poultry producers hit by avian influenza.…

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Crop Insurance Targeted for Cuts….Again

Farm groups are defending the farm bill with the crop insurance program under fire again. Chandler Goule with the National…

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Corn Growers Ask to Withdraw Waters of the U.S. Rule

The National Corn Growers Association wants Congress to pass legislation withdrawing the Waters of the U.S. rule.

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Export Marketing Plan to Benefit Ethanol

Lobby organization, Growth Energy is continuing to work on their ethanol export marketing plan.

Dave Frederickson

MN Governor Water Quality Comments Alarm Agriculture

Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton has set his sights on improving water quality in the state during his administration. In fact…

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Petition Effort To Restore Death Penalty Completed


A referendum petition drive far exceeded the number of signatures needed to keep the repeal of the death penalty from taking effect...and to force a vote on the issue.

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Authorities Seek To Control Mussels

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Now that growing numbers of zebra mussels have been confirmed in Lewis & Clark Lake, the focus changes to slowing the spread of the invasive animal.

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South Dakota Students Above Average

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A.C.T. scores from last spring’s testing have been released by the South Dakota Department of Education, and the states students continue to score above the national average.

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School Districts Seek Additonal Funding

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A record number of Minnesota school districts -- 66 at last count -- are asking voters to increase property taxes this year so they can construct new buildings.

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Event To Prepare Meals

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A volunteer effort billed as "the nation's largest food packaging event" kicks-off today in Des Moines.