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North Dakota Farm Bureau contemplates next step

North Dakota Farm Bureau contemplates next step

BISMARCK – North Dakota Farm Bureau leaders are mulling their next move after their divisive decision to back a challenger who ultimately failed to topple Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring for the Republican endorsement.

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College's drones to survey farmland in Roseau County

ROSEAU, Minn. - Small unmanned aircraft will soon be taking to the skies over select areas in Roseau County, according to Northland Community & Technical College.

ND livestock director sees opportunities

Shaun Quissell has both personal and professional connections to livestock. He’s part of a family beef operation near Scranton, N.D. He’s also the new director of the North Dakota Department of Agriculture’s livestock development division. Quissell succeeds Wayne Carlson, who retired after 21 years in the post.

Sisters bond over shared love of horseback riding

Sisters bond over shared love of horseback riding

FARGO - Horseback riding was an important part of growing up for the Speikermeier sisters. Paul and Ardys Spiekermeier’s daughters Ann Geiszler, Mary Bartholomay, Polly Lindemann and Beth Lange spent hours exploring with their horses, riding in parades and sneaking out of the house for midnight rides.

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Hoeven urges agencies to halt livestock emissions regulations

WASHINGTON - Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., has asked three federal agencies to halt regulations on livestock emissions.

Eyes on expansion: ND, Minn. producers look to increase beef cow numbers Press Pass Archive

Eyes on expansion: ND, Minn. producers look to increase beef cow numbers

The most recent annual decline nationally – from 29.3 million on Jan. 1, 2013, to 29 million on Jan. 1, 2014 – comes despite record-high beef prices and lower corn prices that, at least in theory, should encourage ranchers to increase their herds.

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'Reviving the food culture': Young farmers join local movement Press Pass Archive

'Reviving the food culture': Young farmers join local movement

WINDSOR, N.D. - Hannah Sargent and Jonathon Moser didn’t intend to be farmers. Two years ago, they had office jobs, lived in downtown Fargo and ate sushi on a regular basis.

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ND ag candidate questions slow response on request for Industrial Commission records Press Pass Archive

ND ag candidate questions slow response on request for Industrial Commission records

BISMARCK – The Democratic candidate for state agriculture commissioner said Friday he is seeking an attorney general’s opinion on whether the North Dakota Industrial Commission has violated the state’s open records laws by taking more than a month to provide public records requested by one of his campaign volunteers.

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Farmers, propane suppliers need to work together, industry official says Press Pass Archive

Farmers, propane suppliers need to work together, industry official says

Roy Willis can’t promise the propane shortage of 2013 to ’14 won’t happen again. But he can suggest ways for farmers to reduce their risk. “The most important thing is to have a good relationship with the propane supplier in your local market and to work with them to predict your needs and come up with a good economic plan that works for both you and the retailer,” Willis says.

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New foundation provides strength, longevity to post-frame buildings Press Pass Archive

New foundation provides strength, longevity to post-frame buildings

MOORHEAD - E­ven after harsh winter blizzards, post-frame buildings remain standing when other structures might be felled by the region’s wind and weather, said Tom Janke, manager of the Morton Buildings Moorhead construction center.

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Agriculture secretary calls sugar producers' legal action 'ill timed' Press Pass Archive

WASHINGTON – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently said he fears the legal case U.S. sugar producers have filed asking for corrective action that could affect other negotiations with Mexico, but a spokesman for the sugar growers said the case is justified.

Unchecked irrigation threatens groundwater Press Pass Archive

Unchecked irrigation threatens groundwater

Crop irrigation has boomed in Minnesota in the past few years, increasing land values and raising yields for corn, soybeans and other crops. But hundreds of Minnesota farmers appear to be irrigating cropland without the state permits required to use large volumes of public water.

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Rosmann: How corn and soybeans influence our daily lives

Corn and soybeans, two of the most important crops grown in the Midwest and many parts of the world, have interesting histories, uses and reasons for their importance.

Women landowners face unique challenges Press Pass Archive

Women landowners face unique challenges

MEDINA, N.D. - The number of female farmers and landowners is growing, but some say those women are not always empowered to make or enforce decisions about what happens on their land. “It is amazing to me what happens out there,” said Sue Balcom, who is trying to help change that.

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ND winter wheat looking good despite harsh winter Press Pass Archive

FARGO – At least one factor can be considered an early indication that North Dakota’s winter wheat crop might be surviving better than some people expected, considering the harsh winter, according to Blake Vander Vorst, senior agronomist with Ducks Unlimited.

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