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Nebraska agriculture secretary to visit China for beef

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska's agriculture secretary is traveling to China to celebrate the arrival of the state's first beef shipment in 14 years. Greg Ibach is scheduled to visit Beijing and Shanhai June 29-30. Gov. Pete Ricketts announced the...

 

EPA chief met with Dow CEO before deciding on pesticide ban

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration's top environmental official met privately with the chief executive of Dow Chemical shortly before reversing his agency's push to ban a widely used pesticide after health studies showed it can harm...

 

Destructive Japanese beetles likely in North Dakota to stay

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A bug that's an enemy to flower beds, gardens, crops and even golf courses has been found again in North Dakota. An insect expert says the state likely now has an established population of the destructive Japanese beetle....

 

Livestock guardian dogs help protect poultry, herd animals

Livestock guardian dogs (sometimes called LGDs) can be lifesavers, not only for herd animals and poultry but also for farmers and ranchers trying to build a profitable business. Laura Faley owns Hidden Meadow Ranch near Mount Vernon, Washington,...

 

Egg executives in salmonella case must report to prison

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A father and son whose Iowa-based egg production company caused a massive 2010 salmonella outbreak have exhausted their appeals and a federal judge has ordered them to begin serving prison sentences. The U.S. Supreme Court...

 

Dry conditions continue impacting South Dakota farmers

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Dry conditions across South Dakota are continuing to impact farmers and ranchers. The weekly crop report from the federal Agriculture Department says condition ratings have declined slightly for all crops, and also for...

 

4-H member in Wisconsin seeking special wheelchair

BARRON, Wis. (AP) — The terrain is rough on a dairy farm. It's rougher still when you have cerebral palsy. Brandon Skinner knows a thing or two about rough roads from his weekly visits to the farm of family friends Denton and Amy Hanson, where...

 

EXCHANGE: Herbal farmers grow small garden for health care

ANNA, Ill. (AP) — It's a quarter of an acre that grows about 50 plants, an area that some folks would call a garden of life. The compact, fenced-in plot is a small part of the Dayemi community's 100-acre property in Union County, where some...

 

Montana hemp farmer can't irrigate her crops under fed rules

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Just outside a subdivision overlooking Lake Helena, a sandy, 12-acre field scattered with sagebrush and gopher holes lies almost barren. Sparsely strewn throughout the dry tilled field, little green sprouts no taller than an in...

 

Researchers studying invasive fruit fly threatening crops

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin researchers are trying to learn more about an invasive fruit fly that has been threatening berry crops in the state since 2010. University of Wisconsin fruit crop entomologist Christelle Guédot told Wisconsin Public...

 

South Dakota youth nonprofit to breed cattle with donation

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A nonprofit that operates a ranch for troubled boys in South Dakota has joined the local food movement. A donation of five cow-calf pairs from the South Dakota Farm Bureau means the McCrossan Boys Ranch will soon be able...

 

Washington farm raises a pig in sheep's clothing

KINGSTON, Wash. (AP) — Tania Issa's pigs always look sheepish. Not abashed, mind you, just woolly. Her 18 mangalitsa hogs are covered from snout to hoof in a mat of curly hair, which gives them the appearance of being fluffy. The wool is actually...

 

Michigan families awarded for preserving century-old barns

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — On the outskirts of Maple City, a bright red barn towers prominently over acres of farmland. The century-old town staple boasts a family name that's hard to miss. In part, because the "Noonan" family name is splashed in...

 

Yellowstone wants brucellosis quarantine facility for bison

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — Yellowstone National Park is taking steps toward turning part of its bison trap at the northern edge of the park into a certified brucellosis quarantine facility. Park officials have been talking since at least April with the...

 

Alabama wondering what about Cuba trade in Trump era

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Agriculture officials and industry leaders in Alabama for years have lobbied for expanded exports to communist Cuba, a country they see as a promising market for this state's poultry products. Now they're waiting to see...

 

In major blow to Brazil, US suspends meat product imports

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — In a major blow to Brazil, the United States on Thursday announced the immediate suspension of all imports of beef products from Latin America's largest nation because of safety concerns. The decision by U.S. Agriculture...

 

North Dakota agriculture commissioner slates drought meeting

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring is hosting a drought meeting in Mandan on Tuesday. Goehring says it's an opportunity for farmers and ranchers, agriculture groups and agencies to talk about the drought and...

 

Global Canola Oil Market - Industry Analysis, Trends, and Forecasts Until 2021 by Technavio

LONDON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jun 23, 2017--The global canola oil market is expected to grow at a CAGR of more than 5% during the forecast period, according to Technavio’s latest report. This Smart News Release features multimedia. View the full...

 

Emergency CRP grazing authorized in the Dakotas and Montana

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue has authorized emergency grazing on Conservation Reserve Program land in the Dakotas and Montana in response to drought. Perdue says that without alternative forage options, ranchers...

 

Farm disaster: Losses from April, May rains in 7 parishes

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Farmers and ranchers in seven Louisiana parishes are eligible for federal disaster loans if they lost money because of excessive rain throughout most of April and May. The U.S. Department of Agriculture designated...

 

Brazil to try to reverse US ban on Brazil meat

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil's agriculture minister plans to travel to the United States to try to reverse the American ban of beef imports from Latin America's biggest country. Blairo Maggi's posted social media comments on his trip and the ban late...

 

Local angel fund from Dakotas gets farm-tech app

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A North Dakota tech company is using a $1.35 million angel investment fund in Sioux Falls to launch a new app for the agriculture industry. The Argus Leader (http://argusne.ws/2rPsC4i ) reports that Myriad Mobile of Fargo...

 

Extreme drought may lead to low wheat crop yield in Montana

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — An extreme drought in northeastern Montana is causing major problems for wheat farmers in the region. The Billings Gazette reported (http://bit.ly/2rZClqd ) Thursday that the area has only received about a half-inch of rain...

 

Tyson adopting video, welfare checks in poultry operations

PLUMERVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Tyson Foods has installed video cameras in key areas of its poultry operations and will test new ways to slaughter birds — not in response to previous "gotcha" moments but under a corporate philosophy that notes its role...

 

US to issue more temporary worker visas this summer

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Homeland Security Department has decided to offer extra visas for temporary, seasonal workers, a department spokesman said Wednesday. DHS spokesman David Lapan said Homeland Security John Kelly hasn't decided how many visas...

 

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