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  • Ag Related Issues of Trade and Immigration – Presidential Debate
    The topics of international trade and immigration reform came up during the final televised presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. More than half of U.S. farm workers are undocumented immigrants, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. With fewer workers, farm owners say costs are rising and they often must leave unpicked fruit […]
  • Record Corn Harvest Sets Tone for Next Week’s Export Exchange – Our Visit with Melissa Kessler
    With U.S. farmers anticipating a record corn harvest and U.S. ethanol producers expecting record production of animal feed co-products, the timing could not be better for Export Exchange 2016, scheduled for next week in Detroit. More than 200 international buyers and end-users of coarse grains and co-products, including distiller’s dried grains with solubles, are expected […]
  • ASA, NOPA Signal Strong Push on TPP in Lame Duck Session of Congress
    With the release of a new document on the benefits to soybean farmers, processors, and exporters from the Trans-Pacific Partnership this week, the American Soybean Association and the National Oilseed Processors Association put Congress on notice that the groups will continue their push to approve TPP in the lame duck session following the presidential election. […]
  • Grocers, Retailers Gain a Fresh Look at Beef from Master Butcher
    North Dakota and Minnesota grocers and retailers will soon have a fresh look at beef. That’s the intent of the North Dakota Beef Commission, North Dakota Grocers Association, North Dakota State University Meat Scientists and Cargill Meats, who are coordinating a beef-centric seminar featuring third-generation Master Butcher Kari Underly, author of the James Beard nominated […]
  • U.S. Chinese Beef Trade May Not Start Until Early 2017
    There has been a lot of hype over the past month about Chinese markets opening to U.S. beef for the first time in more than ten years. Phil Karsting is the Administrator for USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service and he says while Chinese buyers and U.S. sellers are ready to go, there are still a few details to work […]
  • NDFU President to Speak Before the UN in Rome
    North Dakota Farmers Union President Mark Watne will speak in Rome today before the United Nation’s Committee for World Food Security, as a representative of the World Farmers Organization. This is the first time in 43 years that farmers, through the WFO, have been able to participate in the international discussion on food security and […]
  • North Dakota Science Facility Puts Farm Research in the Fast Lane
    Put simply, the United States is falling behind in research related to its biggest industry, agriculture. To a large extent the kind of innovation and research that made the US a world Ag leader has been floundering for years due to a lack of funding, but the real pain is just beginning to surface. Work […]
  • Farm Organizations Challenge Dannon And Other Food Companies On Retreat From Sustainable Ag Practices
    Leaders of the nation’s top farming organizations joined together today in urging food companies to recognize that their sustainability goals, intended to reduce the use of natural resources, cannot be achieved without the use of modern agricultural practices, despite any misleading assertions to the contrary.  This focus on deceptive food company marketing claims is in […]
  • ND Stockmen Seek Justice in Butchered and Missing Livestock Cases in Sioux County
    Amid a pair of reports about butchered cattle and bison and other dead and missing livestock in Sioux County, the North Dakota Stockmen’s Association is advising livestock producers in the area to keep an extra keen eye on their herds and to report any suspicious activity to authorities immediately. We spoke Monday with NDSA Executive […]
  • NOAA Increases Chances of La Nina Winter To 70%
    Farmers spent the early part of the summer discussing the possible impacts of an El Nino weather event on U.S. production, but now it seems they may spend their winter considering the impact of the opposite.  On Thursday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration boosted the chances of a La Nina event occurring to 71% […]

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