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Rebates available for farmers obtaining organic certification

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) Commissioner Dave Frederickson has signed an agreement with USDA to offer an organic certification cost share program again in 2014. In August, the MDA will begin accepting applications for this program, which refunds up to 75 percent of the certification costs organic farmers and handlers pay […]

July 17, 2014 | By | Reply More

Goehring sets goals for 2014 Hunger Free ND Garden Project

FARGO – Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring is asking gardeners across the state to plant an extra row of fruits and vegetables this year to help meet the needs of hungry North Dakotans. “One in 10 of our fellow citizens seeks food assistance from charitable feeding programs every year,” Goehring said. “We are asking individuals and […]

July 15, 2014 | By | Reply More

Missouri Corn Growers Pushing For More Ethanol at the Fuel Pump

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. July 8, 2014 – Are wise consumers of gasoline being pushed to use a fuel that doesn’t work in their boats, lawn equipment, and other small engines? A June 24 statement from the Missouri Corn Growers Association (MCGA) blames current high gasoline prices on volatile markets and calls for more ethanol at […]

July 14, 2014 | By | Reply More

ASA Supports Missouri Farming Rights Amendment

ST. LOUIS (June 24, 2014) – The Creve Coeur-based American Soybean Association has issued its support of the Missouri Farming Rights Amendment (Amendment 1), a measure that would amend the state’s constitution to recognize and protect modern agriculture and the benefits that it provides all Missourians.   “As a proud Missouri-based organization, the American Soybean […]

July 14, 2014 | By | Reply More

For Soybean Insect Management, There’s No Substitute for Scouting, Says Researcher

The weather in the Mid-South region causes intense pest pressure for row-crop farmers. To maintain yields, farmers in this area must treat numerous insect pests, more so than farmers in other areas of the country, according to Mississippi Extension entomologist Angus Catchot, Ph.D. In a new Focus on Soybean webcast, Catchot outlines best-management practices to […]

July 7, 2014 | By | Reply More

U.S. Waterways Receive Boost

As predictions for 2014 soy exports continue to climb, the U.S. soy industry will rely even more on the U.S. transportation infrastructure to move U.S. soybeans, meal and oil to export position. The highways, railways and waterways in the United States give U.S. soybean farmers a significant competitive advantage over their South American competitors. This […]

July 7, 2014 | By | Reply More

Livestock producers warned of anthrax danger

BISMARCK – North Dakota’s state veterinarian says the state’s first reported case of anthrax this year should prompt livestock producers to take action to protect their animals from the disease, especially in areas with a past history of disease. “Anthrax has been confirmed in a Barnes County beef cow,” Dr. Susan Keller said Wednesday. “Producers […]

July 7, 2014 | By | Reply More

Minnesota celebrates new first-in-the-nation standards for renewable fuels

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Diesel drivers on Minnesota roads and highways will be running on cleaner fuel this summer as they start filling up with the nation’s first, required 10 percent biodiesel blend. Known as B10, this higher blend will be sold annually from April 1 through September 30. A five percent mixture that works […]

July 7, 2014 | By | Reply More

MDA Commissioner visits agricultural innovators

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is touring the Southeastern part of the state to showcase business owners expansion achievements made possible by help from state grants. The Agricultural Growth, Research and Innovation Program (AGRI) encourages businesses to thrive in a clean and sustainable manner by providing partial project funding.   […]

July 7, 2014 | By | Reply More

USDA Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden to travel to China

WASHINGTON, July 3, 2014 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced today that Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden will travel to Beijing and Guangzhou, China, July 7-12. While in China, the deputy secretary will lead the USDA delegation at the U.S.–China Strategic and Economic Dialogue. The Dialogue will bring together high level officials and discuss […]

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