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Informa Boosts Crop Productions

OMAHA (DTN) — Private analytical firm Informa Economics tweaked its estimates for U.S. corn and soybean production a little higher than last month in a report released Tuesday morning. Informa pegged corn production at 14.493 billion bushels, 18 million bushels more than USDA forecast in October. The national average yield estimate, at 174.4 bushels per […]

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Minnesota Farmers Union Largest Single Contributor to FFA Blue Jacket Bright Future Program

St. Paul, MN. – For the sixth consecutive year, the Minnesota Farmers Union has donated to the FFA’s Blue Jackets Bright Future program, which provides sponsored FFA jackets to Minnesota youth who are starting their FFA career, and for the sixth consecutive year, MFU was the single largest sponsor to the program! Out of 105 […]

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Heitkamp Discusses Progress and Challenges for Rural Economic Growth with Red River Regional Council

GRAFTON, N.D. – U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp today addressed the Red River Regional Council (Region IV), which covers the northeastern counties of Pembina, Walsh, Nelson and Grand Forks, for the group’s annual meeting on the region’s economic strengths and weaknesses to plan for future development. As Chair of the Senate Committee on Agriculture’s Subcommittee on […]

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Hoeven Announces $5.5 Million in USDA Loans, Grants to North Dakota

WASHINGTON – Senator John Hoeven today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is awarding $5.5 million in loans and grants to six North Dakota organizations. The funds are made available through USDA’s Community Facilities program, which provides loans, loan guarantees and grants to local governments and nonprofits to construct, enlarge or improve community […]

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Containerized Shipping Offers U.S. Soybean Farmers Access to More Markets

As harvest becomes more of a reality than a plan, some farmers are asking, “Where to next?” Farmers are taking a look beyond their fields and their elevator to know where their soybeans are headed and how they get there. Containerized shipping is one option. Containerized shipping uses standard shipping containers that can be loaded […]

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Farmers and Ranchers Encouraged to Make Their Voices Heard

WASHINGTON, – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is encouraging farmers and ranchers to make their voices heard by voting in the upcoming Farm Service Agency (FSA) County Committee elections. FSA Administrator Val Dolcini announced that beginning Monday, Nov. 3, 2014, USDA will mail ballots for the 2014 elections to eligible producers across the country. […]

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USDA Announces $29 Million to Provide Housing for Farmworkers

WASHINGTON, – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that USDA is investing $29 million to provide affordable housing for farm laborers and their families. “Housing is often the first step on the road to more economic prosperity for farmworker families,” Vilsack said. “These loans and grants will significantly improve the lives of farmworkers, who are […]

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Statement from Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on 2014 U.S. Agricultural Exports Setting New Record

WASHINGTON, November 4, 2014 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture released its final total for U.S. agricultural exports in Fiscal Year 2014, which soared to a record $152.5 billion (up from last year’s record of $141 billion). Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack made the following statement regarding the record-setting year: “American farmers and ranchers have once […]

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First ND commodities shipped under new pact reaches West Coast

BISMARCK – Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring says the first railcars filled with North Dakota commodities have been transported to the West Coast under a new agreement between North Dakota and the Port of Vancouver USA. The shipment arrived in the Washington state port on Nov. 3.“AGT Food & Ingredients loaded a test shipment of 60 […]

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Northeastern Minnesota residents warned about firewood for winter use

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is issuing a precautionary notice to residents in northeastern Minnesota: Make sure you know where your firewood comes from and that it’s free of invasive insects. This message is especially important for residents outside of Lake and Cook counties. That’s because those two counties are […]

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