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After Press from Sens. Franken and Klobuchar, Minnesota Will See More Investments in Broadband Internet for Rural Schools and Libraries

After pressure from U.S. Sens. Al Franken (D-Minn.) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has announced it will increase investments in high-speed broadband Internet connections for Minnesota, especially in rural communities. Last week, the FCC voted to bolster the E-rate program, which provides support to improve Internet access in schools and libraries. […]


MDA confirms emerald ash borer find in Dakota County

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) today confirmed an emerald ash borer (EAB) infestation in Dakota County. EAB was found in an ash tree in Lebanon Hills Regional Park in the city of Eagan, just north of the border with Apple Valley. The infested tree was detected through a routine visual […]


North Dakota weed control officials to meet

BISMARCK – Weed control officials from across the state will gather Tuesday, Jan. 6, for the 2015 North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner’s Weed Forum. The forum is held in conjunction with the annual meeting of the North Dakota Weed Control Association (NDWCA), Wednesday and Thursday. Both events take place at the Baymont Inn and Suites (formerly […]

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Farm Loan Mediation Changes in South Dakota

PIERRE, S.D.-The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) recently made changes to its administrative rules for the Agricultural Mediation program. These rules become effective on Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014. In addition to promulgating rules for the new areas of federal lands and oil and gas mediation, changes were made to the Farm Loan Mediation program. The filing […]


Minnesota Farmers Union debates ag policy, elects delegates at 73rd annual state convention, Nov. 22-23, 2014

ST. PAUL (November 23, 2014) – The Minnesota Farmers Union (MFU) held its 73rd annual state convention on Saturday, November 22 and Sunday, November 23.  Policy and special orders were debated and passed; and delegates were elected for the National Convention in Wichita, Kansas, March 14-17, 2015.   “Minnesota Farmers Union is about bringing common-sense solutions to […]


Connections 2014 and USB Annual Meeting

With 569,998 U.S. soybean farmers growing crops to serve both new and long-standing industries, the future of this crop is essential. The United Soybean Board (USB) is bringing together numerous industry stakeholders to strategize about its future at CONNECTIONS 2014: Ahead of the Curve, Accelerating U.S. Soy’s Future.   The event is designed to answer […]


Heitkamp, Hoeven Invite Agriculture Producers, Community Members to Attend Conference on Transporting Agriculture

BISMARCK, N.D. – U.S. Senators Heidi Heitkamp and John Hoeven today invited farmers, elevators, and agricultural processors to attend a comprehensive conference they are hosting with North Dakota State University’s (NDSU) Center for Agricultural Policy and Trade Studies to examine ways to improve the transportation system for agricultural products in the Northern Plains. The conference is […]


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 […]


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 […]