September 30, 2016
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Chief ag negotiator says TPP not dead

The chief agricultural negotiator with the U.S. Trade Representative says there’s still time to complete the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement.
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September 30, 2016
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Clinton, Trump give positions on ag, regulatory policy

This week the American Farm Bureau Federation released answers Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have submitted on questions concerning farm policy, regulatory reform, environmental laws and other issues important to farmers and ranchers.
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September 30, 2016
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Vilsack says farm debt to equity still low

Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack says 10 percent of US farming operations are on the edge – extremely leveraged or highly leveraged.
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September 30, 2016
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Beet factory coming down

The factory is located at the north end of Blackfoot on Highway 91.
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September 29, 2016
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Senator cautions Vilsack on GMO labeling issue

Senate Agriculture Committee chair Pat Roberts cautions the USDA to stay within the limits of what Congress intended.
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September 29, 2016
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USDA announces 2017 sugar loan rates

USDA offers marketing assistance loans to processors of sugarbeets.
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September 29, 2016
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Vilsack: Managing climate change a work in progress

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack says everyone in agriculture has a responsibility to manage the impact of climate change, including the farming industry by collaborating with state and federal governments, and vice a versa, to
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September 28, 2016
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Youngest Americans least protected from added sugar health risks

Federal labeling, dietary guidelines, and marketing rules are not protecting small children from the health risks of added sugar in food.
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September 28, 2016
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USDA announces 2016-17 sugar program provisions

The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Sept. 23 announced sugar marketing allotments and marketing assistance loan rates for the 2016-17 crop year that begins Oct. 1.
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September 28, 2016
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Clinton supports WOTUS; Trump does not

Hillary Clinton says the supports the Environmental Protection Agency’s “Waters of the U.S.” rule, while Donald Trump says he will eliminate the rule if elected president.
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September 27, 2016
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Growers concerned about forecast of rain with beet harvest looming

Producers in the Yellowstone River Valley on the border of northeast Montana/northwest North Dakota are very busy right now as sugarbeet harvest is just around the corner.
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September 27, 2016
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Sugar up on supply concerns

Sugar futures surged Tuesday to the highest level in more than four years as the market continued to worry about production from Brazil, the world’s largest grower of the commodity.
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September 27, 2016
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Dow fails to warn Californians when pesticide Telone is used, lawsuit alleges

Chemical manufacturing giant Dow fails to warn people in farming communities throughout California when a potentially dangerous pesticide is applied to nearby fields, health advocates claimed in a lawsuit filed Sept. 20.
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September 27, 2016
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EU mulls change of tack on U.S. trade treaty

European Union ministers expressed pessimism Friday that the bloc can conclude a massive trade pact with the U.S. anytime soon and debated whether to change tack on the talks.
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September 27, 2016
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Monsanto, Bayer officials defend proposed $66B merger

Top officials for Monsanto and Bayer defended their proposed $66 billion merger.
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September 27, 2016
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Apply to be a part of IA’s Pitcher’s Mound

Modeled after ABC’s popular TV show “Shark Tank,” IA’s new Irrigation Show and Education Conference event Pitcher’s Mound is meant to be an avenue to help inventors, entrepreneurs and business people in the irrigation arena bring new products to market.
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September 27, 2016
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Greenpeace co-founder favors biotech

It’s not every day that you see an about face from an environmental leader, but that’s the case with Patrick Moore.
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September 26, 2016
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Minn-Dak might leave some beet acres unharvested

Minn-Dak Farmers Cooperative might leave up to 15 percent of its acres unharvested this year, as their yields might hit 20 percent more than their previous record high.
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September 25, 2016
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How the GMO labeling law will affect Colorado shoppers

A federal bill signed into law in July requires labeling of genetically modified foods, which are foods from plants or animals that have had genes copied from other plants or animals inserted into their DNA.
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September 24, 2016
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Focus on genetic solutions to beet crop challenges at new R&D centre

The new centre was opened in Tienen, Belgium, on Sept. 6 by Belgian federal agriculture minister Willy Borsus.
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September 23, 2016
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The crush is on now

September is a busy month for California wineries.
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September 22, 2016
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USDA announces new open data partnership for public health

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack officially launched the USDA Branded Food Products Database.
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September 22, 2016
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Sugar goes by many names

I am so confused about sugar. I read a label that said “evaporated cane sugar.” Are foods that have it healthier?
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September 21, 2016
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NPPC thinks TPP will pass

The president of the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) says he’s confident Congress will pass the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) before the end of the year.
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September 21, 2016
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Senninger announces the new PRU

Senninger announces the new Pressure Regulator Ultra (PRU), a high-flow 2-inch pressure regulator.
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September 21, 2016
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Mahindra North America to host 6th annual National Dealer Meeting in Phoenix

Mahindra North America will host its dealer network, business partners and suppliers Oct. 5-8 in Phoenix at its sixth National Dealer Meeting.
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September 21, 2016
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Growers seek reforms as flood insurance program increases rates, toughens regs

A state-funded task force is mulling solutions to farmers’ rising costs as the National Flood Insurance Program is set to be reauthorized by Congress next year.
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September 20, 2016
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Case IH Autonomous Concept Vehicle introduced

High-efficiency farming is the new normal, according to Jim Walker, vice president of Case IH North America.
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September 20, 2016
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Ag companies defend planned mergers

Five of the six ag companies seeking to consolidate into three have told the Senate Judiciary Committee this morning that they are driven to innovate to survive and that will not change if the deals are approved.
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September 20, 2016
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Farm groups weigh in about mergers

Farm groups have testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee about the proposed ag company mergers at a hearing on consolidation and competition.
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September 20, 2016
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Tractor rollovers focus of Farm Safety Week in Minnesota

Tractor rollover awareness is at the forefront as Lt. Gov. Tina Smith declares this week Farm Safety and Health Week in Minnesota.
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September 20, 2016
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EPA paper: Glyphosate likely doesn't cause cancer

A paper released Friday by the EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs says glyphosate likely doesn't cause cancer.
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September 20, 2016
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Growers concerned mergers will lessen competition

The co-founder of the Farmers Business Network says there is concern how the recent flurry of ag mergers will impact farmers.
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September 20, 2016
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Immigration, labor toughest political issues facing many in agriculture

Scott McDougall isn’t a fan of Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump, but he thinks the Republican presidential nominee will be better for agriculture on the issue of immigration.
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September 19, 2016
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NFU reacts to Bayer-Monsanto merger

The National Farmers Union is concerned about continued consolidation among agribusinesses.
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September 19, 2016
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Commercial drone growth brings benefits and risks

More drones in the skies raise a number of new safety concerns, ranging from collisions and crashes to cyber-attacks and terrorism, according to the latest risk report from Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS): Rise of the Drones: Managing the Uniq
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September 19, 2016
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Lack of data hinders climate change's effects on biodiversity

An international group of biologists is calling for data collection on a global scale to improve forecasts of how climate change affects animals and plants.
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September 19, 2016
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Judge rules against Idaho irrigators on flood control accounting

Treasure Valley irrigators are assessing their options after a judge ruled that water released from Boise River reservoirs for flood control can be counted against their storage water rights.
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September 18, 2016
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Proposed IRS rules could impact some farm operations

An attorney says proposed regulation changes from the Internal Revenue Service could change estate planning for some farming operations.
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September 17, 2016
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CHS Foundation gifts $3.44M to University of Minnesota

The CHS Foundation, funded by charitable gifts from CHS Inc., the nation's leading farmer-owned cooperative, announced a $3.44 million grant to the University of Minnesota intended to transform agriculture education from kindergarten through higher educat
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September 16, 2016
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CHS businesses in Washington, Idaho combining for greater efficiencies

As full-service ag retailers, CHS Primeland and CHS Farmers Co-op collectively serve farmers and other customers in 15 counties in Washington and Idaho.
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September 15, 2016
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East Idaho canal shuts water off early

Aberdeen-Springfield Canal Co. General Manager Steve Howser said a water outlook that took a dramatic turn for the worse this summer has compelled him to shut off his system about three weeks earlier than he originally anticipated.
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September 15, 2016
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Publicity sank What’s Upstream plan to tap social media

A Seattle lobbying firm was poised to tap social media to rally grass-roots support for new restrictions on Washington farmers when the Environmental Protection Agency pulled back its support of the advocacy campaign, according to newly released EPA recor
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September 14, 2016
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Lawsuit alleges glyphosate-cancer link

A Washington man has filed a complaint claiming that Monsanto Co.’s glyphosate herbicides caused his cancer, joining a slew of similar lawsuits across the country.
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September 14, 2016
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Beet harvest fires up

There was a wisp of steam from the Western Sugar factory Friday as workers began feeding beets into mills in Billings and Lovell, Wyo.
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September 14, 2016
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Monsanto agrees to Bayer’s $57B offer

The U.S. seedmaker Monsanto agreed to a $57 billion buyout offer from Germany’s Bayer in a deal that would create a global agricultural and chemical giant.
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September 14, 2016
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American Sugar Cane League donates $5,000 for Iberia Parish flood relief

The American Crystal Sugar Company donated $5,000 to the Kiwanis Club of New Iberia Foundation to benefit Louisiana flood recovery efforts, said Jim Simon, manager of the Louisiana-based American Sugar Cane League.
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September 14, 2016
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Colorado sugar factory property owner pitches new plans for site after fire

Longmont's old sugar factory spewed smoke Sunday night, signaling yet another incentive for Dick Thomas to redevelop the abandoned site.
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September 14, 2016
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How the sugar industry artificially sweetened Harvard research

As nutrition debates raged in the 1960s, prominent Harvard nutritionists published two reviews in a top medical journal downplaying the role of sugar in coronary heart disease.
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September 14, 2016
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Calif. conference to highlight precision ag technology, business topics

Registration is being taken for an inaugural two-day conference in November that will educate growers on how to make the most out of new technology and plan for their operation’s future.
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September 14, 2016
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Case IH introduces AIM Command FLEX Advanced Spray Technology

Case IH announces new AIM Command FLEX advanced spray technology for greater application accuracy, as well as special 25th Anniversary Patriot models to celebrate the company’s legacy of sprayer leadership.
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September 13, 2016
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Ryan says votes aren't in Congress for TPP agreement

House Speaker Paul Ryan says the proposed Trans Pacific Partnership Trade agreement won’t become law this year. At his weekly press conference this week, Ryan says TPP would fail in the current Congress.
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September 13, 2016
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Campaign explores farmland preservation in Idaho’s Treasure Valley

A year-long effort that will explore options for preserving farmland in the fast-growing Treasure Valley of southwestern Idaho kicks off in October.
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September 12, 2016
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Heritage Foundation calls for end to commodity subsidies

The Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank, has released a report calling on Congress to phase out commodity subsidies and end federal support for revenue-based crop insurance.
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September 12, 2016
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NFU opposes consolidation in ag industry

The National Farmers Union is in Washington, D.C., this week meeting with government leaders and one of their main issues this year is consolidation in the ag industry.
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September 12, 2016
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California extends most ambitious climate change law in U.S.

A decade ago, California vowed to dramatically slash greenhouse gas emissions by 2020.
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September 12, 2016
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Hiniker 6000 Row Crop Cultivator

The Hiniker 6000 Row Crop Cultivator provides quick and effective weed control in any type of tillage program, including organic operations.
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September 11, 2016
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West Central Launches IntelliMax to Advance Retailers’ Data Analytics Capabilities

West Central Distribution announced the launch of IntelliMax, a confidential and customizable data management platform designed for ag retailers as a turnkey solution for grower data management and analysis, seller and grower program management, and manuf
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September 10, 2016
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Domm serves as next Southern Minn president

Southern Minnesota Beet Sugar Cooperative (SMBSC) announced it has elected Steven J. Domm as the next president of the cooperative.
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September 09, 2016
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Study: Consumers prefer gene-disrupting pesticides over GMOs

Consumers prefer gene-disrupting “RNAi” biopesticides over genetically engineered crops, but they don’t much like either technology, according to a recent study.
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September 09, 2016
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Bayer pushes bid for Monsanto closer to $56 billion

The German pharmaceutical giant Bayer AG has sweetened its bid for Monsanto, saying that its latest offer, now worth almost $56 billion reflects, “constructive negotiations” in its quest to build a global chemical and seed company.
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September 09, 2016
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New Holland at 2016 #FarmProgressShow

The New Holland team was out in force at the 2016 Farm Progress Show to talk about what’s new.
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September 09, 2016
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Reform group cites immigrants’ contribution to Oregon economy

A panel of agricultural, business, political and social leaders called for comprehensive immigration reform Wednesday, saying the current system is broken, hurts families and hampers economic growth in Oregon.
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September 09, 2016
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Pfenninger succeeds Schwartz as executive VP of BSDF and ASSBT

Paul Pfenninger is the new executive vice president of the Beet Sugar Development Foundation (BSDF) and the American Society of Sugar Beet Technologists (ASSBT).
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September 08, 2016
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Angry cow killed after running over police officer

A cow that escaped a county fairgrounds in southern Washington was killed after it ran over an officer and its owner.
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September 08, 2016
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2016 Irrigation Show & Education Conference Limited Registration Discount

Registration is now open for the 2016 Irrigation Show and Education Conference on Dec. 5-9 in Las Vegas.
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September 08, 2016
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Montana ranch hand fined for chasing bear in truck

A Montana ranch hand has been fined after posting a video of a grizzly bear being chased by a truck on social media.
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September 08, 2016
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SESVanderHave adds Spike, Brady to agronomy group

SESVanderHave USA added two individuals this spring to the company’s agronomy group.
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September 07, 2016
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Oregon county cancels meeting on bid to reclassify farmland

Oregon’s Clackamas County canceled a meeting this week on its bid to redesignate farmland following critical remarks from communities, a conservation district and a key state land-use agency.
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September 07, 2016
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Bayer ups ante on Monsanto offer

Bayer AG says talks with Monsanto Co. have advanced, and it is now willing to offer more than $65 billion, a 2 percent increase on its previous offer for the world’s largest seeds company.
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September 07, 2016
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Sen. Grassley announces ag industry consolidation hearing

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley announced a hearing on the increasing consolidation within the seed and chemical industry.
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September 07, 2016
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Sugarbeet outlook in Red River Valley split between "outstanding" south and soggy north

The rumble of sugarbeet trucks is back as area farmers wind down an early pre-pile harvest to help bring sugar factories back online.
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September 06, 2016
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Woman drives SUV through grocery store

Employees of an Oregon grocery store are cleaning up after a police say a woman drove her SUV into the store and down the aisles.
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September 06, 2016
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Starbucks to offer stevia product along with other sweeteners

Starbucks customers will now have another option to add a little something sweet to their beverages, as the chain announced today it’s adding a calorie-free stevia product to its lineup of sweeteners for the first time.
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September 06, 2016
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USDA offices reopen after closure due to security threat

The Agriculture Department says all its offices are open after facilities in five states were briefly closed due to an unspecified email threat.
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September 06, 2016
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USDA forecast record U.S. sugar production

While U.S. sugarbeet and sugarcane crops are not yet harvested—and Louisiana’s flooding illustrates that anything can happen in an otherwise excellent growing year—USDA’s Economic Research Service is projecting record sugar production.
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September 06, 2016
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California farmworkers on edge over historic overtime bill

Many California farmworkers who make up the backbone of the nation’s No. 1 agricultural state were praising historic legislation that brings them closer to receiving the same overtime pay as the rest of the state’s workers who are paid by the hour.
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September 06, 2016
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Trade discord and GMO controversy may sour sugar business

Although beet sugar is identical to cane sugar on a molecular level, it does not qualify as a non-GMO ingredient.
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September 05, 2016
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South Africans urged to reduce sugary drinks intake

Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has urged people to reduce their intake of sugary drinks.
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September 04, 2016
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Montana beet crop still expected to be good one

Despite the recent breach of the irrigation canal north of Savage, Sidney Sugars’ agricultural manager Duane Peters still expects a strong sugar beet crop in the area.
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September 03, 2016
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Heitkamp: Feds watching Mexican liquid sugar trade

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., said the U.S. sugar program faces vocal opposition moving forward into the next farm bill, but that development of new safety net policies for sugar and other commodities will depend on who is president and who controls Congre
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September 02, 2016
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USDA announces availability of additional farm loan funding

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Val Dolcini today announced that additional funding will be made available to assist more than 1,900 approved applicants who are awaiting farm operating loans.
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September 02, 2016
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Purdue opens first field phenotyping facility in North America

Purdue University dedicated its $15 million state-of-the-art research facility for automated field phenotyping this week.
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September 01, 2016
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France calls for end to TTIP negotiations

France has called for an end to the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) talks.
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September 01, 2016
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Finalists chosen for Faces of Farming & Ranching

Eight farmers have been chosen as finalists for the US Farmers and Ranchers Alliance Faces of Farming and Ranching competition.
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September 01, 2016
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ASA keeping tabs on GMO labeling bill

The American Soybean Association is tracking implementation of the national GMO food labeling bill.
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September 01, 2016
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Deere & Climate Corp to fight DOJ over acquisition

Deere & Company and the Climate Corporation say they will contest legal action being taken by the U.S. Justice Department, which is moving to block Deere’s acquisition of Precision Planting, LLC.
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September 01, 2016
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Major transfer of U.S. farmland expected by 2019

A new USDA report says about 10-percent of all farmland in the U.S. will transfer ownership between now and 2019.
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