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Country Morning for Thursday, September 21, 2017 (full story)

Anheuser-Busch InBev and Agrible are working together to improve barley production. Agrible will provide proprietary software to help identify disease threats and monitor crops, which will be added to AB InBev’s SmartBarley technology platform. In addition, the two companies will partner on... (full story)

Minneapolis-based Pipeline Foods has acquired two grain elevator facilities in Saskatchewan, Pipeline Foods focuses on non-GMO and organic grains and oilseeds. The Wapella and Gull Lake locations will serve as organic grain origination points for the company. (full story)

A new project is moving forward at the University of Minnesota-Crookston. The new Center for Collaborative Research will benefit scientists in the agriculture and natural resources department at UMC. The Northwest Research and Outreach Center will also utilize the facility. The research space was... (full story)

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt expects a new version of the Waters of the United States rule to be released in early 2018. Previously, there was a possibility WOTUS would be updated by the end of this year. Meanwhile, EPA has proposed to repeal the current WOTUS rule. Public comments on that proposa... (full story)

A group of 20 Democratic senators has sent a letter to the EPA and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, saying they want the current Waters of the United States rule to remain in place. The letter says the proposed changes will “weaken safeguards to the nation’s waterways.” With the excep... (full story)

Before USDA moves certain aspects of the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration into the Agricultural Marketing Service, the Organization for Competitive Markets wants to meet with Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue. OCM claims there are problems with the beef and dairy checkoff pro... (full story)

The Hoffman Co-op Grain Association is being acquired by Pro-Ag Farmers Co-op at Brandon, Minnesota. Members of the Hoffman cooperative voted to accept the merger by acquisition proposed by Pro-Ag Farmers Co-op. With the addition of the Hoffman location, Pro-Ag will have ten locations in west-centra... (full story)

A bipartisan group of U.S. senators are seeking an expansion of USDA’s Market Access Program and Foreign Market Development program. The bill would double the amount of money available to these programs that promote agricultural exports. A coalition representing farm groups support the bill... (full story)

Agriculture Today for Wednesday, September 20, 2017 (full story)

Country Morning for Wednesday, September 20, 2017 (full story)

Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton and North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum spent time on the phone Tuesday to discuss the Fargo-Moorhead flood diversion project. The Minnesota DNR has not approved the project and the federal courts put the diversion project on hold until a lawsuit can be settled. Dayton... (full story)

In the 23 major dairy states, August milk production totaled 17 billion pounds. That’s up more than two percent from last year. Minnesota milk production increased four percent. South Dakota was up 4.2 percent. Wisconsin and California are the two biggest milk production states. Wisconsin milk... (full story)

North Dakota FFA is preparing for district leadership conferences. In addition to leadership development, the schedule includes parliamentary procedure and speech competition. North Dakota FFA continues to grow, with chapters being added and membership at new highs. State Reporter Alicia Hellman see... (full story)

National Potato Council CEO John Keeling says tax reform discussions are moving along, with a focus on using the window between now and the end of the year as the opportunity to complete a comprehensive tax reform package. “We’re short on details, but from agriculture’s perspective... (full story)

National Farmers Union president Roger Johnson has joined the advisory board of New Energy America, a new organization created to promote clean energy jobs in rural America. NFU says the organization will support New Energy America’s engagement with communities and lawmakers in rural America... (full story)

Minn-Dak Farmers Cooperative vice president of agriculture Tom Knudsen says it will be a short sugarbeet pre-pile campaign this year. If conditions look favorable the first week of October, the cooperative will transition into harvest. Knudsen says 2017 could be another record-breaking year for tonn... (full story)

After Tuesday's Senate confirmation hearing, Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley said he feels confident about the future of biofuels. “After today, we’re satisfied that even at the subcabinet level, we’ll have proper concerns about biofuels being supported.” RRFN asked Grassley abou... (full story)

The drought has had a stranglehold on portions of Montana and the Dakotas. With the American Simmental Association headquartered in Bozeman, ASA Director of Science and Education Jackie Atkins says the recent moisture was welcome news. "The fires have been awful. It started being really smokey the... (full story)

Matt Hesse has been selected as the chief executive officer for FieldReveal, a newly launched joint venture based in Watertown, South Dakota. Most recently, Hesse was a senior manager of the WinField United retail technology field team. FieldReveal was formed by Wheat Growers, Landus Cooperative,... (full story)

Agriculture Today for Tuesday, September 19, 2017 (full story)

Country Morning for Tuesday, September 19, 2017 (full story)

Nearly two-thirds of pinto, black and navy bean crops have been harvested in the Hatton, North Dakota area. Kelley Bean Company’s Dean Nelson says farmers harvested for about 10 days straight until rains hit last weekend. "Some of the beans were down in the 11-to-12 percent moisture range, but... (full story)

With the 2018 Farm Bill process underway, there is a renewed interested in updating base acres. Currently, farm program payments such as ARC and PLC are based on historical acres, and therefore not dependent on current production. American Farm Bureau Market Intelligence Director John Newton says... (full story)

In his opening statement at the confirmation hearing, Indiana Agriculture Director Ted McKinney told lawmakers he believes in the mission of the foreign agriculture service. “To link U.S. agriculture to the world, to enhance export opportunities and global food security. Whoever wrote that,... (full story)

The Senate Agriculture Committee held confirmation hearings for USDA Deputy Secretary-nominee Steve Censky and Undersecretary for Trade and Foreign Affairs-nominee Ted McKinney Tuesday. In his opening statement, Committee Chairman Pat Roberts said Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue hit the ground... (full story)

In his opening statement, USDA Deputy Secretary-nominee Steve Censky said bipartisan work has value. “If confirmed, you have my commitment to being open to all points of view.” Censky, who is now the executive director of the American Soybean Association, told lawmakers he would focus... (full story)

Nearly 120 second and third grade students learned about farm safety at an event in Warren, Minnesota on Tuesday. CHS Ag Services hosted the farm safety day program. “It’s something we’ve always wanted to do and give back to the community," said Ryan Anderson, general manager. "Eve... (full story)

DuPont Pioneer Area Agronomist Zach Fore says the recent dry weather is pushing the soybeans to maturity. Fore thinks drought stress will be the biggest issue with the crop. “Particularly northeast North Dakota and northwest Minnesota, we’re at 30 percent or less rain for the last 60 day... (full story)

Portions of Montana received one to two inches of snow over the weekend reducing some of the fire risk. However, Montana Wheat and Barley Committee communications coordinator Steve Becker calls it a dwindling danger from wild fire. “We still have dry conditions. Once this outer section dries... (full story)

The American Simmental Association (ASA) hosted their Fourth Annual Fall Focus Educational Symposium September 17-20 in Bismarck, North Dakota. ASA Director of Science and Education Jackie Atkins says a big part of what the association does is provide genetic evaluation, which tied into this year... (full story)

The management of gray wolves has been an ongoing fight in Congress and the courts, but House Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Collin Peterson is feeling hopeful. Peterson's gray wolf language was recently included in the Interior Department appropriations bill. “We need to get this fixed... (full story)

Agriculture Today for Monday, September 18, 2017 (full story)

Country Morning for Monday, September 18, 2017 (full story)

Cottonwood, Minnesota farmer Carolyn Olson says some early harvesting has started in the southwestern corner of the state, but she is waiting for the soybeans to dry down further. "The soybeans are definitely yellowing and the fields look even across as they are maturing. However, chilly and cloudy... (full story)

Drought conditions are having an impact on pulse crop production. USDA National Ag Statistics Service’s Lance Honig says extreme dryness in western North Dakota and Montana has dramatically lowered production. "The potential was there for a big crop, and a record-high number of lentil acres... (full story)

Corn silage chopping is continuing across the region. Beaver Creek, Minnesota farmer Pete Bakken was finished chopping corn silage and says well-timed rains helped the crop add tonnage. "The weather was good, and we got it piled in a timely fashion. There's a lot of people in the area that are chopp... (full story)

Syngenta Crop Protection has been awarded damages in a patent infringement lawsuit. A U.S. District Court jury ruled that the agrochemical manufacturer, Willowood, infringed a patent relating to the manufacture of the of the fungicide azoxystrobin. The patent remains in effect until 2029 and has cou... (full story)

Montana’s wheat harvest is all wrapped-up. Montana Wheat and Barley Committee communications coordinator Steve Becker says the crop varied considerably. "We did have good submoisture moisture, so the winter wheat had a good start and was a decent crop," says Becker. "The spring wheat went in... (full story)

Agriculture Today for Friday, September 15, 2017 (full story)

Country Morning for Friday, September 15, 2017 (full story)

The Rebuild Rural Coalition is seeking support for infrastructure in Rural America. The coalition sent its list of priorities to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, who chairs the Interagency Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity. The areas needing more funding include ag research, transpor... (full story)

The world’s largest soybean farmer is being investigated by Brazilian authorities. Facing allegations of bribing state officials, the home of Blairo Maggi was raised by local police. Maggi, who is now Brazil’s agriculture minister, is accused of political misconduct during his time as... (full story)

The European Court of Justice has ruled EU member states cannot prevent their farmers from growing biotech crops if science doesn’t prove a risk to human health. The American Soybean Association supports this ruling, the EU has taken an unscientific approach to biotech crops over the last 20... (full story)

At a Washington, D.C. conference, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said “a sunset clause” should be included in the North American Free Trade Agreement. Mexican and Canadian officials quickly responded, saying a sunset clause would only bring more uncertainty to trade agreements. Ross also... (full story)

After three down years, net cash income is expected to increase this year. The Farm Credit Administration quarterly review says profit margins for corn and soybeans will remain at or below the breakeven levels. The profitability outlook is better in the livestock sector. For the first six months of... (full story)

The U.S. Climate Prediction Center has increased the possibility of a La Nina this fall. The odds are placed at 55-to-60 percent for a La Nina to form. The grain market is watching this possibility because a La Nina could hurt the crops in southern Brazil and Argentina. (full story)

Dry beans were donated to those impacted by Hurricane Harvey. Engstrom Bean, Bollingberg Seed and Fessenden Coop Association processed, bagged and loaded two trucks of producer donated beans for food banks in Houston, Texas. Northarvest Bean Growers Association, North Central Bean Dealers Associatio... (full story)

DuPont Pioneer territory manager Sam Lockhart is advising farmers to walk their fields and check out the corn. "It has dried down very quickly. We didn't get the rains in August and we're seeing firing from below and now it is coming from above. It won't be too long before we're picking corn. It'll... (full story)

DuPont Pioneer territory manager Sam Lockhart is advising farmers to walk their fields and check out the corn. "It has dried down very quickly. We didn't get the rains in August and we're seeing firing from below and now it is coming from above. It won't be too long before we're picking corn. It'll... (full story)

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