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Devils Lake Missionaries Freed in Venezuela
February 28

DEVILS LAKE, N.D. (AP) — Sen. John Hoeven says Venezuela has released four missionaries from North Dakota who were detained several days ago.

Hoeven says in a statement his office learned fro...(more)

Two Convicted Sex Offenders Change Addresses
February 27

JAMESTOWN - Jamestown Police Chief Scott Edinger is warning residents concerning two convicted sex offenders who have changed where they live in the city. Edinger notes that the notice is intended fo...(more)

Minnesota Budget Forecast Nearly Doubles
February 27

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Minnesota's bank account is projected to run up a $1.87 billion surplus over the next two years, which will drive calls for new spending, tax cuts or most likely a mix.

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North Dakota Could Appear on Monopoly Game Board
February 27

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - Pierre, SD and Bismarck, ND are among 60 cities up for possible inclusion as property spaces in the new Monopoly Here and Now special U.S. edition of the popular board game. The ed...(more)

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Vilsack Urges Farmers to Support TPA and TPP
Sat, 28 Feb 2015

Vilsack urged farmers at Commodity Classic to show the same passion for Trade Promotion Authority that they did for the 2014 farm bill. “I’m asking you to help us convince this country that it’s in our economic and national security interests to get these trade agreements through. Why do I ask? I spoke with a Senator the other day. He said I’ll give you two numbers, 1,200 and 2. The 1,200 represents the number of calls my office has received this week opposed to Trade Promotion Authority and TPP. The number two, is the number of calls I’ve received in support.”
Adapt to Your Situation
Sat, 28 Feb 2015

A panel discussion on ideas to break through yield barriers attracted a huge, standing room only crowd Thursday morning at Commodity Classic. Aneta, North Dakota farmer Fred Lukens said one advantage to farming in North Dakota is the wide variety of crops he can grow. “Our rotation is winter wheat, barley, corn, soybeans and edible beans. We’re growing black beans for our edible beans this year. The biggest acres on our farm are barley. You have to adapt to your situation. Corn isn’t our big money crop. Barley is our big money crop.”
Wetlands Determinations Still a Problem in PPR
Sat, 28 Feb 2015

Wetlands determinations are a big issue for South Dakota soybean growers. Kevin Scott, who farms at Valley Springs, east of Sioux Falls, calls it a critical issue. “We’ve had such a backlog in the Prairie Pothole region. We need to address those issues. There are some incredible timeframes that people are dealing with on their 1026 determinations on their soils. The appeals process is not working very well for them. It seems like a big delay tactic by NRCS. It’s very costly. They’re assuming that we are not going to have enough money to fight back long enough so they’re going to win through default. It amounts to a land taking in a lot of areas and we need to address that.” Scott is a director for the South Dakota Soybean Growers Association, the American Soybean Association and the United States Soybean Export Council.
Get Something on the Books for Soybeans
Sat, 28 Feb 2015

University of Minnesota grain marketing specialist Ed Usset was part of an early riser grain marketing panel Thursday morning at Commodity Classic. Usset said history shows corn and soybean prices return to December highs in the spring 70 percent of the time. But the key is to take advantage of it. “There are a lot of soybeans around, a lot of prospects for planted acres. Get something done in soybeans. Don’t just sit on your hands and wait for new-crop to come and have nothing on the books.”
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