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USDA offering bee habitat incentives to farmers, ranchers

February 27, 2014 in Uncategorized

Bees are probably best known for the honey they produce, but that’s not the only benefit they provide for mankind.
Those buzzing little insects also pollinate a large portion of America’s commercial agriculture crops, though honey bees have been…continue reading on thedickinsonpress.com

Vilsack: Census of ag results tell story of unlimited potential in rural America

February 22, 2014 in Uncategorized

This week, USDA released preliminary data from the 2012 Census of Agriculture that provides a snapshot of a rural America that remains stable in the face of difficult economic times. While the data do not paint a perfect picture, they do tell a story…continue reading on thedickinsonpress.com

Vilsack: Census of ag results tell story of unlimited potential in rural America

February 22, 2014 in Uncategorized

This week, USDA released preliminary data from the 2012 Census of Agriculture that provides a snapshot of a rural America that remains stable in the face of difficult economic times. While the data do not paint a perfect picture, they do tell a story…continue reading on thedickinsonpress.com

USDA to invest in Prairie Pothole Region conservation effort for landowners:

February 15, 2014 in Uncategorized

GRAND FORKS — The U.S. Department of Agriculture will be offering as much as $35 million during the next three years to help landowners conserve grasslands and wetlands in the Prairie Pothole Region, the agency announced Friday.
As part of the pro…continue reading on thedickinsonpress.com

Weight loss, one breath at a time: USDA lab tests ‘breathalyzer’ for calories to help dieters

January 24, 2014 in Uncategorized

GRAND FORKS — Leah Whigham imagines a future in which dieters could use a hand-held device to tell them right after a meal how many calories they just consumed, and all they’d have to do would be to breathe in the machine.
She led a project this…continue reading on thedickinsonpress.com

Flexibility at lunch: Sens. Hoeven, Heitkamp integral to enforcing changes to school lunch program

January 3, 2014 in Uncategorized

School lunch officials now have a little more wiggle room with calories, protein and grain services after the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that temporary changes lobbied for by a group of bipartisan U.S. senators, including sponsor John H…continue reading on thedickinsonpress.com

Flexibility at lunch: Sens. Hoeven, Heitkamp integral to enforcing changes to school lunch program

January 3, 2014 in Uncategorized

School lunch officials now have a little more wiggle room with calories, protein and grain services after the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that temporary changes lobbied for by a group of bipartisan U.S. senators, including sponsor John H…continue reading on thedickinsonpress.com

USDA opens door to new herbicide-resistant seeds

January 3, 2014 in Uncategorized

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture opened the door Friday to commercial sales of corn and soybean seeds genetically engineered to resist the weed killer 2,4-D, which is best known as an ingredient in the Vietnam War-era herbicide A…continue reading on mitchellrepublic.com

USDA opens door to new herbicide-resistant seeds

January 3, 2014 in Uncategorized

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture opened the door Friday to commercial sales of corn and soybean seeds genetically engineered to resist the weed killer 2,4-D, which is best known as an ingredient in the Vietnam War-era herbicide A…continue reading on mitchellrepublic.com

High-ranking USDA official warns of impact on export programs from lack of long-term farm bill

November 22, 2013 in Uncategorized

MANDAN – The lack of a long-term federal farm bill is jeopardizing foreign trade offices and programs that have contributed to the best five-year run of agricultural trade in U.S. history and allowed North Dakota to more than double its exports of …continue reading on thedickinsonpress.com