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Friday, February 20,2015

EPA apologizes for RFS delays

by Todd Neeley - DTN
Apologizing may be a good first step, but the director of the office of air quality and transportation with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) told ethanol producers at the National Ethanol Conference in Grapevine, TX, last Thursday he hopes to back up his words by issuing a three-year Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) this spring.

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Friday, February 20,2015

2015 National Ag Day is March 18

by WLJ
The Agriculture Council of America (ACA) will host National Agriculture Day on March 18, 2015. This will mark the 42nd anniversary of National Ag Day, which is celebrated in classrooms and communities across the country. The theme for National Ag Day is “Agriculture: Sustaining Future Generations.

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Friday, February 20,2015

National Make It With Wool winners compete for top honors

by WLJ
The longevity of wool may be Frozen in Time, this year’s theme for the National Make It With Wool (MIWW) Fashion Show, but the colors and quality…how they have advanced! The state-winning MIWW contestants competed in the national finals and awards...

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Friday, February 20,2015

Ethanol industry on offense

by Todd Neeley - DTN
Dinneen went after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for being years behind on the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and pointed to recent job losses in the oil industry to contrast it with ethanol’s staying power in rural America. Just last week, the U.

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Friday, February 20,2015

NMSU ag student is sparking online conversations about agriculture

by WLJ
Lauren Schlothauer, even in high school as an active member of Future Farmers of America, had clear goals.

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Friday, February 20,2015

Community rallies behind family after young rancher's death

by WLJ
On the day a Jordan-area rancher died, friends started a Web-based fundraiser to help the wife and seven daughters he left behind. By Sunday afternoon, more than 500 people had donated over $54,000 to the family of Owen Murnion, who died Thursday, Feb.

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Friday, February 20,2015

Wind petition filed

by Todd Neeley - DTN
The American Bird Conservancy (ABC) filed its second petition since 2011 with the Department of the Interior in mid-February.

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Friday, February 20,2015

Keep stored grain cool and dry as temperatures rise

by WLJ
Each 10 degrees the grain temperature increases reduces the allowable storage time by about half, according to Ken Hellevang, also a Professor in NDSU’s Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Department.

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Friday, February 20,2015

Catching up with the bulls of the Midland Bull Test

by WLJ
The second intermediate weights were completed and the bulls are in the final stretch of their 120-day test. Listed below are the leaders of the pack so far. Bulls are tested for economically relevant traits important to the commercial producer, such as gain efficiency, weight per day average, etc.

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Friday, February 20,2015

Guest Opinion

Is your soil breathing?

by DTN
I encourage growers to think of the soil as an engine. The productivity (horsepower) of that engine can be improved, but first we need to measure the existing horsepower. The Solvita test is an affordable tool growers can use to estimate the size of soil’s engine by measuring respiration or carbon dioxide (CO2) release.

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