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  • Aquaculture association buys Port Graham hatchery 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 6:13 am
  • KENAI, Alaska - A lower Cook Inlet fish hatchery idle since 2007 has been sold.

  • State help for Northern Beef was about $4.3M 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 7:21 pm
  • SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota - U.S. Senate candidates talking about the idled Northern Beef Packers plant in northeast South Dakota have tossed out figures for taxpayer losses ranging from nothing to $80 million, but a breakdown from state agencies shows the actual number is closer to $4.3 million.

  • Some exempted from minimum wage, increased or not 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 3:07 pm
  • WASHINGTON - Some low-paid workers won't benefit even if a long-shot Democratic proposal to raise the federal minimum wage becomes law.

  • Cool, wet spring may ease western Plains drought 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 12:29 pm
  • PIERRE, South Dakota - A spring forecast of above-average rainfall in parts of the Plains region is raising hopes for a break in drought conditions plaguing much of the area.

  • Grower: early SC peach crop hit by March freeze 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 8:58 am
  • AIKEN, South Carolina - Peach lovers may have to wait a while this year. Growers say a late March freeze caused major damage in the Aiken area and the fruit might be scarce until July.

  • Executive cleared in Dallas slaughterhouse case 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 7:11 am
  • DALLAS - Dallas prosecutors have dropped charges against one of two executives of a local slaughterhouse they accused of dumping pig's blood into a creek along the Trinity River.

  • Goehring awards first grape and wine grants 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 7:04 am
  • BISMARCK, North Dakota - Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring has awarded North Dakota's first research grants to support and promote the state's grape and wine industry.

  • Millstone goat farmer admits improper care 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 6:34 am
  • MILLSTONE, New Jersey - The Monmouth County man who owns a goat farm has been told to thin the herd after he admitted improperly caring for animals.

  • Officials celebrate Delmarva poultry industry 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 4:19 am
  • SALISBURY, Maryland - Members of Delaware's congressional delegation are joining in an annual celebration of the Delmarva region's poultry industry.

  • Ag officials push Florida grapefruit overseas 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 3:04 am
  • TALLAHASSEE, Florida - Florida grapefruit will be featured on Outback Steakhouse menus in South Korea, underscoring the fruit's popularity in that country.

  • Farmers off to slow start planting corn crop 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 5:20 pm
  • ST. LOUIS - Most years about this time, northern Illinois farmer Monty Whipple, like so many Midwest growers, would be riding high in his monstrous planter, kicking up dust while sowing corn in hundreds of acres. But this spring has kept him sidelined, and he's anything but alone.

  • State says pig virus found on 93 farms in Michigan 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 4:52 pm
  • KALAMAZOO, Michigan - A virus that kills piglets at an alarming rate has been found on 93 farms in Michigan, the state agriculture department says.

  • Texas Crop Report 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 4:12 pm
  • COLLEGE STATION, Texas - The following reports were compiled by AgriLife Extension Service for the week of April 15:

  • Colorado Editorial Roundup 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 2:44 pm
  • A sampling of recent editorials from Colorado newspapers:

  • Spring wheat, barley seeding behind average in SD 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 10:03 am
  • SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota - Planting of spring wheat and barley is lagging behind the average pace in South Dakota.

  • Japan pro-whaling lobby vows to continue hunts 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 9:56 am
  • TOKYO - Hundreds of pro-whaling Japanese officials, lawmakers and lobby group members vowed Tuesday to continue whale hunts despite a world court ruling that ordered the country to halt its Antarctic whaling program.

  • Bat-killing fungus spreads in Georgia 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 8:10 am
  • CLAYTON, Georgia - Black Diamond Tunnel sits just outside the city of Clayton in the northeast corner of Georgia.

  • SDSU prof: Cattle feeding margins move into black 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 5:19 am
  • BROOKINGS, South Dakota - A South Dakota State University adjunct economics professor says cattle feeding margins moved back into the black in the first quarter of 2014 after nearly three years of deep losses.

  • Rancher inspects cattle after showdown with feds 
    Updated: Apr-14-14 9:14 pm
  • RENO, Nevada - A Nevada rancher said Monday he's trying to determine if federal agents damaged his cattle when the animals were rounded up then released in a showdown with angry protesters over a decades-long dispute about rangeland rights.

  • Rain, cold slow Illinois corn planting 
    Updated: Apr-14-14 5:47 pm
  • SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - State agriculture officials say wet, cold weather has kept Illinois farmers out of their fields this spring. Only 1 percent of the corn crop has been planted.

  • Spring fieldwork off to late start in Minnesota 
    Updated: Apr-14-14 4:34 pm
  • MINNEAPOLIS - Spring fieldwork is getting off to a late start because of winter's stubborn grip on Minnesota but farmers say their yields shouldn't be hurt as long as they can get into their fields soon after Easter.

  • Hoeven: BNSF pledges to speed fertilizer delivery 
    Updated: Apr-14-14 3:28 pm
  • BISMARCK, North Dakota - BNSF Railway Co. has promised to add more trains to ensure timely delivery of fertilizer for spring planting, Sen. John Hoeven said Monday.

  • Mid-April freeze threatens fruit trees 
    Updated: Apr-14-14 2:53 pm
  • ST. LOUIS - The winter that just won't quit has one more punch for the nation's Heartland - a cold front bringing a brief return to sub-freezing weather, creating concerns for growers of apples, peaches, grapes and other fruit.

  • Chinese pork giant plans IPO to raise up to $5.3B 
    Updated: Apr-14-14 12:59 pm
  • HONG KONG - China's WH Group, which became the world's biggest pork company after buying Smithfield Foods of the U.S. last year, said Monday it plans to raise up to $5.3 billion in an initial public offering on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.

  • Northern Ariz. fire reaches 75 percent containment 
    Updated: Apr-14-14 12:16 pm
  • FLAGSTAFF, Arizona - A wildfire in the Coconino National Forest near Flagstaff near the Canyon Vista Campground has been downgraded and some of the assigned crews are being released for duty elsewhere.