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N.D. company recalls 2,664 pounds of beef franks

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – A North Dakota company has recalled more than a ton of beef franks due to misbranding.

The United States Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service says Cloverdale Foods Co. in Mandan recalled 2,664 pounds of beef franks.

The agency says the hot dogs were made with milk, which was not declared on the product label. Milk is a known allergen.

There have no reports of illness from the recalled products.

The items identified in the recall were “Seattle Mariners Beef Franks.” The products were produced on Nov. 23 and Dec. 13, 2013.

The franks can be identified by the establishment number “Est. 7603” inside the USDA mark of inspection.

The products were sold to retailers in Montana, North Dakota and Washington.

Slower growth likely in rural areas of 10 states

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Economic growth will likely slow in rural parts of 10 Midwest and Western states in the months ahead.

A monthly survey of rural bankers released on Jan. 16 shows the region’s overall economic index falling to 50.8 in January from December’s 56.1.

The index ranges from 0 to 100, and any score above 50 suggests growth in that factor in the months ahead.

Creighton University economist Ernie Goss says declining farm prices are hurting the economy.

And most bankers say they expect the economy to be hurt by the Environmental Protection Agency’s decision to reduce the amount of ethanol that must be blended into gasoline.

The report covers rural parts of Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming.

Drought prompts disaster declarations in 11 states

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Federal officials have designated portions of 11 western and central states as primary natural disaster areas because of a drought.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s announcement on Jan. 15 includes counties in Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, Kansas, Texas, Utah, Arkansas, Hawaii, Idaho, Oklahoma and California.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said in a statement that he sympathizes with farmers and ranchers who are dealing with the lack of rain and snow, and assured them that the USDA will stand by them.

The designation means eligible farmers can qualify for low-interest emergency loans from the Agriculture Department.

Counties adjacent to those that are affected also are eligible for assistance.

The United States Drought Monitor reports that while storms have dumped rain and snow in the East, droughts are persisting or intensifying in the West.

Western Junior Livestock honorees to be honored at Pioneer Breakfast

Due to the Atlas blizzard, the Western Junior Livestock show in October was cancelled, and it was not possible to honor these Western Junior Livestock Honorees: Robert Fawcett and Marlow Jurisch. They will be honored at the 22nd Annual Black Hills Stock Show Pioneer Breakfast. Also honored at the breakfast will be: Jim Ramey, Jon Harrington, and Hugh and Eleanor Ingalls. In addition to the agricultural accomplishments of these honorees, guests can enjoy the music of Laurinda Price and Brent Burress.

This is is a chance to honor those who have excelled in the agriculture industry. The breakfast will be held Saturday, Feb. 8, at the Central States Fairgrounds Fine Arts Building. Doors will open at 7 a.m., with the breakfast beginning at 8:00 a.m., and the program at 9:00 a.m. The cost will be $10 for adults and $5 for children.

For tickets contact Dick Bray at 605-521-0472 or NanCee Maynard 605-390-0109 or email

Renewable Fuels Standard requirements for 2014 under review

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is accepting comments on proposed changes to the 2014 Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) volume requirements until Jan. 28, 2014. The proposed changes to the RFS impact cellulosic biofuel, biomass-based diesel, advanced biofuel and renewable fuel requirements for 2014. The changes reduce the overall requirement from 18.15 billion gallons to 15.21 billion gallons, citing the “blend wall” or the maximum amount of renewable fuel that can be blended at 10 percent with estimated gasoline consumption in the future. NAWG is in the process of developing comments to submit in support of the RFS as passed by Congress and supporting E15. If you would like to submit comments, you can do so at

Commodity Classic early registration discount ends Jan. 20

ST. LOUIS – With less than two months until Commodity Classic convenes in San Antonio, Texas, growers are encouraged to take advantage of the lowest rate by registering before the early discount deadline of midnight Monday, Jan. 20. Registering early will save attendees up to $50. Hotels are currently available, but are booking up fast. For complete details and to take advantage of the early registration discount, register now and reserve rooms at

Soybean, corn, wheat and sorghum growers attending Commodity Classic Feb. 27 – March 1 will benefit from a wide variety of educational sessions, networking opportunities and a sold out trade show with 1,278 booths representing 297 companies displaying the newest technology, equipment, ideas and innovations in agriculture.

Ag United restaurant crawls are back

We’re excited to announce the return of popular Restaurant Crawls for 2014. Diners can enjoy a three course meal at favorite local restaurants with South Dakota farmers who make the meal possible. This year’s events include:

• Sioux Falls Poultry Crawl – March 31

• Brookings Pork Crawl – April 7

• Vermillion Pork Crawl – April 14

• Rapid City Beef Crawl – May 12

For more details and to purchase your tickets today follow this link. For more info, contact the Ag United office at: (605) 336-3622 or

AgriVisions 2014 set for February

Dr. Jason Henderson, associate dean in the College of Agriculture and Director of Purdue Extension, will be the speaker at AgriVisions 2014 events in February. Prior to being named Director of Extension, Jason served as Vice President and Omaha Branch Executive at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. He is a nationally recognized expert in agricultural and rural issues and speaks frequently to a wide range of business, financial and policy audiences across the United States and internationally. His research on the agricultural and rural economy has been quoted by policy officials, researchers, and leading media outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Financial Times and USA Today

AgriVisions sessions will be held on Feb 10 in Yankton and Feb. 11 in Crooks and Mitchell. For more information, visit

Neb. workshops to help specialty crop growers

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – Several workshops will be held across Nebraska to help producers of specialty crops improve their business.

A state grant of $29,706 is paying for the workshops the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is planning. The university’s Nebraska Cooperative Development Center is leading the program.

Casey Foster with the Nebraska Agriculture Department says to program should help the economy in the state because specialty crops like fruits, vegetables, nuts and Christmas trees are often sold near where they are grown.

The evening workshops will help farmers learn more about marketing and business management. They begin Tuesday in Wayne. Other workshops will be held in Ord on Jan. 28, in Grand Island on Feb. 19 and in Scottsbluff on Feb. 24.

More details are available by contacting the coordinator at

Best management practices workshop in Houston, Minn. – Jan. 31

HOUSTON, Minn. – A workshop on best management practices to control erosion and help habitat and water quality will be from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 31 at the Houston Nature Center in Houston, Minn.

It will use maps, nutrient management plans, and research to show how land use decisions can help the farm and land well beyond the farm.

The center is about two blocks northwest of the intersection of Minnesota highways 76 and 16.

Construction of pulse plant on hold for winter

HARROLD (AP) — Organizers say construction is behind schedule for a plant near the central South Dakota town of Harrold that will process pulse crops such as lentils, field peas and chickpeas.

The 11,000-square-foot, $4.5 million South Dakota Pulse Processors plant was expected to start operations in the spring.

The Pierre Capitol Journal says a report from the company states that most work has been on hold for the winter and workers will be resuming construction in early spring. Organizers hope the plant will be up and running by the fall.

The plant is expected to employ about 10 people.

Red River Valley Coin Show set for Jan. 25-26 in Fargo

The 54th annual Red River Valley Coin Show, the largest coin and stamp show between Minneapolis and Seattle, will be held Jan. 25-26 at the Doublewood Inn in Fargo, N.D. The Doublewood Inn is located at 3333 13th Avenue South.

The show will have over 50 bourse tables that include U.S. and foreign coins and currency, U.S. stamps and other numismatic materials. Dealers from 6 states will be in attendance. Persons interested in submitting displays for judging should call Lloyd at (701) 347-4122.

Admission is free. Show hours are Saturday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.