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Minnesota woman arrested on drug charges

It looks like the honeymoon may be over for a Minnesota couple after a stop in Mitchell last weekend. According to court documents 41 year old Kristal Simpson and her husband of two months stopped at Walmart on their way to Colorado. Her husband went into the store. When he returned the husband observed her …

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Duffy supports farm bill safety net, House SNAP changes

Congressman Sean Duffy told the Farm Bill Conference Committee Wednesday Wisconsin has the best ginseng and the most cranberry production, but dairy is incredibly important in his state.  “Making sure that we have a risk management program in place that actually is beneficial to our farmers, that we’re increasing coverage and we’re allowing some of …

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Miss America pageant begins for the first time sans swimsuit competition

Donald Kravitz/Getty Images(ATLANTIC CITY, N.J.) — Two of the most iconic and controversial traditions will be missing when the preliminary competition for the Miss America pageant begins on Wednesday night: The swimsuit and evening gown competitions. No longer will pageant hopefuls from all over the country be judged by their appearance — whether in skin-baring …

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SE Minnesota farmer advocates for less tillage

A farmer in southeastern Minnesota wants to see less tillage in crop production. Travis Willford of Harmony grows corn, soybeans, and alfalfa. “No-till we feel works, and minimum tillage works to some degree.  But I think the old adage that ‘if you want something to work you’ll make it work.’  It may not be the …

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Growers have success with Engenia in 2018

Two Midwestern soybean growers say Engenia herbicide provided excellent weed control this year. During the Farm Progress Show last week, Iowa farmer Steve Anderson and Minnesota farmer Scott Dauk took part in a panel discussion moderated by BASF VP of agricultural solutions Scott Kay. Anderson said 2018 was his second year using Engenia, a dicamba …

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U.S. cheese production up in July

The USDA’s latest Dairy Product Production report shows cheese production is going up while butter and sour cream production is going down. The report says Cheddar production in July was more than 336-million pounds, about 23-million pounds more than June and 28-million pounds more than July of 2017.  Gains were also reported for Blue, Gorgonzola, …

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Dairy leader continues push for foreign worker legislation

The leader of the American Dairy Coalition says she is working to get the votes to support the Ag and Legal Workforce Act so America’s farmers have the workforce they need.  CEO Laurie Fischer tells Brownfield, “We need to get to 218 and we are working, like I said, every day counting not only the …

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Hemp gets support during farm bill conference opening comments

Language in the 2018 Farm Bill that would remove industrial hemp from the list of controlled substances received early support from members of the Farm Bill Conference Committee. Senator Mitch McConnell says, “I believe that industrial hemp deserves a comeback.  I think the confusion with its more controversial cousin has largely been eliminated.” McConnell praised …

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Asia Argento claims she was ‘sexually attacked’ by accuser Jimmy Bennett

Andreas Rentz/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Italian actress Asia Argento, who last month was accused of sexually assaulting actor Jimmy Bennett when he was a minor, is now claiming that he was the aggressor. Mark Jay Heller, Argento’s new attorney, issued a lengthy statement Wednesday in which he claimed that Bennett, who reportedly met the actress …

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US adults changing the way they use Facebook: Study

Facebook(NEW YORK) — Over half of adult U.S. Facebook users have changed the way they use the social media platform within the past year, according to a new study from the Pew Research Center. The survey was conducted following reports of election meddling and privacy breaches on the site. Twenty-six percent of surveyed adults over …

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Man arrested after intentionally ramming his truck into the building of a Fox affiliate station: Police

iStock/Thinkstock(DALLAS) — A man has been arrested after he intentionally rammed a truck into Dallas FOX 4 news station’s building multiple times Wednesday morning, according to the TV station. Police do not believe he was directly targeting the media. The man’s motive remains unclear. No one inside the building was hurt. The suspect, 34-year-old Michael …

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Catholic Church still officially silent after accusations by former Vatican envoy

iStock/Thinkstock(ROME) — Pope Benedict greeted the faithful under sunny skies in St. Peter’s square at his weekly general audience on Wednesday, but made no mention of scandals that have dominated the headlines. The church has not provided any clarification on who knew what and when about the sexual assault allegations, 10 days after the release …

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Gordon brings dangerous flash flooding, heavy rain to Gulf Coast as storm moves north

Reed Timmer / AccuWeather(BILOXI, Miss.) — Gordon is tearing through the South with heavy rain and dangerous flooding after making landfall just west of the Alabama-Mississippi border Tuesday night. The storm killed a child in Pensacola, Florida, when strong winds toppled a tree on his family’s mobile home. Gordon made landfall as a tropical storm …

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CME Milk futures up, cash dairy flat Wednesday

Milk futures were mostly up and the cash dairy markets were flat at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange Wednesday. September Class Three milk was up $.03 to $16.55.  October was up $.07 to $16.81. November was up $.07 at $16.74.  December was up $.04 to $16.51. The milk futures from January through next August ranged from …

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MU Women in Agriculture workshop

Brownfield News Director Julie Harker will be on the ground for the MU Women in Agriculture workshop Nov. 2  through Nov 3  at the Stoney Creek Inn, Columbia, MO. Continue reading MU Women in Agriculture workshop at Brownfield Ag News.      

USDA sends final GMO disclosure rule on for review

The USDA has sent the final GMO disclosure rule to the White House Office of Management and Budget. In May, the USDA released a proposed rule that would label the food as bioengineered, not GMO. There were nearly 9,000 comments on the proposed rule during the public comment period. The OMB has 90 days to …

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Nutrien Ag Solutions launches integrated digital platform

Nutrien Ag Solutions recently launched an integrated digital platform that the company says will provide “an easy to use, integrated hub to help growers more effectively manage their unique agronomic and business needs and interact with their Nutrien Ag Solutions agronomist and sales rep”. At the Farm Progress Show, we discussed it with Michael Malone, senior …

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Producer sentiment is up as USDA announces trade relief

Producer sentiment is up as farmers anticipate some relief from the USDA’s trade assistance program. But Ag economist Jim Mintert says the latest Purdue University/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer surveyed farmers before payment amounts were announced. “People didn’t know the magnitude of the subsidy levels, for example on soybeans, pork, or corn  when they filled …

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Judge orders couple accused of blowing money meant for homeless vet to appear in court

ABC News(PHILADELPHIA) — A judge Wednesday ordered a New Jersey couple who raised more than $400,000 in donations for a homeless veteran to appear in court to explain what happened to the money. Judge Paula Dow of Burlington County Superior Court also expressed concern that Kate McClure and boyfriend Mark D’Amico, who were once considered …

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UK Parliament set to vote on whether ‘upskirting’ is a hate crime

iStock/Thinkstock(LONDON) — British lawmakers are set to vote Wednesday on whether “upskirting” constitutes a hate crime in the United Kingdom. The term “upskirting” refers to the act of taking a photograph underneath someone’s skirt or dress without prior consent. Though already illegal in Scotland, the proposed bill will make the offense punishable by a maximum …

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