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Missouri Leopold winner credits cover crops

The winner of a prestigious conservation award combines sustainable farming practices to stop erosion. John Scherder uses rotational grazing, grass waterways and terraces to keep soil from eroding, but he tells Brownfield the most important practice he uses is the planting of cover crops. “Not only do you stop erosion, but you’ve got the soil …

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The Shutdown is Getting Stupider

Last week I told you the stalwart opposition by congressional Democrats to President Trump’s dream of a “wall” along the U.S.-Mexican border was all about embarrassing the president going into the 2020 elections. The president’s dedication to the wall is all about campaign promises made in 2016 and his zeal to keep that promise. Those …

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Reports: Top U.S. and Chinese officials to meet

Various media sources report that top trade officials from the U.S. and China are making plans to meet in Washington at the end of January, in a continued effort to resolve their ongoing trade conflict. The talks will reportedly include the top Chinese negotiator, Vice Premier Liu He, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury …

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Ag Appropriations Chair asks Perdue to make USDA loan programs “essential”

A North Dakota Senator has asked Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue to deem USDA loan programs “essential” so producers have access to credit during the government shutdown. Ag Appropriations Committee Chairman John Hoeven says he spoke to Perdue this week about the importance of continuing essential USDA loan programs. Hoeven says with the closure of FSA …

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21-year-old charged with kidnapping of missing 13-year-old Jayme Closs, murdering her parents

ABC News(GORDON, Wis.) — Authorities in Wisconsin have charged a 21-year-old man with kidnapping Jayme Closs and murdering her parents. The suspect was identified as Jake Thomas Patterson of Gordon, Wis., the same town where Jayme was found alive on Thursday.This is a breaking news story. Please check back for updates. Copyright © 2019, ABC …

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Relatively mild conditions could impact insect pressure

Asgrow/DEKALB Agronomist Dave Colbert says growers could face more insect pressure in the 2019 growing season because of the relatively mild conditions in parts of the Midwest this winter. “Things like flea beetle, things like stink bug- those insects are on the rise and with this mild winter this may increase their survivability,” he says. …

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American Paul Whelan formally charged with espionage in Russia

Whelan family(MOSCOW) — Russia on Friday said American Paul Whelan, who was arrested last month in Moscow, has been formally charged with espionage. Whelan was charged under Article 276 of Russia’s criminal code, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told reporters at a televised briefing. Whelan, a former United States Marine, was detained Dec. 28 …

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‘Call 911’: Neighbor speaks out about finding missing teen whose parents were murdered

releon8211/iStock(GORDON, Wis.) — A 13-year-old Wisconsin girl who police say was kidnapped after the murder of her parents in October was found late Thursday afternoon by a woman outside of Gordon — 70 miles away from the girl’s Barron home. Kristin Kasinskas was just getting home from work when her dog started barking because someone …

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US military begins withdrawal from Syria

omersukrugoksu/iStock(WASHINGTON) — The U.S. has “begun the process” of a deliberate troop withdrawal from Syria, according to a statement from a U.S. military spokesman in Baghdad. The surprise move comes amid conflicting statements over when a withdrawal would begin and at what pace since President Donald Trump abruptly announced the U.S. would leave last month. …

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Public Safety Chief investigating a piece of Mitchell’s traffic control history

A city official is looking into a piece of Mitchell’s traffic control history that’s sat for years at the Traffic Department. Public Safety Chief Lyndon Overweg says it’s a mechanical traffic signal. “It’s a wind-up device and it’s got like clock-work mechanism, and it turns every so many seconds,” said Overweg. “From a green ‘go’ …

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Police: Father charged in connection with fake kidnapping, death of infant

San Antonio Police Department (SAN ANTONIO) — The father of an 8-month-old baby was among three people arrested on Thursday in connection to the child’s disappearance. Authorities are also now saying the child is likely dead, though they have not recovered his body. Authorities reported the child, King Jay Davila, as missing last week after …

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Cold blast grips Northeast as major winter storm develops in central US

ABC News(NEW YORK) — Wind chills in the Northeast are in the teens and single digits on Friday morning, while a new winter storm could dump several inches of snow on the central U.S. and mid-Atlantic over the weekend. Although there will be some relief from the cold on Saturday, it will still be quite …

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Today is payday — but not for hundreds of thousands of government workers

AndreyPopov/iStock(WASHINGTON) — Friday is payday for many Americans, but not for hundreds of thousands of federal workers affected by the government shutdown. They’re missing their first paychecks as Congress and President Donald Trump continue feuding over whether to build a border wall. Friday is day 21 of the partial government shutdown, which this weekend could …

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Canada wants one million more immigrants over next three years

Martin Holverda/iStock(NEW YORK) — Canada, a nation of not quite 37 million people, wants to add more than one million immigrants through 2021. “Thanks in great part to the newcomers we have welcomed throughout our history, Canada has developed into the strong and vibrant country we all enjoy,” Ahmed Hussen, minister of immigration, refugees and …

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Police: Father charged in connection with fake kidnapping, death of infant

San Antonio Police Department (SAN ANTONIO) — The father of an 8-month-old baby was among three people arrested on Thursday in connection to the child’s disappearance. Authorities are also now saying the child is likely dead, though they have not recovered his body. Authorities reported the child, King Jay Davila, as missing last week after …

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Police officer, 22, shot and killed responding to accident in California

kali9/iStock(DAVIS, Calif.) — A 22-year-old police officer in California died early Friday from a gunshot wound suffered responding to an accident. Natalie Corona of the Davis Police Department was arriving at the scene of a three-car collision in downtown Davis when one of the people involved pulled out a gun and shot her. Corona was …

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Missing 13-year-old Jayme Closs found alive after she was kidnapped, parents murdered

Barron County Sheriff’s Office(BARRON, Wisc.) — Missing 13-year-old Jayme Closs, who was kidnapped after her parents were found murdered in their Wisconsin home, has been found alive, police say. Jayme was located in Douglas County, Wisconsin, officials said. A suspect has been taken into custody, the Barron County Sheriff’s Department said in a news release. …

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Fire guts a business south of Mitchell

Fire gutted a business outside of Mitchell early Thursday evening. Mitchell assistant Fire Chief Marius Laursen says firefighters from Mitchell and Ethan responded to Upper Midwest Garage Door shortly after six pm. “They had a fully involved structure fire south of Mitchell,” said Laursen. “A large tin pole barn fully involved.” Several loud pops came …

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Shutdown no excuse if E15 relief doesn’t happen this summer

The CEO of the American Coalition for Ethanol says he will not accept the government shutdown as an excuse if E15 relief does not occur in time for this summer. Brian Jennings tells Brownfield it’s been more than three months since President Trump directed the EPA to lift Reid Vapor Restrictions. “EPA could’ve issued a …

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Cattle futures firm ahead of widespread cash business

At the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, cattle futures ended the day firm on optimism ahead of widespread direct cash business.  Firm wholesale values also provided some support.  Feeder cattle were mixed finding some support in the day’s lower move in corn.  February live cattle closed $.07 higher at $124.87 and April live cattle closed $.12 higher …

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