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Hotline set up to help farmers affected by pipeline protests

Dakota Access, pipeline, hotline

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota’s Agriculture Department has set up a hotline to help farmers and ranchers south of the Bismarck-Mandan area who’ve been affected by protests against the Dakota Access oil pipeline. Many producers need to finish seasonal work before winter sets in, and they’re having problems trying to find willing truck drivers and custom silage-chopping services, Agriculture ...

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US producer prices rise in April for first time in 3 months

producers, gas, manufacturers

WASHINGTON (AP) — Prices charged by U.S. manufacturers, farmers and other producers rose for the first time since January, lifted by higher costs for gas, steel and medicines. The Labor Department said Friday that the producer price index, which measures price changes before they reach the consumer, increased 0.2 percent in April. That followed small declines in February and March. ...

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Oil by rail may soon face tanker shortages

Increasingly stringent rules for shipping crude oil by rail may soon cause Bakken oil producers to spend more on oil transportation, according to report by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal. Recently, the U.S. Department of Transportation mandated that rail cars transporting flammable liquids be subject to higher safety standards. Regulators in North Dakota also recently increased shipping safety standards after ...

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NY farmers lament lost opportunity for gas riches

ALBANY, N.Y. — While environmental groups are doing a victory dance over New York’s decision to ban fracking, farmers such as apple grower David Johnson are grieving for dashed hopes and dreams. “I’m devastated,” Johnson said after Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s health and environmental commissioners announced Wednesday that they were recommending a fracking ban. “I have concerns about how to continue ...

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Oil pipeline protesters meet with local farmers

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 Ty Rushing |Newton Daily News A local coffee shop turned into a hub where environmentalists and farmers joined together to discuss the proposed Bakkan oil pipeline that could affect a number of landowners in Jasper County and 16 other Iowa counties. On Thursday, Uncle Nancy’s Coffeehouse served as the venue for an informational rally put together by Iowa Citizens for ...

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Rains helped, but NM still in drought

By John Fleck, Albuquerque Journal Staff Writer Two to 4 inches of rain last weekend across parts of New Mexico’s eastern plains was a relief, but was far short of what will be needed to reverse New Mexico’s drought. “It’s changed everyone’s attitude here in this part of the country,” Franklin McCasland, manager of the Arch Hurley Irrigation District, said of ...

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Oil traffic may delay US fertilizer shipments, farmers warn

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WASHINGTON(Reuters) — Increasing use of railroads to ship crude oil could disrupt fertilizer cargo this spring as Midwest farmers prepare for planting, U.S. agriculture leaders warn, even as one railroad said on Monday it will take steps to ensure timely deliveries. The planting season is nearly at hand in states such as the Dakotas and Minnesota, where soybean, wheat and ...

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Supporting farmers, making fuel: After early skepticism, Red Trail Energy ethanol plant in Richardton is going strong

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By Katherine Lymn RICHARDTON — Instead of extracting oil from the ground, one energy business in western North Dakota is using corn grown atop it to produce fuel. The Red Trail Energy plant in Richardton opened in 2007. It didn’t make complete sense then — it was an ethanol plant in an area without corn. The original plan was to rail ...

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