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AGRICULTURE

45 year tradition continues in Staples.
The reminder from state agriculture leaders comes after U.S. Customs officials reported that they confiscated bushmeat at MSP Airport last month.
Mandt Market owners Richard and Rachelle Wedel are among an increasing number of North Dakota growers who are local foods producers.
The Northern Plains is predicted to have a colder and snowier winter than last year as it heads into its second La Nina winter.

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Iowa-based Summit Carbon Solutions, an offshoot of Summit Agriculture Group, is behind the $4.5 billion Midwest Carbon Express project, with the goal of sending 12 millions tons of CO2 annually to western North Dakota, where it can be stored underground. It would be the largest carbon capture project in the world.
Farmers and fiber artists Theresa Bentz and Alejandra Sanchez have formed a business partnership in which they help each other expand their flocks as well as their supply of natural dyes. The two also teach classes to others in the wool community.
"These traits of a successful ag operator. I think, apply to big and small ones, ones who raise either crops or livestock, and both conventional and organic producers."
Some in the lakes area are working to fix meat supply chains locally by growing the local meat cutting industry.
The Beehive Cafe of Reynolds is a gathering spot for residents of the community.
A collaboration that started three years ago between Kim Sin and Amanda Nigon-Crowley has turned into a nonprofit venture that's now serving at least 15 immigrant communities in the city of Rochester.

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection ag inspection specialists are on duty 24/7 to look for noxious weed seeds and insect pests coming from Canada to the U.S. by rail. The crossing at Portal, North Dakota, is the fifth busiest railyard in the country, when measured by number of containers. The crossing at International Falls, Minnesota, is the busiest.
R.J. Kern's book The Unchosen Ones captures Minnesota 4-H students side-by-side, taken four years apart from each other.
The state has historically skipped the turkey pardon in favor of the presentation and processing of featured birds. This year, a special turkey will live out his life on a farm.

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