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The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld California's Prop 12, but the decision and its dissents left open possibilities for new ways to fight the law that curtails tight confinement of some livestock.
The North Dakota Soybean Council's director of market development recently stepped back from her full-time job to work part time at her local rural day care. A shortage of child care is the reason.
A state Legislature conference committee approved setting up a grain indemnity fund and other spending
The U.S. Department of Labor changes surrounding H-2A workers proves to be a problem for many producers looking to hire.

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The future of E15 and higher ethanol blends are still unknown, but the options offer consumers a way to save when filling up their tanks.
Congress has experienced a lot of turnover since the last farm bill was passed, and Reps. Brad Finstad and Michelle Fischbach are among the new lawmakers gearing up for their first bill.
Dana Ashford-Kornburger, national climate coordinator for USDAโ€™s Natural Resources Conservation Service, said money from the Inflation Reduction Act will provide more funding for EQIP, CSP and more.
Minnesota dairy farmer Steve Schlangen and beef producer Don Schiefelbein say farmers need to be involved in environmental policy, even if they don't buy into all the climate change theories.
The USDA is working towards offering healthier meals for children at school, by lowering added sugar and sodium to food products.
U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar pledged to fight ag antirust cases, weigh the cost of wind and solar incentives and address childcare deserts in rural Minnesota.

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Iowa-based Summit Carbon Solutions says its $4.5 billion pipeline project will help ethanol plants, including the Green Plains Ethanol plant at Fergus Falls, Minnesota, lower their carbon scores.
Hunger Solutions Minnesota and Great Plains Food Bank see SNAP and other nutrition programs in the farm bill as vital to keeping people fed, along with food banks, food shelves and other options.
Minnesota Corn Growers Assocation presented Minnesota state Sen. Torrey Westrom with the Friend of Ag Award.

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