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AGRICULTURE

A typical combine ride spurred Emma Kratcha's agricultural based research.
The court will consider what test courts should use to determine what constitutes "waters of the United States" under the landmark 1972 Clean Water Act, the answer to which determines whether the property is subject to oversight.
Defining waters of the U.S. has changed over the years through court decisions and policy updates under President Barack Obama and President Donald Trump. The EPA and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are working on a new definition.
Past definitions of "waters of the U.S." have included specific exemptions for agriculture, but they are mostly absent from current WOTUS proposal from the Biden administration. Farm groups hope to have them restored before the rule is finalized.

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Concerns about a production issue in her dad's soybean field has led to a prestigious scholarship for Hankinson, North Dakota, student Emma Kratcha.
Two workshops are being offered through LivingWorks, a partner organization of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, in the coming months.
Charles “Bud” Sedlachek was born in Jasper, Minnesota, in 1938, died of congestive heart failure in Brainerd at 83 on Jan. 3. The Crow Wing County farmer loved John Deere equipment, so a John Deere tractor led the funeral procession and he was buried in a custom-ordered John Deere casket.
The supply dropped sharply in Minnesota and in four other states, according to the USDA.
Data from the questionnaire also provides the MDA with a more accurate assessment of Minnesota’s expanding produce farming sector.
A six-week course begins in Minnesota in February.

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This program will help catalyze innovation, generate new ideas and support collaborative partnerships.
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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