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     FARGO, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota dairy farmers produced 84 million pounds of milk during July, August and September, down 2 percent from the third quarter of 2012.  The Agriculture Department says the number of milk cows in the state during the three months averaged 17,500 head, down 500 over the year.
     Milk production nationally during the quarter totaled 49.4 billion pounds, up 1.5 percent from last year.


     MINOT, N.D. (AP) - The North Dakota Wheat Commission and the U.S. Durum Growers Association held an annual forum in Minot.  The Crop Outlook and International Durum Forum was held Tuesday at the Holiday Inn. The one-day conference is aimed at helping farmers make decisions on marketing this year's wheat crops and planting next year's.  This year's luncheon speaker was author and retired farm news broadcaster Al Gustin.


     ABERCROMBIE, N.D. (AP) - Fire has destroyed the office and drive-thru garage of a privately owned grain elevator in the southeastern North Dakota town of Abercrombie.   KFGO radio reports that several large steel grain bins also were damaged in the early morning blaze Tuesday. All but one of the bins was empty.  Eight area fire departments responded to the blaze. There was no immediate word on a possible cause.


     WRENSHALL, Minn. (AP) - A Minnesota egg producer from a tiny northeastern Minnesota community has emerged from tens of thousands of entries to become a finalist for a free Super Bowl commercial.
     Locally Laid Egg Co. in Wrenshall is one of four finalists in a contest sponsored by the small business software developer Intuit. Jason Amundsen owns Locally Laid along with his wife, Lucie. Amundsen says it's an enormous opportunity to bring a small northern Minnesota business to the national stage. Locally Laid is the state's only commercial-scale, pasture-raised egg business.
     The Duluth News Tribune says the Amundsens have 2,500 chickens that forage on grass and produce eggs with less cholesterol and fat.  The winner of the contest will be determined by online voting that began Monday and ends Dec. 1.  The voting website is

     ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Minnesota's corn harvest continues to run ahead of the normal pace after a slow start.  In its weekly crops and weather report for Minnesota, the U.S. Department of Agriculture says the state's corn harvest advanced 14 percentage points last week to 87 percent complete. That's about a week ahead of normal. Despite winter storms, a statewide average of 4.5 days were suitable for fieldwork.
     The USDA last week projected Minnesota's corn production at 1.33 billion bushels, down just 3 percent from last year's record harvest.
     Minnesota's canola harvest is nearly complete at 95 percent. The sunflower harvest remains behind normal but advanced 14 percentage points to 79 percent complete.
     As freezing temperatures set in, topsoil moisture supplies are rated 83 percent adequate while subsoil moisture is 75 percent adequate.


     (Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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