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KHRT AGRICULTURE NEWS - 02/19/14

     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota's state veterinarian is ordering that all swine coming into the state have a health certificate declaring the animals have not been exposed to porcine epidemic diarrhea virus.
 
     Dr. Susan Keller says the certificate also must declare the animals do not originate from a location that is known to be affected by PEDv.  Keller says the action is due to more cases in surrounding states and Canada. She says the mortality rate in young swine is up to 80 to 100 percent, and production losses are significant in older swine.
 
     The health certificates must be signed by the owner of the animals and the issuing veterinarian.  PEDv causes severe diarrhea, dehydration and vomiting in pigs.  The virus has not yet been identified in North Dakota.

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     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota officials say a new edition of a guide to the state's noxious and troublesome weeds is now available.  Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring says the pocket-size guide has information and photos to help landowners and managers determine the invasive plants that have grown in their properties and how to stop them from spreading.
 
     The 67-page guide includes information about 31 weeds such as the leafy spurge, Canada thistle and hoary cress. Each entry shows whether the plant is a county- or state-listed noxious weed, how to control it and whether it is poisonous.
 
     The guide is available for free through the state's agriculture department and the North Dakota State University Extension Service. It can also be found online at www.bit.ly/NDweeds

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     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - State Transportation Department officials say spring load restrictions are near.  The agency says truckers should consider moving heavy loads before that happens.
 
     The weight restrictions guard against damage to roads made susceptible by the spring thaw. They're lifted when roadbeds have stabilized enough to handle normal traffic.  The agency says load limits have been put into effect as early as mid-February some years.
 
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     ATHENS, Greece (AP) - About 4,000 Greek farmers and civil servants have marched through central Athens to protest planned increases in taxation on farming revenues.  Brandishing banners and Greek flags, the protesters from various parts of mainland Greece and the island of Crete marched peacefully to Parliament Wednesday.
 
     Farmers' unions object to the conservative-led government's plans to expand the tax base by including many categories of farmers who previously paid little or no tax.
 
     Protesters have been sporadically blocking highways in rural Greece in recent weeks and have vowed to keep up their protests, despite winning some concessions from the finance ministry.
 
     Greece is embroiled in a major financial crisis and is implementing tough spending cuts and reforms in exchange for the international rescue loans that have kept it afloat since 2010.
 


     (Copyright 2014 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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