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     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A Russian ban on food imports from the West isn't likely to have an immediate impact on North Dakota's large pulse crop and wheat industries.  North Dakota Wheat Commission Marketing Director Jim Peterson says Russia doesn't import any wheat, so the ban won't directly affect North Dakota farmers. North Dakota leads the nation in producing spring wheat and durum wheat.
     Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring traveled to Moscow in December 2012 and says he found a growing demand for crops such dry peas, dry beans and lentils. North Dakota is a top producer of those commodities also.  Goehring says Russia could be a prime market for those types of foods, but he also says political tensions over the past year and half have basically ground business to a halt anyway.


     FARGO, N.D. (AP) - The executive chairman of BNSF Railway says his company is making progress on clearing out a backlog of grain cars in advance of the harvest.
     Matt Rose told a group of agriculture producers and shippers Thursday that the number of past due cars should be down to 1,000 in a week, from 4,000 in mid-July. Rose says if predictions of a later-than-normal harvest pan out and farmers aren't selling, the railway should be completely caught up.
     Rose told the group that complaints about the railway failing one industry over another are unfounded. He says the backlog for the private tank fleet is the same as the ag fleet.
     Members of North Dakota's congressional delegation, which sponsored the meeting with Rose, plan to meet with Canadian Pacific officials next week.


     FARGO, N.D. (AP) - Farm and ranch production expenses in the Plains region last year saw little change from 2012.  The Agriculture Department says 2013 expenditures totaled $87.6 billion, down from $89 billion. That's a drop of less than 2 percent.  The Plains region includes the Dakotas, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas.


     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota's agriculture commissioner has appointed an agricultural emergency manager.  Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring named Kent Theurer to the post Tuesday to oversee the state's agricultural security as well as emergency and disaster response.
     The Dickinson native will coordinate the development of the state's emergency management plans, create preparedness exercises and facilitate staff training. He will also act as a liaison with federal, state and local government agencies that respond to emergencies.
     Theurer has been the emergency management coordinator at the Jamestown Regional Medical Center for the past seven years.


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


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