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  • Harvesting machinery is expensive, and there is no plant in Oregon to process the plants into fiber, seed and oil. This is the first year Oregon farmers can grow hemp, following the Legislature's approval in 2009. Growing hemp without a federal permit was banned in 1970 due to its classification as a controlled substance and relation to marijuana.

  • The reversal is attributed to unprecedented spending on track upgrades, political pressure from politicians in agriculture-rich states and a drastic decrease in trains hauling crude and freight to and from western North Dakota's oil-producing region. "There had been some uncertainties but it has gradually gotten better," said Josh Mardikian, grain...

  • EPA: Clean water rule in effect despite court ruling Friday, 28 Aug 2015 | 2:37 PM ET

    The EPA says the rule, which took effect Friday in more than three dozen states, will safeguard drinking water for millions of Americans. The House has ignored a White House veto threat and passed a bill to block it, and a Senate committee has passed a measure that would force the EPA to withdraw and rewrite it. The senators— two Democrats and two Republicans— said in an...

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 28- The White House on Friday said the Justice Department is considering its options after a U.S. district court blocked a federal clean water rule from going into effect in certain states. "The administration strongly disagrees with this ruling," White House spokesman Josh Earnest said in a briefing. The U.S. District court in North Dakota granted...

  • The U.S. District court in North Dakota granted a preliminary injunction against the so-called Waters of the United States rule finalized by the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in May. North Dakota and 12 other states filed a lawsuit against the federal government in June, charging that the rule constituted an improper...

  • BISMARCK, N.D.— U.S. prosecutors say the sentence for a man convicted in North Dakota of leading a Jamaican lottery scam should reflect the "severe mental anguish" he caused his victims. Authorities say Sanjay Williams, of Montego Bay, Jamaica, was a "lead broker" who bought and sold "sucker lists" of potential victims. The case began when an FBI agent from North Dakota...

  • GRAND FORKS, N.D.— The University of North Dakota aviation program notched a milestone earlier this month when three pilots from the school navigated an unmanned aircraft at a public airport. The test at a remote airfield near Lakota, in northeastern North Dakota, is part of a project that will test radio systems on the drone. The site is working with the Federal...

  • BISMARCK, N.D.— North Dakota regulators approved the ownership transfer Monday of an unfinished $300 million wind farm project in the southeastern part of the state to a Minneapolis utility. The Public Service Commission approved the transfer of the Courtenay Wind Farm near Jamestown from Edina, Minnesota- based Geronimo Energy to Xcel Energy.

  • *Corn, wheat futures advance into positive territory. CHICAGO, Aug 24- U.S. soybean futures dropped to their lowest levels in over six years on Monday and soyoil touched a nine-year low as concerns about China's faltering economy fueled selloffs in commodities and equities markets. Soybeans have dropped in six out of the last seven sessions on worries that signs...

  • FARGO, N.D.— A civil lawsuit against BNSF by an engineer who was at the helm during a train derailment near Casselton nearly two years ago should be put on hold until it can be determined whether a broken axel was the cause of the fiery crash, a lawyer for the railway said Monday. The suit by Bryan Thompson of Fargo accuses BNSF of negligence and says the railway failed...

  • DES MOINES, Iowa— Among the top concerns about a proposed oil pipeline across Iowa is whether a private company should be able to access private land for its construction, according to a state board that says it's received roughly 3,700 objections to the project. Among the top objections, the board said, was the request for eminent domain rights by Dakota Access...

  • WILLISTON, N.D., Aug 24- North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple, who shepherded the state through an oil boom that made it the No. 2 U.S. crude producer, said on Monday he will not seek re-election in 2016.. "North Dakota has made incredible progress and I feel so blessed to have been part of leading our state," Dalrymple, 66, said in a statement. During his tenure, North...

  • CHICAGO, Aug 24- U.S. soybean futures pared losses and briefly traded higher on Monday after dropping to six-year lows as concerns about the faltering economy in top-importer China fueled deep sell-offs in commodities and equities. Broad selling pressure sank commodities and equities in early trading as investors rushed for the exits after China shares...

  • WILLISTON, N.D., Aug 24- North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple, who shepherded the state through an oil boom that made it the No. 2 U.S. crude producer, said on Monday he will not seek re-election in 2016.. Dalrymple, a Republican, said he will leave the governor's mansion in Bismarck next December in order to spend more time with his family. "North Dakota has made...

  • LONDON, Aug 24- Saudi Arabia's strategy for rebalancing the oil market through a period of lower prices shows few signs of working so far- with rival producers claiming they will raise output even as prices slide to new lows. Within OPEC, other producers, principally Iraq and Iran, are determined to continue raising their output even as prices slump.

  • OKLAHOMA CITY— The former wife of billionaire Oklahoma energy tycoon Harold Hamm, who was awarded nearly $1 billion in a divorce settlement, is now suing Hamm over the sale of a company the two co-owned. The lawsuit by Sue Ann Arnall alleges the $4.5 million sale in 2005 of the parent company and sole shareholder of Jolette Oil LLC to Continental Resources was...

  • The Federal Aviation Administration approved a plan last week that allows drones to be flown up to 1,200 feet above the entire state and permits flights at night, a combination that makes North Dakota unique, since other test sites are limited to a 200- foot blanket and daylight hours. Alaska, New York, Nevada, Texas and Virginia also were selected in December 2013...

  • With fire and smoke billowing along the James River in Lynchburg, city fire battalion chief Robert E. Lipscomb said the sooner he could get answers about the train from the company, the better. "I felt, from an incident commander's perspective, that that two hours was a little bit long," he told the National Transportation Safety Board a day after the April 30, 2014...

  • HOUSTON— Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. this week increased by one to 885.. Among major oil- and gas-producing states, North Dakota and Oklahoma each gained three rigs and Alaska, California, Kansas and Wyoming each gained one. Texas lost six rigs, Pennsylvania declined by two and...

  • Economic issues occupied a small portion of the GOP's first presidential primary debate last month, a stark contrast from the primary debates of 2012, which focused heavily on jobs and the economy. In Nevada, which will pick Republican and Democratic nominees Feb. 20, unemployment is still high at 6.8 percent. Nevada has added about 45,000 jobs in the past year,...