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U.S. gasoline and diesel fuel prices decrease

The U.S. average retail price for regular gasoline decreased eight cents from the previous week to $2.64 per gallon on August 24, 2015, down 82 cents from the same time last year.

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Estate Planning: How to get started

Daunting is one way to describe estate planning, said Heather Gessner, SDSU Extension Livestock Business Management Field Specialist. "This is one reason farm families have avoided implementing a plan for their farms and families," said Gessner.

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New technology in nutrition

Questions on enzymes and feed formulation addressed through in-vitro digestion and near infrared scanning.

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Morning Farm Report: Feeder cattle prices plummet

Live cattle prices saw an increase after a steady fall this week, jumping from $142.43 on Wednesday to $144.65 on Thursday. The 2.22 increase brought the 27-day average price to $146.38. Feeder cattle prices saw a huge fall of $9.93 on Thursday to hit $200.35. The 27-day average price of feeder cattle now rests at $212.10.

Lean hogs saw a very small increase of only five cents, hitting $67.05.

Corn jumped two cents, while wheat dropped from $4.90 on Wednesday to $4.84 on Thursday.

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Stress tolerance trait completes FDA early food safety evaluation

Arcadia Biosciences, Inc. and Bioceres S.A. announced that Verdeca, their soybean technology joint venture, received notification that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has completed the Early Food Safety Evaluation (EFSE) process for HAHB4, the plant protein responsible for Verdeca’s HB4 stress tolerance trait. Completion of this review is a major milestone in the development of commercial soybean seed products based on the HB4 stress tolerance trait, as well as the development of HB4-based products in other crops.

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U.S. court places hold on federal water protection rule

A U.S. court on Thursday blocked a federal clean water rule from going into effect in certain states until a legal challenge has been resolved, handing a victory to states and business groups that have strongly opposed the regulation.

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Monsanto, rivals eye next step after Syngenta deal collapse

Monsanto Co, having ditched an audacious $46 billion offer for Syngenta AG , may downshift to a humbler strategy of beefing up its crop protection portfolio through other acquisitions, partnerships and licensing agreements.

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Natural gas prices respond to increased power burn

Prices vary slightly, but flat in many market locations. At the start of the report week, temperatures were generally above average in the East, South, and West, though below average in the Midwest and Rockies.

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