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High Court to Hear Private Property Rights Issue — The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case that pits landowners against environmentalists. The case deals with a 2012 decision by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to designate habitat protection for a certain type of frog under the Endangered Species Act. This frog species was found in a single pond in Mississippi, but the government designated a large tract of land in Mississippi and Louisiana as a critical habitat. A coalition of 18 states filed briefs with the courts, saying it was a costly expansion of federal power over private land. The case will be heard in the High Court’s next term, which begins in October.

Coalition Created to Promote NAFTA Success — A new coalition has been formed to highlight the importance of the North American Free Trade Agreement. Americans for Farmers & Families plan to launch a communications plan to promote the impact NAFTA has on Rural America. More than 30 organizations are members of this new coalition. The list includes the American Soybean Association, National Corn Growers Association and the National Association of Wheat Growers.

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Dry Bean Scene — The Dry Bean Scene airs Fridays at 12:37 PM on the Red River Farm Network. This week, we talk dry bean demand and markets. 

MFBF Minute — Here's the latest from the Minnesota Farm Bureau. In this report, we get a recap of this year's American Farm Bureau Federation Convention.

MN Beef Update — Hear from the Minnesota Beef Council and the Minnesota State Cattlemen's Association in the Minnesota Beef Update. This week, we hear about the upcoming Minnesota Beef Council director elections.

Canola Minute — Here's the latest Canola Minute from the Northern Canola Growers Association, where we discuss the Worlds of Healthy Flavors Conference. 

Last Week's TriviaWe found numerous answers for last week's riddle; what has teeth, but can't eat? Answers included a comb, a saw, a zipper, a sprocket and even a dead body. Dan Skogen of AURI takes top honors in our trivia challenge. Greg Guse of Paulsen, Bob Volk of Pinnacle Ag, Laurie Hoffman of Vistacomm and Mark Schmidt of Betaseed earn runner-up honors. The 'first 20' list includes Paul Sproule of Sproule Farms, Juanita Reed-Boniface of Boekenhauer Cattle, Cheri Johnson of ABS Global, Erick Grafstrom of Performance Ag, Jeremy Lee of Lawrence Company, Kevin Schulz of National Hog Farmer, Duane Maatz of Red River Valley Sugarbeet Growers Association, Kittson County Commissioner and farmer Theresia Gillie, Lloyd Kuster of Bremer Insurance, Crookston farmer Ron Lanctot, Bruce Miller of Minnesota Farmers Union, Harvey farmer Bill Ongstad, Brian Rund of Nufarm Americas, Evonne Wold of Vigen Construction and Brenda Christensen of Rob-See-Co.