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Farmers, landowners renegotiate rental agreements

Farmers, landowners renegotiate rental agreements

In a normal year, many Upper Midwest farmers and landlords already would have agreed on 2015 rental rates for cropland and pasture. In a normal year, ...

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Regional ag lender survey shows farm debt rising

Regional ag lender survey shows farm debt rising

It might not be a return to the 1980s credit crisis, but another ag lender survey shows a yellow light for “slow” in the region’s agricultural pace h...

Sheep poised for a comeback

Sheep poised for a comeback

Cade and Casey Koenig carry pails of corn as impatient sheep wait expectantly. It’s a raw, blustery early winter morning and the pails are heavy, but ...

Farmers fight for control of Lake Oahe lands

Farmers fight for control of Lake Oahe lands

Herb Grenz looks across the expanse of his crops on the east side of the Missouri River and wonders if the 2015 North Dakota Legislature will offer a...

Farmers weigh crop insurance options

Farmers weigh crop insurance options

Upper Midwest farmers are wrapping up harvest. Now, with help from government employees, agricultural economists and others, they’re beginning their n...

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Grain prices updated daily

USDA: Pesticide residues on food don’t pose safety risk

New information from the U.S. Department of Agriculture confirms that overall pesticide chemical residues found on tested food don’t pose a safety concern. Data from the 2013 Pesticide Data Program was posted online Dec. 19 by the USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service.

Williston, ND, man found guilty in shooting death of rancher

Jurors took less than three hours Dec. 18 to find a man guilty in the shooting death of Williston rancher Jack Sjol. Ryan Lee Stensaker, 35, of Williston had sat stone-faced throughout much of the five-day trial, but on the evening of Dec. 18 his face was drawn upon hearing the verdict in the Ward County Courthouse in Minot where the trial had been moved.

Man’s tractors find a new home in Norway

Man’s tractors find a new home in Norway

Four collector tractors Jim Haugen restored have found a home an ocean away in Norway. Haugen sold the tractors to a Norwegian buyer who had toured his farm a few times with Carrol Juven’s Fargo-based Norwegian Cultural Tours, which brings people from Norway on tours to the Fargo area. They visit museums, tractor shows and festivals all over the region, he says.

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EU grain to enjoy spoils of Russian export curbs

European Union grain exporters will be the main beneficiaries of Russia’s pullback from international grain markets as Moscow races to cool domestic prices in the face of economic crisis, analysts and traders say.

South Korea increases efforts to contain foot-and-mouth outbreak

South Korea is intensifying efforts to contain an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease by inoculating all hogs in affected areas, the agriculture ministry says. South Korea earlier this month confirmed a fresh case of foot-and-mouth disease at a hog farm, five months after an outbreak elsewhere added to fears about food safety.

China Viptera approval might spur financial settlements for Syngenta

Chinese government approval for imports of a controversial type of Syngenta AG biotech corn increases the likelihood the seed maker will pay settlements to more than 100 U.S. farmers and exporters suing for damages from grain shipments rejected by Beijing, lawyers say.

Christi Offutt named next chair of RDO Enterprise

Christi Offutt named next chair of RDO Enterprise

Christi Offutt, CEO of RDO Equipment Co., has been named to succeed her father Ron Offutt as chair of RDO Enterprise, comprised of RDO Equipment Co. and R.D. Offutt Co.

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Easing of Cuba restrictions creates opportunity for ag

The Dec. 17 agreement between the U.S. and Cuba to normalize diplomatic relations between the two countries could lead to improved trade possibilities and important opportunities for U.S. Agriculture, Upper Great Plains officials said.

ND Mill president to receive $62k bonus

The president and general manager of the nation’s only state-owned mill will receive a $61,857 bonus after a prosperous year in which the mill generated nearly $13.4 million in profits, the second highest in its 92-year history.

China approves imports of Viptera corn, two soybeans

A top Chinese government official said the country has approved imports of genetically modified Agrisure Viptera corn and two varieties of soybeans, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said on Wednesday.

Featured Staff Blogs

http://media.fccinteractive.com/voices/323/50/50/ MIKKEL PATES' AG AT LARGE
Mexican deal on sugar with U.S. is complete, details later from DOC
  Red River Valley sugar beet growers appear to have gotten what they are looking for in a deal over Mexican sugar imports. Here is today'spress release from the American Sugar Alliance: WASH...
12/19/14 at 9:53 PM
http://media.fccinteractive.com/voices/3706/50/50/ AG RIGHT
Mixing politics and trade
It's hard to say how much the agreement to normalize diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba will help Upper Midwest agriculture. Cuba wants and needs many of the ag products raised he...
12/19/14 at 9:22 AM
http://media.fccinteractive.com/voices/3451/50/50/ EDITOR'S NOTES
A good news week
A lot of national and world news has affected ag this week. China approved Syngentas Viptera GMO corn variety, known as MIR 162. Thats great news for farmers. China had been turning away corn shipmen...
12/18/14 at 4:10 PM
http://media.fccinteractive.com/voices/328/50/50/ STORM TRACKER
A good Year for Few Tornadoes
The average annual number of tornadoes reported in the United States is about 1,260. Fairly good records go back to 1953. The average has been on the rise in recent years, mostly due to a much more ac...
12/11/14 at 2:03 PM

Featured Area Voices

http://media.fccinteractive.com/voices/326/50/50/ RURAL REFLECTIONS
Christmas on my mind
I was sick a few days this week which gave me time to ruminate on things. I thought about Christmas quite a bit.     Hard Candy Christmas   I can see the internet searches that bri...
12/20/14 at 8:16 AM
http://media.fccinteractive.com/voices/720/50/50/ AMY'S RANCH SLANTS
Thought for the Day #1
I love collecting quotes and poetry that has meaning to me. I also enjoy photography and snapping photos of our lifestyle. I've decided to share quotes and poems and put them to photographs I've taken...
12/2/14 at 7:00 PM

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