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With poor rail flow, SD farmers and elevators pile, bag grain

With poor rail flow, SD farmers and elevators pile, bag grain

Scott Dowling is one of many farmers piling wheat on the ground and stuffing it into bags....

Worthington Ag Parts celebrates 50 years

Worthington Ag Parts celebrates 50 years

Worthington Ag Parts has put the name Worthington on the world map. The agricultural tractor salvage business celebrates its 50th anniversary this yea...

ND farmer works as coal miner

ND farmer works as coal miner

Jayme Boeshans, with help from family and friends, is building a modest farmstead north of Beulah, N.D. It’s isn’t far from the house where he grew up...

Sidney Sugars competes for workers in Bakken oil patch

Sidney Sugars competes for workers in Bakken oil patch

Dave Garland, general manager of the Sidney Sugars Inc. beet sugar plant of Sidney, Mont., says he’d prefer to concentrate on making sugar. Instead, h...

ND ranchers say mineral rights get too much emphasis

ND ranchers say mineral rights get too much emphasis

BELFIELD, N.D. — Byron Richard’s pickup bounces up and down over the washboard gravel road. He clutches the wheel with one hand and points with the ot...

Grain prices updated daily

Grain prices updated daily

Officials probe SD beef plant deals

South Dakota officials are studying more legal action to learn more about the handling or diversion of public economic development funds in a mothballed Aberdeen, S.D., beef plant, even as a separate, new company attempts to reopen it.

Fargo selected as site for National Agricultural Genotyping Center

The National Corn Growers Association’s Corn Board announced today that Fargo, N.D., will be the site of the National Agricultural Genotyping Center. The final decision follows careful deliberations by the site selection committee, who visited Illinois and North Dakota to assess the possibility of locating the center in either Decatur or Fargo, and NCGA’s Research and Business Development Action Team.

New CP ordering system draws criticism, despite improved figures

Concern over harvest-time rail shipping backlogs is mounting and many areas of Agweek country are eager to attend the Sept. 4 U.S. Surface Transportation Board field hearing in Fargo, N.D.

Thailand plans to grow more sugar, swell global supply

Thailand plans to boost the amount of land it uses to grow sugarcane, potentially increasing refined sugar output in the world’s second-biggest exporter of the sweetener by around 10 percent, a government official said.

PSC recommends final payment in grain company insolvency

The North Dakota Public Service Commission voted Thursday to recommend payment to the last remaining party with a claim against the insolvent Falkirk Farmers Elevator.

EPA responds to claims of ‘secret maps’

On Aug. 27, the office of Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., sent out a press release with what it called a “secret map” of North Dakota and its waterways. Cramer says EPA assembled a map of each state in secret to “expand its regulation of water features.” Cramer has been opposed to the Waters of the U.S. rule, calling it a “massive power grab,” and says the maps are “alarming.” The North Dakota map was not the only released and those against the Waters of the U.S. Rule, including Cramer, have called for more transparency.

Enrollment begins Sept. 2 for Dairy Margin Protection Program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture will open enrollment for the dairy Margin Protection Program on Sept. 2. The new program was authorized by the 2014 farm bill and aims to address volatility in the dairy marketplace, providing dairy farmers with a safety net when margins, the difference between milk prices and feed, fall below the farmer’s coverage level.

ND bee colonies hit all-time high

North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring says more than a half-million bee colonies, another significant record, have been registered in North Dakota this year.

European Commission announces emergency support for dairy sector

The European Commission announced financial support for exporters of dairy products hit by Russia’s ban on Western food imports, adding to emergency measures already taken to help fruit and vegetable producers.

CHS plant’s storm water management plan approved

The Stutsman County (N.D.) Water Resource Board approved a storm water management plan for the proposed CHS nitrogen fertilizer plant Wednesday.

Featured Staff Blogs EDITOR'S NOTES
A crazy (fantastic) week
What a week. Farm bill program news, beef plant funding news, sugar news, railroad shipment news, weather news. Im more than ready to take the next three days to relax. But Id be lying if I said I d...
8/29/14 at 5:02 PM AG RIGHT
Your weather of choice
With the Labor Day weekend coming up, nonagriculturalists are rooting hard for a warm, dry stretch. For many, it's one last weekend at the lake or other favorite summer place. But Upper Midwest agric...
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WE Fest Weather
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BNSF'S John Miller says 2014 harvest should go smoother
  I interviewed John Miller (left)BNSF Railway's group vice president for agriculture, and Amy McBeth, a BNSF communications official for the company, in Mandan, N.D., after their meeting with t...
7/31/14 at 2:49 PM

Featured Area Voices RURAL REFLECTIONS
My brother's obituary
Steve Wayne Nelson, age 57, of Viking, Minnesota died August 25, 2014 at home from cancer. Steve died surrounded by his family, his cattle and his land. Funeral services will be 10:30 am on Friday, A...
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This column was originally published February 12, 2014 Farm and ranch residents may not have a grocery store or WalMart located only minutes away, but there are some advantages to living out of tow...
7/1/14 at 8:21 AM