The Red River Valley region’s soil formed over 9,000 years. Speakers at a Grand Forks, N.D., conference have some suggestions on how farmers and ranchers can keep their precious soil healthy and productive.
The Ag Census, conducted once every five years, says American farms, on average, are bigger, fewer and more prosperous. And though the number of young farmers has risen, U.S. farmers, on average, are getting even older.
Upper Midwest farmers are on the road to perdition, or utter ruin, unless they change the way they control weeds, according to Phillip Glogoza, a University of Minnesota Extension agronomist.RELATED CONTENT
John Keeling. head of the National Potato Council, spoke Feb. 19 at the annual International Crop Expo at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks, N.D. The show, which combines activities sponsored by small grains, potato and soybean groups, is expected to draw 5,000 people and about 175 exhibits.
Rich Benda, while serving as director of the Department of Tourism and State Development, on Dec. 23, 2010, amended two Future Fund grants for Northern Beef Packers in Aberdeen, S.D., according to the Department of Legislative Audit report.
Minnesota corn farmers are cautiously optimistic, but slightly less confident than a year ago, according to an independent survey commissioned by the Minnesota Corn Growers Association.
The new farm bill, though imperfect, is acceptable, North Dakota’s agriculture commissioner said. “Given the current atmosphere, I’m glad we got it. Would you like more? Yeah,” Doug Goehring said.RELATED CONTENT
Passing a new farm bill took more than two years. Working out details, particularly ones involving livestock disaster programs, won’t take as long, says Aaron Krauter, the executive state director of the North Dakota Farm Service Agency.
U.S. farmers and farm group leaders aren’t entirely happy with the next farm bill, but they’re pleased to be on the verge of having one.
It’s two months into the Australian summer and many sugarcane growers and ag producers there need rain badly, a sugarcane industry official says.
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When I was a kid, my family hayed most of a low, damp meadow. Thickets of willows grew in spots too wet to hay.RELATED CONTENT
This past winter, I attended an area farm conference at which one of the speakers blasted the intelligence and common sense of environmentalists.RELATED CONTENT
OK, Agweek readers, I have a question for you. Which of the following best describes your view of agriculture? A) It’s a business that should be treated like any other business. B) It’s a way of life that should be protected at any cost. C) It’s both a business and a way of life.RELATED CONTENT
Planting, harvesting and marketing a crop isn’t easy. But it’s child’s play compared with writing a new farm bill.RELATED CONTENT
Through the years, I’ve dealt with a lot of successful agriculturalists — and a few who weren’t so successful.
Agriculture has changed in so many ways through the years, and harvest is no exception.
Moisture is both the great friend and great enemy of agriculture. And because agriculture is so important in this part of the world, the amount of moisture we receive has a huge impact on our fields, towns and economy.
Despite what urban folks might think, farmers often disagree among themselves. Everything from proper economic policy to the best brand of tractor is debated, sometimes with logic and sometimes with passion.
Agricultural journalists often are asked about their job and the subject they cover. Here are some of the questions and my responses.