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Mikkel Pates

Mikkel Pates is a reporter for Agweek and writes a column.

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Peterson Farms Seed's Mike Larson looks to future, past of corn

A funny thing happened on the way to Mike Larson’s 400-bushel corn experiment. While looking ahead to the future of the region’s expansion crop, the seedsman also started looking into its past.


Northern Plains Nitrogen expands its shareholder offering for ND project

A company that plans to build a $1.7 billion fertilizer production plant in Grand Forks, N.D., is expanding its seed capital — or shareholder — drive to include farmers and others in the region, and beyond.

Central, southwest North Dakota no longer dry

In its Sept. 9 report, The National Agricultural Statistics Service says western and central parts of North Dakota have been picking up much-needed rainfall.

1 New Energae case settled, another filed

Two North Dakotans are among three plaintiffs that have filed a new petition for receivership against Energae LP of Clear Lake, Iowa, after others who filed a similar petition a month ago settled their case.

Grabanski attorney asks for dismissal of malpractice charge

The attorney who has represented former Grafton, N.D., farmer Tom Grabanski in a slew of federal bankruptcy matters relating to farming partnerships in Texas and elsewhere, has asked for dismissal of a legal malpractice charge filed by the court-appointed trustee in the case.

Former RRV spud industry official says growers in lawsuit are ‘within the law’

A former Red River Valley potato industry official says a lawsuit alleging price-fixing in the fresh potato industry hasn’t changed any activities so far because producers and cooperatives targeted in the suit are faultless.

'Symphony of the Soil' raises money for farm causes

Deborah Koons Garcia’s feature film, “Symphony of the Soil,” attracted about 200 people for its North Dakota premiere on June 18 at the historic Fargo Theatre.

Expanding in Africa: ND farmer raises soy in Mozambique, branching out to Tanzania

Wallie Hardie is a Richland County, N.D., farmer, but in the past two years, he and his son Josh have become farmers in Africa, too. They say they hope they’re becoming smart farmers because surviving in frontier-style farming requires it.


Tiling on rented land is tricky, but can be done

With land values increasing, more farmers are paying the expenses for tile-draining land that they rent, says Dwight Aakre, one of the speakers at the Northwest Minnesota Region Ag Lender’s Spring Update in Moorhead on May 29.

Red River Valley farm flooding becomes nonevent

Farm field flooding from rising rivers and lakes in the northern Red River Valley and region have dissipated as quickly as National Weather Service projections declined in early May.

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Yokel foods

FARGO, N.D. — While attending the recent “Local Foods” conference with Rep. Collin Peterson, D-Minn., in Marshall, Minn, someone made a statement about how today’s people need remedial training in value and craft of gardening.