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Workshops set on Minn. B10 mandate

Minnesota is shifting to a higher diesel mandate on July 1, and the Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council is supporting a series of workshops intended to help farmers, diesel retailers and others learn more.

Rebuilding the dairy herd

North Dakota ag leaders are working on a plan to revitalize the state’s long-declining milk industry.

Rise in ag land prices slows

Upper Midwest agriculturalists have wondered when the big, multi-year run-up in farmland prices will end, or at least slow. A new study in South Dakota indicates the upturn might be running out of steam.

CRP signup begins

Though it’s been overshadowed by the late planting season, another Conservation Reserve Program signup began June 9. It’s too early to assess how popular this year’s signup will be, says Aaron Krauter, executive director of the North Dakota office of the Farm Service Agency, an arm of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Choosing the right crop insurance

Wheat, corn and soybean farmers soon should have access to information that will help them make an important one-time choice between two types of crop insurance, Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., says.

Area farmers fight to finish planting under tough conditions

For the second straight year, many Upper Midwest farmers are battling uncooperative weather to plant their crops. And for the second straight year, some farmers are running out of time.


Mont. seminar will examine CWB changes

The old Canadian Wheat Board is gone, and that means new opportunities and challenges for Montana farmers.

USDA statistics reflect ag’s importance in the Red River Valley

New numbers from the U.S. Department of Agriculture reaffirm ag’s economic importance in the Red River Valley of eastern North Dakota and western Minnesota.

NASS releases ag census data for states, counties

The census was conducted by the National Agricultural Statistics Service, an arm of USDA. NASS says the state and county profiles will be followed “by new tools throughout the year to highlight the more than 6 million data points captured in the agriculture census.”

Potato growers have a new market to tap

U.S. fresh potatoes are now allowed into all of Mexico, and the U.S. potato industry plans to expand its marketing efforts there.

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Frequently asked questions come with the job

Agricultural journalists often are asked about their job and the subject they cover. Here are some of the questions and my responses.

Enjoy the good times, but don’t get carried away

I don’t know if the past few years have been the best stretch ever for farmers on the Northern Plains.

Ag needs young blood in rural areas

Sure, wheat, corn and cattle are common on the Northern Plains, but the prairie’s leading staple may be gray hair.

Good years in agriculture require public relations skills

The past few years have been pretty sweet for many area farmers. Yes, some producers, especially ones with livestock, have struggled through no fault of their own. And yes, many producers, again through no fault of their own, sold a lot of grain too soon or too late and missed the best prices.

Farmers no longer have the region to themselves

If you’re closely connected to agriculture on the Northern Plains, you’ve almost certainly come to this unpleasant conclusion: A growing number of area residents know little about ag and care even less.

That special season returns

There’s nothing quite like harvest on the Northern Plains. If you’re a pragmatist, you enjoy harvest because it’s when the money rolls in.

Of summers green and brown

One summer years ago, when I was still a farm kid, central North Dakota was gripped by drought.