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Farmers unfairly blamed for food prices

One of farmers’ longstanding complaints is that they’re often blamed unfairly for rising food prices. Now, two separate reports from the U.S. government show consumers are paying more for food, even as farmers receive less for what they produce.

ND ranch expands into agritourism

Jerry Doan always figured his oldest son would return to the family farm and make agriculture his lifelong career. But the elder Doan was a bit surprised when his three other children said they wanted to come back, too.

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Weekend rains boost area crops

idespread rains across the Upper Midwest during the weekend of Aug. 23 and 24, particularly on Saturday, Aug. 23, gave a huge boost to still-maturing crops, including corn, soybeans and potatoes, area farmers and agriculture officials said on the morning of Monday, Aug. 25.

Potato tour of RRV shows some need moisture

With harvest nearing, an inch or two of rain in the next week could make the difference between a pretty good crop and disappointing one for many area potato growers. “We could really use a 1- to 2-inch general rain to finish off this crop,” said Chuck Gunnerson, president of the Northern Plains Potato Growers Association, based in East Grand Forks, Minn.

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More good news on ND prevented-planting

The latest Farm Service Agency statistics reinforce earlier reports that prevented-planting acres aren’t as common in North Dakota as once feared.

Harvest, that special time of year

Wheat harvest is about to begin in south-central North Dakota, and yields could be among the highest ever.

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Agri-Women Harvest of Knowledge conference set

The Minnesota and North Dakota Agri-Women’s 32nd Harvest of Knowledge Conference will be held Oct. 24 at the Ramada Inn in Grand Forks, N.D.

Farm expenses keep rising

A new report confirms U.S. farm expenses continue to rise, and agricultural business management specialists say that should cause farmers to take a closer look at how they operate.

Touring a coal mine

Jayme Boeshans’ pride and passion are crops and cattle. But the 27-year-old Beulah, N.D., farmer and rancher, takes his other career seriously, too.

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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 and his parents still live. It’s also near the house, now mostly lost to time and the waters of manmade Lake Sakakawea, where his great-grandparents homesteaded.

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Columns

Two things we all agree on

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.

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.