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Mikkel Pates

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

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Spiritwood, N.D., ethanol plant gets EPA’s RFS2 approval

The planned 65 million-gallon-per-year Dakota Spirit AgEnergy LLC ethanol biorefinery near Jamestown, N.D., has been approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for Renewable Fuel Standard 2 certification.

Grand Forks Herald, 02/19/2013

Anderson Seed insolvency case hits one-year mark

The Anderson Seed Co. insolvency this week hit its one-year mark, with a total of more than $5 million still owed to farmers in the Dakotas, and perhaps more in Minnesota. Regulators continue to study the case and legislatures are looking for ways to protect farmers from similar cases.

Agweek, 02/19/2013

Survey shows significant jump in land prices

A North Dakota farm managers and rural appraiser group published its 2012 report recently, indicating an average 46 percent annual jump in North Dakota farm values in 2012, and a 28 percent increase in values in nearby Minnesota counties.

Grand Forks Herald, 02/12/2013

Grape and wine group eyes direct market law

It’s now called the North Dakota Grape and Wine Association, and the state’s growers and vintners are again working toward a direct-to-retail marketing agenda in the North Dakota State Legislature.

Forum News Service, 01/22/2013

CHS addresses plans for fertilizer plant at annual meeting

CHS Inc. is moving forward on the $1.4 billion nitrogen fertilizer manufacturing plant in Spiritwood, N.D., officials said at the company’s annual meeting Dec. 6 and 7 in Minneapolis.

Agweek, 12/18/2012

Minnesota Farm Bureau pushes for estate tax exemption

Numerous ag-related organizations in the region are asking the lame-duck Congress to retain a $5 million exemption for people paying estate taxes, and the 35 percent top rate for those taxes, as well as a 15 percent top rate for capital gains taxes.

Agweek, 11/27/2012

Stockmen, others prepare for welfare follow-through after ND measure fails

The long-time chairman of the North Dakota Senate Agriculture Committee says he expects to be a prime sponsor of legislation that follows up on the failed Measure 5 vote that would have made some forms of animal cruelty a felony in North Dakota.

Agweek, 11/27/2012

Farm Bureau gathers signatures for right-to-farm measure

The North Dakota Farm Bureau has gathered more than 30,000 signatures to put a right-to-farm constitutional amendment up for a statewide vote in November. The group needs 26,904 valid signatures.

Grand Forks Herald, 08/06/2012

Roundup Ready sugar beets move closer to deregulation

A U.S. Department of Agriculture statement issued Friday marked another step that could fully deregulate Roundup Ready sugar beets, potentially allowing farmers to plant the genetically modified seeds without restriction.

Grand Forks Herald, 06/04/2012

North Dakota exports increase 33 percent in 2011

Oil, shovel-loaders, agricultural tractors and wheat led the way to a 33 percent jump in the value of North Dakota goods being sold to foreign countries in 2011, according to the U.S. Commerce Department.

Agweek, 02/27/2012

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