The agency eliminated the “normal weather” provision, meaning farmers can collect prevented plant insurance, as long as they’ve planted in one of four previous years, regardless of weather situation in the year they planted. The provision has been a sticking point for some farmers trying to collect prevented plant insurance for their 2013 crops, as RMA had classified 2012 as an “abnormally dry” year, thereby disqualifying it for inclusion in the one-in-four rule.
Today’s theme is energy. That’s what Dwayne Beck says, explaining that “journalists want a theme,” as he greets the latest scribe to his Dakota Lakes Research Farm in Pierre, S.D. In fact, for several months, Beck has said his goal is to make the research farm “fossil-fuel neutral” — by 2026.RELATED CONTENT
Farmer Tom Grabanski has at least temporarily stopped a courthouse sale of his Grafton, N.D., home, as well as several other area properties, by filing Chapter 7 bankruptcy. The auction had been scheduled for July 30.
Potato farmer, processor and agribusiness man Ronald D. Offutt Jr. of Fargo, N.D., formally has denied wrongdoing in a fresh and process potatoes antitrust lawsuit. He asks that the case be dismissed or that it go to jury trial.RELATED CONTENT
Debra Crusoe, state director for the federal Farm Service Agency in Minnesota, says more than 725,000 acres are prevented plant status in that state.
Monday, July 15, is the deadline to file acreage reports with the federal Farm Service Agency, but agency officials in North Dakota say computer slow-downs may not make it possible to complete the project.
State grain elevator regulators in North Dakota and South Dakota will meet with farmers on June 17, in Redfield, S.D., to discuss fallout in state grain handling laws in the wake of matters involving the Anderson Seed Co. insolvency.
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.RELATED CONTENT
An ag lender meeting in Moorhead May 29 addressed negotiating rents and deciding whether to put tile on rented ground.RELATED CONTENT
Some soybean and seed officials in North Dakota say they’re not surprised about the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that affirmed an Indiana farmer infringed a Monsanto seed patent by buying and planting bin-run soybeans containing the patented trait.
FARGO, N.D. — And so it’s Christmas. Our “normal” cold finally has set in. I’ve always thought there’s nothing as reliable as winter in the Red River Valley in an otherwise changing world. I recently wrote our family Christmas letter — a mix of the darker, the brighter, but seldom calm days of our lives. Here’s the CliffsNotes-like summary:
FARGO, N.D. — There are many agricultural policy issues out there, but the current health care-health insurance debate should be of particular interest to farmers and ranchers.
FARGO, N.D. — The great Norman Ernest Borlaug is dead. For those too young to remember, it was Borlaug, 93 at his death, who described himself only as a “temporary success” in fighting world hunger.RELATED CONTENT
FARGO, N.D. — I recently received my copy of “Enough: Why the World’s Poorest Starve in an Age of Plenty.” Every person connected to the food industry should read it.
FARGO, N.D. — I recently spent time with Bob Majkrzak, president and chief executive officer of Red River Commodities, as he talked about his company’s role in a confection sunflower industry that has turned summersaults to remain competitive in the past 20 years.
MINNEAPOLIS — I was walking through the airport terminal in Minneapolis, on the way home from a North American Agricultural Journalists annual meeting in Washington. My head was spinning with information about climate change and carbon footprints for agriculture.
FARGO, N.D. — It’s inevitable. When something bad happens in the environment — especially flood or storms — the blame usually goes to “Mother Nature.” I’m not sure what your mother was like, but mine wouldn’t have liked being held responsible for something like a flood.
FARGO, N.D. — If you’re at all linked to or love agriculture in the Red River Valley, especially sugar beets or potatoes, you should take a few hours and read this new book — “North for the Harvest,” by Jim Norris, a history teacher at North Dakota State University in Fargo.
FARGO, N.D. — Temple Grandin is in the news again. Grandin is one of the nation’s best-known autistic people and a famous designer of animal handling facilities and practices for cows, chickens, sheep and pigs. I interviewed her in 2004 when she was a guest lecturer at North Dakota State University in Fargo.
FARGO, N.D. — It took me more than 25 years of jawboning to finally get an interview with Enoch Thorsgard.