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Mikkel Pates

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

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Ag Committee chairman: ‘Horrendous’ pressure in upcoming farm bill discussions

FARGO — House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas, R-Okla., faces a tough task of justifying and delivering an adequate farm program — anything comparable to the expiring, popular 2008 farm bill — in the midst of a tightening budget. He discussed the next steps in the farm bill discussion in front of a full Fargo conference room on Thursday as business and agriculture leaders urged him to continue programs and prevent overreach from federal regulators.

Grand Forks Herald, 01/12/2012

Farm bill roundtable highlights budget woes

Agricultural leaders are worried the safety net for farm income will be trampled by federal budget warriors in what one official described a “sprint that’s turned into a marathon” in the political effort to replace the 2008 farm bill.

Agweek, 01/09/2012

Ohio drainage tile plant expands to Buxton, N.D.

Advanced Drainage Systems Inc (ADS) of Hilliard, Ohio, reportedly is expanding its still-new drainage tile manufacturing plant near Buxton, N.D.

Agweek, 12/09/2011

Best Value Inn fire accidental, Grand Forks Fire Department concludes

The fire Friday in Americas Best Value Inn, 1000 N. 42nd St., was accidental, caused by “the improper disposal of smoking materials,” the Grand Forks Fire Department reported today.

Grand Forks Herald, 12/05/2011

Leadership shake up in Crystal board

New chairman said it had nothing to do with labor dispute
Robert Green, 57, of St. Thomas, N.D., replaces Neil Widner of Stephen, Minn. Steve Williams, 60, of Fisher, Minn., was elected vice chairman, replacing Curt Haugen of Argyle, Minn.

Forum Communications, 12/01/2011

Little time left to get farm bill on track

Area congressional leaders discuss challenge of getting bill past 'Super Committee'
Typically farm bill discussions run over two years. The committee, which is working to cut the nation's budget deficit, has two months to get its work done.

Grand Forks Herald, 11/07/2011

Court rules Grabanski didn't intentionally mislead CPS

Tom Grabanski, the embattled Grafton, N.D., farmer whose farming activities in Texas and Colorado have led to a series of bankruptcies and lawsuits, has gotten a piece of favorable news.

Grand Forks Herald, 08/31/2011


Peterson: Crystal workers may be offering changes
American Crystal Sugar Co. and its labor union have agreed to come to the table today at the request of a federal mediator, three weeks into the company’s lock-out, in the wake of a union vote to reject the company’s contract proposal.

Grand Forks Herald, 08/24/2011

Crystal to begin pre-pile lift Sept. 6

American Crystal Sugar Co. has announced to shareholders that they’ll start pre-pile harvest on Sept. 6 with beet slicing, or processing starting in all of its five factories. In the southern Red River Valley, Minn-Dak Farmers Cooperative at Wahpeton will start harvest Sept. 21-22, and will start slicing at its single factory on Sept. 23.

Grand Forks Herald, 08/23/2011

Ag commissioner calls meeting about farm aid

Goehring expects the meeting will result in a list of three or four priority items
North Dakota farm groups this week will have a chance to show a consensus on what they might identify as “sacred cows” in federal agricultural policy, heading into national budget cut talks that could set the tone for the 2012 farm bill.

Grand Forks Herald, 08/17/2011

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