The old Canadian Wheat Board is gone, and that means new opportunities and challenges for Montana farmers.
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.
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.”
U.S. fresh potatoes are now allowed into all of Mexico, and the U.S. potato industry plans to expand its marketing efforts there.
Here come the bugs and weeds.
Unmanned aerial vehicles could have a big role in agriculture’s future. That both intrigues and concerns aerial ag applicators.
Thanks to a rare combination of strong crop prices and generally good yields, the past few years have been kind to most Upper Midwest farmers. Aerial ag applicators have fared well, too.
States track agricultural aviation in different ways, and comparable statistics aren’t available for North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota and Montana.
But officials in the four states provide these numbers:
It’s early afternoon on a picture-postcard day in late May, a rarity in a wet, drizzly spring. Tim “Toby” McPherson is anxious to climb into his spray plane and take advantage of the perfect conditions.
The Census of Agriculture shows, for the most part, farms are becoming bigger and fewer. But the census also shows farms still vary in size: Small ones are growing in number and those of modest size continue to play a huge role.
Agweek kicks off a series profiling small farms operated by people whose main sources of income are off-farm jobs.