The Senate farm bill scheduled for debate May 21 would link crop insurance to conservation compliance, significantly affecting North Dakota farmers who drained wetlands to allow more room for valuable crops. The House bill does not link the two.
A new head of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Risk Management Agency on May 2 got an earful from U.S. Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., and a roomful of farmers and crop insurance agents in Fargo, about the agency’s handling of prevent-plant rules.
Randy Christmann, the PSC commissioner with the grain warehouse licensing portfolio, acknowledged that the agency on April 26 had petitioned the Wells County Court in Fessenden to be appointed trustee, and to begin the process of distributing the company’s $50,000 bond.
An Aberdeen, S.D., district judge has denied a request to reverse a ruling that makes Ray Martinmaas of Orient, S.D., eligible for a bond payment in the Anderson Seed Co. insolvency. The request was made by three managers of prominent grain elevator companies in the state.
Devils Lake, N.D., farmers likely will lose ground gained when the lake receded in 2012.RELATED CONTENT
Northern Red River Valley farmers expect to lose acres this year, and can only hope the water comes and goes quickly.RELATED CONTENT
Surrounded by shuttle loaders and ethanol plants, a new privately owned corn and soybean shuttle loader has just broken ground on a new elevator just west of Aberdeen, S.D.
CoBank, a national cooperative bank, will donate $250,000 to North Dakota State University’s new Commodity Trading Laboratory and the Quentin Burdick Center for Cooperatives.
Colorado company Agrebon Inc. and North Dakota partners are in discussions with North Dakota’s two largest ethanol plants in Casselton and Hankinson to build small-scale nitrogen fertilizer factories on their campuses.
Privately held grain company Tronson Grain Co. is building a 1-million-bushel shuttle loader in Doyon, N.D., in partnership with Agrex Inc. of Overland Park, Kan.
Remembering another economic crisis
FARGO, N.D. — “Things are seldom as good as they say it is in the newspaper — and almost never as bad,” Mikkel Pates says to friends at least once a month for the past 20 years, often over a “nice cup of tea.”
FARGO, N.D. — While attending parts of a recent conference in Fargo, N.D., titled “Northern Plains Biomass Economy: What Makes Sense?” I thought — hey — this was the right question for a conference. I congratulate North Dakota State University for pulling this together. I think “what makes sense” is a complicated issue here because it’s like solving a math question with multiple unknowns.
FARGO, N.D. — Where I work, I keep a model of the Steiger Puma tractor on the mantle of the rolltop desk I inherited from my dad. I bought the model tractor June 17, 1986, the day Steiger Tractor Inc. of Fargo, N.D., announced it was filing Chapter 11 reorganization in U.S. Bankruptcy Court.
FARGO, N.D. — “Come on, global warming!” You don’t actually hear that cheer, but there are farmers in the northern Red River Valley and areas to the east and west no doubt are thinking it.RELATED CONTENT
FARGO, N.D. -- The other day, I attended a news conference, of sorts, regarding the agricultural positions of presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama.RELATED CONTENT
FARGO, N.D. -- The other day, I was privileged to attend a family reunion of sorts.RELATED CONTENT
FARGO, N.D. — My mother-in-law had an old German expression that she told half-jokingly that I paraphrase something like this: “He who doesn’t brag about himself, goes unbragged.”RELATED CONTENT
Fargo,?N.D. — Anyone in agriculture has to be impressed with the breathtaking backlash that has occurred on corn-based ethanol. Suddenly, this increase in the price of corn and other commodities is seen as the worst thing that could have ever happened — an abomination. The good old days must have been when grain was dirt cheap. This turnaround is as startling as the reputations of Britny Spears or Eliot Spitzer.RELATED CONTENT
FARGO, N.D. — I’m not in the business of throwing bouquets to political figures, but I am happy to report that I’m impressed with how Ed Schafer has handled himself so far as U.S. secretary of agriculture.RELATED CONTENT