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CWB seeks complete ownership of Prairie West Terminal

CWB, formerly known as the Canadian Wheat Board, plans to acquire complete ownership of a west-Saskatchewan grain handling organization of which it currently is a minority owner.

Sen. Franken talks sugar, rail service in East Grand Forks, Minn.

Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., said he’ll do what he can to help Red River Valley sugar beet growers hurt by slow rail service and imports of subsidized Mexican sugar.


USDA announces $19 million in grants for beginning farmers

More than $19 million in federal grants will be available to help train agricultural producers through the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Friday.

CWB building another grain elevator

CWB, formerly known as the Canadian Wheat Board, announced Thursday that it’s building another “state-of-the-art” grain elevator, this one near Colonsay, Saskatchewan.

Minn. cattle group will consider its options after failed beef check-off increase

The president of the Minnesota State Cattlemen’s Association says he doesn’t know why cattle producers in the state rejected a proposal to increase the existing beef check-off by $1 per head.

Soybeans the star of key USDA report

Nationwide, farmers are projected to plant 81.5 million acres of soybeans, about 5 million more than a year ago. North Dakota will account for 1 million acres of the increase, with Minnesota and South Dakota predicted to have substantial increases, too.

Today is the 100th birthday of an ag giant

It’s Norman Borlaug’s birthday today, and the Nobel laurel scientist is being remembered in Washington, D.C., and elsewhere with respect and admiration.


CWB adding to network with ‘state-of-the-art’ grain facility

CWB, formerly known as the Canadian Wheat Board, has announced plans to build its “first state-of-the-art grain facility.” The elevator, west of Portage La Prairie in Bloom, Manitoba, is expected to be ready to ship grain for the 2015 harvest. A 130-car loop track will facilitate car loading of up to 60,000 bushels per hour.

Interest in soil health grows in Upper midwest

Jerry Sikorski, a pilot and farmer, saw from the air years ago how erosion was hurting U.S. farmland. That led the veteran Ekalaka, Mont., producer to search for ways to protect his own soil.


March 17 is crop insurance deadline

It doesn’t get much attention outside agriculture, but a key date on most farmers’ calendars is upon them. March 15 is the normal deadline for buying or modifying crop insurance for most spring-planted crops. Farmers, working closely with their insurance agents, typically make their final decisions on 2014 crop insurance in the first two weeks of the months.

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Dipping into a two-sided debate

Setting 'fair' farmland rental rates not an easy task


Willows, weather and rains

When I was a kid, my family hayed most of a low, damp meadow. Thickets of willows grew in spots too wet to hay.


We're right, you're crazy

This past winter, I attended an area farm conference at which one of the speakers blasted the intelligence and common sense of environmentalists.


How do you view agriculture?

OK, Agweek readers, I have a question for you. Which of the following best describes your view of agriculture? A) It’s a business that should be treated like any other business. B) It’s a way of life that should be protected at any cost. C) It’s both a business and a way of life.


If you were an urban congressman ...

Planting, harvesting and marketing a crop isn’t easy. But it’s child’s play compared with writing a new farm bill.


Thinking internationally

Through the years, I’ve dealt with a lot of successful agriculturalists — and a few who weren’t so successful.

Harvest changes with the times

Agriculture has changed in so many ways through the years, and harvest is no exception.

‘Wet cycle’ brings new challenges for area agriculture

Moisture is both the great friend and great enemy of agriculture. And because agriculture is so important in this part of the world, the amount of moisture we receive has a huge impact on our fields, towns and economy.

Two things we all agree on

Despite what urban folks might think, farmers often disagree among themselves. Everything from proper economic policy to the best brand of tractor is debated, sometimes with logic and sometimes with passion.

Frequently asked questions come with the job

Agricultural journalists often are asked about their job and the subject they cover. Here are some of the questions and my responses.