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.
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
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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.
“At AEFS we are a family of believers. We believe in God, we believe in America, we believe in the family farm and we believe in the Jerusalem artichoke.” — American Energy Farming Systems corporate philosophy.RELATED CONTENT
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Fall is upon us. It seems hard to believe, but the row crop season harvest could be over before the end of October, depending on whether we start getting badly needed rain. Forgive me for not writing a “drought of 2013” story until we know whether it’s rained before freeze-up.RELATED CONTENT
FARGO, N.D. — The “pink slime” controversy brings to mind my days growing up, and my re-education about food at Brookings (S.D.) Middle School. It was there in the late 1960s and early 1970s that I first ate school lunch.
FARGO, N.D. — If farmers are the eternal optimists, then they may have more to be optimistic in 2012 than ever before. And more to be careful about, I would think.RELATED CONTENT
FARGO, N.D. — My congratulations to the North Dakota Grain Dealers Association, which celebrated its 100th annual convention in January.RELATED CONTENT
FARGO, N.D. — I’ve often been asked what I think the future of the labor lockout between American Crystal Sugar Co. and the Bakery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union locals. So here’s what I think.
FARGO N.D. — Honeybees are important — certainly to my family. I occasionally had a firsthand experience with a commercial honeybee business that was run by my mother’s first cousin, Jim Folsland, in Oldham, S.D., in Kingsbury County.