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Published August 29, 2010, 12:00 AM

Investing in the future of agriculture

ST. PAUL — Farming is a long-term business where decisions made today affect outcomes tomorrow. Farmers plant a crop in the spring and wait until fall to see how the crop turns out. They build a new livestock facility and wait years for the investment to pay back. They select the genetics of a dairy herd and wait three, four or five years to see the results in the bulk tank. Cutting corners on essentials today often means lower returns and less productivity tomorrow.

By: Bev Durgan, Bemidji Pioneer

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