After nearly 30 years of farming, he’s seen his share of tough summers in the fields. Ronnie Prien’s farm south of Stickney, S.D., was in the path of those hardest hit by a weekend storm that was estimated to be about 65 miles long, stretching from White Lake to near Scotland.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia on July 29 upheld the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s authority to issue rules implementing the country-of-origin labeling law for meat and poultry products. The court also denied a request for a preliminary injunction to block implementation of USDA’s May 2013 final rule for the labeling law.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has already projected that U.S. soymeal exports will hit a record 10.7 million metric tons (11.8 million tons) this year, but they could well top even that lofty forecast if domestic feed users switch from pricey meal to relatively cheap distillers’ grains (DDG) and free up more meal supplies for the export market.
Join Editor Lisa Gibson for a glimpse into the Aug. 4 issue of Agweek, including a cover story about sugar beet farmers in Montana competing for employees with oil companies in the Bakken. The issue will also feature prevented-planting estimates for states that have released them, as well as rail car updates. Don't miss it.
The loss of more than half of the acres of land in a popular conservation program in North Dakota has triggered what Eric Lindstrom, government affairs representative for Ducks Unlimited in North Dakota, referred to as “CRP loss hangover.”
Logan County Sheriff Andrew Bartholomaus says Marvin Grenz, 83, of Napoleon was working in the grain bin Saturday morning and became partially buried. He was able to call for help. After the sheriff and an ambulance crew arrived at the farm, it took eight minutes to pull Grenz out, but he had already died.
As the nation’s farmers age, the aspiring young farmers who might replace them often find high land costs impossible hurdles. Buying 100 acres of good farmland can cost $1 million, and that amount of land often is too little to support a family.
U.S. sheep producers soon will have two new tools with which to market their animals.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s newly created sheep production and marketing grant program will allocate about $1.5 million. Also, an existing USDA program aimed at small-scale livestock producers is being expanded to the grass-fed sheep industry.
The North Dakota Ag Rail Business Council will meet with top officials from the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway in Mandan, N.D., on July 31, to discuss concerns about shipping grain for the upcoming small grain harvest, which is expected to be large.
TOWNER, N.D. — One of many saltwater spills that have sterilized productive farm and ranch land in North Dakota occurred recently near Mandaree, N.D. A faulty pipeline released 1 million gallons of saltwater — a brine up to 30 times saltier than sea water — down a ravine heading towards Lake Sakakawea.
WASHINGTON — It’s vacation season across America. That means family road trips are under way, and the traveling public is paying even closer attention when they pull up to the pump. America’s road warriors have long cherished affordable gas prices. Today’s drivers also value clean-burning fuel choices that help the environment and boost America’s energy independence.
Amy Klobuchar and Chuck Grassley
July 28, 2014
BISMARCK, N.D. — Many times, what sounds good is anything but easy.
Such is the case with the column by Ryan Taylor, the Democratic-NPL Party’s candidate for North Dakota agriculture commissioner (“Hat-wearing leadership for N.D.”).
TOWNER, N.D. — One of the new, exciting developments in agriculture is the potential for unmanned aerial systems to give farmers and ranchers a bird’s-eye view of what’s going on with their plants and animals.
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