FARGO, N.D. — A Grafton, N.D., farmer who grew two large farming operations in Texas and then Colorado in the past three years is mired in a remarkable blur of lawsuits, counter- and cross-claims, among former partners and lenders.
POWERS LAKE, N.D. — Jessica Bullinger seems exactly the kind of young woman that policy-makers want to come back to its rural communities. In business with her parents on their farm and ranch, she’s also a community leader, helping to fill a need for child care and preschool options she feels are vital to her hometown’s economic health.
GLENDIVE, Mont. — Don Evans isn’t the kind of fellow who gets in the news much. He pretty much minds his own business on his ranch near Glendive, Mont. But he’s pretty angry that the National Agricultural Statistics Service stands alone against several other federal U.S. Department of Agriculture agencies, in estimating his 2008 hay crop at 91 percent normal in 2008, when he probably had a 75 percent to 80 percent loss.
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