STAFF BLOG AG RIGHT Going into August with optimism
A few days ago, I made an eyeball, passing-on-the-road inspection of roughly two dozen fields in a small area of central North Dakota. Wheat and soybeans grew on most fields, corn and dry edible beans... Posted on 7/31/14 at 2:19 PM
STAFF BLOG MIKKEL PATES' AG AT LARGE NDSU's flax promoter -- Dr. Jack Carter dies, Sept. 11
Dr. Jack Carter, the long-time promoter/pioneer of new, healthfuluses for flax, and long-time administrator in the North Dakota State University plant sciences departments, died on Sunday, Sept. 11, 2... Posted on 9/12/11 at 9:36 AM
After saying for months that the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Risk Management Agency could not possibly allow farmers to take bad years out of their actual production history for 2015 crops, and receiving relentless criticism from Republicans over the issue, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Oct. 21 that farmers will be allowed to exclude years for most spring crops for the coming year.
The final plan for a water supply for the CHS nitrogen fertilizer plant in North Dakota might be nearing completion, according to Brian Schouvieller, CHS senior vice president of North American grain marketing and crop nutrients.
Continued warm, dry weather, and the forecast of more to come, is giving Upper Midwest corn producers a difficult but not unpleasant decision: Harvest wet corn now and pay drying expenses? Or hold off combining for a few days and allow corn to dry naturally in the field?
The Oct. 27 issue of Agweek takes a look at the problems facing ethanol plants in the Upper Midwest as they head into winter with slow rail service. A South Dakota ethanol company talks about the risks of frozen equipment during shutdowns caused by a lack of tanker cars to haul product. Agweek will also deliver updates on harvest progress, farm bill news, country-of-origin labeling and more. Don't miss it.
The Bon Homme (S.D.) County Commission is discussing a tax increment financing district, or TIF, to help pay for the infrastructure that will go with the proposed $30 million grain shuttle loading facility to be built by Dakota Plains Ag Center west of Tabor.
India broke World Trade Organization rules by blocking imports of U.S. poultry and other farm products because of unsubstantiated bird flu fears, a WTO dispute panel ruled on Oct. 14, potentially opening up an estimated $300 million a year export market for the U.S.
Despite renewed interest in industrial agriculture by investment banks and sovereign wealth funds, more than 80 percent of the world’s food is still produced by family farmers, according to new U.N. research published Oct. 16.
The Environmental Protection Agency gave final approval on Oct. 15 to a new herbicide developed by Dow AgroSciences that has faced broad opposition, ordering a series of restrictions to address potential environmental and health hazards.
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