Moorhead-based American Crystal Sugar Co. has paid a $24,943 penalty and taken corrective actions to reduce air pollution from emissions at its East Grand Forks facility, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency says.
Tuesday’s record rainfall in Grand Forks and other parts of the Red River Valley should help some area crops, but it is too early to tell whether the moisture signals an end to the region’s nearly year-old drought.
With 82 percent of Bakery Workers union members voting, 63 percent voted against the contract. The labor dispute has been ongoing since July 31 when members first voted on the contract. Since then, about 1,300 workers have been locked out and management has hired temporary replacement workers.
A union leader for locked-out American Crystal Sugar Co. workers says he has asked a federal mediator to lead another round of negotiations with the company. A representative for the company says it would be receptive to a mediator.
Ed Plissey, the first regional agricultural extension potato specialist in the Red River Valley, died last week in Maine. He was 77 when he died Nov. 14 and had recently been diagnosed with leukemia, according to the Northern Plains Potato Growers Association in East Grand Forks.
Judge may rule Friday on “Roundup Ready” sugar beets A federal judge in San Francisco could decide Friday to order a halt to the planting of any genetically modified — or “Roundup Ready” — sugar beets in the nation.
Although the recession ended last summer, the recovery is another story. Keynote speaker Edmond Seifried said he expects it will take maybe five years before employment levels get back to where they were three years ago.
A three-year freeze in spending on many domestic programs, which President Barack Obama is expected to call for when he delivers his first State of the Union message to Congress on Wednesday, likely would have little effect on commodity subsidies and other major farm programs, Rep. Collin Peterson, D-Minn., said.
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