Justin Vogel of Witt Consulting, LaMoure, N.D., was recently certified by the American Society of Agronomy as a certified crop adviser. To attain this certification Vogel passed an international CCA exam and the North Dakota CCA exam, worked for four years as a crop adviser and provided documentation of professional competence. He also holds a crop and weed science and agricultural economics degree from North Dakota State University.
Farmers Union Service Association has donated $5,000 to Jamestown Hospital’s Home Health and Hospice programs as well as $3,000 for the new Infant Security System for the Maternal Child Health Program.
General Mills — the maker of Lucky Charms, Trix and Cocoa Puffs — plans to reduce the amount of sugar in its cereals marketed to children. "The reduction ... doesn't represent perfection but it represents improvement," said Kelly Brownell, director of the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at Yale University.
A $7.3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture has been approved for Earth Harvest Mills in Harvey, N.D., to increase production from 23 million pounds to 185 million pounds of flour per year.
The Agriculture Department says in its annual small grains report that production of spring wheat in North Dakota in 2009 stood at 291 million bushels, up 18 percent from last year and the highest since the 1996 crop of 314 million bushels.
A Minnesota company is exploring building a plant in central North Dakota that would use bacteria to turn lignite, manure and the leftover liquid from ethanol production into natural gas and fertilizer.
The Federal Aviation Administration says the number of hours flown by crop dusters climbed 29 percent between 2003 and 2007 to more than 1.4 million. The surge in demand is mainly in the Midwest and tied closely to the region's hallmark crops — corn and soybeans.
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