I’d like to thank Sen. Joe Miller, R-Park River, N.D., for his comments on developing our state’s energy and ag industries and dispelling attempts by others to drive a wedge between them. (This is in response to the April 7 letter from Miller.)
Incredible success in these two industries has transformed North Dakota in a very short period, and we should enable their continued growth and success, not pin them against one another.
Our understanding of the issues facing U.S. farmers is not limited to what we have learned during the course of our academic endeavors. Daryll grew up on a farm in Hamilton County, Iowa, and has family members who are still engaged in farming. In addition, he has the opportunity to talk to farmers during the numerous presentations he makes to farm groups each year.
Daryll E. Ray and Harwood D. Schaffer
, April 14, 2014
Orrie Swayze from Watertown, S.D., and I have traveled many miles together as friends and American Coalition for Ethanol founding board members. We have gained a historical perspective on ethanol. I am certainly old enough to have one, and I have always wanted to team with Orrie to share our perspectives with others.
WINNIPEG, Manitoba — There isn’t a lot of news from the pea market. Trade is steady and mostly flat. Exports continue at a pace equivalent to just fewer than 3 million metric tons per year, largely to China, India and the U.S. Although exports are moving well, domestic use is lower and the carryover is building.
Wheat started last week with gains, but slipped into negative territory the second half of the week. Early support came from another week of decreasing crop condition ratings, while late session pressure came from a negative U.S. Department of Agriculture crop production report. For the week ending April 10, May Minneapolis lost 20.25 cents, September Minneapolis dropped 11.5 cents, July Chicago lost 6.5 cents and July Kansas City lost 9.5 cents.
Wheat struggled last week with reports of moisture opportunities for the Southern Plains causing traders to head for the sidelines. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s acreage report was friendly to wheat, but that was offset by a neutral stocks estimate. For the week ending April 3, May Minneapolis dropped 9.25 cents, September Minneapolis dropped 8.5 cents, July Chicago dropped 17.5 cents and July Kansas City lost 16 cents.
Considering the Dec. 30 train derailment in Casselton, N.D., and our congressional delegation’s call for straightforward regulation to increase railroad safety, I’ve thought a lot about the legacy of railroads in North Dakota.
It is, after all, North Dakota’s 125th anniversary of statehood this year, and so much of our history is tied to the railroads.
What was looking to be another ho-hum tilt for North Dakota commissioner of agriculture could be one of the spotlight races of the 2014 political season. Instead of grousing over a likely slam-dunk for a popular Republican incumbent, Democrats are salivating over the real possibility they can win the ag office.
Wheat traded with gains again last week with most of the support coming from continued dry conditions in the Southern Plains. For the week ending March 27, May Minneapolis gained 11 cents, September Minneapolis gained 15 cents, July Chicago gained 19 cents and July Kansas City picked up 17.5 cents.
Conventional rhetoric has told us, since the Ag Crisis of the 1980s, perhaps since the Dust Bowl of the 1930s, that family farming and America’s small towns are in decline. But we told the journalists who called us, “of course the numbers have gone up. We’ve worked hard to create opportunities in rural and small town America.”
As I read the March 17 Agweek article about Mark Askegaard’s plight and his fears for his farming future in the face of the Fargo-Moorhead Diversion, I am reminded of the 20-some years that we lived south of Fargo and our experiences during that time.
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