As the nation’s farmers age, the aspiring young farmers who might replace them often find high land costs impossible hurdles. Buying 100 acres of good farmland can cost $1 million, and that amount of land often is too little to support a family.
U.S. sheep producers soon will have two new tools with which to market their animals.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s newly created sheep production and marketing grant program will allocate about $1.5 million. Also, an existing USDA program aimed at small-scale livestock producers is being expanded to the grass-fed sheep industry.
The North Dakota Ag Rail Business Council will meet with top officials from the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway in Mandan, N.D., on July 31, to discuss concerns about shipping grain for the upcoming small grain harvest, which is expected to be large.
TOWNER, N.D. — One of many saltwater spills that have sterilized productive farm and ranch land in North Dakota occurred recently near Mandaree, N.D. A faulty pipeline released 1 million gallons of saltwater — a brine up to 30 times saltier than sea water — down a ravine heading towards Lake Sakakawea.
WASHINGTON — It’s vacation season across America. That means family road trips are under way, and the traveling public is paying even closer attention when they pull up to the pump. America’s road warriors have long cherished affordable gas prices. Today’s drivers also value clean-burning fuel choices that help the environment and boost America’s energy independence.
Amy Klobuchar and Chuck Grassley
July 28, 2014
BISMARCK, N.D. — Many times, what sounds good is anything but easy.
Such is the case with the column by Ryan Taylor, the Democratic-NPL Party’s candidate for North Dakota agriculture commissioner (“Hat-wearing leadership for N.D.”).
TOWNER, N.D. — One of the new, exciting developments in agriculture is the potential for unmanned aerial systems to give farmers and ranchers a bird’s-eye view of what’s going on with their plants and animals.
WORTHINGTON, Minn. — There has been a lot of buzz about bees in recent years with the sharp decline in the honeybee population, Colony Collapse Disorder and fears there might one day not be enough honeybees to pollinate the trees and plants that bear our fruits and vegetables.
FARGO, N.D. — Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway reported 3,908 past-due agricultural rail cars as of July 17, down about 14 percent from the previous week’s 4,561. The past-due single-car orders were an average of 26.6 days late, compared with 30.2 days the previous week.
WASHINGTON — Sens. John Hoeven, R-N.D., John Thune, R-S.D., and other rural Republicans tried to make a case for changes to the current healthier school meals program at a July 23 Senate Agriculture Committee hearing. But they hit a fairly solid wall of support for keeping the current rules in place.
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