RURAL REFLECTIONS Letter to Dave
I took last week off because of the death of our brother, Steve. I needed familiar surroundings in which to write my column so I decided it would be a letter to you.
I miss Steve ... Posted on 9/6/14 at 9:06 AM
PELICAN RAPIDS, Minn. — I am neither a union member nor a beet grower. But I am a farmer, and with my personal experience in the dairy business dealing with corporate entities, I know firsthand the unfair playing fields, corruption, power and greedy behavior that exists while good hard-working people and families on dairy farms have to take much less in money, have fewer rights and are treated unjustly.
OLIVIA — Much to the frustration of downstream farmers, the Southern Minnesota Beet Sugar Cooperative violated its discharge permit last season by continuing to send millions of gallons of treated effluent into Renville County Ditch 45 well into the planting season.
WEST FARGO, N.D. — Energy beet plots are showing some good potential for a new ethanol industry in North Dakota, but promoters of the idea are shifting toward state and local funding for a pilot/demonstration-scale project.
FARGO, N.D. — U.S. sugar production will decrease “substantially” if carbon emissions are taxed at projected rates, says a new analysis by the Center for Agricultural Policy and Trade Studies at North Dakota State University in Fargo.
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