STAFF BLOG AG RIGHT Actions and consequences
I've written several stories about how the proposed Food and Drug Administration ban on artificial trans fat in the U.S. food supply could affect Upper Midwest agriculture. One of the stories, an inte... Posted on 11/22/13 at 10:03 AM
STAFF BLOG STORM TRACKER Oil Changing Albedo
Several individuals have inquired in recent weeks asking if the oil in the Gulf of Mexico will impact the weather or hurricane development. More specifically will the oil change the albedo (amount of... Posted on 6/16/10 at 4:49 AM
As North Dakota officials met in Bismarck to approve new oil conditioning standards and to discuss the drop in crude oil prices, landowners from the Oil Patch gathered at a separate meeting to review a different side of the Bakken oil boom — spills, soil contamination and landowner rights.
There’s nothing new about road dust in dry western North Dakota. It’s been a fact of rural life since before Dakota Territory was divided into North Dakota and South Dakota. But what is new in North Dakota’s oil country is that road dust, once an occasional nuisance, has evolved into a 24/7 phenomenon that is affecting crops, livestock and probably the health of farm and ranch families.
Soybean export sales were in the middle of the range of estimates. Palm oil prices firmed up in Malaysia after a recent string of lower prices. The trade is still dealing with rumors of cancellations, but no confirmations.
The Inspection and Quarantine Department in southern China at the port of Guangxi has said that it discovered a recent cargo of soybeans from Brazil contained live worms. The cargo was approved for offloading, and there is no word yet on how the government intends to deal with the trader or Brazil.
Wheat closed last week ending April 19 mixed, with the winter wheat contracts ending with small losses to small gains while Minneapolis lost ground. For the week ending April 19, May Minneapolis was off 15 cents, May Kansas City was 5.5 cents lower and May Chicago was 1 cent higher.
WASHINGTON — In December, when the first new Massey Ferguson tractor built in America in many years rolled off the AGCO assembly line in Jackson, Minn., it was a sure sign that the farm economy is helping to lead the economic recovery in Minnesota and across the country.
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