Farming is a part of us all — whether we know it or not.
From the food we eat to the friends and family members producing it, farmers and ranchers are important linchpins of our society.
When wheels fall off on the farm, we all can be driven into the ditch.
This fall, we would like our friends in the field to be injury and pain free.
Aberdeen (S.D.) American News
, December 02, 2009
Big Iron is always a major ag exhibition, but this year was notable for a couple of reasons. First, the weather was as good as it can be in mid-September. Big Iron regulars know rain and cool weather often could be counted on during the show’s run. Not this year. Summer-like temperatures and light winds made for perfect conditions for exhibitors and visitors.
Last year’s wet, cold fall prevented farmers from harvesting a significant portion of the region’s crops, especially corn. Indeed, some of last year’s corn is still standing in muddy fields in northeast North Dakota and northwest Minnesota.
High corn prices and low ethanol demand have put a crimp in the flow of product and profits from an industry still mostly in the research and experiment stage. The question has become, “can the present generation of ethanol operations weather the storm?” Time has become an issue.
Grand Forks is a college town and sits at the intersection of two four-lane highways. But attracting new businesses still is tough.
And if economic development is a challenge in Grand Forks, it can seem almost impossible in rural North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota. Especially because the Great Plains lacks mountains and beach front, the “scenic amenities” that help drive rural growth.
Grand Forks Herald
, May 11, 2009
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