PRAIRIE BUSINESS February issue now online
One of my first assignments after joining this magazine was to attend the lavish groundbreaking celebration for Sanfords Fargo Medical Center. (See"Sanford begins building Fargo medical center")
It w... Posted on 2/4/15 at 3:29 PM
AMY'S RANCH SLANTS A Chilly Day for Comforting Chili on the Kirk Ranch
This past Monday morning was a rude awakening, not just to freezing rain early in the morning that turned to sticky snow but plummeting temperatures.
I had just spent a week at a writer's... Posted on 11/13/14 at 8:41 PM
STAFF BLOG AG RIGHT Farmers and ranchers enjoy hunting, too
Finishing harvest is the priority of Upper Midwest farmers right now. But a close second for many is filling their deer tag.
North Dakota's deer gun season begins on Friday, Minnesota's on Saturday. ... Posted on 11/7/14 at 2:52 PM
STAFF BLOG STORM TRACKER Worst of 2013
If you had to select the most notable weather feature of 2013 in our area what would you pick? My hunch is many of you would choose the lack of spring weather we recorded this year. Granted, it was no... Posted on 12/31/13 at 2:48 PM
THIS WOMAN WRITES Seeking the Simple Life
Ah, the simple life.
So many of us crave this so intensely, it makes our addiction to potato chips look minor.
I know one woman who is convinced that the only way she will find the simple life is ... Posted on 11/22/13 at 3:37 PM
CHICAGO - Planting is expected to start early in the northern U.S. Corn Belt after a dry winter but seeding is behind schedule in southern crop areas where it's been too wet, U.S. government forecasters said on Thursday.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Farms and Land in Farms - 2014 Summary showed the U.S. had 2.08 million farms. South Dakota had 31,700 farms in 43.3 million acres with an average farm size of 1,353 acres, compared with a nationwide average of 438 acres per farm and a total of 913 million acres in farms.
South Dakota State University Extension Service
March 09, 2015
While the mainstream ethanol advocates are pushing toward E15, some want much more.
Orrie Swayze, a Wilmot, S.D., semi-farmer and former South Dakota Corn Growers Association president, says the Environmental Protection Agency shift toward E15 would be a “zero growth proposition,” and should only be a step toward a goal of E30.
Jeff Broin says if farmers want corn prices back at a profitable level, they need to get involved in politics and get engaged to keep the ethanol industry strong.
At age 49, Broin is the executive chairman and founder of Poet LLC, a company that operates 27 ethanol plants across seven states, producing an estimated 1.7 billion gallons of ethanol a year.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is seeking comment by March 30 on recommendations that eventually could lead to changes in its prevented-planting insurance coverage levels. If approved, the changes would cut corn prevented-planting payment levels and increase rates for potatoes and green peas, among other things.
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