RURAL REFLECTIONS Rural Reflections Radio
Here is this week's Rural Reflections Radio program, the Harvest in Four Acts... Posted on 10/25/12 at 9:58 AM
STAFF BLOG AG RIGHT 'Super-busy' harvest
Early October has brought beautiful weather (so far) to the Upper Midwest, and area farmers are taking advantage. The harvest of remaining crops -- mainly soybeans, corn, sugar beets, potatoes and sun... Posted on 10/2/12 at 10:12 AM
AMY'S RANCH SLANTS Weekend Cereal
Like most households, my family looks forward to weekends. It means they get to have weekend cereal!
I dubbed sugar-coated cereals weekend cereals a long time ago when I made it a rule one summer t... Posted on 5/27/11 at 8:00 PM
Barbara Fecso, the U.S. Department of Agriculture economist who helps manage the country’s sugar program, is also a runner who uses her daily trips around the National Mall in Washington, D.C., to observe other people.
Jerry Hagstrom, Special to Agweek
, August 20, 2012
FARGO, N.D. — American Crystal Sugar Co. officials deny new union claims that a labor lockout has more than doubled processing costs for 2011 beets. They acknowledge costs have increased, but say farmer-owners already know about the costs, and say the company is seeing its replacement hires as a possible permanent workforce.
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.
Steve Sing, 62, the first and only general manager of the Sidney Sugars Co. plant in Sidney, Mont., has announced he’ll retire at the end of May. Sidney Sugars is a subsidiary of American Crystal Sugar Co., where Sing has spent the bulk of his professional career — almost 37 years.
FARGO, N.D — With planting less than a month away, a company hoping to contract with farmers in 2012 to convert sugar beets into ethanol at a defunct corn-based ethanol plant in Grafton, N.D., has only about 400 acres of its 12,000-acre goal, officials say.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — A series of farm group representatives signaled at the recent annual crop insurance industry conference in Scottsdale, Ariz., that they are still sticking to their individual positions on farm bill proposals.
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