Corn, the star of Upper Midwest agriculture in recent years, won’t shine quite so brightly in the 2015 growing season, the U.S. Department of Agriculture predicts.
“A little bit of the shine seems to be off corn,” says Erik Younggren, a Hallock, Minn., farmer.
FARGO, N.D. — Now that Gov. Jack Dalrymple has signed into law the first significant changes in the state’s anti-corporate farming law in 73 years, the question is: Will the law be referred by the North Dakota Farmers Union and like-minded groups that oppose the changes.
Shawn Adrian enjoys and appreciates his work as an ag banker.
But the Binford, N.D., man is a farmer, too, so the next few months hold particular appeal.
“I really like work sitting in the office and working with farmers (bank clients) in the winter,” he says. “But getting out in the fields (myself) in planting is special.”
PHILIP, S.D. — David Gay, superintendant of the South Dakota State University Cottonwood Range and Livestock Field Station in Philip, says it’s been a dry winter, and he should know. He leads one of the 100 or so official Cooperative Observer Stations in the state for the National Weather Service.
An environmental activist group has filed a legal petition with the U.S. Department of Agriculture seeking new rules that would enhance job protection for government scientists whose research questions the safety of farm chemicals.
BOZEMAN, Mont. — Robert E. “Bob” Lee, a rancher from Judith Gap, Mont., and respected leader in the agricultural community, will receive an honorary doctorate in animal and range sciences from Montana State University during the university’s spring commencement May 9.
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