Agweek Wire Reports
Average net farm income fell 28 percent in 2017 to $102,043 for 235 Red River Valley farms in Minnesota and North Dakota Farm Business Management Education Programs. "However, the midpoint, or median net income, of these farms was significantly less at $53,694, or one-half that of 2016," says Andrew Swenson, North Dakota State University Extension farm resource management specialist.
CANADIAN, Texas — Starting today, agricultural producers who have lost livestock to disease, resulting from a weather disaster, have an additional way to become eligible for a key U.S. Department of Agriculture disaster assistance program. USDA Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation Bill Northey announced an administrative clarification nationwide to the Livestock Indemnity Program.
BOWMAN, N.D. — Equine herpesvirus myeloencephalopathy has been confirmed in a well-known Bowman County barrel-racing horse. The horse became notably ill on Thursday, April 19. The disease rapidly progressed, resulting in euthanization that same day. Confirmatory lab results were received Friday evening.
FARGO, N.D. — In April, two new directors were elected to the North Dakota Soybean Council. Each director will serve a three-year term.
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service, the largest employer of veterinarians in the country, is holding a Veterinarian Recruitment Fair in St. Paul, Minn. The event will be held from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on April 24-26 at the Warren E. Burger Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse located in St. Paul, Minn.
FARGO, N.D. — R.D. Offutt Co. has hired Tim Curoe as its first non-family CEO in the company's history. Curoe, who most recently served as a senior vice president for the Target Corp., assumed the position April 9. R.D. Offutt Co. is a Fargo-based family-owned and -operated company comprised of several business entities in the agriculture and construction equipment, farming and food production industries.
EDGELEY, N.D. — Teams from several counties took top honors at the 4-H Archery Indoor Championships held recently in Edgeley, N.D. This event is the culmination of five indoor matches across North Dakota beginning in Bismarck in January. Other matches were held in Watford City, Minot, Cando and West Fargo. Youth must attend at least two of these district matches to participate in the championships. The best two district scores and the score at the championships place the archers and teams.
JAMESTOWN, N.D. – The North Dakota Farmers Union’s seventh farmer-owned restaurant opens its doors today in Reston, Va., in partnership with Agraria LLC members and the Farmers Restaurant Group. Founding Farmers Reston is located at Reston Station on D.C.’s Metro subway line. Just five months ago, the organization opened its first location outside of the Beltway near Philadelphia.
ST. PAUL, Minn. - The 2018 Minnesota Grown Directory, a 1,000-member directory of Minnesota agricultural products and services available directly from farmers and farmers markets, is now available. The directory is searchable by region, farm name or product, including locally grown fruits and vegetables, meats, dairy items, wineries, nurseries, Christmas trees, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) operations and more.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – North Dakota politicians issued strong reactions Wednesday, April 4, to reports that China has proposed 25 percent tariffs on U.S. exports, including soybeans, corn, sorghum, wheat and beef.