Jenny Schlecht, Agweek
BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota commodity groups have expressed confusion about the intent of a bill that would govern their procurement methods and removal of members and conveyed their concern about overly broad language in the bill.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., has pledged to support former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue for U.S. Agriculture Secretary. Heitkamp on Monday morning spent about 45 minutes talking to Perdue about the U.S. Department of Agriculture, trade, the 2018 Farm Bill and other agriculture topics. She came out of the conversation convinced that Perdue will be a strong voice for agricultural interests in the Trump administration.
BISMARCK, N.D. — Jacob Overmann in the spring of 2014 went out to fix fence before turning pairs to their spring pasture north of Belfield, N.D. He heard a popping noise and realized it was hunters shooting at prairie dogs in his direction. The two hunters told him his no-trespassing signs weren't valid because they weren't signed. Overmann asked them to leave, and they did, but the incident influenced his decision to testify in favor of a trespassing bill under consideration in the North Dakota Legislature.
SUMMERLAND, British Columbia—Neal and Louisa Carter didn't set out to be pioneers in biotechnology. But their work to develop non-browning apples has made their company, Okanagan Specialty Fruits, a champion in the field of genetically modified foods. A small test marketing program will begin soon for the company's Arctic Granny and Arctic Golden apples.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Pat Wallesen, a partner with WestStar Food Co. in Corpus Christi, Texas, is the guy many North Dakota bean and pulse companies go to when they have products to be exported. Most of the beans Wallesen has shipped to Cuba in the past have come from North Dakota. But it’s been almost five years since a shipment went to the Caribbean island nation.
BISMARCK, N.D. — The North Dakota Legislature will consider a bill to let farmers or those with home kitchens sell their goods directly to consumers. "This helps restore some of that historical food culture" where people would sell their goods to their neighbors, says Annie Carlson, who owns and operates Morning Joy Farm in Mercer, N.D.
MINOT, N.D. — Todd Telin, KMOT Ag Expo manager, uses three vendors as a his main indicators for how the annual indoor farm show is going. One of the vendors sells tools and can give a cash comparison from year to year. The first day of this year's show, he was down $200 compared to the 2016 show, which amounts to about a half a percent. He said vendors overall were happy with how the show went. "It's by far the best show they go to in the upper Midwest," Telin said.
MINOT, N.D. — Dealers in the latest equipment and technologies aren't the only ones who use farm shows to reach an audience that can be hard to get. Safety vendors say farm shows are among their best opportunities to reach producers. The KMOT Ag Expo featured more than 350 booths and draws 25,000 to 35,000 people to the State Fair Center in Minot. The 2017 show, held Jan. 25 to 27, featured numerous booths dedicated to keeping farmers and ranchers safe.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agriculture Research Service found itself in the middle of a kerfuffle earlier this week when an internal memo got out that suggested the agency no longer would be able to disseminate information to the public through “public-facing documents.”