Jonathan Knutson / Agweek Staff Writer
FOSSTON, Minn. — Same town, same bank, same last name. Different generations. Yes, Daniel Paulson and Ryan Paulson are father-son ag bankers. "There was a job opening here, and he (Ryan) was the perfect candidate," Daniel Paulson says. Other decision-makers told Daniel, "Ironic that he has your last name." The Paulsons work at the Fosston, Minn., branch of American Federal. Dan, 50, is the ag/business banker and senior vice president. Ryan, 25, is the ag/business banking specialist.
A North Central North Dakota tradition returns Jan. 9-10 to Devils Lake, N.D. The 37th annual Roundup farm show, held again in the Memorial Building in downtown Devils Lake, is expected to draw more than 700 people. Speakers, primarily from the extension service, commodity groups and private companies, will address crops, weeds, livestock, marketing, crop insurance and many other subjects.
It was the year of drought and dicamba, and of a new president who promised sweeping change in trade and regulatory policy. It was the year of weeds and wildlifes, and of the epic fail of a prominent North Dakota farm. It was the year of mixed crop yields and multi-million-dollar projects, and of challenges old and new. Here's a look back at 2017 state, regional and national agricultural highlights: January • U.S. agriculturalists wonder whether President Donald Trump fully understands the importance of ag exports.
It's been a tradition in American life. Young adults get married, have children, buy a home and drink more beer. But it's not happening as often as it once did, and that's holding down U.S. beer consumption, Lester Jones said. "We've been hoping to see resurgence in volume demand, in the amount of beer that this country consumes. The reality is, it hasn't happened. We're just not seeing the growth," said Jones, chief economist for the National Beer Wholesalers Association.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. — Cargill is one of the world's most influential agricultural companies. Greg Page, its retired chairman and CEO, is of the ag world's heavy-hitters. And he thinks ag has "a wicked problem" that won't be solved easily or quickly. But "greater transparency" — making consumers better aware of how the food system operates — is an essential starting point, he said. "In a world where nothing can be hidden, there better be nothing to hide."
It's been said that columns should raise tough questions, then provide answers. This column — on difficult choices facing livestock producers and pet owners — has the questions covered. Answers? Well, you'll need to come up with them yourself. Three personal memories to set the stage:
FARGO, N.D. — Successfully predicting the future is notoriously difficult. But there are valid reasons to be optimistic about long-term U.S. livestock prices, says Tim Petry, a North Dakota State University livestock marketing economist. "When you consider the supply and demand determinants, the outlook is encouraging," says Petry.
GARDEN CITY, Minn. — The term "24/7" — or 24 hours a day, seven days a week — has entered the American lexicon. Kevin Paap hopes "24/24/24" will, too. "NAFTA is 24 years old. Roughly 24 percent of our ag exports go to Canada and another 24 percent go to Mexico. So it's 24/24/24," said Paap, president of the Minnesota Farm Bureau and a fourth-generation family farmer in Blue Earth County near Garden City, Minn.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. — Many area farmers struggled with inadequate moisture in the past growing season. But the region's 2018 growing season could be both a little wetter and a little warmer, Daryl Ritchison, meteorologist and interim director of North Dakota State University's North Dakota Agricultural Weather Network, predicted. Among his projections for next year: • Most areas won't be as dry as 2017. • Ninety to 110 percent of average precipitation in June through August.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. — The 20- and 30-somethings sat on one side of the room. Folks with graying and thinning hair sat on the other. Perry Aasness, standing in the front of the room, looked at the younger group and said, "Part of your job is to be able to tell your story."