Mikkel Pates / Agweek Staff Writer
FARGO, N.D. —Corn ethanol factories in the region are at different points on incorporating Enogen corn and its potential cost-savings into their mix. Enogen is a corn variety produced by Syngenta that has enzymes genetically engineered into the kernels. Ethanol plants normally purchase enzymes to help turn corn starch into sugar as part of the fermenting process. But the enzymes in Enogen corn can reduce that cost and put more dollars into the pockets of growers.
JASPER, Minn. — Randy Hawes had been in the field only one day this spring, and has almost nothing planted. That's all part of getting 4 to 5 inches of precipitation — heavy snow and then rain — in April and May. It's the slowest start to a farming season in 25 years, Hawes says. "We all remember '93," Hawes says, laughing a bit nervously at the recollection. "Those of us that are old enough remember that. That year I didn't get finished planting. I always said that'd be the once-in-a-lifetime. I'm hoping it's not twice in a lifetime."
FARGO, N.D. — Ag technology promoters are pedaling hard for biofuels-friendly policies in Washington, D.C., to make life livable for cash-strapped farmers supplying markets that didn't exist 30 years ago. Erick Lutt, director of industrial and environmental policy for Biotechnology Innovation Organization, speaking at the 2018 Bio Industry Summit on the North Dakota State University campus in Fargo on May 15, said biofuels promoters are working to monitor and address mixed messages from the administration.
"You're only as good as your next story." This is one of the gems of "wisdom" I heard when I was starting out as "cub" reporter in the late 1970s. It was a cliche of the business, a statement mostly true but also with some unintended ill effects. I thought about this the other day as a young relative was writing a Facebook post about her travails as a freelance writer for an agriculture-related organization in South Dakota. She'd worked and worked on the story until it was 3 a.m., she said. "Been there," I replied.
The 2018 Bioindustry Summit at North Dakota State University in Fargo, N.D., features ethanol, biodiesel and Enogen corn topics.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A Saskatchewan company has filed suit in U.S. District Court in Sacramento against the U.S. Department of Agriculture, alleging improper and inconsistent enforcement of U.S. grain import laws. Sunrise Foods International Inc., based in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, was blocked in its effort to off-load cracked corn at Stockton, Calif, on March 6. A grain trader for the company said the company would not be interested in commenting on the suit.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. — A North Dakota company that has been at the center of the market for Upper Great Plains specialty crops such as buckwheat, mustard and safflower is stepping forward with new management after the death of its founder.
FARGO, N.D. — Bushel, a software platform owned by Myriad Mobile LLC, of Fargo, on May 10 announced it had raised $7 million in its recent private investment round to "accelerate its patent-pending digital platform for the grain industry." Jake Joraanstad, the company's chief executive officer and co-founder, said the company started raising funds in January for the Bushel platform. He declined to disclose the new investors but said they are led by "private investors in the agriculture and software industries."
FARGO, N.D. — As North Dakota State University graduates are handed their diplomas on May 12, many will think back on professors and cohorts who have changed their thinking and their lives. Many ag students will think about Ed and Brenda Deckard.
FARGO, N.D. — Red River Valley farmers enrolled in adult farm management programs in 2017 saw a mean average income decline of 28 percent from 2016 while the median "midpoint" farm declined 49 percent, according to a North Dakota State University report.