Mikkel Pates / Agweek Staff Writer
FARGO, N.D. — A shiny new regional high-tech agriculture event was launched Nov. 16 in Fargo, N.D., with a promise for a second event in four months on March 22, 2018. "Cultivate" is a project of Emerging Prairie, a Fargo-based non-profit organization of entrepreneurs dedicated to celebrating entrepreneurs in high technology. The event attracted about 219 registrants.
FARGO, N.D. — The 47th NDAA Northern Ag Expo comes to the Fargodome in Fargo, N.D., on Nov. 28-29, signaling the start of the winter farm shows and meetings.
FARGO, N.D. — Fargo-Moorhead has become a metropolitan community, but Agweek found that shoppers at the West Acres Regional Shopping Center are close to agriculture and are ag-savvy and thankful for farmers. Here's what a few mall shoppers told Agweek: Steeped in ag Anne Fridgen of Moorhead, Minn., is on maternity leave from her job as a paraprofessional at the Ed Clapp school in Fargo. She has two older children, and her youngest was born Sept. 12.
Hey, do you like your work? If you're a farmer, chances are that you are very satisfied. This is an important issue, because it seems some workers aren't these days. I have enough gray hair that people often ask me when or if I'll retire. (Some wags suggest that I'm already retired.) The unspoken question is, if I had enough money to support myself without working, would I keep doing it? Farmers sometimes are asked whether they should still plant crops in a year if they can't see a profit doing it.
CASSELTON, N.D. — Agriculture is central to the town of Casselton, N.D. It's everywhere and everything, with key representatives in food manufacturing, cattle, veterinary, grain handling and ethanol businesses. But even here — 20 miles away from a metropolitan area and the ag education mecca of North Dakota State University — it can be difficult to attract a qualified high school ag teacher.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — A Red River Valley sugarbeet advocate say he's confident domestic sugar producers can convince Congress to reject yet another attempt to dismantle the U.S. sugar program. The Sugar Policy Modernization Act proposal is different than previous attacks in that it is a "comprehensive dismantling of sugar policy," said Kevin Price, director of governmental affairs for American Crystal Sugar Co., who lobbies on behalf of the Moorhead, Minn., based beet cooperative.
MOORHEAD, Minn. — American Crystal Sugar Co. is projecting a stronger initial payment for the 2017 crop than they made last year and made a bit of history by electing their first female factory district board member, officials say. Robert Green, a St. Thomas, N.D., farmer and chairman of the 15-member board for the past six years, attended his last factory district meeting on Nov. 8 in Moorhead, Minn., in advance of the annual meeting on Dec. 7. Green served the maximum of four consecutive three-year terms on the board.
FERGUS FALLS, Minn. — Matt Jennen farms west of Fergus Falls, Minn., and was nearly done with three-quarters of his corn crop on Oct. 30., after finishing with turtle beans in mid-September and soybeans in mid-October. The Jennens had been harvesting corn since on Oct. 15 and felt fortunate because some farmers only a few miles away had been fighting more mud. The Jennens' corn was averaging about 20 percent moisture, which is just about ideal for harvest, and storage at 14.5 to 15 percent with a little drying.
FARGO, N.D. — The Upper Great Plains is fertile ground for bioindustry entrepreneurship, but sometimes public-private partnerships can help grow it. Dozens of industry, government and university experts and students from surrounding states came together on Nov. 2 in Fargo for another Bioindustry Summit to get a broad view of the opportunities, compare notes and lift up examples.
WAHPETON, N.D. — The Red River Valley sugarbeet harvest was wrapping up this week, with growers still moving on a record-large yield in the southern valley. Tom Knudsen, vice president of agriculture for Minn-Dak Farmers Cooperative of Wahpeton, N.D., said co-op member-growers had reached about 90 percent completion of the allowed harvestable acres as of Oct. 26. Farmers hit by excess rains in the Chokio and Herman areas of Minnesota probably had the farthest to go.