ESTELLINE, S.D.—You can see it from the road: the year-old Blue Dasher Farm LLC research laboratory is right on the east side of I-29 at the Brandt, S.D., exit. High-visibility is the perfect metaphor for what founder Jonathan Lundgren describes as "regenerative" farming practices. Lundgren, 41, is an entomologist who resigned from the U.S. Department of Agriculture in a dispute about research openness.
MOORHEAD, Minn. — American Crystal Sugar Co. in Moorhead, Minn., says it has settled on dates starting in mid-April for talks with the factory union on a labor contract that expires July 31. Lisa Borgen, Crystal vice president of administration, confirmed the agreement with the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers local union, which provides for several dates in months leading to the end of the contract.