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Jonathan Knutson

Jonathan Knutson covers agriculture for Agweek. A North Dakota farm kid and a past president of North American Agricultural Journalists, the professional association for U.S. and Canadian ag journalists, he remains fascinated by always-evolving U.S agriculture. He's been with Agweek/Forum Communications Co. since 1989.

He can be reached at jknutson@agweek.com or 701 280-1480.

Modern ag really is a big tent, and there's room inside for many kinds of farming operations.
The winter of 2021-22 has been hard, in a variety of ways. But it pales in comparison to the hardships faced by our ancestors in the region's agriculture.
Animals are not as important as humans, though some may beg to differ, whether it relates to deer in North Dakota or hippos in Colombia.
"Tenants have the right for a crack at a reasonable profit on farming the land, while landlords have the right to expect a rental rate comparable to similar land in the area. Both sides are equally important, and both need to be reflected in the final agreement."
Area farming practices and the sale/rental of farmland continue to be influenced by religious views and church membership. Agweek columnist Jonathan Knutson offers some thoughts on the topic
"These traits of a successful ag operator. I think, apply to big and small ones, ones who raise either crops or livestock, and both conventional and organic producers."
Jonathan Knutson looks at four common sayings in agriculture and provides possible replacements for them that would better communicate ag to the world.
The rural Midwest, like the rest of the country, has changed — and will continue to change for the foreseeable future. Already the old world dominated by white males is mostly gone.
Will rural agriculturalists nearing retirement be able, if they choose, to remain in their home towns after they retire? The answer affects farmers and farm couples, as well as their friends, neighbors, relatives and communities.
Eight North Dakota and Minnesota organic farm operations have created a cooperative and launched a site to make it easy for customers to buy their products.