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United States Sugar Corp., a Florida company that markets sugar cooperatively with Red River Valley sugarbeet growers through United Sugars, wants to purchase Imperial Sugar Co. The U.S. Department of Justice was suing to block the purchase.
A desire for the rural lifestyle and the opportunity to carry on the family farming legacy were two of the major reasons that influenced Nick Hagen’s decision to farm.
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John Riskey, president of Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers, and Grain Millers union Local 167G, confirmed on Wednesday, Sept. 14, that employees had approved a tentative agreement reached last week between union representatives and American Crystal.
Spreckels growers wrapped up harvest of the 2021-22 crop on Aug. 10. The crop yielded a lower than usual 45.4 tons per acre but higher than normal sugar, at 17.19%. Purity was 88.53%.

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Johnson, who farms near Breckenridge in the southern Red River Valley of Minnesota, spent part of Sept. 1 interseeding a cover crop mixture between the rows of one of his sugarbeet fields.
American Crystal Sugar Co. has reached a tentative four-year collective bargaining agreement with the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers, and Grain Millers union after a previous offer failed to gain approval.
Farmers who grow sugarbeets for the cooperative in Wahpeton, North Dakota, started the pre-pile of their crop at 7 a.m. on Aug. 29.
During the early dig, the company, based in Bay City, Michigan, will harvest about 25% of its total acreage of slightly less than 150,000 acres, said Elizabeth Taylor, Michigan Sugar Co. agricultural relations and communications manager.
Sugarbeet Grower Magazine readers show photos of the 2021 harvest.
Farmers who grow sugar beets for the company based in Moorhead, Minnesota, started harvesting on Tuesday, Aug. 23.

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Dr. Richard A. McGinnis and his friend James H. Fischer wanted to create a school to teach the fundamentals of sugarbeet factory equipment, processes and operations, as well as the latest technology and scientific knowledge. Their idea now is in its 50th year of educating students on sugarbeet processing.
Paul Fry formally began work as Renville-based Southern Minnesota Beet Sugar Co-op president and CEO on July 12, 2022. Michigan Sugar Co.’s board of directors has hired a national firm to conduct a search for a new president and CEO to replace Mark Flegenheimer, who announced in early July his plans to retire after a 40-year career in the sugar industry.
David Kragnes discusses cowboy poet Baxter Black's death.

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