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About 35 representatives of foreign governments spent a week touring farms, research sites and agribusinesses across Minnesota. Visits ranged from Hormel and soybean farms in the southeast to sugarbeet farms and processing in the Red River Valley.
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.
American Crystal Sugar Co. had contracted with Red River Biorefinery, which opened in Grand Forks in 2020, to provide the plant with sugarbeet tailings that would be turned into ethanol. Under the contract, the tailings that weren’t used for ethanol production were to be used for livestock feed, according to Aaron Bjerke, American Crystal Sugar Co. business development manager.
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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.

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