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FARGO—Paul Peter Nielson's backyard is no longer a backyard. Instead, it's a large sheet of black plastic, 30 by 50 feet, held to the ground by bales of hay. Over to the side, there are piles of sod, a toppled wheelbarrow, a shovel. Edible violas and pansies in purple, yellow, white and crimson sit patiently, waiting for planting.
WYNDMERE, N.D. — Talking to Carson Klosterman, one would never guess that farmers in the Upper Midwest are heading into their fourth straight year of slumping commodity prices. Klosterman, who just turned 30, is upbeat as he talks about the corn, soybeans and sugar beets he grows in Wyndmere on land that's been in his family since 1918. This attitude comes from a recent rally that's allowed Klosterman to move some of his harvest from last year onto the market.
WYNDMERE, N.D.--Talking to Carson Klosterman, one would never guess that farmers in the upper Midwest are heading into their fourth straight year of slumping commodity prices. Klosterman, who just turned 30, is upbeat as he talks about the corn, soybeans and sugar beets he grows in Wyndmere on land that's been in his family since 1918. This attitude comes from a recent rally that's allowed Klosterman to move some of his harvest from last year onto the market.
FARGO—Julie Robbins cradles the plastic cup of olive oil in her palm, her body heat coaxing flavor from the pale green liquid. By warming the oil, she is better able to taste its notes: grassy, fruity, pungent, most of which would not be present in a substandard oil. "It will just be flat in your mouth; it will just be filmy," she said. "Grocery-store olive oil can have a real coating in your mouth, or aftertaste, whereas you won't so much feel it with a fresh juice."
FARGO – For months, 12-year-old Dayna Wiley has been tending her tomato plants. At first, they were just seeds under grow lights in the basement of her family's south Fargo home. Now, they are more than a foot tall, green and leafy in the upstairs sun room.
ARTHUR, N.D. — Mary's Market has been a cornerstone of downtown Arthur for 34 years. Tucked inside the mall on Main Street, the grocery store provides the town of about 360 people with fresh meat, produce, dairy, cleaning supplies and even Easter lilies for the churches. Mary Beth Engelke has owned the shop for almost 12 years, but when you ask her about the next five, she's skeptical. Will the store even be open?
FARGO -- CHS, the country's largest agricultural cooperative, announced a $2.5 million grant to North Dakota State University on Wednesday, March 23, to establish an endowed chair in risk management and trading.
FARGO – North Dakota State University will trim $6.4 million from its budget over the next 10 days, in part by delaying funding for a key research initiative and possibly not filling some open positions, the provost said in an email to employees on Monday. On Monday morning, Gov. Jack Dalrymple ordered state agencies that receive general fund dollars, including NDSU, to cut 4.05 percent of their budgets to cover a $1 billion revenue shortfall due to slumping oil and farm commodity prices.