American consumers are increasingly interested in organic food. So it should be no surprise that organic commodity farmers will harvest a record 3.1 million acres of U.S. land certified for organic field crop production this year, 7% more than a year ago, according to a new report. Total organic acres, which includes pasture and rangeland, now stands at 8.3 million acres, according to the report from Mercaris. The Silver Spring, Md.-based organization provides market data and a trading platform for organic and non-GMO markets.
I’ll talk about agriculture with anyone. And I’m proud and pleased to have talked with Ray Goldberg, a North Dakota native, Harvard professor emeritus and a co-coiner of the term “agribusiness” in 1957.
Linkert — noted for its "standability" — was the most popular variety among Minnesota wheat growers in 2017, according to an annual survey by the Minnesota Wheat Research & Promotion Council. The variety accounted for 28.2 percent of all wheat acreage in the state. Bolles ranked second with 14.4 percent, with WB-Mayville third at 13.5 percent. Linkert was especially popular in northern Minnesota (29.7 percent of planted acreage) where the majority of the state's wheat is grown.
It's often said that modern equipment allows farmers to make rapid planting or harvest progress when the weather cooperates. What happened the week of May 7 confirms that. In the week ending May 14, North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota and Montana farmers made huge strides in getting their 2017 crop into the ground, according to the weekly crop progress report released May 15 by the National Agricultural Statistics Service, an arm of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
ERSKINE, Minn. — Jim Stordahl, a McIntosh, Minn., dairy farmer and former University of Minnesota extension agent, once was described as having "a great heart for helping people." Stordahl, 61, known for his modesty, love of agriculture and commitment to helping others, died March 7 after a long battle with cancer. Hundreds of people who knew him — and whose lives he touched — attended his funeral March 11 at the Win-E-Mac High School gymnasium in Erskine, Minn.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. — I often talk with farmers and ranchers who serve in organizations that promote the crops and livestock they raise. The producers invariably say good things about their commodity — mainly because they believe in it, but also because they represent it. Makes sense to me: I'm an officer of North American Agricultural Journalists. If you ask me about ag journalism, I'll say good things — mainly because I really believe in it, but also because I represent it.
If you want to give the U.S. Food and Drug Administration your thoughts on the use of “natural” in food labeling, you’re almost out of time. Tuesday, May 10, is the deadline for the FDA’s public comment period on the question. FDA, citing the complexity of the issue, extended the deadline late last year. The FDA wants information and public comment on these questions:
NEW ROCKFORD, N.D. — The midsummer weather wish list of farmers in New Rockford, N.D., can't be met completely. Producers in this central North Dakota farm town grow many crops -- and the heat and moisture that help some crops, especially corn, work against ones such as wheat that fare best in cooler, less-humid conditions.
A new report says K-12 food and ag education is ineffective and needs to be reformed. The report, Food and Agricultural Education in the United States, comes from AGree, a broad coalition of the food and ag industry. Members include conventional and organic producers, ranchers, input suppliers, retailers, environmentalists, international and rural development officials, and nutrition and public health experts.
Farmers have been working for months to understand, and to qualify for, Agricultural Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage. Now, they until July 15 to meet a deadline for the two new safety-net programs established by the 2014 farm bill. Wednesday is the final day to report cropland acreage for the 2015 growing season to the Farm Service Agency, an arm of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Reporting acreage is necessary for a producer to be eligible for future ARC or PLC payments. But meeting Wednesday's deadline isn't the end of the process.