Jonathan Knutson / Agweek Staff Writer
Exports are increasingly important to U.S. agriculture, but foreign competitors are increasingly good at growing and selling crops. The combination poses challenges to U.S. producers in the decade ahead, a new government report says.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. — Winter arrived unusually early this year in northeast North Dakota and northwest Minnesota. Now, the annual Prairie Grains Conference — considered by some to be the unofficial start of the winter farm meeting season in the area — will return to the Alerus Center in Grand Forks on Dec.11-12.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. — Frayne Olson understands that agriculturalists often have trouble keeping track of trade issues and new developments involving them. Olson, North Dakota State University Extension farm management specialist/marketing specialist, says he has the same problem. Olson spoke Oct. 28 in Grand Forks at the annual Outlook Conference for Agricultural Lenders. About 90 ag bankers from northeast North Dakota and northwest Minnesota attended the event, at which Olson and other NDSU Extension specialists gave their insights on a number of issues.
A few months ago, a reader sent me a very nice email calling me a "wonderful advocate for agriculture." Though I appreciated the comment, it surprised me. I've always thought of myself as an ag journalist who does his far-from-perfect best to understand and explain a complex, complicated subject, not as an advocate for ag. But, yeah, I suppose I am an ag advocate at times. Over the past few decades, I've been at gas stations, supermarkets, convenience stores and other public places where I've occasionally heard people make comments, almost always negative, about ag.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. — There's considerable debate over whether federal agricultural subsidies are a good thing. But everyone agrees that the federal farm bill, including the 2018 version, has a huge impact on U.S. agriculture, Ron Haugen said. And there's also widespread agreement that the 700-page farm bill is complex and complicated, said Haugen, North Dakota State University Extension farm management specialist.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. — If you're interested in big-picture economics — and everyone involved in Upper Midwest agriculture has a stake in the macroeconomic outlook — there are good reasons to be positive, said Bryon Parman, North Dakota State University Extension ag finance specialist. But he also sees a longstanding and growing reason to be apprehensive: the huge and expanding federal deficit.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. — An informal survey of northeast North Dakota and northwest Minnesota agricultural lenders found concern about the financial condition of many of their clients. But the survey also identified one reason for optimism. About 90 area bankers attended the annual North Dakota State University Extension Outlook Conference for Agricultural Lenders Oct. 28 in Grand Forks. The event allowed ag bankers to hear insights from Extension specialists about crop prices, land values and other ag topics.
Farmers worldwide are getting better at raising food, but the world's food needs are growing even faster than the increase in agricultural productivity, a new study finds. The 0.1% gap — world ag productivity is growing 1.63% annually, with an annual increase of 1.73% needed to sustainably produce food, feed, fiber and energy in the future — threatens global ability to provide ag products for 10 billion people in 2050, the study says. The world now has about 7.7 billion people.
BOZEMAN, Mont. — Though colony collapse disorder has generated a great deal of concern, the phenomenon has had "very small effects" on commercial pollinators, according to an author of a new study on the economic impacts of colony collapse disorder, or CCD, among commercial honeybees. The research found "remarkably little to suggest dramatic and widespread economic effects from CCD," according to the report.
Upper Midwest farmers made some harvest progress in the week ending Oct. 20. But their gains were far less than they wanted and needed, especially in North Dakota. The weekly crop progress report, reflecting conditions Oct. 20 and released Oct. 21 by the National Agricultural Statistics Service, an arm of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, found that the already-delayed harvest remains far behind schedule. New harvest progress was particularly slow in North Dakota, which generally was hit harder than neighboring states by an exceptionally early October blizzard.