Jonathan Knutson / Agweek Staff Writer
BUFFALO, Minn. — Minnesota's long, snowy and windy winter is taking a toll on dairy barns in the state. At least 19 barns, most in the central, southeast and south central parts of the state, have collapsed due to the combination of snow and high wind, said Lucas Sjostrom, executive director of the Minnesota Milk Producers Association. "There gets to be wet, heavy snow and high winds and, depending on the angle of the building (to the wind), there's one weak point and the building collapses," he said.
A short primer: Cell-based meat is a complicated and controversial topic that doesn't lend itself to simple or clear-cut conclusions, especially since the technology is still evolving. But these key points provide a useful overview: • The process takes cells from animals, and grows the cells using liquid solutions in controlled conditions in a laboratory. Advocates say a brewery is a better comparison than a lab. • Worldwide meat consumption will increase 73 percent by 2050, according to a 2011 United Nations report.
LANGDON, N.D. – CHS has announced plans to build a new 24,000-ton fertilizer facility at its Langdon, N.D., location, part of its Country Operations retail division. This expansion is meant to broaden both supply and services to growers in Cavalier County, providing much-needed speed and space to meet growing demand.
The caller told me in clear and certain terms that he didn't like what I'd written in an Agweek news article: that many U.S. farm organizations and commodity groups are deeply concerned about disruptions in American ag exports. "Fake news," the caller said. "Well," I said, "you may disagree with their assessment. But it's undeniably true that they're worried. And it's part of our job as journalists to report that." I don't know if there was a sneer on the caller's face, but I certainly heard one in his voice when he said, "You arrogant journalists" and hung up.
"Food Citizenship, Food System Advocates in an Era of Distrust," written by Ray A. Goldberg and published in 2018 by Oxford University Press. Reviewed by Jonathan Knutson, Agweek Staff Writer. Ray Goldberg tackles the fundamental issue in his introduction: "Perhaps no economic system is viewed with suspicion by so many people around the world as the food system," he writes.
There's a guy I know — with adult children of his own — who's upset about his childhood. The guy is still a little angry that his own father didn't spend more time with him when he was growing up. The guy's dad wasn't off sitting on a barroom stool or practicing his putting at the golf course; he was working side jobs to earn extra money for his family. The dad was determined to be "a good provider" for his wife and children, a goal shared by many husbands/fathers of his generation.
A north-central North Dakota tradition returns Jan. 8-9 to Devils Lake, N.D. The 38th annual Roundup farm show, held again in the Memorial Building in downtown Devils Lake, is expected to draw more than 700 people. Speakers, primarily from the extension service, commodity groups and private companies, will address crops, weeds, livestock, marketing and many other subjects. "We always try to have a good variety of topics. We think we do again this year," said Bill Hodous, North Dakota's Ramsey County extension service agent and a Roundup organizer.
The 2018 crop season was "challenging," bringing adverse weather and reduced yields, Matt Nelson said. But what the Lakota, N.D., farmer will remember most and longest about 2018 is this: "Nothing is more important than your personnel." Nelson farms near Lakota, N.D., a town of about 650 in north-central North Dakota. Agweek followed Nelson through the 2018 crop season, and wraps up the series with this article. Nelson raised wheat, canola, black beans and corn this year.
Dairy Farmers of America is buying the Agropur plant in St. Paul, allowing DFA to expand its current product line. The sale is expected to be completed in early January. Employees will retain their current positions and the existing management team will continue to manage all day-to-day operations, including customer relationships, milk procurement and production, according to the two companies. The facility manufactures fresh, extended shelf-life and aseptic dairy products for well-known grocery store chains and organic milk brands, DFA and Agropur say.
Upper Midwest agriculture is a heady brew of weather, crop and livestock prices, politics, personalities and more. Every new year brings both similarities and differences to what's happened in the past. And, over time, the years tend to run together. But two things made 2018 particularly memorable for area agriculturalists: