FARGO, N.D.—The North Dakota Agriculture Department took its grain regulation town hall meeting to Fargo on Sept. 17, as the industry shifts after the "Hunter Hanson effect." Hanson, a Devils Lake, N.D., area grain marketer estimated he'd traded $23 million in a year and a half, ending with $11.2 million in claims for unpaid or unfulfilled contracts. Hanson was shut down by the state in November and in July 2019 pleaded guilty on federal fraud charges.
WEST FARGO, N.D.—U.S. Department of Agriculture checks to farmers will play a vital role in economic survival in 2019, a year of devastating wet conditions and marketing losses due to a tariff trade war with China. Most of the money that flows to farmers comes through the USDA's Risk Management Agency. The USDA's Farm Service Agency delivers most other support programs, including Market Facilitation Program payments to offset the farm effects of a tariff war.
FARGO, N.D. — The Red River Valley Sugarbeet Growers Association is looking for a new executive director. Association president Dan Younggren of Hallock, Minn., says the executive committee about three weeks ago parted ways with Duane Maatz who had been the group's executive director since spring 2015.
MOORHEAD, Minn. — Farmers facing difficult economic volatility and slim profit margins need to stick to the fundamentals and watch the "leading" and not "lagging" indicators of recession, a nationally-known agricultural economist advises. David Kohl, professor emeritus at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va., spoke at the fifth annual Bell Bank symposiums in Moorhead and Fergus Falls in Minnesota on Monday, July 8, to an audience of ag professionals and farmers.
BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota's decision to allow spraying of new formulas of dicamba herbicide on dicamba-tolerant soybean varieties through July 10 puts the state later than surrounding states. But it's too soon to say whether weather or other label requirements will be the limiting factor, experts say. North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring on June 26 announced the decision to extend the spraying period in the state from the initial June 30 deadline, based on delayed planting and insufficient spray days so far this summer.
BISMARCK, N.D. — Hunter Hanson, the North Dakota grain trader who investigators say bilked millions of dollars from farmers and elevators, will be allowed to leave jail while he awaits a plea hearing on federal wire fraud and money laundering charges. In a bond hearing on Thursday, June 20, Magistrate Judge Clare Hochhalter ordered Hanson released under strict conditions at the farm where his father, Keith Hanson, lives near Sheyenne in northeast North Dakota.
BISMARCK, N.D.—Federal prosecutors have asked that grain trader Hunter Hanson be detained and not eligible for bond release prior to his change of plea hearing in five weeks. Magistrate Judge Clare Hochhalter said Hanson will be held in the Burleigh County Detention Center until a bond hearing at 9 a.m., Thursday, June 20, in Bismarck. The separate change of plea hearing is at 9:15 a.m., July 30, in Bismarck.
KULM, N.D. — A town that lost its Case IH dealer two years ago is now benefiting from an independent farm service business. Kulm Service started in April 2017 and has replaced a Titan Machinery dealership that was among a dozen announced for closure in February 2017. “It was a pretty hard hit on ourselves and the community,” farmer Neal Berntson says, while discussing the Titan announcement.
NEKOMA, N.D. — There was something comically Machiavellian about the scene during a crop visit with the Waslaski men at a farm field near Nekoma in northeast North Dakota. Smoke could be seen for miles — billowing up, the blades from wind electric generation turbines spinning in the background. The father and son duo explained that they’d been scouting a new canola crop field for flea beetle pests and realized that obsolete tree lot they’d grubbed out four years ago could be burned without any impact on neighbors or motorists.
FARGO, N.D. — If machines are going to go out and identify weeds and then send out drones or sprayers to control them, the cameras researchers first must "teach" the machines how to tell the weeds from crops and weeds from weeds. And if cattle farmers and ranchers are going to use drones to count cattle and check them for diseases, they'll need some "machine learning" to sort out what behavior is meaningless and what might indicate disease stress.