BISMARCK, N.D. — Bad checks from a roving grain trader are making the North Dakota Legislature consider finding better ways to protect farmers. Rep. Dennis Johnson, R-Devils Lake, chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, on Jan. 14 introduced a bill that would move the grain responsibilities from the Public Service Commission to the North Dakota Department of Agriculture. "It appears to me the concern is there in the ag department," Johnson said. "I introduced this bill to start the conversation about how to best fix this."
FARGO, N.D.—One of the nation's biggest ag lenders is "cautiously optimistic" for farmers in 2019, with worries coming in soybean prices and trade issues. Will Secor, an economist with the CoBank Knowledge Exchange Division, based in Denver, spoke at the North Dakota Grain Dealers Association annual meeting in Fargo on Jan. 21.
FARGO, N.D.—Ongoing trade war fallout in corn and soybean markets could cause a production shift that could overwhelm the dry edible bean supply in 2019, speakers said at an annual Northarvest Bean Growers Association meeting in Fargo on Jan. 18. About 400 to 500 from the North Dakota and Minnesota region attended Bean Day, focusing on a major specialty crop category. Topics ranged from production issues, such as disease management and fertility, to the issues of trade.
FARGO, N.D. — Elevator board members "can't be asleep at the switch" when it comes to protecting the company's assets, national experts say.
STANLEY, N.D.—Grain trader Hunter Hanson of Leeds, N.D., has preliminary hearing and arraignment date Feb. 7 in Mountrail County in which he'll plead either guilty or guilty or not guilty to writing non-sufficient fund checks. Mountrail County State's Attorney Wade G. Enget filed charges against Hanson on Dec. 3, for issuing a check on Oct. 26, without sufficient funds or credit. A pre-trial conference is scheduled April 4.
FARGO, N.D. — CHS Inc. is purchasing the PICO Northstar Hallock LLC plant in Hallock, Minn., for $127 million, effective in the third quarter of this year. CHS is Fortune 100 company based in St. Paul.
FARGO, N.D. — Wallie Hardie, a founding leader of the North Dakota Corn Growers Association and the state's first president of the National Corn Growers Association, has resigned his state corn group board seat after criticism from the organization's fired executive director. Hardie, a farmer from Fairmount, N.D., had been a member of either the NDCGA board or the North Dakota Corn Utilization Council board for 26 straight years, since 1987. He was the NDCGA's second president in 1988 and the NDCUC's first chairman in 1991.