Mikkel Pates, Agweek
FARGO, N.D. — Corn, soybean and wheat exporters in the region can strap in for a bumpy ride if existing multi-country trade deals are scrapped or made into bilateral deals in a new political arena.
FARGO, N.D. — I like beef and always will. The good folks of the North Dakota Beef Commission remind us that a 3-ounce serving contains only 8 percent of the daily calories needed in a diet, but 48 percent protein, and a large part of 10 other essential nutrients. And it's delicious. The cattle industry must be clear-eyed that they develop their future beyond me, or any political cycle. Beef cattle require about 6 to 7 pounds for feed per pound of live weight gain, compared to sheep, 4 to 6 pounds, 3.5 to 4 pounds; turkey, about 2; chicken, 1.6; and fish, 1 to 1.2 pounds.
FARGO, N.D. — Science. Agriculture needs more awareness of it, not less, and we need publicly financed science to help offer positions independent of private research funded by industry. Pamela Ronald, a professor at the University of California-Davis, spoke Feb. 7 at the Northern Soy Expo in Fargo, N.D. She is a world-recognized plant geneticist, studying genes that control resistance to disease and tolerance to environmental stress. She prefers not to use the term genetically modified organism, or GMO, because she doesn't think it's "very useful."
FARGO, N.D. - North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum announces a $240 million soybean processing plant to be built at Spiritwood, N.D., by Minnesota Soybean Processors of Brewster, Minn., at the Northern Soybean Expo on Feb. 7, 2017, in Fargo, N.D. Officials said the plant will bring over $1 billion in investment to the region, and will process up to 23 percent of the state's soybeans.
FARGO, N.D. — A Cass County district judge will decide whether the North Dakota Department of Health properly approved a health permit for a large sow barn complex in western Cass County near the town of Buffalo, N.D. Cass County District Judge Douglas R. Herman, heard arguments on Feb. 6 in Fargo, N.D., but didn't make any statements indicating how he'll decide on the permit for a 9,000-head swine complex that will include about 6,500 sows.
FARGO, N.D. — There is still money chasing North Dakota agricultural land, but there are important differences by region and locale, ag appraisers say. In a panel discussion at the North Dakota chapter of the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural meeting Jan. 30 in Fargo, N.D., Brent Qualey of Farmers National Company said interest in farm land varies by region. His company's recent sales in North Dakota often draw more than seven bidders, including three to four outside investors. It's different in Minnesota.
ABERDEEN, S.D. — U.S. organic producers are increasingly competing with world producers who import products under the organic name, but don't always adhere to high U.S. organic production standards. John Bobbe of Stevens Point, Wis., is the executive director for the Organic Farmers Agency for Relationship Marketing, a cooperative incorporated in Minnesota. He was among the speakers Jan. 26 at the Northern Plains Sustainable Agriculture Coalition annual winter conference in Aberdeen, S.D.
FARGO, N.D. — Farmers tend to want to negotiate flexible rental arrangements when commodity prices are bad, but the deals are easiest negotiated when times are good and landowners receive sizeable bonus checks, according to a farm business consultant. "You are a salesperson, with your landowner in a customer-supplier relationship," said Nick Horob of Fargo, N.D., a consultant and founder of Harvest Profit Inc., a software product for the business of farming. Horob spoke Feb. 1 at the Northwest Farm Managers Association annual meeting in Fargo.
Cattle comfort, environment go hand-in-hand FLORENCE, S.D. — Cattle prices are looking volatile and stormy today, but an eastern South Dakota producer is using technology and marketing will get him to a brighter day, and he's happy to talk about it. "Don't stay set in stone," says John Moes of Watertown, S.D., who owns and manages the feedlot operation about 15 miles northwest of Watertown, S.D., at Florence.
FARGO, N.D. — There is still money chasing North Dakota agricultural land, but there are important differences by region and locale, ag appraisers say. In a panel discussion at the North Dakota chapter of the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers meeting Jan. 30 in Fargo, N.D., Brent Qualey of Farmers National Company said interest in farm land varies by region. His company's recent sales in North Dakota often draw more than seven bidders, including three to four outside investors. It's different in Minnesota.