Mikkel Pates / Agweek Staff Writer
FARGO, N.D. — A judge has ruled against Hunter Hanson in one of the cases filed against the grain trader who was shut down by the state of North Dakota last year. Hanson, 21, said he'd handled some $23 million in transactions in just a couple of years doing business as Midwest Grain Trading and NoDak Grain, both based in Devils Lake, N.D. But when financial problems mounted last year, it prompted the North Dakota Public Service Commission to shut down his businesses and drove some of those he owed money to file civil suits against him.
BISMARCK, N.D.—The North Dakota Supreme Court on Feb. 25 ruled against a group of landowners who had sued the Sargent County Water Resource District over a drainage project. The landowners, many of whom are Sargent County farmers, brought the case over the construction of a drain improvement. The first phase cost $3.9 million. The project was designed by Moore Engineering and split into maintenance pieces that plaintiffs alleged was designed to avoid public votes. The plaintiffs were represented by Braaten Law Firm of Bismarck. The oral argument was in November 2018.
I've spent nearly 40 years in agricultural journalism, through a lot of seasons and economic storms.). I have interviewed hundreds of farmers across the years. One of my favorite questions is what did they expect to do in the early season of their life? Who were they in high school? How did they become a professional farmer? Often the story goes something like this: • I started renting some farmland or buying some animals while in high school.
FARGO, N.D. — The term "megatrend" means an important shift in the progress of society, or in an activity such as farming. As farmers move into the 2019 cropping season, here are a few of the trends experts say are affecting farmers in the Dakotas, Minnesota and Montana. • Weather and climate. Weather patterns — described by some as climate change or increased variability — has changed the region's crops in the past 15 years.
ST. PAUL, Minn. — Farmers who have conducted business with the Ashby (Minn.) Farmers Cooperative Elevator must submit a bond claim, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture says. The department must receive the claims no later than March 23. The Ashby co-op ceased operations Sept. 14 because of an investigation into embezzlement by its long-time manager.
FARGO, N.D. — Cooperative board members have significant responsibility, as a recent spectacular grain elevator meltdown has proven. That makes it timely that two training sessions are scheduled next week for co-op boards, sponsored by the Quentin Burdick Center for Cooperatives on the campus of North Dakota State University, and others.
BISMARCK, N.D. — The clock will soon start ticking for farmers and others wishing to file claims against grain trading companies operated by Hunter Hanson of Leeds, N.D. Courts in Ramsey County and in Burleigh County in late January appointed the North Dakota Public Service Commission as trustee in the warehouse license and roving grain licenses for Hanson.
FORT RANSOM, N.D. — About 90 people braved chilly temperatures Thursday, Jan. 16, for an event billed as the first Livestock Summit, a project of the North Dakota Livestock Alliance's Summit. The event was held at Stiklestad Learning Center south of Fort Ransom. Craig Jarolimek of Forest River, N.D., is the chairman of the alliance, and has ownership in hog barns.
ELBOW LAKE, Minn. — The shuttered Ashby (Minn.) Farmers Cooperative Elevator Co., has appointed Fergus Falls, Minn., attorney Erik Ahlgren as an "assignee" for the "the benefit of creditors," a Minnesota process analogous to a receivership. As assignee, Ahlgren will have powers similar to that of a bankruptcy trustee, officially acting as the company. The "assignment" was filed with Grant County District court on Jan. 3. Ahlgren will be able to 'irrevocably" make all decisions on behalf of the co-op, which operated from 1908 to 2018 — 110 years.
FARGO, N.D.—The 1980s farm crisis became apparent in Iowa and Minnesota and created flashpoints in the Dakotas. The stage was set by a series of interrelated events—high commodity prices in the 1970s, federal trade interventions, a stronger U.S. dollar, weakened exports, and then falling commodity prices, inflation, high loan interest, and then land devaluations.