Mikkel Pates / Agweek Staff Writer
FARGO, N.D. — The big federal ad hoc disaster programs for weather and trade and weather damage in 2019 could have heavy political consequences for crop insurance as budget hawks attack the "farm safety net," a top crop insurance advocate says.
FARGO, N.D. — A lawyer for the intertwined bankruptcies of Ronald G. McMartin Jr. and his McM Inc. says it is possible the cases can be drawn to a close in 2020 after more than three years in court. Matthew Burton of Minnetonka, Minn., says significant hearings for two significant disputes are coming up in May and July. He says it is possible that the cases could conclude before the end of the year.
WASHBURN, N.D. — Officials have charged two people described as "Irish Travellers" in racketeering and other felony charges for targeting ranchers and other rural residents in construction fraud, with one victim alleged to have been scammed of $1.89 million. State and county law enforcement investigators on Jan. 17 in McLean County District Court filed papers charging Sean Patrick Gorman, 26, and Bartley Gorman Jr., 55, with various Class B and Class C felonies.
FARGO, N.D. — Sugar beet farmers with unharvested 2019 crops face the most difficult planting season in 40 years, but they have a secret weapon for spring planting—technology they never dreamed of in the past.. Mohamed Khan, an Extension Service sugar beet plant pathology specialist for North Dakota State University and the University of Minnesota, based in Fargo, farmers have technologies they didn't have 38 years ago in 1982 when they were in a similar situation.
EDGELEY, N.D. — Mike Brandenburg says this is the first year his family has had to dry almost every bushel of soybeans and corn they've produced on their farm near Edgeley. For farmers, the difference between the past and today is corn, Brandenburg points out.
FARGO, N.D. — Farmers must not be casual about following chemical labels in today's "hypersensitive" marketing environment, especially with regard to glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup. Anything that comes close to compromising that marketplace by misusing a pesticide inappropriately, or a genetic trait must be avoided, preached Andrew Thostenson, a North Dakota State University Extension pesticide application specialist, speaking to farmers and agronomy professionals at the recent Northern Ag Expo in Fargo.
ELBOW LAKE, Minn. — The facilities of the Ashby (Minn.) Co-operative Elevator Co., remain unsold, more than a year after the company went insolvent. The Ashby co-op on Dec. 31, 2018, executed an assignment for the benefit of creditors, which led to Fergus Falls, Minn., attorney Erik Ahlgren to take over the company's finances, much as a trustee would. Ahlgren gave an update on the co-op's status in assignee's "interim report," filed in early December in Grant County District Court in Elbow Lake, Minn.
MINNEAPOLIS — The U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement should have a positive effect for farmers and other businesses on both sides of the border, says the Canadian consul general for the upper Midwest.
FARGO, N.D. — U.S. Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., huddled with farm group leaders in Fargo to look ahead to implementing disaster payments and potential crop insurance issue nuances to help get past weather disasters that started in 2018, worsened in 2019, and could linger into 2020. "The idea is to make sure these things work," Hoeven said, taking testimony from about 20 commodity and farm group leaders. Federal payments have had a huge impact on farmers' bottom lines in 2019, with poor cropping conditions against the background of trade disruptions.
CANBY, Minn. — Mark Lacek is no trouble-maker, but he's no pushover either. This past fall, he declined to accept a waiver of liability for a seed company that supplied him with cover crop seed in 2019 that turned out to be contaminated with Palmer amaranth seed.