Mikkel Pates / Agweek Staff Writer
ASHBY, Minn. — Ashby Farmers Cooperative Elevator is closed for business but is talking with three other cooperatives in the region to buy or lease it, hoping to get one of the community's vital businesses up and running.
ASHBY, Minn. — The investigation is only starting into how much Jerome "Jerry" Hennessey could have stolen from the Ashby Farmers Cooperative Elevator that he managed for many years and Hennessey himself is "nowhere to be found" the Grant County sheriff says. Much of the missing money — believed to be more than $2 million — appears to have gone to safari guides and taxidermy.
MAYNARD, Minn.—The 2018 pre-pile sugar beet harvest was supposed to start Sept. 4 for Troy Groothuis and other growers at Southern Minnesota Beet Sugar Cooperative, based at Renville, Minn. But it didn't. After 2- to 4-inch rains the week after Labor Day, the co-op set the new pre-pile harvest to start Sept. 7. The factory started slicing beets on Sept. 10. Full-scale harvest starts Oct. 1. The Groothuis (pronounced GROW-tus) family raises 1,000 acres of corn and 500 acres each of soybeans and sugar beets, and do some custom harvesting work.
ASHBY, Minn. — A Grant County, Minn., grain elevator is going belly up, alleging that its general manager spent more than $2 million of its funds for hunting safaris, taxidermy and other expenditures.
DEVILS LAKE, N.D. — A two-stage hearing on a proposed pig farm about 1 mile from the 95,000-acre Devils Lake brought out impassioned concerns and threats of lawsuits from Spirit Lake Tribe and others. Nearly 300 people attended the first part of the 1 p.m. hearing at the Spirit Lake Casino in rural St. Michael, N.D., including school students. Another 300 attended a second hearing at Lake Region State College in Devils Lake, N.D.
WEST FARGO, N.D. — Bill Northey, the U.S. Department of Agriculture undersecretary of agriculture for farm production and conservation, on Tuesday, Sept. 11, at the Big Iron farm show here described federal payments to compensate for trade war damage as a "blunt instrument." He said the Trump administration hopes it is a "one-time deal."
DICKINSON, N.D.—If you're a cow-calf producer, Kris Ringwall wants you to consider keeping those yearlings over the winter. The director of North Dakota State University's Dickinson Research Extension Center and Extension livestock specialist thinks it's your best shot to get full value for your forage resources. It would be easier for you, more money for you and the state. And a bonus: it could be better for the land and environment. "It's a shift, you're shifting your mindset," Ringwall says. "All those pieces in your operation, they have to shift slowly."
FARGO, N.D.—If anyone is in a position to be a senior adviser for an "epicenter" for developing an autonomous farm, that would be Barry Batcheller. He already is a central figure in making the Red River Valley one of the world's centers of electronics development for agriculture, building on the region's strong agricultural equipment heritage, with brands like Bobcat, Steiger, Concord, Case-IH (now CNH, Inc., or Case New Holland).
FARGO, N.D.—A Fargo group has applied to the Small Business Administration for a contract grant to develop and create "the first 100 percent autonomous farm." The so-called "Grand Farm Initiative" is proposed to be completed by 2025, or in seven years, with the SBA funding.
FARGO, N.D. — It's complicated. It's painful. That's the trade situation for a family that makes agricultural equipment for the U.S. and the world. Howard Dahl is the chief executive officer of Amity Technology LLC in Fargo. The company makes and markets sugar beet harvesting equipment they sell throughout North America and in many other countries, with a focus on former Soviet Union countries including Russia and Ukraine.