Mikkel Pates / Agweek Staff Writer
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.
ELBOW LAKE, Minn.—In a Jan. 14 hearing, Ashby Farmers Co-op Elevator will ask Grant County District Judge Amy Doll for a default judgment against its former manager Jerry Hennessey and Hennessey's estranged wife Rebecca. The motion was filed Dec. 31 by Erik Ahlgren and Dorothy Bradley, an associate in another Fergus Falls, Minn., law firm.
PINGREE, N.D.—David Glinz worries that farmers are coming dangerously close to reliving the 1980s farm credit crisis. He knows all about that. Glinz, 73, farms as Glinz Farms LLC, near Pingree, and is the only farming survivor in an epic farming meltdown. He and his audacious father, Arvel, and his younger brother, Bruce, together controlled 75,000 acres in North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota.
The American Automobile Association recommends these winter driving tips when saddling up for a trek to a farm meeting: • Avoid driving while you're fatigued. Get the proper amount of rest before taking on winter weather. • Don't warm up a vehicle in a garage or enclosed area. • Properly inflate tires. • Don't mix radial tires with other types of tires. • Keep your gas tank at least half full, in part to avoid gas line freeze-up. • Avoid using a parking brake in cold, snowy weather. • Don't use cruise control on any slippery surface.
Editor's note: This is the third part of a multi-part series, the "1980s Farm Crisis Flashback" BISMARCK, N.D.—Sarah Vogel was uniquely prepared to have a leading part in the 1980s farm crisis. Born in 1946, Vogel was a granddaughter of Frank A. Vogel, chief adviser to Bill Langer, the famous Nonpartisan League party governor and U.S. senator of the 1930s and 1940s.
FARGO, N.D. — Dale Ihry, executive director of the North Dakota Corn Utilization Council and the North Dakota Growers Association, died late Jan. 3 at Sanford Medical Center in downtown Fargo. He was 58. He would have been 59 on Jan. 20. Ihry had been hospitalized for about three weeks with “what was ultimately diagnosed as a rare autoimmune disease that attacked his lungs,” according to Farm Service Agency communications, where he’d spent much of his career.
Traveling for winter meetings? Here are 10 tips from the American Automobile Association, or AAA. • Watch weather reports prior to a long-distance drive or before driving in isolated areas. Delay trips when especially bad weather is expected. Let others know your route, destination and expected arrival time. • Make sure your vehicle is inspected by competent auto repair business. • Don't allow the fuel tank to go below half-full.
U.S. potato seed acres declined in 2018. A Dec. 12 issue of North American Potato Market News indicates the acreage figure is the fewest in 25 years. Editor Bruce Huffaker of Idaho Falls, Idaho, analyzed the 2018 seed crop in the U.S. and Canada, based on state seed directory figures. Ted Kreis, editor of Potato Bytes, emphasized the facts in a weekly newsletter published by the Northern Plains Potato Grower Association: • Total U.S. certified seed acres are down 6.5 percent at 100,914 acres, the fewest in 25 years.