Mikkel Pates / Agweek Staff Writer
HORACE, N.D. — The Grand Farm project south of Fargo, N.D., had a grand couple of weeks, topped off by an appearance by Ajit Pai, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission on Sept. 16.
FARGO, N.D.—Dale Ihry never headed a state office, but some of the nation and state's top brass in federal agricultural program leadership gathered on Sept. 10 in Fargo to dedicate a Farm Service Administration training center to his memory.
EDITOR'S NOTE: This story is the second in a multi-part series: "Farm Crises — The 1980s and now." Agweek will interview experts who can compare the economic and political conditions between what was known as the "farm credit crisis" of the 1980s, a decade when one in four farms failed due to economic losses.
ELBOW LAKE, Minn. — Creditors of the former Ashby (Minn.) Farmers Cooperative Elevator Co. are suing taxidermists for a half-million dollars, claiming they should have realized former elevator manager Jerry Hennessey was improperly paying for mounting trophies using co-op checks.
EDITOR'S NOTE: This week Agweek begins a multi-part series: "Farm Crises—The 1980s and now." We will interview experts who can compare the economic and political conditions between what was known as the "farm credit crisis" of the 1980s, a decade when one in four farms failed due to economic losses. Experts say today's situation isn't as widespread or deep, but there is a growing worry about commodity losses and how the current trade and commodity situation can be righted.
WEST FARGO, N.D. — Titan Machinery, Inc., a publicly-traded agricultural and constructuction equipment store network, on Tuesday announced it will purchase the Uglem-Ness Co., a dealership based in Northwood, N.D. The deal is expected to close Oct. 1. Terms weren't disclosed. The Titan acquisition represents an expansion in the northern Red River Valley of North Dakota and Minnesota, an area strong in the production of wheat, soybeans, corn and dry edible beans.
BISMARCK — The North Dakota Department of Agriculture will host five town hall meetings to discuss the state grain regulation program, which on July 1 was transferred from the Public Service Commission to the department.
FARGO, N.D. — A cool, comfortable late August was good for recreation, but may leave some of the region's soybeans for "growing degree days" that allow the crops to mature before a frost. Hans Kandel, a North Dakota State University Extension agronomist, in the first week of September said farmers aren't likely to make up many growing degree days between now and harvest, considering the forecast of cooler temperatures in the next few weeks.
NORTHWOOD, N.D. — First, the news: Yes, Iris Westman of Northwood, N.D., turned 114 on Wednesday, Aug. 28. Yes, Iris is the oldest person in North Dakota. And yes, this proud North Dakotan ranks third among Americans in age. She may rank 12th in the world. Think of what Iris has seen. She grew up on a farm at Aneta, N.D., in an area her family still calls home. She graduated from the University of North Dakota in 1928. She went on to a career in teaching and school library work in Worthington, Minn.
FARGO, N.D. — A North Dakota State University weed specialist in Fargo says there was good and bad news in a recent tour to Nebraska to gauge the threat from Palmer amaranth. Tom Peters, who holds a joint sugar beet specialist appointment with North Dakota State University and the University of Minnesota, says he has more hope about controlling the infestation, but also is more worried about hay shipments from states that don't label it a noxious weed. In late August, Peters led a tour to southeast Nebraska, around Holdrege and the North Platte, areas.