some North Dakota counties that are not experiencing the oil boom and growth that have brought the state into the national limelight. These counties are now the target of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s StrikeForce initiative, which aims to stimulate economic growth.
Small businesses and the public library in Warren, Minn., are getting a nearly $400,000 boost from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Of that amount, $363,000 will go to a program that offers low-interest loans to area businesses. Another $33,000 will go toward an expansion of the Godel Memorial Library.
Former North Dakota Gov. Ed Schafer, the 29th U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, was honored Friday with the unveiling of his official portrait at USDA headquarters in Washington. Schafer was sworn in as agriculture secretary Jan. 28, 2008, and served during the final year of President George W. Bush’s administration. Schafer served as North Dakota’s governor from 1992 to 2000.
Former ND governor will be honored April 27 Former North Dakota Gov. Ed Schafer, the 29th U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, will be honored at the unveiling of his official portrait on April 27, at an afternoon ceremony and invitation-only reception in the Whitten Building Patio, at the headquarters of the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Washington, D.C.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture today sharply cut its estimates of the small grains crop, more than the market was expecting and well below USDA’s projections made last month. Some of the biggest reductions were in the North Dakota crop estimates, where spring wheat output was pegged 24 percent below the August 1 forecast, to 173 million bushels, a figure which is 38 percent less than last year’s spring wheat production.
Valley has stake in proposal’s outcome
New guidelines from the U.S. Department of Agriculture would eliminate potatoes altogether from school breakfasts and drastically reduce the amount of potatoes served in lunches.
Fields of soybeans and dry edible beans were being reaped Monday, with combines running up and down the Red River Valley.
About a quarter of the potatoes were dug by Sunday, according to the weekly survey of county extension agents by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Fargo and St. Paul statistics offices.
The new guide is a plate, divided into four slightly different sized quadrants, with fruits and vegetables taking up half the space and grains and protein making up the other half. The vegetable and grains portions are slightly larger.
Another week of cold and wet weather further pushed back the starting dates for spring fieldwork, and it’s shaping up to be the latest crop planting season in a decade in Minnesota and two decades or more in North Dakota.
Some worry there won't be enough replacements
The average age of Nelson County farmers is 61.4, according to the U.S. Department’s 2007 Census of Agriculture, which was released in early 2009.
That’s the highest average age for farmers in any county in the region. It’s also a hefty increase from Nelson County farmers’ average age of 59 in 2002.
View your ad here! Cost effective targeted advertising. Contextual advertising starting as low as $79/month. This includes targeted ad delivery and search results! Add your business to the Marketplace »