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GRAND FORKS, N.D. — If you're involved with agriculture in Grand Forks (N.D.) County, you definitely know Willie Huot. If you're familiar with ag elsewhere in North Dakota — or surrounding states — you might know him too. Huot, a Grand Forks, N.D.-based extension agent whose work includes statewide programs, is retiring at the end of 2016 after a 40-year extension career. For the past 24 years, he's focused primarily on farm and family economics.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. — Black Gold Farms wants consumers to live "redventurously" — a play on eating red potatoes living adventurously. The company, for its part, operates opportunistically and innovatively. "We like to say we're a growth company," said Leah Halverson Brakke, director of new business development. "And to grow, you have to innovate. You just can't rest on your laurels and do the same thing year after year."
GRAND FORKS — Daryl Ritchison didn't expect drought in 2016 in North Dakota. He was right. In fact, generally favorable growing conditions allowed many farmers to enjoy record yields. Ritchison, interim director of the North Dakota Agricultural Weather Network, doesn't expect drought in 2017 either. But he does anticipate the next growing season will be slightly drier and cooler than average.
GRAND FORKS — Farmers and ranchers need to take out sentiment and emotion to make sound financial decisions, relying instead on discipline and sound tools, two extension specialists say. "There's probably more emotion in farming than other business. But it is a business, and you need to be disciplined when you make financial decisions," said Nathan Hulinsky, a Marshall, Minn.-based educator with University of Minnesota Extension.
GRAND FORKS — Despite record yields in much of the Midwest, U.S. farmers are expected to make less money this year than in 2015, a new report finds. U.S. farm...
GRAND FORKS, N.D. — North Dakota voters' approval of medical marijuana makes state Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring's life a little more complicated. "This is a whole new area that makes my chest tighten," Goehring said when asked if medical marijuana will be grown in North Dakota.
I utterly lack aptitude and ability for cooking. The only thing that will draw me into the kitchen is making chokecherry syrup. Chokecherries are found throughout much of the United States, including big chunks of Agweek country. Click here to read more...
I recently learned of this urban legend involving agriculture. Maybe you’ve it before. If so, maybe you believe it. Or maybe you know enough about U.S. ag to know it’s bogus. Anyway, it goes like this: Huge corporations own most of the farmland. I know it’s true. My friend/relative/neighbor was out in the country somewhere and saw a bunch of signs in fields. The signs had names on them. He looked up the names on the Internet — and he found they’re all big seed companies! It’s true!
ST. LOUIS — I’m on the electronic mailing list of a group that calls itself the International Monsanto Tribunal. It consists, far as I can tell, of some European critics of Monsanto, the giant agrochemical company based in St. Louis. Now and then I receive unsolicited emails from the group informing me of its plans to put Monsanto on trial for “crimes against humanity.” The whole thing is over-the-top, and simply not worth writing about. Ordinarily, that is.
ST. LOUIS — I’d like to think it’s because ag journalism is important to me. Or maybe it’s because I’m not very smart. Whatever the reason, I’m here in St. Louis at the start of a four-day National Press Foundation fellowship on the Future of Food and Agriculture. The event features 12-hour days filled with activity, much of it outside in the sweltering summer for which St. Louis is notorious. “You’ll be very busy, and it’s hot out,” an NPF official told us.