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LANGDON, N.D. -- Bryan Hanson remembers when canola was a little-known Canadian import. He remembers research in the 1980s at the Langdon (N.D.) Research Extension Center, where he works, that investigated whether the crop could play a useful role in northern North Dakota. And he remembers watching canola production soar in the state in the 1990s, when North Dakota became the nation's dominant producer.
Farm groups, farm state politicians and crop insurance organizations are praising congressional action that promises to reverse proposed cuts to the federal crop insurance program.
The difficult job of planting, nurturing and harvesting the 2015 crop is done. But what could be an even greater challenge lies ahead for Upper Midwest farmers: making important year-end tax decisions.
Beginning Dec. 1, for the first time since 2013, owners of farmland have a crack at enrolling it in the Conservation Reserve Program through a general sign-up. But while the sign-up is expected to draw some interest because of poor crop prices, farmers and others don't expect a huge response.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- The crop season is over and the meeting season is beginning -- which means it's time for another Prairie Grains Conference. The annual conference, considered by some to kick off the area's winter agricultural meeting season, is set for Dec. 9 and 10 at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks, N.D. More than 700 people and 50 exhibitors are expected to attend.
CROOKSTON, Minn. -- Returning by popular demand: An agricultural education major at the University of Minnesota Crookston. State budget cuts caused UMC to discontinue the program in 2013, despite strong support from agriculturalists. Ag education majors already were in short supply in Minnesota and nationally, school officials and others said. They also said interest in the program, established in 2000 at UMC, was growing.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Mike Hergert started out as a disc jockey and sportscaster. What he calls a "lateral move" into a job that included a bit of farm broadcasting has led him to the National Farm Broadcasting Hall of Fame.
BROOKINGS, S.D. -- Corn and soybeans are America's biggest, most important crops. They have many uses -- from kitchen tables to industrial plants, from feedlots to fuel tanks -- and they add billions of dollars annually to the farm economy. Upper Midwest farmers have taken note. They've been increasing their corn and bean acres for two decades.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Unless you're part of the sheep or goat industry, you've probably never heard of scrapies. The industry and the U.S. Department of Agriculture are fine-tuning efforts to make sure you never hear about this fatal, degenerative disease that affects the central nervous system of sheep and goats.
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The U.S. Senate on Wednesday passed a resolution to do away with the controversial Waters of the U.S. rule. But opponents of the legislation still need to...