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FAIRDALE, N.D. — Yes, Dustin McGregor has heard the jokes and stories about farmers in winter: They goof off, they sleep late every day, they lounge on Mexican beaches. “It’s hard to tell if people are just giving you grief or if they’re serious,” said the Fairdale, N.D., farmer. But McGregor is sure of this: He stays busy even when he doesn’t have crops in the field.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Andy Swenson has studied crop prices and farm profitability for decades. And for many years he's helped to prepare the annual North Dakota State University Extension Service Projected Crop Budgets, which estimate revenues and costs for selected crops in the coming year. The outlook for 2016?
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Michael Uhrich, aka "the beer economist," said the numbers are adding up for the beer industry. "I hear the U.S. beer industry isn't doing so well...
LANGDON, N.D. -- The long-dormant U.S. industrial hemp industry is enjoying a resurgence — and results from a Langdon, N.D., test plot could spur more interest in the crop. “It’s a start. But there’s still a lot of research to be done,” says Bryan Hanson, a researcher at the North Dakota State University Langdon Research Extension Center.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- El Nino is in full force. But the North Pacific Ocean "blob" and the Arctic Oscillation are battling El Nino for supremacy -- and the big winner should be Upper Midwest residents hoping for continued mild temperatures.
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.