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WAHPETON, N.D. — Farmers in cooperatives are fighting a "pretty huge" change in the federal tax reform package making its way through Congress. Curt Wickstrom, president and chief executive officer Minn-Dak Farmers Cooperative of Wahpeton, says he's told co-op members to contact their congressional delegations to effect "some type of correction" before the bill passes.
WAHPETON, N.D. — A 93-acre farmland parcel west of Wahpeton soon will be a new kind "land lab" for the North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton. A free land lease arrangement from a donor runs for three growing seasons, says Craig Zimprich, the school's agriculture department chairman. The arrangement goes into effect this coming season. This past season the field was in soybeans, and it has been largely in a corn-soybean rotation. The field is about a mile from the NDSCS campus on the west edge of Wahpeton, so it's handy for student involvement.
CANDO, N.D. — Excuse her, but Carie Moore would like to share words of support on behalf of ... pigs. Moore, 40, is a farmer, mother of four and a professional soil conservationist at Cando. But she wants to speak up on behalf of the pig farming industry as a veteran of a variety of large-scale dairy and pig farms from 2000 to 2010. Today, Moore works in soil conservation at Cando, and farms with her husband, Jason, at nearby Rocklake.
FARGO — A two-inch rain in the western parts of North Dakota have raised the spirits of livestock producers, but the drought is not yet over, say officials speaking at the North Dakota Stockmen's Association in Fargo. More than 300 people were expected the NDSA's 88th annual convention and trade show, which runs through Sept. 23. North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum was a featured speaker on Friday, Sept. 22.
BISMARCK — The North Dakota Supreme Court on Aug. 30 unanimously upheld a East Central District Court ruling that an environmental permit for a sow farm at Buffalo, N.D., was properly granted. Plaintiffs in Coon v. North Dakota Department of Health argued that the permit was improper. East Central District Judge Douglas R. Herman had ruled that the Department's permit should stand.
FARGO — They're far from the drought, but North Dakota State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory chemists on the Fargo campus are in the middle of the action, running tests for ranchers who want to know their animals are getting safe feed and water. Brett Webb, director of the lab, say tests are about six-fold from non-drought years. Excessive nitrates in feed or water can lead to cattle losses or abortions. Typically the lab does 20 to 30 of the tests in non-drought years. So far this year, they have done about 300 for water and about the same for forages.
SPIRITWOOD, N.D. — The North Dakota Soybean Processors LLC is continuing sets of investor information meetings to attract $60 million in equity for a $287 million project near Spiritwood but is planning more through August, and perhaps beyond, officials say. The company has found "sincere, enthusiastic" response, especially when promoted by a local champion, says interim board chairman Bruce A. Hill, of Worthington, Minn. The self-imposed deadline for raising the equity is Aug. 31. Starting Sept. 1, the share prices will go up, with the same goal.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. — Harvest crews are in northeast North Dakota this weekend to take emergency Conservation Reserve Program hay, though some haying on CRP lands won’t happen until the first week of August.
MADISON, S.D. — Dan Bruns says the crops are looking pretty good in his corner of southeast South Dakota. Dan, 66, and an older brother established Bruns Angus Farms at Madison with registered cattle in 1972. "My dad ran a commercial Angus operation in the early 1960s," he says. "My oldest brother and I started with a registered operation, buying a few heifers for 4-H."
FT. PIERRE, S.D. — Central South Dakota has had a bit of a rain revival, but many areas have back-slid into drought. Brothers Pete and Rick Severson farm and ranch in conjunction south of Onida, S.D. After an excruciatingly dry May, they got 1.2 inches on June 11, another .3 inches on June 15, then smatterings after that. They're still about 3.6 inches below average rainfall for the growing season.