Mikkel Pates / Agweek Staff Writer
ASHBY, Minn. — Ashby Farmers Cooperative Elevator is closed for business but is talking with three other cooperatives in the region to buy or lease it, hoping to get one of the community's vital businesses up and running.
ASHBY, Minn. — The investigation is only starting into how much Jerome "Jerry" Hennessey could have stolen from the Ashby Farmers Cooperative Elevator that he managed for many years and Hennessey himself is "nowhere to be found" the Grant County sheriff says. Much of the missing money — believed to be more than $2 million — appears to have gone to safari guides and taxidermy.
FARGO — A Fargo group has applied to the Small Business Administration for a contract grant to develop and create "the first 100 percent autonomous farm." The so-called "Grand Farm Initiative" is proposed to be completed by 2025, or in seven years, with the SBA funding.
FARGO, N.D. — It's complicated. It's painful. That's the trade situation for a family that makes agricultural equipment for the U.S. and the world. Howard Dahl is the chief executive officer of Amity Technology in Fargo. The company makes and markets sugar beet harvesting equipment they sell throughout North America and in many other countries, with a focus on former Soviet Union countries including Russia and Ukraine.
FARGO, N.D. — Two supervisors at a Nebraska potato farm operated by R.D. Offutt Company in Fargo were among those indicted in an illegal immigration sting on Wednesday, Aug. 8, by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Mark Dickerson, director of communications for RDO, confirmed that Elkhorn River Farms LLC is part of their farming company. Dickerson said RDO is "aware of the situation and working with authorities."
As America wades into its new trade war, I've been thinking a lot about an interview I had with former Manitoba Premier Dufferin "Duff" Roblin. In the 1960s he spent his political capital to build flood protection for Winnipeg, which disastrously was flooded by the Red River in 1950. Roblin was derided for spending $64 million to build what his critics called "Duff's Ditch" — the kind of diversion that Fargo-Moorhead now wants to build for $2.4 billion. Duff's Ditch has saved some $40 billion.
HARWOOD, N.D. — Urban residents came to the farm for a banquet this week. CommonGround North Dakota, a volunteer advocacy organization group, threw the fifth annual Banquet in a Field event at the Peterson Farms Seed near Harwood. Julie Peterson, the event's farm host, and Val Wagner of Monango, N.D., coordinator of CommonGround North Dakota, say the invitation-only event brought another group of 120 urban invitees to the farm.
TWIN BROOKS, S.D. — Corn is looking good but soybeans are "sketchy" in some parts of northeast South Dakota, after a hail storm on July 10. Harlan Bohn, 63, and his son, Greg, raise corn, soybeans and alfalfa on a small farm. They have 140 acres each of corn and soybeans and 100 acres of alfalfa along the south fork of the Whetstone River, which ends up in Big Stone Lake. They also rent about 200 acres of pasture for their registered red and black Angus and commercial stock cows.
AURORA, S.D. — Jan Sanderson says some of the same strengths that made him a big-time collegiate wrestler have helped him succeed with Sanderson Gardens — perhaps the longest-running commercial gardens in the Interstate 29 corridor. Sanderson, 66, was born in Sisseton, where his father, Cecil, was the long-time Roberts County Extension Service county agent. Cecil eventually was promoted to an agent supervisor at South Dakota State University, and moved to Aurora, just a few miles east of Brookings.
CASSELTON, N.D. — Meet the the future — spot-spraying with a drone. The model AG V6+ is a 6-foot-wide spray boom, acquired by North Dakota State University. It will soon be tested for its ability to accurately spray herbicides autonomously. The new industrial "unmanned aerial vehicle" arrived three weeks ago. It is capable of carrying more than 4 gallons of liquid. Operators can send it to spray precise locations of problem weeds. The scientists hope to determine the locations separately from high-resolution drone imagery.