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Richard Sill and his brother Jerry, farm with their sons, Mark, and George, respectively. The younger generation is gradually taking over.
Scientists in west-central Minnesota are studying whether winter oilseeds could be intercropped with soybeans and other crops to provide environmental benefits for soil and honeybees, while serving as a cash crop to produce food-grade oil and jet fuel.
Potato producer R.D. Offutt has voluntarily reduced the number of water or irrigation permits for its operations mostly in the Park Rapids area in northern Minnesota.
FARGO, N.D. -- The U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee on May 21 passed the U.S. Grains Standards Act Reauthorization. U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., included an amendment that could lead to better access to Canadian wheat and barley markets for U.S. farmers near the border. U.S. farmers don't automatically qualify for top Canadian grain market premiums, while Canadian producers can sell grain at normal premiums on the U.S. side of the border.
FARGO, N.D. -- Farmers Business Network, a California-based, farmer-to-farmer agronomic information network, will hold launch parties in Sioux Falls, S.D., and Fargo, N.D., in early June, a new link between Silicon Valley and the I-29 corridor in the eastern Dakotas.
OSAKIS, Minn. -- Bruce Asfeld is one farmer who is glad Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton's full plan to install 50-foot buffers on waterways everywhere didn't pass the way it was proposed. The legislative discussions ended in a compromise at 2 a.m. May 18. "It sounds like good news," says a still-skeptical Asfeld, who rises every morning at 3:15 and milks his dairy cows at 4 a.m.
The University of Minnesota Extension Service says the bird flu outbreaks since March 4 have cost the state's turkey and poultry industries nearly $310 million. The U of M used a computer model to determine that for every $1 million in direct potential sales revenue lost to bird flu, the indirect costs are $1.8 million, including $450,000 in lost wages in the state's 80 nonmetro counties.
MENOKEN, N.D. -- Thane Dockter, 42, has put a lot of his life into building an organic farm, and now he says his future is turned upside-down by an industrial park the Burleigh County (N.D.) Commission approved next door, with a zoning authority that was ceded to the county more than 40 years ago.
FARGO -- While the Northwood, N.D., potato-growing brothers convicted of federal crop insurance fraud sit in the Cass County Jail in Fargo waiting to be transferred to a federal prison,...
BISMARCK --The North Dakota Legislature has passed the agricultural piece of a two-part legislative effort, designed to create a fund to help legally protect the state's two largest industries--agriculture and...