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CAVALIER, N.D. — Kari Helgoe is a traditional North Dakota State University Extension Service county agent, but with a nontraditional twist. The county still has an agriculture agent, yes, but Helgoe is the state’s first and only county-level “community and leadership development” agent. It’s a title and focus that complements Helgoe’s traditional family consumer science and youth duties. She startedNov. 4, and works from the Pembina County seat in Cavalier, N.D.
Edible bean growers are facing some bearish market factors for this year's pricing, and growers hope lackluster corn and soybean prices won't drive too many farmers into their crops.
JAMESTOWN, N.D. -- If a farmer's equipment collects and shares data, should he be concerned that he could get in trouble if the government uses the data to find he was over-applying fertilizer or using the wrong chemical? "I think you should, because you've proven to us that you've applied it off-label," said Terry Griffin, a cropping systems economist at Kansas State University in Manhattan, answering a question at the fifth Precision Agriculture Summit.
CROOKSTON -- A Polk County District Court judge this week decided Anderson Seed Company Inc. of Mentor, Minn., owes $1.85 million to a CHS Inc. elevator in Pierre, S.D. The judge also, for the first time, made the company's co-owner and its manager personally liable for part of the judgment. Judge Kurt Marben of Crookston, refused the Pierre elevator's legal theory the Andersons acted improperly as a corporation, to remove the legal shield that typically protects shareholders from their company's debts.
WILLMAR, Minn. -- The fortunes of agricultural economics come and go, but the one thing that must go on is the soil and soil health. That was one of the themes of 2015 Soil Conservation Tillage Conference this week in Willmar, Minn., that brought in about 175 farmers this year, and is recognized as the largest conservation tillage conference in the Midwest.
FARGO -- The region's beet farmers don't want to hear it, but leaders of co-ops are spending time preparing them to imagine a world without Roundup Ready sugar beets, even while fighting to keep the technology. Kurt Wickstrom, president and CEO of Minn-Dak Farmers Cooperative, addressing the co-op's 43rd annual meeting in Fargo on Tuesday, said the company is planning to combat food safety perceptions.
BISMARCK, N.D. -- Farm equipment dealers are leaning toward a brighter future through a fog of low commodity prices and challenging technology demands. The mood at the North Dakota Implement Dealers Association convention, Nov. 16 and 17 in Bismarck, N.D., was more subdued than a few years ago, but decidedly optimistic.
NORTHWOOD, N.D. -- Grain farmer Mark Korsmo said his 2015 crops were bountiful, but with low commodity prices, it won't be a great year, financially. Nevertheless, the Grand Forks County farmer from Northwood said part of staying grateful involves work as vice president of a nonprofit Christian organization, created to help struggling farmers in Haiti.
Max Velo’s turkey farms didn’t take a direct hit from the bird flu epidemic of 2015, but he’s quick to say “100 percent of the industry was affected,” emotionally and operationally.
American Crystal Sugar Co. is building a $40 million dome sugar warehouse in the Chicago area, to take advantage of transportation efficiencies.