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FARGO -- It could be late June to late September before Aaron Scott Johnson of Northwood, N.D., finds out whether his appeal of crop insurance fraud is successful to the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.
I am often asked an obvious question. If farmers are projected to lose money raising crops, why do it? And if they grow them on owned land, why do they continue to rent that is projected to lose money? The answer has to do with fixed costs and long-term optimism.
LANGDON, N.D. -- A new North Dakota State University Extension Service ag agent in Cavalier County has learned a lot and come a long way -- literally -- to serve her northern Red River Valley farmers. Anitha Chirumamilla, a native of India with a doctorate in entomology, started in November 2015 as an agricultural and natural resources agent at the county seat in Langdon. She is married to Venkataramana "Ven" Chapara, a plant pathologist at the NDSU Langdon Research Extension Center.
FARGO, N.D. -- North Dakota cropland values declined about 9 percent in 2015, and pasture land and rental rates came down, but not as much. Those are two conclusions of a survey of actual sales and rental arrangements reported by the North Dakota chapter of the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers. This year's 19th annual survey took reports from 37 members.
FARGO, N.D. -- A free symposium Feb. 5 will bring together top officials from the four largest seed and chemical companies concerned with weed resistance. The Weed Resistance Regional Symposium is sponsored by Peterson Farms Seed of Harwood, N.D., and will run 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. at Holiday Inn in Fargo, N.D.
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.