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DEVILS LAKE, N.D. -- A new crop of young people is entering the business of agriculture, and one new entry point is the Dakota Precision Ag Center at Lake Region State College in Devils Lake -- a program that touts an up-close and personal approach. The Dakota Precision Ag Center also is responsible for some workforce training conducted by LRSC.
AMHERST, S.D. -- Kervin Olson farms and ranches near Amherst, and was harvesting silage corn with neighbor and cousin Randy Beck on a recent September day. Together, they and their crews chopped 130 acres. The rest of the corn will be used for grain. This year, the Olsons got their corn planted by May 3, but didn't plant soybeans for another month.
WATERTOWN, S.D. -- Officials of South Dakota Livestock Sales Inc. in Watertown, S.D., are still unsure if they'll rebuild after a recent fire. The facility burned on Aug. 31, leaving a big hole in the region's livestock marketing picture. No one was hurt. The cause of the fire has not been determined, but it started in an area near electrical utilities, according to the owners. Randy Owen and Gene Popham are the managers of the facility.
MOORHEAD, Minn. -- Former American Crystal Sugar Co. President and Chief Executive Joe Famalette died at age 67 of cancer-related complications on Sept. 10 in Aliso Viejo, Calif. Famalette led American Crystal from 1991 to 1995, but had an outsized impact on the Moorhead-based cooperative that owns five sugar factories in the Red River Valley.
Two North Dakota corn groups have announced the hiring of Dale Ihry of Fargo to be executive, starting Nov. 2, and leaders say they're planning changes in management after a summer controversy.
WEST FARGO, N.D. -- The deputy administrator of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Farm Service Agency says the 2015 farm program signup is progressing satisfactorily, even though some farmers see it as a "doozy" for complexity, with too many choices.
WAHPETON, N.D. -- Will weed resistance problems bring back migrant labor as farmers need assistance cleaning their fields of potential plagues of glyphosate-resistant waterhemp or common ragweed?
WAHPETON, N.D. -- Sugar beet cooperatives in the region have had smooth sailing so far on their pre-pile harvest campaign, which allows them to start their factories and prepare for the full-scale harvest that starts around Oct. 1. Kurt Wickstrom, president and CEO of Minn-Dak Farmers Cooperative in Wahpeton, N.D., says lifting had worked well since harvest started Aug. 12, and the co-op revved up the factory on Aug. 14. The company hasn't projected a full-scale harvest date.
FORESTBURG, S.D. -- As the South Dakota State Fair approaches in Huron, a ritual taste-of-the-summer hits full stride on the roadsides -- famous watermelons and muskmelons from Forestburg, S.D. A handful of families in Sanborn County carry on the melon-growing and selling tradition that is based along South Dakota Highways 34 and 37, between Mitchell and Huron. Families have plied the melon trade since the 1910s and 1920s.
SIDNEY, Mont. -- Sidney Sugars Inc. will promote Duane Peters as agricultural manager, to replace Russ Fullmer who will retire in December after 30 years in the industry. Peters will report to David Garland, Sidney Sugars general manager. He will manage the activities of district agriculturalists who provide expertise to growers in producing a high-quality beet crop that results in increased recoverable sugar per acre.