Fufeng debate featured on New York Times front page as local and national conversation continues around deal
A lit up Home of Economy sign topped the newspaper's front page alongside the headline "New Corn Mill Brings Jobs, and Fears of China."
GRAND FORKS — The New York Times' front page on Sunday featured a familiar location for residents of Grand Forks.
A lit-up Home of Economy sign topped the newspaper's front page alongside the headline "New Corn Mill Brings Jobs, and Fears of China." The months-long debate about the proposed corn milling plant from Fufeng Group, a China-based agribusiness, has reached a national level at times, as a few U.S. senators have called for a deeper look at the plant, which would sit about 12 miles away from Grand Forks Air Force Base.
The story also has been a topic of discussion for other national outlets recently, including CNBC and Fox News.
The Times' 2,600-word story includes a number of photos of local scenes, including the Home of Economy sign, as well as photos of proponents and opponents of the Fufeng proposal. A photograph of Mayor Brandon Bochenski, who favors the project, is included, as well as opponents Ben Grzadzielewski, Frank Matejcek and Katie Dachtler.
The Times piece notes that "what local politicians lauded as an unambiguous win soon divided Grand Forks. ... Within a few months, the debate had reached Capitol Hill, and Grand Forks, population 59,000, had revealed just how mistrustful and dysfunctional America’s relationship with China has become."
The Herald has been covering the deal since the beginning, read the Herald's most recent coverage of the debate below. Readers can also find all of the Herald's stories at grandforksherald.com/businesses-organizations/fufeng.