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Monday, May 16, marked the start of planting for some farmers in northwestern Minnesota and northeastern North Dakota where fields were dry and warm enough after a cold and wet spring.
Anne Waltner, Parker, South Dakota, left a full-time career as a concert pianist and educator to join her parents’ farming operation. Along the way she married, had triplet daughters and survived cancer. Of her journey and life, she says: “Can you think of anybody luckier than me?”
A major concern of the opponents of the Fufeng project has been concerns about air quality and water issues. The company says it has invested more than $50 million during the past three years to improve environmental protection technologies across its facilities.
Ross Kennedy, an agribusiness and national security expert is skeptical about the proposed biofermentation plant, while area farmers Paul Sproule, Matthew Krueger and Jared Hagert, are among those in support of it.

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The U.S. Attorney’s office has indicted Kent Pfaff, a Washburn, North Dakota, area farmer for federal crop insurance fraud.
The Honeyford grain elevator, North Dakota's oldest cooperative elevator, is the first south of the U.S.-Canadian border to load an 8,500-foot — 1.6 miles-long — unit train. The train full of corn was bound for Canada.
Instead of building a facility "the way we've always done it before," please look ahead to 2050 and plan for environmental stability.
Gerald Bachmeier, chief executive officer of Red Trail Energy, Richardton, North Dakota, and Philip Coffin, vice president of Midwest AgEnergy LLC, at Underwood, North Dakota, discuss countermoves to a drought for acquiring local corn and getting it from eastern producers. Both companies started their histories by bringing corn in on unit trains and are preparing to do it again. Both are planning to inject and store carbon dioxide byproducts for a market advantage.
“The timing of the rain was too late to make a difference for our earliest soybeans, but it did help many of our later fields fill pods better,” according to one farmer in Valley City, North Dakota.
D3MAX creates cellulosic ethanol using “bolt-on” technology - more or less meaning it is a one-size-fits-most process which, according to the company, can be implemented at approximately 190 corn dry mill ethanol plants in the United States.

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The sale barn operators at Napoleon, North Dakota, and a nearby rancher say producers face difficult choices after a disastrous cropping season, followed by several inches of rain.
Drought has significantly affected cattle producers in the northern part of North Dakota. They’re getting more rain now, but a Devils Lake, North Dakota, sale barn saw twice the number of summer culling, and calf-dependent ranchers in western counties near Towner, North Dakota, are scrambling for winter feed.
A small organic farm family near Le Sueur, Minnesota, and a larger, non-GMO farmer near Kasson, Minnesota, are among those hit hard by the Pipeline Foods bankruptcy, which sent shockwaves through the region’s organic markets. The company is asking the courts to let them sell inventory grain to pay off the secured creditors, not the farmers who deliver it. The case leaves farmers wondering whether the state does enough to protect farmers and verify the financial soundness of grain traders.

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