STAFF BLOG AG RIGHT WITH AGWEEK REPORTER JONATHON KNUTSON The delights of dairy
The North Dakota family farm on which I grew up didn't include dairy cows. Thank goodness. Beef cows and small grains, which we did have, held some appeal. Dairy cows had none, at least to me. We had ... Posted on 8/20/14 at 10:49 AM
STAFF BLOG OIL PATCH DISPATCH Farmers say land protections ‘failing miserably’
MINOT, N.D. Darwin Peterson is the third member of what he hopes is a fifth-generation farm.
But the Bottineau County man worries about the quality of land hell be able to pass on to his grandson af... Posted on 4/8/14 at 10:40 PM
STAFF BLOG FLICKERTALES FROM THE HILL N.D. ag leaders urge 5-year bill, not short-term fix
FARGO North Dakota agriculture representatives say theyre not interested in Congress passing a short-term extension of farm policy when a five-year bill is on the table.
Five years of certainty is m... Posted on 8/7/12 at 12:01 AM
STAFF BLOG COMPASS POINTS: NEWS FROM THE GREAT OUTDOORS WITH HERALD OUTDOOR WRITER BRAD DOKKEN Conservation groups generally support House Farm Bill version
So far, so good is the word from conservation groups in response to the U.S. House of Representatives version of the Farm Bill.
The House Agriculture Committee completed markup of its version of the ... Posted on 7/12/12 at 10:04 AM
STAFF BLOG AREAVOICES COMMUNITY Areavoices Digest #75 - What's life really like in the Oil Patch?
We've seen the news stories and read the reports from the oil boom in Western North Dakota. They paint a vivid picture of both the good and bad that come with an economic boom and population explosion... Posted on 5/9/12 at 10:29 AM
The slow rail service threatening the livelihood of farmers in the Upper Midwest has gotten better in recent weeks, but at the Forest River Bean Co., the railcars ordered from BNSF or Canadian Pacific are still two to three months behind, said the company president.
BISMARCK – A former staffer involved in a controversy over what state Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring has called “politically incorrect” comments he made in her presence says her exit interviews with Goehring and a department director were “a sham.”
FARGO – Conservation advocates gathered Saturday to explore strategies to engage sportsmen in a broad coalition to protect North Dakota’s hunting heritage in the face of rapid energy development and the loss of conservation lands.
BELFIELD — Kevin Kessel said if it wasn’t for an off-farm job in North Dakota’s oil fields, the loss of $149,000 in sunflower seeds in the Anderson Seed debacle would have forced him into an auction sale.
Let’s be clear about one thing: In the war between man and weeds, I do not cheer for the weeds. For the most part, I think modern agriculture is a marvel. It feeds us well and cheaply. Consolidation of some agricultural operations, such as feedlots and slaughterhouses, has made the world cleaner and better fed.
With the federal shutdown finally over, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency will do all it can to help ranchers who lost livestock in the October blizzard, says Aaron Krauter, state executive director of the North Dakota FSA.
It struck me the other day, when a hose on my rake broke and I lost 10 gallons of hydraulic fluid in the blink of an eye, that maybe less is more. The rake probably had some hoses that weren’t good enough, but maybe the tractor had a hydraulic pump that was too good. I remember considering the hydraulic pump specs and reputation when I was shopping for the tractor.
A Dagen Heritage Farms’ truck loaded with 17 tons of newly harvested seed potatoes rumbles down a rural Minnesota highway on a drizzly late-September morning. Behind the wheel is Justin Dagen, a fifth-generation producer whose family has farmed in Springbrook Township in northwest Minnesota’s Kittson County for 130 years. As he drives, he points to nearby farmsteads where his forefathers lived.
GRAND FORKS -- The farm bill expired Tuesday -- again -- to little fanfare. Overshadowed by the federal government shutdown, the ongoing debate over the bill has largely stayed out of the spotlight. And that worries some agriculture groups.
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