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The U.S. Department of Agriculture wants to move some of its researchers from Washington, D.C., to new locations around the country. Fargo will be one of them if a coalition of North Dakota and Fargo-area groups is successful.
Two prominent U.S. wheat groups say they're pleased that a new trade agreement addresses what they say is unfair treatment of U.S. wheat by Canada. The new U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, which would replace the existing North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA, has an important provision for U.S. wheat growers, say the National Association of Wheat Growers and U.S. Wheat Associates, which promotes U.S. wheat exports around the world.
WEST FARGO, N.D. — Brent Qualey realizes that what he's about to say will surprise many in Upper Midwest agriculture. Despite poor crop prices and tough-to-achieve farm profitability, overall area land values have, in his experience, inched upward from a year ago, said Qualey, a veteran area real estate salesman and appraiser. "Land prices are steadying up a little bit. That surprises a lot of people," Qualey said. Qualey spoke Sept. 11 at the 38th annual Big Iron farm show in West Fargo. The three-day event ended Sept. 13.
Tom Peters worked to delay what he knew was inevitable: the arrival of Palmer amaranth in North Dakota. But now the dangerous weed officially has been identified in the state, and so Peters is urging agriculturalists to keep fighting the good fight to minimize Palmer’s impact.
DEVILS LAKE, N.D. — Matt Nelson began experimenting with cover crops in 2012 and doesn't expect them to provide quick or easy solutions. He says he has "a long-term timetable," one that includes enhancing soil health on his Lakota, N.D., farm and incorporating them into Lakota-based Redline Agri Services, which Nelson owns and operates.
COOPERSTOWN, N.D. — David Lunde and his father, Nathan, sit at the kitchen table in the house in which David grew up and is living in again. They talk about cattle and careers, choices and options, their lives so far and their lives still to come. And they talk about David's adventures far from home. "It's his Viking blood (that prompted David's travels)," Nathan says with a smile.
FOSSTON, Minn. — Same town, same bank, same last name. Different generations. Yes, Daniel Paulson and Ryan Paulson are father-son ag bankers. "There was a job opening here, and he (Ryan) was the perfect candidate," Daniel Paulson says. Other decision-makers told Daniel, "Ironic that he has your last name." The Paulsons work at the Fosston, Minn., branch of American Federal. Dan, 50, is the ag/business banker and senior vice president. Ryan, 25, is the ag/business banking specialist.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. - I always assumed it's obvious why farmers, especially in the Upper Midwest, have barns for their livestock. Sometimes it's really cold. Sometimes it's really wet or muddy or windy. Though animals are pretty tough and can handle some inclimate weather, sometimes they need shelter from the elements; barns provide that. Barns are humane and sensible, obviously. So obvious it goes without saying, right?
PLAZA, N.D. — Durum always has been a big part of Keith Deutsch's life. Besides raising the crop, the 60-year-old Plaza, farmer promoted it through service on the U.S. Durum Growers Association, including a stint as the group's president. But Deutsch has "termed out" on the association's board, reaching the limit of his potential service. What's more, he's strongly considering not planting any durum himself this spring. "I might end up having a little. But I don't think it would be much. The price just doesn't justify the risk (of growing it)," he said.
WASHINGTON — Family farms are one of the most controversial topics in modern agriculture. There's widespread disagreement on what constitutes a family farm and what doesn't. A new report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture won't end the debate, but does shed light on family farms nationwide. Among its conclusions: • Ninety percent of million-dollar farms, or ones with gross cash farm income of at least $1 million, are family farms.