Inside Ag

Stockmen Association challenge alternative meat

It is not on the market yet but it is already an attention getter. The first round in the fight over alternative meat is underway. “There’s new technology and products scheduled for the marketplace in the next year or two,” said Julie Ellingson, North Dakota Stockmen’s Association. ...

Hands on experience

Creating opportunities for students in the community is something Jim Hennessy has volunteered his personal time for over the last couple of years. It all started in Stanley with a meats unit, where Hennessy provided equipment the school otherwise wouldn’t have to teach students how to cure ...

Dakota College, Dickinson State collaborate

Dakota College at Bottineau recently hosted faculty and students from Dickinson State University who traveled to Bottineau to look at the two year college’s programs. According to a press release, Dakota College provides skills and knowledge in controlled environmental ...

Founding Farmers: Farmer-owned restaurant group continues to grow

The opening of a seventh farmer-owned restaurant in April puts the North Dakota Farmers Union’s 12-year culinary venture just about where NDFU President Mark Watne had envisioned it would be by 2018. “But we never expected them to be as popular,” Watne said of the rave reviews the ...

How the year is shaping up for farmers, ranchers

Soybean acres have increased significantly in Ward County and the area, says Paige Brummund, Ward County Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension Agent in Minot. “People to the north and to the west are putting in more acres of soybeans than in previous years. Probably just in the past ...

Report: US winter wheat forecast down amid drought, surplus

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — U.S. farmers are expected to harvest their smallest winter wheat crop in more than a decade amid an ongoing drought that has devastated fields across the nation’s breadbasket and a global surplus of the grain that has depressed prices, according to government report ...

New terminal near Lansford to open in June

LANSFORD – CHS SunPrairie’s 83 terminal near Lansford is scheduled to be operational in mid-June. “We are excited to see this project become a reality for the growers in our region,” said Eric Moberg, CHS SunPrairie board chairman. “Once operational, we will have three shuttle ...

Test water quality prior to livestock turnout

Many producers are continuing to feel the effects of the 2017 drought, which are lingering into the 2018 grazing season. Numerous ponds and dugouts dried up as a result of the drought, and any water remaining in others may not be the best quality. “Runoff from snowmelt and spring rains may ...

China cutting US soybean purchases in face of tariffs threat

WASHINGTON (AP) — With the threat of tariffs and counter-tariffs between Washington and Beijing looming, Chinese buyers are canceling orders for U.S. soybeans, a trend that could deal a blow to American farmers if it continues. At the same time, farmers in China are being encouraged to ...

Food production is in their blood

Continuing to work the land that her family has farmed for over 75 years, Annie Carlson has one goal in mind for the Morning Joy Farm: increasing soil health. Carlson and her husband were both raised on farms, seeing the day-to-day tasks and struggles that can come with food ...

Farm profits projected to be lower in 2018

FARGO – Soybeans, dry edible beans and canola are among the best bets for turning a farm profit this year, although spring wheat could be a wild card win. That’s how things are penciling out at the North Dakota State University Extension Service, but crop profits are likely to be lower ...

Farm raised, family run

Farming runs in the veins of Brent and Codi Kuss’s family. Codi Kuss was raised into the farming lifestyle from day one and, when given the opportunity, took over the family farm. Her husband, while born and raised in a city, had he always wanted to be on the farm. He spent many summers ...

Consider soil temperature before planting

The arrival of spring has many farmers and home gardeners itching to get planting, however let’s take a moment to visit about the minimum soil temperatures required for germination of various crops or groups of crops. For example the minimum soil temperature required for germination of many ...

A new way of thinking

ANAMOOSE – Rural towns in North Dakota seem to be slowly dying off. Old railroad towns used to be booming but are now left in the dust. Two ambitious entrepreneurs are finding a way to revitalize rural towns while delivering fresh, organic foods and products. Julia and Mirek Petrovic, ...

Dealing with soil moisture

The very dry conditions of 2017 have raised the awareness of soil moisture for area farmers. While soil moisture is always closely monitored and often a lively topic of pre-planting conversation, it may be even more so this year because soil moisture was in very short supply over a wide region ...

Don’t bet your farm!

When a group of people with farming and/or ranching interests gathered in Minot recently they came to learn about asset protection and succession planning for farm families. German Law Group presented the information on estate planning for farm families at the Hampton Inn & Suites in ...

Ward County 4-H Earned 4 State Champion Titles at State 4-H Horse Contests

Ward County 4-H youth participated in the two-day state 4-H Horse Judging, Hippology, Quiz Bowl, Horse Speech and Demonstration contests on April 7-8 at University of Minnesota-Crookston and North Dakota State University, earning 4 state 4-H titles. During the trip the 4-H youth also ...

Minnesota farmers endure 5th straight year of thin profits

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Bumper crops and slightly better prices for some commodities weren't enough to save most Minnesota farmers from a fifth straight year of thin profits in 2017, according to a report released Tuesday. The annual analysis from University of Minnesota Extension and the ...